Well, for those of you who follow my Facebook timeline, you already know that my mother died last Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 5:42 pm eastern time, in Marietta, Ohio. My sister and I were with her at the time, though she had been unconscious for the previous day or two. My brother was at Mom’s house; he had visited her, but simply doesn’t handle hospitals and related things very well. Being a physician myself (no longer in practice), obviously I am more accustomed, but it’s still different when it’s one’s mother.
It was sad, to me at least, that she was unable to read any of “The Chasm and the Collision.” That’s not just narcissistic author-talk; she really had been looking forward to reading it. My sister and I both tried to read some of it to her in the hospital, but she was basically unable to pay attention. Looking back, I regret every evitable delay in the editing and production process, but that’s probably not very useful. She did know that it had come out, at least, and was as excited as she was able to be about it.
It is out, of course, and I’ll post another link to it below, before the end of this entry. If you like a fun fantasy/adventure story that’s good for “all ages,” then consider reading it, please. Although I’ll give a caveat that I’ve probably given before: technically there is no “magic” in the story. All the extraordinary happenings are parts of natural processes taking place within the universes of the novel; it’s just that those natural forces are (slightly) different than some with which we are familiar. Or, perhaps, they’re simply forces and phenomena we have yet to discover.
Now that CatC is out, I have resumed work on “Unanimity.” Since last Friday, I have written every day, even on the bus, no less than 1600 words a day (and as many as 2100). Today is an exception in the sense that I am using my writing time to write this blog entry, which is not as interesting as “Unanimity” (most likely), but it’s hard to be too entertaining given the circumstances. As I’ve stated before, I am extremely lucky in being able to type/write very quickly. My grandmother gave me my first typewriter when I was eleven (her arthritis had made it difficult for her to use), and I began hunting and pecking away on creative writing almost immediately. I was much slower then, and I certainly never learned any formal typing system, but my process works well for me. It was, in a way, good that the aforementioned typewriter had no self-correct key, so when I made the mistake, I had to back up, insert a white-out tab, and retype the mistaken letter. This irritating process will quickly school you in being careful.
My mother set me up at a little table in the breakfast nook in the house where I grew up. There I wrote a good portion of a fantasy novel involving (what a coincidence) three middle-school students—we called it Junior High, then—who were transported to another world. Other than that, though, it had almost nothing else in common with CatC, but I still have the whole origin story/mythology of that world in my head. Maybe someday I’ll try to recreate that story. Probably not.
“Unanimity,” the story I’m working on now, is NOT a family-friendly story, and is NOT good for all ages. It’s also one I never would have wanted to read aloud to my mother. It’s very dark, and has sex, and violence, and whatnot, at least some of which is awkward to read to one’s parent. Especially the whatnot. I like it, though—so far, at least—and the writing has been proceeding swimmingly.
Speaking of writing—writing of it, really—I’ve been, in recent weeks, studiously avoiding writing my political and philosophical musings. I think people who read this blog seem more interested in the subject of creative writing. Certainly, I get many more “likes” from these articles than I do from my other types of articles. Nevertheless, I do have a great many things to say, about subjects that I think are important. They are important to me, at least. With that in mind, I’m thinking of starting another blog, as I had done once in the past. This time, I think I’ll do another WordPress blog, since part of the issue I had before was that the blog system through Google was a bit clunky. I’ll let you know once I start it, assuming that I do, and I’ll probably transfer all pertinent blog entries from this blog to that new one, if I do so. I’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you have any feedback on the idea, please feel free to leave a comment below.
There’s not much more to say at this point. I’m still a bit emotionally fatigued, and I imagine that I will be for a while. I’m also in the midst of a fairly uncomfortable middle ear infection in my right ear. It started Monday, as I was getting ready for the bus ride back home from Ohio, and the eardrum apparently perforated just before I got on the bus. Great timing, ne? I was oozing from my ear all the way back from Ohio, and through the day since. But now I am on antibiotics at last, and my tinnitus is returning to its previous, possible-to-ignore levels. Still oozing a bit, unfortunately, and still rather sore, but life’s like that, isn’t it? Oozy and sore. (Don’t try to find any meaning in that; I’m just being silly).
Okay, well, that’s pretty much it for today…except, of course, the aforementioned link to “The Chasm and the Collision,” just below. Please note, though the link goes directly to the paperback version of the novel, it’s also available for Kindle, and that form gets delivered more quickly. I think I may also get a slightly greater royalty on the E-book version, given the much lower production costs, but I could be mistaken about that. Of course, there will always be charm and beauty to a physical book. I like them both.
Please stay well. If your mother is still around, do give her a call—and a hug if you can.