Okay, so today’s post is going to be rather free-form, just going over a bit of housekeeping, as it were, and touching on several subjects. I haven’t forgotten my stated intention to start running down the list of my favorite villains, and why they are my favorites, but I just haven’t gotten around to doing it because of the stress of recent events, both good and bad: the death of my mother, the publication of “The Chasm and the Collision,” and a walloping middle ear infection in my right ear (with a perforated eardrum). So, my personal energy has been slightly drained and diverted. I’ve also gone back to my day job, after having gone up north for a week, so there’s been backed-up work there with which to deal.
Despite all that, I have managed to initiate my secondary blog, called “Iterations of Zero,” and which you can look at here. If you want to know what the title of the blog means, I explain it in the blog’s initial post. Subsequently, I’ve been moving my political, philosophical, and science-related posts from this blog to that one, to leave this main page as my author/personal blog, and the other one to be my “commentary” blog. I’d love it if anyone here who liked my posts would follow that blog as well, but it’s by no means obligatory.
Iterations of Zero has a darker look to it that this blog has, but I’m thinking of doing something a little different with the look of this one as well. I’m not going to change the overall layout (I think), but I am probably going to change the color scheme. I also might change the header photo. The one I have now is one of the stock photos offered by WordPress, and though it is very nice, it’s not personal. So, I may work up something new for it in the relatively near future. Keep your eyes peeled.
“The Chasm and the Collision” is well published now, if you will, and you can, of course, purchase the paperback version here, and the E-book version here. If you do buy it and read it, please give an Amazon rating and review. It’s very helpful for an author to get this kind of feedback, and also for potential purchasers to see what other people thought about the book. You can, of course, also give me feedback in the comments section on this blog, and would be delighted to interact with you, but that’s more narrowly useful than feedback on Amazon.
In the meantime, I’m making pleasing progress on “Unanimity,” my current novel. In the roughly ten writing days since I started working on it again, I’ve written over 19,000 words, which adds up to a nice daily count, especially considering that I do most of my writing on the train to work and then a bit of it in the office before the work day starts. As I’ve said before, I’m very lucky in being able to write quickly. In fact, I’ve written all that you’ve read above on this very post in just thirty seconds!
Anyway, as I say, “Unanimity” is coming along nicely, and is truly beginning its spiraling descent into the darker parts of the story (though that descent began early on, it’s going to get much worse before the other end of the tunnel is reached, and not everyone is going to get out alive). I’m happy that it’s going quickly, because I have so many stories to write, and I tend to come up with many more as time goes by. I’ve taken to using the “notebook” feature on my smart phone to write down little tidbits of story notions as they occur to me, and which may later turn into short stories or even full novels. For instance, I was on the bus coming home from Ohio and saw what looked like a scarecrow underneath a big old pecan tree (or some similar tree), right near a convenience store by an exit on the freeway. It occurred to me that this was a peculiar place for a scarecrow—certainly no crops were planted nearby—and it was quite a bit too early to be a Halloween decoration. Well, what if such a thing were not really, physically there, at all, or if it were not simply a stuffed facsimile of a person, but something stranger, darker? I have no idea where such a story might go; I’d want to be careful not to repeat too many of the motifs that are found in “Prometheus and Chiron,” for instance, and that could easily be done with such an image. But it was an interesting thought, and good to write it down for later. I’ve long been doing that for points I want to discuss in what is now Iterations of Zero—so many posts are waiting to be written there—and it’s working nicely, so it’s good to keep track of little story ideas and triggers.
The nice thing about writing these is, when I read notes that I’ve written, my brain tends to do a good job of bringing me right back into the state of mind I was in when I wrote them. Perhaps this is true of most people, I don’t know, but it works nicely for me, so I intend to make the most of it.
Okay, well, this has been a meandering and unfocused post, which is what I intended to write, so that’s fine, but I think I’ve covered most of what I wanted to cover for this week. I’ll leave any unaddressed items for future posts, and just once again invite you to get yourself a copy of “The Chasm and the Collision,” or one of my other books. I can certainly recommend them without reservation, by which I mean I’m proud of them and enjoy rereading them myself. If you like them, tell two friends. And then they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on…