Greetings, everyone. I hope you’re having a good day. This post should be relatively short, but I thought I’d give a few minor updates.
First, as those of you following this blog will already have noticed, I posted the audio for Prometheus and Chiron here yesterday. I think it turned out reasonably well, and the sound quality overall was a step up from Ifowonco. As I’ve said before, I think I’m getting better at audio production as I become more used to the process, but I imagine there will always be room for improvement.
Unanimity is coming along well—I haven’t been slacking on it, even though I’ve been working on these audio projects. It is, however, going to end up being rather longer than I thought it would be, because there are quite a few more things that need to happen before the story is done. I’m not bored of it by any means; quite the contrary. But I have been surprised by how quickly it’s grown. I’m sure the rewriting/editing process is going to be daunting, but then again, it always is.
I’ve decided that, from now on, I’m not going to stop writing new things (i.e., first drafts of stories), even while I’m editing older material—I’ll just set a lower target every day for the new writing during those times. For instance, right now, when new writing is essentially my entire focus (excluding the audio), I’m writing roughly three pages a day, five days a week (with two days set aside, one for this blog, and for my other one, Iterations of Zero). Once I need to get into editing Unanimity (after it’s been set aside for Stephen King’s recommended weeks-long resting period), I’ll plan to write only one new page a day, and then spend the rest of my mornings editing.
That’s the plan, anyway. Of course, we all know what Rabbi Burns (ha!) said about the best laid plans of mice and men and all that, but I’m not too worried about achieving that goal precisely, just in spirit.
Other matter, other matters…
Now that the audio of Prometheus and Chiron has been released, I’m soon going to upload the video version of that audio to my YouTube channel, and I’ll notify everyone here once it’s up. As before, don’t expect much from the video portion; it’s likely just going to be a still image of the cover of the story. I just find that YouTube is an incredibly widespread and easily shared venue in which to post something, including audio. I’ve noticed that quite a few people make similar videos of the audio of podcasts, for instance. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I often like to go to sleep while listening to a lecture, or discussion, or something of the sort playing on YouTube. I don’t know how well that would work with my audio—my stories aren’t really designed to ensure restful slumber—but if you think they might, feel free to play them, in either venue. As I think I’ve said before, I plan on creating audio versions of all my short stories eventually, and then—possibly—releasing audio of at least some of my novels, a chapter at a time. When that time comes, I’ll gladly take your input on with which book to begin.
There’s not much other news on the writing front this week. I plan next week to post an author’s note for Hole for a Heart. That will no doubt rehash some of what I’ve already talked about here when I was writing the story, but it’s going to be far from redundant, I think. Then I think I really need to get started on my series of explorations of my favorite antagonists from books, stories, graphic novels, comics, movies, etc., under the general heading, “My heroes have always been villains.” I’ve been intending to do this for a long time—planning it, you might say (see above about plans)—but it’s high time I put it into motion.
That’s about it. It’s been brief, as I said it would be, but I will post here also just to let everyone know when the Video of the Audio is up, so you won’t feel too short-changed. In the meantime, try to enjoy (in the northern hemisphere) the slowly developing Spring. As always, feel free to comment, and thank you for reading.