I have not been feeling well. Consequently, I must apologize for the fact that I didn’t post anything on my Iterations of Zero blog this week. That’s the second time in the last month that I’ve neglected that blog, but I have to say—I hope you’ll trust me on this—that if I had written anything, it probably would have been quite substandard for me (how that compares to anyone else, I’m in no position to judge), and might have veered into true gibberish. Sunday was a wretched day, and even now I’m still at the tail end of the bug that bit me. How bad was it? Let’s just say, when I saw a news story about a minor outbreak of salmonella associated with a particular company’s eggs, I wondered whether I might have gotten a minor dose of it.
For the record, I’m quite sure this was not the case. Sick though I’ve been, I know that it hasn’t approached salmonella level.
I have, except for that Sunday omission, kept up with my writing and related matters, pretty much to my usual level (though only later review will reveal if quality suffered). Unanimity, for instance, is proceeding at a steady pace toward its conclusion, though it’s not there yet by any means. I had no idea when I started writing it that it was going to be so long. I’m going to need to be absolutely ruthless in the rewrite and editing stage to make sure there’s not just a lot of unnecessary stuff in there. I don’t feel like there is, but it’s hard to tell while in the thick of things.
Speaking of length, I’m almost done with the final editing of the audio for Hole for a Heart, and I expect to release it onto my blog by the end of this week, to be then adapted for “video” and posted on YouTube. It’s my longest audio yet, and I’m pretty happy with it. As always, there are some technical imperfections here and there, but my audio skill is gradually improving. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
I’ve decided on a slight change of plans with respect to my audio projects. I had originally intended to go from Hole for a Heart on to the three short stories in Welcome to Paradox City, probably following the order of the book. Instead, though, I think I’m going to do a chapter-by-chapter reading of The Chasm and the Collision next. I feel that, now that I’m developing at least a modicum of skill in this area, it’ll be fun to release that story in audio. I had planned to serialize the book when originally writing it. I quickly concluded that serialization wasn’t going to work in that case, especially given my personal logistic constraints at the time, but I think it will be fun to serialize it on audio. I do love the story, I must admit it; I’m quite pleased with the world I created, as well as the characters. If I can entice more readers into exploring it by rationing out the tale, read aloud, a chapter at a time, well…I think that will be time well spent, and will certainly be enjoyable for me.
I may occasionally intersperse a reading of one of my short stories in the middle, at good pausing points in the book. That will depend on whether I need a break from the story or not, more than on anything else. One thing seems certain, each individual chapter of CatC will take less time to produce in audio than any of my short stories so far.
Coming back to Iterations of Zero: I’ve mentioned before that, partly as a way of making up for having missed (now) two weeks of writing it, I’m planning on re-blogging some articles I wrote before, and originally posted here, but which really are more well-suited for the general-purpose, non-fiction-related IoZ gestalt. I may edit those articles/posts before republishing them, or I may just throw them out as they are. We shall see.
With that, I think there’s not much more that needs to be said this week. Again, the audio for Hole for a Heart should appear here within the next 24 to 48 hours, and subsequently on YouTube. Most importantly, my original fiction writing will continue at its usual pace, through Unanimity, to a short story immediately after, and thence to my next novel, which is already chewing on the inside of my brain, sensing hungrily the proximity of freedom. And whither then? I cannot say.