Hello everyone. I’m sorry to report that I’m not doing a “My heroes have always been villains” episode today (as must be obvious by now). I simply don’t feel well, and it doesn’t make sense to try to write such posts when one can’t summon enthusiasm. An engaging discussion of a good villain (Is that a contradiction in terms? I don’t think so.) deserves someone writing with a bit of joy about the subject, considering that the whole point is to have fun with it. I’m not really in a fun state of mind right now. So, I’ll just give a quick report of what’s going on, boring though that may be. Apologies.
I’m making steady, even rapid, progress on Unanimity. It’s still probably more than a month away from being a completed first draft, but it’s moving along. I’m amazed by how long it’s become, and I’m going to have to be especially brutal in the rewrite and editing process (I think I’ve said this before—I tend to be repetitive, as I suspect you’ve noticed). But, as I’ve also said before, stories must be what they want to be, so there’s only so much that I can do about it. I don’t think it’ll be wasted time (any more than all time is) so try to be patient with me.
I finished the first draft of the audio of Chapter 8 of The Chasm and the Collision yesterday, and the sound editing process shall now begin. I imagine it’ll be finished and released on a similar schedule to how the others have been coming out, which is roughly once every two weeks or so. I’ll try to let you know if there are going to be delays.
I posted some thoughts on Iterations of Zero earlier this week, in a blog post titled “Never hate your interlocutors.” I think it’s a particularly timely message, so I encourage you to read it and think about it. We could all use a little more patience and little less vilification in our discourse than we tend to have, nowadays and always.
And, finally, I’ve decided to embed here the “video” for Chapter 7 of The Chasm and the Collision, so that those of you who come here to the blog can easily enough listen to the chapter on YouTube, in case that’s the simplest way for you to enjoy it. If you are enjoying the chapters, I do hope you’ll consider buying the book. I think it’s a good story…but then again, I would. I am unavoidably biased. That doesn’t necessarily make me wrong, but it makes it difficult for me to be an honest judge, and I haven’t received any real feedback from anyone with which to update my Bayesian credences. We’ll see what happens, I suppose. Or maybe we won’t, who knows?
Here’s the video:
That’s about all there is this week, or all that comes to mind that’s worth sharing.* To paraphrase the typical Metta mantra:
May you dwell in safety.
May you be happy and healthy.
May you be free of afflictions.
May you be at peace.
*Assuming, of course, that it is worth sharing.