Hello and good morning. It’s Thursday again, which always seems to happen soon after Wednesday, at least here in the English-speaking world. I have heard the shocking tale that there are some other places that seem not to have those specific days. One wonders how they remember when to read my weekly blog posts!
I hope you all had a lovely Summer Solstice. It’s June 25th today, which means that there are “exactly” 6 months until Christmas, for those of you who celebrate it. Being at the midway point, this date probably serves nicely as a measure of a person’s optimism. Whether you say to yourself, “Only six more months until Christmas!” with an anticipatory grin (perhaps noting that it wouldn’t be bad to start thinking of gift ideas), or whether you instead dwell on the fact that you are now as far away in the year from that joyous holiday as it is possible to be, probably could be used to predict your attitude about a great number of other things.
Of course, you won’t have to wait nearly six months for the release of Unanimity—barring some personal catastrophe on my part—so that’s at least a crumb of comfort even for the most ruthlessly pessimistic. Those of you who are already thinking of Christmas shopping for your loved ones could do worse than to order a copy or two when it comes out to give as gifts (though it might be better suited as a Halloween present). I dare say that it should even be out well in time to begin reading it on or before the date on which the story begins*. The final editing, layout, and planning for the release are going strongly and smoothly. If I had more free time—and more free energy—I could probably get it all done within the next month, but I don’t expect that goal to be quite achievable. That is, unless someone out there wants to option the movie rights (sight unseen) for the book and will give me a large lump sum payment for that option. It would probably be best as a mini-series, since it’s quite a long story, and I don’t see how it could all fit into even an Avengers: Endgame length movie. But perhaps that’s a personal bias.
Anyway, it’s going well.
My music is going well, too. As you know, my single Like and Share is now up on Spotify and is available on iTunes and on Amazon. It’s also either now available or will soon be available through numerous other platforms internationally, but I’m not as certain of the links and whatnot to those. If I become aware, of course, I’ll be happy to share them.
I’ve been trying to think through where to go from here with respect to music, and I’d welcome feedback from any readers who have an opinion on the matter. My internal conflict revolves around whether to proceed as originally planned and release one or two more singles in the coming weeks and months, then to release a full album of my songs, or whether to release them all as singles, one by one. After all, though I have a deep love of great albums and of consuming music in that form, I can’t deny that the advent of music sites such as mentioned above, and the general digital availability of the music, raises the question of whether releasing an album is the best way to go. It’s not as though it would be any kind of “concept album”.
I’ve heard (but cannot be certain) that “Weird Al” Yankovic is planning on mostly releasing singles in the future rather than putting together albums, for reasons much like my thoughts above. I’m no “Weird Al”, obviously, and he’s also not the measure of all things, even if the above rumor is true. Still, he’s a very savvy individual, and one could do worse than to pay attention to what he’s doing.
As I think I’ve mentioned, I am developing some new songs currently. Nothing has been recorded on any of them yet—except some musical notes and lyrics on paper, of course—and I probably won’t be doing much more than that until after Unanimity comes out, unless I need a mental break, and/or find the urge irresistible.
I do seem to require at least some form of “new” creative activity as a bulwark against depression, and editing Unanimity has led to my longest run of not writing anything new since perhaps 2013 or 2014. Also, writing is my oldest persistent love. But writing music seems to produce the desired psychological benefit almost as much as writing fiction, so it’s been quite useful to me during the long revision/editing process of Unanimity. All this is what I do in lieu of having close, fulfilling relationships with other human beings, since I’m apparently unpleasant to be around for any prolonged time period.
I’m sure you can all readily imagine why that might be so.
Anyway, that’s what’s going on this week with me. I’ll be releasing Schrodinger’s Head as my next official single, but that won’t be for at least several weeks. I think. In the meantime, I hope you’re all as happy and healthy as it’s possible to be given the current state of public affairs. I’d wish for you to be even happier than possible, but that would be a silly and contradictory wish, so I’ll abstain. Not that I’m any more averse to wishing for the impossible than the next person, I’m just…more prone than average to accept and internalize the inherent impossibilities.
*Though, unless you have a time machine, you won’t be able to preempt the literal starting date, since the story begins on Thursday, September 14th, 2017. But you know what I mean.