Hello and good morning! It’s Thursday again, which means that, for those of you whose level of masochism far exceeds any possible good sense, it’s time to read another of my weekly blog posts. Hallelujah!
I’ll try to resist saying much about what’s happening in the world or, more particularly, here in South Florida, but of course, the news is even worse than usual…which is saying quite a lot. I’d like to be optimistic and speculate that, while things are pretty bad now, regression to the mean suggests that they’ll tend to be at least a bit better over coming weeks and months.
However, optimism isn’t my strong suit, and it’s all too possible that events prior to more recent times have been the atypically good ones and that what we’re experiencing now—which feels like a dip or a downturn—is the actual regression to the mean. Not that I want to make you feel bad or anything; I’d actually be quite pleased if everyone was upbeat, conscientious, productive, happy, and (quietly) energetic. I just tend to approach life with an implicit view that, if you’re expecting the worst, the only surprises you’ll get will be good ones.
Maybe I am optimistic after all!
Anyway, in my little corner of reality, things are proceeding more or less as planned. Unanimity continues to approach its completion. I’m currently working on the final editing of Part 4 (of 4 parts) of the story, and we’re working on the cover design and the layout and so forth. It really shouldn’t be much longer. I doubt that it’ll be ready by the end of July, but August is looking pretty good.
After that, I can go back to a couple of other things I’m working on. First, I have a new song that I’ve been very gradually developing (I haven’t wanted to let it interfere with Unanimity) that I should be able to put together completely and record and produce and mix and all that stuff. Then I need to decide whether to release more singles or just to gather everything I have together into an album…though even with this new song it would only have six songs, which feels lame to me*. If any of you have any preferences, I’d love to hear from you, but I recognize that it’s unlikely that anyone much cares one way or the other.
After that—or more likely contemporaneously—I’m going to go back and finish a novella that I started in the middle of writing Unanimity, as I had done for a few of my recent short stories. I’m still looking for a title for the story, since I don’t think the working title is good enough, but that’s fine. I’m sure I’ll come up with something satisfactory; I’m pretty good with titles.
Then, rather than release that novella separately, I’m going to put it together with all my short stories that are currently available only in Kindle format and publish them as Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities***. There shouldn’t be nearly as long a wait for that as there has been for Unanimity. It might very well be out before the end of the year, though probably not in time for Halloween, alas. Anyway, it’ll be in both Kindle and paperback form, so for those of you who prefer a “real” book to read—a preference with which I deeply sympathize—it will have that advantage.
That’s pretty much all that’s happening with me. Seriously. I’m extremely boring, even though I live in “interesting times”. I think I’ve said it before, but this blog is literally the most social thing I do. I think you’ll find, when you read the novel, that at least one or two of the characters in Unanimity channel that aspect of me, though of course, the horror of the story is something that’s almost the opposite—and yet, it’s also the same. I’m not sure how even I interpret the message of the tale, if there is one, and I’m the one who wrote it. I guess in a very long book, which it is, there can be many explorations of potentially contradictory or at least conflicting notions. I don’t know if that’s interesting or boring. Perhaps—and this would be weirdly delicious—it’s both. I guess you’ll have to read it and find out for yourself.
*Even though a few of the songs are longish, with those six, I think it’s likely to be only about a half hour in full duration. The Dark Side of the Moon is just shy of 43 minutes, Abbey Road is 47 minutes, Synchronicity is 39 or 44 minutes depending on which version you’re playing, and Sergeant Pepper is roughly 40 minutes. Animals is 41 minutes long, and it only has 5 songs! Four, if you take the 2 parts of Pigs on the Wing as one, which I like to do**. Perhaps I’m setting high standards of comparison, but why do otherwise? If I’m going to meet those standards, though, I’m going to need to record a good two more songs beyond the one I’m already talking about. I have the roots of such songs available, but…it’s a lot of work writing, recording, producing, and mixing songs all by yourself in your spare time, without any expensive equipment.
**If you’ve never heard this album, please go listen to it. It’s amazing.
***See what I mean about me and titles?