Hello and good morning, as I’m prone to say. It’s Thursday, and so it must follow, as the knight the questing beast, that it’s time for my weekly blog post.
Work on Outlaw’s Mind has gone decently this week; I’ve written just over four thousand words since last week’s post, which is a bit on the slow side for me for four days’ work, but at least I’ve been keeping to my “at least one full page a day” rule. As I think I mentioned last week, I’ve gone back to using the laptop, but I keep wrestling with myself about it. I don’t know how (or if) I’m going to resolve that conflict, but so far, the feedback is that it doesn’t seem to make much difference whether I write my first draft of a work in longhand or type it into a computer.
Typing is probably just more natural for me for when writing stories; I got my first typewriter (my maternal grandmother’s former one) when I was quite young*, and very soon started writing a fantasy adventure novel on it, which was to be the first book in a series called The Land Ruled by Thunder. I was pretty influenced by The Chronicles of Narnia at the time, I think, and other epic fantasies.
In any case, for now I’m writing Outlaw’s Mind on the word processor again, but if the urge strikes me, I may write a bit of some upcoming, future possible works on my notebook paper**. Such efforts usually come to naught, even when I make them, unfortunately. Then again, all things come to naught eventually. Supposedly, quantum information is never lost, but that’s not of much practical use in most situations. At least there’s some hope that the black hole information paradox may have been resolved or may be on its way to being resolved. Such things matter to me far more than the Oscar nominations, or the idiocy of politicians and celebrities, or any trends in fashion or electronics, or whatever. The only trend that ultimately matters—the one that will dominate and make irrelevant all others—is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Still, in the meantime, some stories and music can be pleasant ways to while away the fleeting eons before the heat death of the universe.
As many of you already know, I posted the “cold opening” of Outlaw’s Mind, in draft, on my blog earlier this week. So far, the response has been good, and is much appreciated (by me, in case you were wondering). The subsequent part of the story shifts time, setting, and tone quite a bit, so I may soon post at least some of that, just so people can get the idea. This may also be the only way to get more than a handful of people to read any bits of my stories—it’s so hard to capture people’s interest enough to get them to want to buy and read a book or short story you’ve written, even if they would enjoy it very much. And I’m not good at self-promotion.
I want to thank the people who said kind things about my video of me playing Help. I’ve been trying to work on and record some other videos, practicing the songs I like to play with that in mind, but sometimes it feels to me that the more I practice a song, the less I like how it sounds. However, I have also been fiddling with my guitar(s)’ tone knobs and trying different picks, so it may be just that I’ve moved away from what was working before. We’ll see how everything goes, but if I do something that’s worth sharing, I’ll share it here (via YouTube)***. I’m working on Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word; And I Love Her; Here, There, and Everywhere; Desperado; Yesterday; Lucky; Here Comes the Sun; and Karma Police for the moment.
I could probably do Creep easily enough already. It only has three main chords, not counting sus-4s and minor drops, but as Jonny Greenwood apparently said about the song, when just played with one guitar and chords, it lacks a bit of punch, which is a shame given the emotional intensity of the song. He added serious punch to it with his violent guitar surprises before (which sound at first like some particularly aggressive percussion instrument) and during the chorus. Fake Plastic Trees is nice even with just guitar and voice, though, so maybe I’ll do that. It’s also not very complicated or difficult. We’ll see. No matter what, it all will probably sound exceptionally mediocre when I do it, anyway, so maybe I shouldn’t worry.
That’s about all I have that’s worth sharing, if even that is worth it. I have nothing to report in my “personal” life because I have no personal life, so that makes things easy. And this blog is by far the most social thing I’ve done in years.
I hope you’re all feeling and doing and being well. You certainly deserve it, for having the endurance and good will to read my blog!
*I think I was around eleven years old, but I’m not certain. It was around that time, anyway.
**Maybe I’ll play around with Dark Fairy and the Desperado.
***If I do any Eagles songs, I’ll probably just have to share them here. The Eagles tend to block such things on YouTube, even if one’s channel isn’t monetized, which mine certainly isn’t. Other groups, including the Beatles, will simply “run ads” on the video and collect the money thus generated, which to me is a bonus. I love the idea of making even a tiny bit of money for people like Radiohead and the Beatles. That may seem weird, but then again, I’m weird. You might even say, “I’m a creep. I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.”