Whew, I’m a bit more tired than I was yesterday morning. It was a long and somewhat frustrating day at the office yesterday, and then I had trouble getting to sleep and subsequently a bit of that really early awakening with which I sometimes have trouble. Whatever else you may say about being sick, I have been getting slightly better sleep since my recent illness started, and that is nice. Hopefully last night was a minor fluke*, and I’ll revert back to my slightly improved sleep pattern at least. I have reason to suspect it may be so, but it’s not guaranteed.
Oh, by the way, yesterday when I mentioned the possibility of starting writing again, and using solely the cell phone to do so, I neglected to mention the option of starting a new story that would be written entirely on the phone. If I did start such a novel, it would almost certainly be Changeling in a Shadow World, a story I’ve mentioned here before. It’s an old story idea; I even wrote the beginning of a prologue to it once, back in the day. It has ties to other stories of mine, including Outlaw’s Mind itself and The Chasm and the Collision. It even has bits that hearken back to my lost, first sci-fi/fantasy novel, Ends of the Maelstrom. So I have some affection for it.
So, please throw that into your voting machines. Come to think of it, maybe I’ll try to insert a readers’ poll here, if I can easily figure out how to do it. I know it can be done, because I’ve seen other people do it, but I don’t feel like trying too hard about it. I’d rather just get some feedback in the comments below. There’s more flexibility that way, and it feels more like an interaction. I know that, in some situations, a poll is simply efficient, but I think I still have a contained (shall we say “elite”? Yes, I think we shall) enough readership that we don’t have to resort to crude measures. That doesn’t mean you can’t curse in your comments, by the way, as long as it’s cursing that serves a grammatical and/or rhetorical purpose!
One thing I will say, though, is that if I do this, and start writing fiction again, I want to stick to whichever story I pick until it’s done. One of the things that kept me from ever having finished and published anything prior to going to prison was that I would have a new idea for a story, or something similar, and let myself divert from one to the other, and so I had a relatively wide selection of beginnings of books, but only two that I’d finished in even first draft form**. I also had a handful of completed short stories, and the cheapo, low-quality screenplay I wrote in high school, with the notion of trying actually to make it, starring my friends and classmates.
I even filmed, or attempted to film, one scene, using a home VHS video camera one of them had, but it and the sound were really quite limited, and I had no personal experience with movie-making, and it was high school so we had a lot going on. Anyway, it didn’t get made, which is not a tragedy. My friend Joe said that the title*** was too good for the story, anyway, and he was right.
I did write some decent musical themes for it, though, including a bad guy’s theme that drew inspiration from the carousel in Something Wicked This Way Comes, and a main title theme that I can still play pretty much by heart on the piano, and which is probably the prettiest music I’ve written. That may not be saying much, but it is what it is.
Okay, well, sorry about those various tangents. I’ll do my best to stick with sines and cosines**** hereinafter.
Anyway, I really would appreciate your input about how I should go about doing a story and the blog posts‒using the phone should make it easier to work writing in, anyway‒and which story to write if I write anything. Or are things in the world better in general without my writing any more new fiction? It’s certainly possible that such is the case. Although, if someone convincingly told me that my continued writing of new fiction would literally and significantly put the whole human race in jeopardy, that might very well give me an added impetus to write. I am a would-be supervillain at heart, after all.
Well, let me know, please. Also, have a good day, if you can, and if you are so inclined.
Oh, and I did put a poll in at the bottom, below the footnotes, so if you’re so inclined, would you weigh in with your choice?
*Which sounds like some part of the anatomy of a whale or a seal or some other, similar marine mammal.
**That’s Ends of the Maelstrom that I mentioned earlier, and The Vagabond, which at the time I called simply Vagabond.
****This is an example of that truly rarefied entity, trigonometry related humor. Pythagoras would probably not approve, but he was a putz who repressed knowledge of irrational numbers and the dodecahedron (or his followers did) and who (as I’ve heard it) died when he refused to run away from would be murderers across a field of beans, because he hated beans. Now that’s what I call a food intolerance!