Hello and good morning. Welcome to another Thursday, a reminder that you’ve survived for yet another week. Congratulations! You’ve earned the chance to read yet another edition of my weekly blog.
I’ve been thinking about the recurrent and ongoing desire I have to reinvigorate Iterations of Zero, my “other” blog, in which I range over a wider…well, range of topics, many of them darker than what I address here. I tend to keep this blog, the one you’re reading, focused on my creative writing (books and short stories) and on music when that comes up (though that also appears on IoZ).
One of the biggest obstacles to IoZ is that I imagine that I should write about planned and specific topics there. When I write this weekly blog, I don’t plan it in advance. I just write whatever comes out, rather in the way that people have conversations*, and it seems to work nicely. So, what I intend to try is not to plan what I’m going to write in Iterations of Zero, but simply start writing as I do here, and see what comes out. Hopefully, I won’t start channeling ancient Lemurians or some similar such nonsense. I can think of it almost as a kind of free-association psychotherapy…except that I can’t really do it while lying on a leather “couch”.
This won’t clear away every barrier to posting in IoZ. One of its other main obstacles is time. I don’t want to sacrifice another weekday morning that could be spent working on my books, since I already miss one of the those a week doing what you’re reading now. And, despite my exhortations for all of you to send me lots of money so I can become independently wealthy and write full-time, I still have to work for a living, and to commute (yes, I’m back in the office full-time now), so my free time is woefully limited.
I’ve tried various means to get around that problem, including buying a Bluetooth keyboard for my cell phone so I can write blog posts there. It’s a nifty little gizmo, and it does its job nicely, but it hasn’t seemed to make me any more likely to use my spare moments to write. I’m much more prone to use them to read blog posts and to check various news and science sites. I guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet and just tell myself to write something—anything—every Sunday, which is the one day I never use to work on my books**. We’ll see how it works out, but it can be soooo hard to kick myself into gear on Sundays.
Now, to abruptly shift gears and address another potential time sink: I’ve been considering restarting audio recordings of some of my work. I have a few published short stories for which I haven’t recorded audio (and thus haven’t posted to YouTube), and of course I only reached Chapter 9 of The Chasm and the Collision before deciding that not enough people were following it to make it worthwhile***.
However, there is real, personal, ego-syntonic joy in reading my stories aloud and posting them for people to listen if they want. Doing so in the past also helped me learn how to use Audacity, which led to me being able to record and produce my original songs, which is double-plus-good. So, what I think I may do is put out a few posts here with links/embedding of my short stories’ audio “videos” (one post) and chapters of CatC (another post) to give you all an easy place to link to them, to see if I get any new listens, and to elicit any comments in favor of or against me doing further recordings.
It might also be nice to do a post embedding my song “videos” as well, since I have little bits and pieces of the beginnings of various others bouncing about on paper and in my head and might be pushed toward or away from further efforts by reader/listener response. But that’s mainly orthogonal to the preceding point.
As for much more important matters, Unanimity continues to draw nearer to its final form. I’m within a few hundred pages of the end of the penultimate edit! That might not sound like much, but in a half-a-million-word novel, believe me, it’s getting close to the end. Of course, the final run-through will be the hardest work since the original writing of the book, but the excitement of being near completion should easily keep me going. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spread a little of that excitement to all of you. There are worse contagions to catch, as we all know.
With that, I’ll call this week’s blog installment good and move on to other things. I hope you’re all well, and that you stay well and become even better over time for as long as you are able.
*Some of you may say that this fact is obvious based on the quality of this weekly blog. You really know how to hurt a guy.
**There’s nothing religious about this; Sunday is just the one day of every week that I never go to official work. For that reason, it’s also the day I do my laundry, and I can guarantee that there is nothing religious about that process.
***I honestly don’t understand this. I know I’m biased, but I really love that story—and others have told me they love it also and have thanked me for writing it—and I think that I narrate it well. Oh, well.