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I am Interviewed about Superhero Fiction

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

If you haven’t already heard about this from me via some other method, there’s an interview with me on the subject of superhero fiction over at A Trout in the Milk. Check it out!

On Curiosity

August 6, 2012 4 comments

By now you’ve probably all heard that NASA has successfully landed the probe Curiosity on Mars. This, of course, is excellent in all kinds of ways and I’m for it.
But I do have one problem with the whole thing, and that’s this: I was planning on using the word “Curiosity” as the superhero name of one of the characters in Ded & Sac*. I still could, I guess, but now I’m not sure I want to. I don’t want to connote the Mars probe with the character, see. Now, “Curiosity” isn’t so descriptive of Jen’s superpowers that I can’t do without it, but honestly I’ve kinda been saving up this superhero name for years and am reluctant to discard it. So I’m not sure what to do. Anybody have any thoughts?

* which is still coming along; finished a chapter today!

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Progress Report

May 23, 2012 4 comments

For completely uninteresting yet real reasons, I missed quite a few days of writing recently. Got back on the horse this evening, though; I’m well into Chapter 17 now.

Anybody else read Jacqueline Carey? I’ve got the last book in her Naamah trilogy out from the library and had to reread a lot of stuff to remind myself what came before. I like her worldbuilding and her ability to put together some good intrigue and harrowing adventure, but she’s got one habit that’s starting to get on my nerves, which I will now demonstrate for you.

The realshort paragraph.

Oh well. If you read Carey, don’t just read the Kushiel stuff; she’s got a two-book series called “The Sundering” which is one of the neatest takes on Lord of the Rings I’ve struck.

Ded & Sac Update: Chapter 13

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I think I’m basically finished Chapter 13 of the first draft. I consider it good news that I’m actually getting to some of the stuff I had planned and not just allowing it to remain in the future. But I need to get more productive. Just a matter of doing it, really.

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Dec 2 2011 Ded & Sac Update

December 2, 2011 1 comment

Chapter 12 of the first draft is in the can. That’s what, about a month since the last update? More than a month. I’d certainly like to do better than one chapter a month. Funny, too; seemed like this one went a bit faster.

I’ve started Chapter 13 and I’m having trouble with it. I know exactly what I want to accomplish with this chapter but I have no idea what I want to have happen to accomplish it. My standard technique for dealing with blocks like that is, “invent a whole new thing,” and I may end up going that way. On the other hand I may have enough stray plot threads lying around that I can just use one or two of them. (Which wouldn’t be a bad idea if I can do it.)

Also Christmas is coming, which means I should have some time off that I can use productively. Or, at least, that’s one way that could go.

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Ded & Sac Update

October 20, 2011 1 comment

Put Chapter 11 of the first draft to bed last night. The writing has been going slowly, but it has been going, and I am guardedly confident that it’ll pick up speed.

One problem I’ve been having is that I’ve got this idea for another book I want to write, and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. It’s a light fantasy that’s going to require a lot of prep work, and I’ve been poking at the prep work and writing the odd paragraph here and there.

I will say this about it: I thought up this book mostly because of my wife. See, I’ve recommended a few fantasy things to her to read, and she only likes some of them. Took her a while to get into Lord of the Rings, but once she did, it was fine. She likes the Discworld series. Didn’t like Tigana. Couldn’t get into The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. I asked her what the problem was, and she said, “They’re so sad. Everyone in them is so sad.”

Which they were. I tried to mount a defense by saying, “What about Devin in Tigana? He’s not sad.”

“No, but all his friends are, and he wants to be just like them!”

Which was also true.

So I tried to think of some fantasy on my shelves that wasn’t so sad and serious. It was a harder job than I expected. I mean, there is some. Paul Kidd. Barry Hughart. David Eddings, if I wanted to go that way. Some others. But overall not much.

Well, why shouldn’t there be fantasy out there where the characters have more of a good time? I know, I know, you need conflict and tension in your story. I know that. But there’s no reason you can’t do both things. Anyway, I have this idea and I like it and I’m gonna write it.

But I don’t want to let it distract me from Ded & Sac. One thing at a time. This light fantasy thing (as yet untitled!) is going to have to settle for scraps of time until I’m finished at least the first draft. Then we’ll see.

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8/8/2011 Ded & Sac Update

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Haven’t done one of these updates for a while. The writing’s been going slowly, but it has been going; I’m on Chapter 11 now. By which I don’t mean I’m bankrupt for ideas; I mean I’m on the eleventh chapter. This and better may do; this and waur will never do.

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Ded & Sac Update: Chapter 8

May 19, 2011 3 comments

Chapter 8 of the first draft is in the can. Now, should I go back and fix Chapter 7, or move on to Chapter 9? I’m leaning toward Chapter 9.

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1/5/2011 Ded & Sac Update

May 1, 2011 2 comments

I kinda finished Chapter 7. It’s sort of a mess; all the parts are there but I’m going to have to go back over it and link them up more smoothly. But I’ve already got Chapter 8 started.

Everyone out there watching Game of Thrones, I trust? So far it’s just different enough from the books to annoy me and not different enough from the books to intrigue me. But still good. Kind of like the Lord of the Rings movies were, really.

On Arrogance

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Most of what I read about writing tells me that you have to pay your dues. You have to keep at it for a long time before you can expect to have any success. Even if you’re lucky enough to get something published early on, that doesn’t mean that anything you do will actually be worth reading for ten years or so.

I’ve had a couple of things published, but I certainly can’t say that I’ve put in a long apprenticeship. I’ve written all kinds of things, but it’s mostly been unsupervised online writing that didn’t put any pressure on me to get better or more polished. So where do I get off thinking I can write?

And yet I’m writing Ded & Sac, and I’m gonna publish it independently, and expect people to buy it. That’s pretty arrogant of me. Right?

Well, maybe it is. I’ve been called arrogant before. I’m arrogant enough to know that I’ve got a good idea*. I’m arrogant enough to know that I can, at least, write engagingly over short distances. I’m not arrogant enough to think that I don’t need editing. I’m not arrogant enough to think I can afford to slack off on any aspect of this story. I’m going to do this because I want to do it and I don’t want to be dependent on the judgments or procedures of the publishing industry. And if Ded & Sac isn’t good, it’s going to be in spite of everything I can think of to make it good.

So, okay, I’m arrogant. But at least I know it. And I’ve been reliably informed that knowing is half the battle.

*I know I haven’t said what the idea is yet. I’m saving that for when I’m closer to being finished.

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