Good bye "River of Entanglements", AKA "Gold, God, and Beards"
Jan. 21st, 2010 @ 02:55 pm
I finished a draft of my "conquistador novel" today. I'm glad to leave those guys behind. Next time I'm going to write about good people, or at least people who want and try (sometimes) to be good. I'd like to write about happiness. Spoiler alert: this one didn't have much happiness. I am slightly behind schedule. I wanted to be done with it by December 31st. Not too bad, when it comes to blowing arbitrary deadlines, I suppose. I'm not sure this thing will ever be publishable, but at least I can set it aside now and start writing something else. I have proven to myself that I can write a novel (having written three, two quite short and one of normal length) and will now attempt to prove to myself that I can write a good novel. A slightly trickier task, I'm sure you agree.
Congrat! What's the next stage? Parnasus tonight, more to follow...
Next I start working on a story I have been contemplating for several years, which involves, in part, a surreal crime fighter from the 1920s who drives a dazzle-camouflaged Citroen "Mountebank." I'm hoping to figure out how to write compelling, believable, and realistic characters too with this one -- that's been a major difficulty for me so far.
|Date:||January 21st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)|| |
I am so with you on that - it's unpleasant to hang out with nasty characters, especially if it's growing into a long book or even a series. On the other hand, they can be interesting to read.
Are you seeking agents?
Not right now. This one is kind of like one of those fish that's too small so you have to throw it back. I'll probably revisit it in a year or so and see if it can be fixed.
Awesome! Many congrats, and may the next one be gooder. And if 12/31 was your deadline, this ain't bad.
I'm impressed you've written as much as you have, and was impressed enough that one of your stories was featured a while back as a short on PodCastle. If only Interactive Fiction was still a lucrative market... An INFORM interpreter on the Kindle would rock ; )
That would be awesome -- doesn't it lack a keyboard, though?
All Kindle models have a keyboard. It's a little bitty keyboard, but it's QWERTY. I checked one out from the JCU library just a couple weeks ago. Fun to play with but very overpriced. Amazon's opening up an app store soon for the Kindle so it may get an INFORM interpreter, you never know.
Huh. Well, that shows what I know! That would be cool.
|Date:||January 22nd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)|| |
My offer as a second reader for your work still stands. :)
When's the next time you're heading northwestward? It'd be good to see you again (I'm in PDX now, and this seems like a town you'd enjoy).
In that case, I should get acquainted with you in the hopes of third readership.
|Date:||January 25th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)|| |
*boggle* Further, you know Kaebel?!? This city is so convergent it blows my mind.
It seems like all my cool friends live in Portland. We'd totally love to move there, if the economic situation in the country felt like helping out at all...
I wish the economy here was at least as it is in your neck of the country for you guys to be here. It's kinda heinous for job seekers right now, so I figure from talking to folks. I've hidden back in academic life to weather the storm.
Well, it's not so great here either -- we're pretty much both insanely lucky to have gotten jobs at the library right after the bookstore folded.
yes! here, send me a myspace message. I know that's antiquated, but I'll be able to contact you through e-mail after that. www.myspace.com/theexplainedfun