OK, everything's finally disentangled on this end. I don't know what kind of mess I engendered by asking for Python 3 support, but as long as it's working and working consistently, that's all I care about. On to other matters.Read more
Still sorting out some of the technical difficulties on this end; evidently I opened some kind of 55-gallon drum of engineering worms at my Web host. Anyway, I can still blog; I've just been paying attention to other things in the interim. So, today's subject: opening scenes.Read more
The site migration's going a little bumpier than I'd like — some pieces are working better than ever, others not at all — but I'm still capable of blogging here.
Last night I did some final cleanup on Welcome to the Fold, with one very last touch to add — an additional scene suggested by my editor that puts a few things into perspective near the middle of the story. I'll need to sketch that scene out and then write it, but I think I have an existing sketch I dashed off in email to Ellen that will serve as a good model to work from. Then, again, comes the whole business of seeking out publishers, agents, etc.Read more
Constant Readers (all two of them) will remember (assuming they have had their coffee) how some time back I posted a primer on how I develop my ideas into a story. Right now I'm at stage 1 with Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, bordering on stage 2. I have The Idea, and now I'm moving into The Rehearsal.
About half the Rehearsal process happens in my head; the other half — the half that is the most transformative and important — happens on paper. Or, rather, in a newly inaugurated TiddlyWiki. Right now all sorts of blue-skying is happening in there: plot possibilities, character considerations, throughlines, endpoints, kick-offs, touchdowns, and fumbles.
It's a mess.
It's supposed to be a mess. If it wasn't a mess, nothing interesting would happen there.Read more
I might have put my foot in it with my announcement yesterday that I was changing tracks — shelving the project The Palace of the Red Desert and switching to a new one named Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. My explanation for why I'm doing that might have come off wrong, so here's another attempt to make my motives clear.Read more
I mentioned earlier my next novel was to be called The Palace of the Red Desert, and I dropped a few hints about what it was to be — a historical fantasy of sorts, drawing on an amalgam of Asian history for inspiration.
Over the last couple of weeks, though, I had a change of heart. Okay, more like a change of heart, mind, spirit, and ambitions.Read more