One of the chief influences on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned has been the movie Strange Days, easily one of my favorite films of all time, and still not available in anything like a decent home video edition. I ended up dropping some Amazon points to order the German import Blu-ray Disc — it looks terrific — but anyone who doesn't have a multiregion BD player is either going to have to buy one or just suck their thumbs, since inexplicably there are no plans to issue it domestically. Hey, Fox, not to state the crashingly obvious here, but given that you're sitting on a stone cold cult classic that is even more relevant than ever, how about doing us a solid with it?
That said, having the movie back in hand made me think again about all the different influences that have converged in this project.Read more
I haven't said much lately about the release schedule for current and future books of mine, so here's some catch-up in that department.Read more
Some notes on Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, specifically. I'm now around halfway through the project, assuming we have a 250K word length. For perspective, that's the same word length I originally projected for Flight of the Vajra, but I blew that out by 100K, so my word on how long this thing gets will be worth exactly what you paid for it.
Last night I was talking with a friend about why this book has turned into such an effort. It's ironic that it has, because it was originally supposed to be a fast-moving escape hatch from another project that was threatening to become morose and somber and, well, dull. This isn't to say AONO has become any of those things — it does move fast and strike hard, but getting it to accomplish such goals has been excruciatingly tough.Read more
In trying to describe Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned to friends, I've sometimes fallen back on the old "X plus Y" trick so common to those pitching a project to a prospective reader, producer, editor, or other authority. In my case, I cited three major sources of inspiration for the project: Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas, James Cameron/Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain. No, really.
This in turn provoked another discussion: what I mean when I say something took inspiration from something else, as I've developed my own take on it over time.Read more
All that reading of John Cage and drawing from the Oblique Strategies must be paying off. Earlier this week, while working on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, I ran into a wall — or rather, what only looked like a wall. Every obstacle is actually an opportunity, and all that.Read more
Last night I wrote the first thousand or so words for the first draft to Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
I'm just as surprised as you might be.Read more
Last weekend's work on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was shockingly fruitful. (This brings to mind an image of someone plugging 220V appliances into a navel orange, but only because I'm weird and love terrible jokes.) Not only did I finally crack the entire end-to-end outline on the 4th try, but I started translating that into the scene-by-scene "beat sheet" that will be used to actually write the book.Read more
Busy several days and weekend, not much blogging time. Some catch-up.Read more
This weekend I filled mostly with pounding out the third end-to-end outline for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. And this time around, I cheated.
(Voices off: "It isn't cheating if it works!")
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. When you're stuck in a mud puddle, on ice, or a pile of wet leaves, stop spinning your tires. After two and a half outline drafts, I was stuck'r than ev'r, like someone trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle by throwing the pieces into a blender.Read more