The Two Hundred and Eighty-First Post: The One Where I Try New Ways to Fail Artistically…

Hello, all – I had a good weekend. I got to do some photography for a book cover for a friend of mine, you can see it on the right as I am also give him a little help with publicity (well, as much as I can do with this site). So, if anything doesn’t come of writing, I might have a decent job as a photographer… or maybe not – it’s not up to me. I did manage to finish the first act for Cat, Rabbit and Clover with concluding the interview and getting the main character the job. It’s coming along and I am going to try to work on the novel solely on Saturday and not get distracted by anything else. Yeah – Saturday is usually my ‘work or not’ day. If I do something, fine. If not, just as fine. I do it enough to myself Monday through Friday. It’s just nice to get this book moving along and I can only hope to maintain this pace (breakneck or otherwise) and get it done and out there by August.

I did manage on Sunday to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Wow – it’s better than the first movie (which was no slouch in itself) and it really sends the story along, but I don’t like the way it ended. It left us hanging and yeah…I know – the ending is supposed to make us want more, but…come on. I only point this out because one of the problems I have with writing is endings. When I was writing the first novel, I kept going and going and going as far as what was happening with Rhona and Anya. I finally found a way out and we have what is out there now, but for the longest time, the story kept going on its own. All of the stories in my head seem to do that. I don’t know if that there is more to the story than what I outlined and this is my subconscious trying to tell me it’s not done. I never can really get a good ending to a story and I always feel the need to do a full stop a la “Desolation”, which always doesn’t feel right to me. I am having this problem with the ghost story I/O Error. I know the why of the ending; I just don’t know how to get there. Personally, it drives me crazy because I like having everything neatly done and wrapped before I put fingers to keyboard. I don’t know if it makes a difference or not, but when I work on the story, I see it like a movie in my head. So – yeah, I get a lot of ‘cut to black’ endings before everything gets settled out. Maybe it’s just me.

I am still reading Doctor Sleep and wow – this is Stephen King on the top of his game. If you’re not reading this, seriously – drop what you’re doing (unless you’re holding a baby, you can set him or her down gently, come on now…) and get this book. This is the best book I’ve read all year and I almost don’t want it to end. After this, I’m going to read Lies of Locke Lamora just to get back to fantasy…until the next novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, at which point I will drop whatever I’m reading and get back to that. And you should too.

As always, I am thankful for your reading this humble blog. To the right are books, either by me or dear friends. Please peruse them at your leisure. Until tomorrow evening, good reader, I bid you a good day.



Seething Apathy

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