The Two Hundred and Eighty-Seventh Post: The One Where I Talk About an Old Fascination and the New Project…

Hello, everyone!  I woke up this morning to Art Bell.  If you’ve never heard of him, go on down to the website and take a look around.  He’s coming back to the radio (well, the Internet) and I’ve found his show to be entertaining.  His show deals with oddities like UFOs, ghosts and the such.  I started listening to him when I was working third shift at Anthem (a long, long time ago).  Do I believe what he espouses?  Some of it.  I like the EVP/Ghost hunting episodes and some of the more reasonable conspiracy segments.  I bought a subscription when I heard he’s coming back  Give it a listen when he’s back on July 20th.

The new project.  One of the things that I am liking about this one is that I am trying to make the main character as unlikeable as possible without completely alienating him from the readers.  I know that I am going to get a lot of comparisons to the show “House“, in that the character isn’t the likeable sort of person.  They’re right, but “House” is really nothing more than an a re-hashing of Sherlock Holmes (not bashing — I loved the show).  So far, the main character of The Marvelous and Malefic Doomsday Medicine Show (Love that title!) is not a misunderstood genius, but rather an avaricious individual.  If he’s not getting paid, he’s doesn’t give a whit about you.  Of course, we’re going to have flashes of humanity here and there, but not enough for us to look at him differently.  He’s going to change over the course of the book, like the dragon in “Skyrim” says:

"What is better: to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"

Which is the theme of this novel: you can overcome the worse parts of your nature, but it takes an effort.  I’m aiming to get this book finished and out there before Christmas — this year (I feel that I have to qualify that.  I mean…Tyro’s novel has been a project for almost twenty years).  I’m looking forward to revealing the antagonist in the book, since it’s a callback to my first novel (still on sale!).  I still have that fire in my belly for this one.  I am going to try to finish Cat, Rabbit and Clover at some point this year as well, it’s just that the more I write it, the more I want to add and the longer it gets, I just need to focus on the scenes that need to finish and get it off to the editor.  I need to get this done because I finally got the title for the sequel: The Three L’s: Love, Luck and Lumber.  Evan’s series can go on as long as there is interest in it.  Most of the other projects are trilogies (I’ve been told they tend to sell better), and I think the only things that are one-shot works are all my horror projects (which I should get to them at some point) and maybe the one romance idea I have (which takes place at around the same time as the current work — I wonder if they should reference each other?)

Well, speaking of writing — I should get to that for the few minutes I have before I have to get off to work.  I hope y’all have a good day.

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

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