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Two things: I’ve unarchived the site obviously, and I’ve decided to start working on fiction again with the caveat that I’m doing it casually, and not on a tight production schedule.

Meaning, I’m not holding myself to X hours a week, X stories/chapters a month, X novels a year, complete novel Y in Z number of months, write 1000-2000 words daily or else, and all the rest. I’m simply not stable enough to do so, and it’s not fun; it kills all the joy I used to find in working.

So, updates will be…when they happen, and that’s all I can say. Probably when there’s content added finally or I feel the urge to comment on something fiction-related.


Disarray

As of this writing I have gotten back into writing bits of fiction but not fully in the swing of things.

Which is kind of a relief; it’s been a while.

The novel hasn’t been touched since I finished my final take of it and sent it to first readers, and to be honest, it’s not much of a surprise to me that it apparently started off strong and ended a little weaker (I rushed through the last half of it, after working on the first part here and there over a few years, and I think I did the last 20-odd pages in a huge sprint or something- like in one night). It needs a lot of work, so I’m really not sure what to do with it besides to say it’s not showing up anytime soon.

I’m debating ripping it apart, revamping the setting and the story and the characters, and just starting the hell over. That’s probably going to be a long process. In the meantime I plan on doing and publishing more stories (short pieces) in the setting somewhere on the site. I’m also not planning on being super productive; I’m trying to kick off a photography business with a friend, so this section of the site may just not be very happening for a while.

I’ve decided to focus mostly on fantasy and maybe more serious literature in the future; science fiction and the far future stuff just gives me a headache when I think of technology and the science side of things, so it’s back to totally contrived and imaginative stuff for any work I do anytime soon.

Anyway, I’ve not quit, I’ve just been taking a break that just ended, and I’m hoping to get back into work mode for the long term tomorrow sometime.


Rest in Peace

Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on the 22nd, apparently. A big part of me knew this was coming for a long time; she my favorite author, and I knew she was up there in years. It wasn’t like some of her later stuff didn’t hint at her awareness of her encroaching mortality. So at least it wasn’t a harsh surprise, which was probably exactly her intent.

I’m very saddened but I don’t feel like she went anywhere; as in I’m sure she’s still alive in some capacity. It hasn’t really stopped me from getting choked up about it, which doesn’t happen often. Now all we have left down here are her books and words, and she left quite a few of those behind for us to build off of, learn from, and enjoy. I will, of course, have to forever remember her as the woman who sucker punched me in the stomach verbally for trying to be a literary sellout at the beginning of my fiction writing endeavors, putting the stop to much bullshit on my part.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually quite grateful for the rescue, it just hurt really bad at the time. So does the fact that I never managed to write her.

I’ve only really read the Earthsea Cycle, her rendition of the Tao Te Ching, and caught one of the film versions of The Lathe of Heaven. I’ve tried to get through a few others despite long-running then on-and-off (medical) trouble with reading, but her works have really shaped me into a completely different and better person. There’s not much else to say about it, or her work. She was a grandmaster at writing. Her writing was simply powerful, and wise.

Somehow I can see her scolding me even now from her new digs somewhere beyond. I realize now I’m going to have to push all the way through all the exercises in Steering the Craft.

I hope you’re having a blast wherever we all wind up wandering off to, Mrs. Le Guin.