jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Okay, yes. What day is it? Tuesday? New album release day? Got it. Perhaps I shall do some mp3 shopping after I post this.

This past weekend I finally treated myself to having an actual weekend! That is, where I didn't head back into Spare Oom to work on stuff. Sure, I did a wee bit of TPoB revision, but other than that, it was a matter of just enjoying the day. Saturday we headed over to the de Young to check out the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit (Emm: "Come on, Georgia. You're not fooling anyone, you know."), as well as a neat mini-exhibit of photography and artwork based on the building of the Bay Bridge. They just opened another exhibit of abstract expressionism, but that'll be around for a bit longer so we'll check that out at a later time.

After the museum we headed over to Green Apple Books on Clement (who got a sweet write-up in Publisher's Weekly this past issue due to them winning PW's Best Indie Bookstore), where we spent mumbletymumble dollars on books for California Bookstore Day, including a really cool signed lithograph from Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret--a book, I should add, that I discovered in that very store. [Seriously, go buy the book. It's absolutely lovely, and well worthy of its Caldecott.] I'm so grateful we have such an excellent bookstore in our neighborhood...if any of you decide to come to San Francisco, let us know and we'll bring you there--you won't be let down, but you may leave with significantly less money in your pocket!

Also, Emm and I have started watching The Story of Film: An Odyssey on Netflix streaming the last few days. It's a phenomenal 15-part documentary by Irish film writer Mark Cousins, well worth checking out. In a way it feels like a sped-up overview of my years at Emerson as a film student, only better--it doesn't just hit on American or even UK cinema, but touches upon film in other countries--China, India, Brazil, Japan, and so on. Each episode is right about an hour long, so if you're into this sort of thing and like geeking out over creative filmmaking, it's well worth the time.

[Start Old Man Complaint Segment] In other news, my sciatica seems to have disappeared for the most part. A few muscles are a little sore for some reason, but other than that I'm no longer hobbling around like an ancient old man. Still taking it slower than usual, though, because I know it sneaks back at the most inopportune moments, especially when I think it's healed. [/End Old Man Complaint Segment]

And WRITING! Yay, I am full-blown WRITING again! Yes, I'm still working on the last couple dozen chapters of the TPoB revision on my tablet, but this past Tuesday I put my foot down and put Walk in Silence on the front burner. Over the past week I've been fashioning out a detailed outline of twenty or so chapters with all the points I want to hit. This is especially working out well, as a lot of this part of the book has been sort-of written already in the form of various LJ blog entries over the years. I'm doing it this way because in reading those blog entries, I keep finding moments I'd wanted to add to the entry after it's been posted, and building up this outline will assist to that. The music side of the book will come next, in which I'll add specific songs/albums/bands that I want to talk about and insert them almost-chronologically. [I say "almost" because the book actually starts in 1986, jumps back in time, and then moves forward again in a linear fashion.] I've hit a few thousand words over the course of the last week, which is small beans so far, but once I actually get the text going, the word count should rise accordingly.

Can you tell I'm really looking forward to writing this book? :D
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Ah, sciatica. Thy name is PAIN IN THE ASS. (Almost literally.) I never know what's going to set it off. I could pick up heavy stuff, brazenly reach for things beyond my grasp, slouch like a slug at my desk for hours at a time, and nothing will hurt it. And then I attempt to crawl out of the back seat of my in-laws' rental car (it's not that there was no leg room--more like the door was relatively small and getting out was akin to climbing out of an Apollo Command Module), and I start feeling that telltale tweak in my lower back. And then the heavy stuff I pick up without thinking, the coffee I left dead center on the kitchen table, the tiring eight-hour slog of a busy workweek, not to mention my comedic and violent attempts at turning over in bed, that starts aggravating it.

Surprisingly, it stopped hurting during the two-hour performance at the Symphony last night. It could be the plush seats and the angle they were at, plus the fact that I wasn't slouching or settling in some weird position. Of course being the guy that I am, I had to prove something (I'm not sure what) by putting the heavy box of my new chair in the trunk of the car, putting the chair together myself, bringing the empty box down and breaking it up for the recycling bin, and doing three loads of laundry today. Somebody tell me that was a good idea? Y/N?

Aside from that...the rest of the week has been kind of quiet. We had a bit of a OMGWTFBBQ NEEDTHISDONENOW issue with a client, which we were able to do in record time--which meant me dropping everything else I was doing and screwing up the turnaround time on those other issues in the process. I made sure I made a bit of noise while doing it--basically saying "sure, we'll do it, but next time out, give us more than just 48 hours to do this huge thing, because you just screwed up the SLAs for everything else." Suffice it to say, my bosses were on my side on that, so that's good.

Writingwise...plugging along with the revision. Currently on Chapter 22 and hoping to get this thing finished soon enough. I know I'll need to go over The Process of Belief at least a few more times before an agent gets to see it, but at this point I think it's in a MUCH better place than it was just a few years ago when I finally finished it. The most it needs is some cleaning of prose and perhaps a few more minor scene rewrites. As said before, as soon as I'm done with this revision go-round, I'll be starting in hot and heavy with Walk in Silence, so expect to see a major uptick in music blog entries and retrospectives!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
So I've been hearing all the noise about the latest Game of Thrones episode from the other night, and the fact that there was some major Ick Factor going on in one of the subplots. Well, we don't have cable and I'm not really that interested in the series (books or show--it just doesn't sound like something that would capture my interest is all), so I don't really have much to say about that. I'll just let y'all chat about that.

However, in my recent revision of The Process of Belief, I came upon a short linking scene. In short, two of the most important characters are polar opposite deities yet forever linked spiritually and emotionally, and they face of at a key moment in the trilogy's overall plot.

Here's the passage I came upon:

It's a bit long and problematic so it's behind this here cut )

So...yeah. The long and short of it is that her betrothed D'kami, under the guise of Saish the chaos deity, has just temporarily kidnapped Denysia (our spunky teen hero and the One of All Sacred, the balance deity), mainly to get her away from her well-meaning but overprotective older sister so he can explain their current situation without interruption or outside influence. The move is very typical of him--acting before thinking, and reacting to the first thing that comes his way. In this case, Denysia's harsh dismissal of their fate.

I came upon this scene a few days ago during revision, and for the life of me, I'm not entirely sure why I wrote some of it. The scene itself didn't bother me all that much...only those last two paragraphs at the end. It wasn't so much that it played out sort of like an abusive relationship rather than anything else, especially with Saish's reaction to her harsh words and her immediate apology afterwards. Why did I write that?

Why indeed. I thought about it some. I wrote the scene probably sometime around 2003 if I'm not mistaken, so if I was inspired or influenced by anything, perhaps it was the comic books I was picking up at the time, or maybe one of the movies or books I watched or read then. Eventually it dawned on me that the point here was shock value. I seem to remember that from the mid-90s to the early 00s I saw quite a bit of 'shock value as proving a point' thing. The 'let's see how far we can take this' thing. I don't know...back then I think there was a point to it, perhaps a reactionary point to the more conservative ideas popping up at the time. You know, going that far because the more popular stories wouldn't dare to.

I think the end of that scene was written exactly for that reason, but in hindsight I don't think it worked. It was supposed to show Denni rebelling when she really shouldn't be (not because of a preconceived gender role, but as her role as deity--the whole point of her character is to maintain physical and spiritual balance in the universe through peaceful means) and Saish calming her down the only way he knew how at the time. The end result sounds like he's being abusive, and hurts her when she steps out of line. Yeah, not my plan at all. Not in the least.

That said...the new version looks like this:

slightly shorter revised edit )

So yes...much better here. [Yeah, the prose still needs a little work, I know.] Denysia is still on the defensive, but she's not helpless. She's fighting back and making it hard for her captor, which is definitely more in character for her. Additionally, Saisshalé is not hurting her, intentionally or not, making him less 'chaotic' than he seems. In the end it also serves as a signpost of the overall plot at this point--the predestined fates of these two characters are breaking down, and they are both creating new future events in the process. The shock value is gone, but the tension is heightened in the process because it's hit both of the characters deeply and personally.

I think this was a good personal example of where writing to shock can really fall apart. It can of course be used, especially if one is writing in the kind of genre that expects it, or if the writer (say, like GRRM) is using it to show a larger point of corruption within specific systems. Or you're Chuck Palahniuk or JG Ballard. Either way, this whole exercise made me think a bit more about how I've treated a number of my characters. Is it really worth the shocking moment, if it's only for the shock value? Not really. There's got to be a reason behind it, and furthermore, that reason has to be clearly defined. Otherwise it not only fails its intended reaction, it can have unintended and unfortunate alternate meanings.
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Boy oh boy does my TBR pile need some culling...! Well, that and my "already read" pile is a bit ridiculous as well. I'm deciding to invoke Jonc's Occasional Rules of Book Owning:

1. If I bought it, it's been a year or more and I still haven't read it, I either A) shift it to the READ THIS NEXT pile, or B) get rid of it.
2. If I did read a book and still own it, I either A) decide if I still want to keep it, or B)realize I'm probably not going to read it again and get rid of it.
3. If I did not yet read a book but it's in my TBR pile, I either A) keep it there if I know I'll be getting to it, or B) make a decision there and then if I'm going to get to it anytime soon.

Yeah, I know, it's harsh, but sometimes it needs to be done. I've already got a pile going, which A. will probably add to as well, and we'll drop them off at the SF Library store next time we're down near the Marina.

Other cleaning: in other not-so-shocking news, I may need to move my mp3s to the newer external, as I seem to be running out of space! Which means I'll have to do a bit of creative maneuvering and re-adding the tracks to Media Monkey, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'll probably do that next weekend when I have more time.

Other cleaning: do I really need the paid version of AVG on my computer, and all the other bells and whistles? The PC works just fine with the free version, and the paid version's got some weird update that doesn't jive with my system (note: this same problem is happening with a number of other users, so it's not just me). I'll have to check and see if it's expiring soon and stop it. I've got a few other firewall and PC-cleaning things installed anyway, so we'll see.


Non-cleaning news:
Apparently, when I revise in bed using my tablet, I seem to be finishing the work a hell of a lot faster. Which tells me two things: I'm giving myself about an hour's extra revision time at night and reaching the end of my revision project that much quicker, and I may have to admit I've been distracting myself too much in Spare Oom! Will have to remedy that. The other downside being that I'm falling behind in my reading, but on the other hand, I'm already halfway through The Process of Belief with a little over twenty chapters more to go.

Other than that, it's been a busy weekend, as I've been hanging with the in-laws both here and in the North Bay. Lots of driving and sightseeing, so it's been fun!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Re: the subject heading--last week when we stopped at Amoeba I finally got around to picking up Bob Mould's Workbook 25, the 25th Anniversary of his excellent 1989 album, and after much distraction and other things going on, I finally got around to ripping it to the drive and giving it a listen. MAN, this album still kicks ass after a quarter century. It's a gorgeous album, full of lovely acoustics and incredibly strong songwriting from a guy formerly known only a few years previous as one third of Hüsker Dü, the guy who tore into his heavily distorted Flying V and howl-screamed most of his lyrics. Well worth picking up and giving a listen.

So! What has been going on in JoncWorld? All sorts of fun things.

--Taxes. Finally did them the other day, and though we still owe for both the State and Federal (I know it's my job's fault--I may need to adjust how much is taken out), it's a little less than last year. And it dawned on me that, if I finally follow through with getting published, I'm going to need to start itemizing next year. Whee! That'll be fun. But yes...that bit of silliness is over and done with for another year.

--Work. Work is...work. It's not frustrating, but I did have a bit of ridiculousness to contend with. Long story short, if you have any nonspecific questions on how OFAC Sanctions work, I'm your man. Let's just say I had to school a few people on it last week. Much fun.

--Walking, Shopping, Eating. Another fun-filled weekend here in sunny SF, in which our intrepid heroes headed over the Castro and the Mission yesterday. After a very tasty brunch in the Castro (in which a hilarious couple asked us about whether their facial hair made them look Amish) (yeah, I don't know either, but it was damn funny), we walked down 18th Street, stopped briefly at ImagiKnit (one of A's favorite yarn stores) and then for some AWESOMELY TASTY ice cream at Bi-Rite. From there it was over to Valencia, where we stopped at this really fun gift shop that sells all sorts of silly cards, and then across the street to Borderlands Books, where we spent mumblemumble on books. And then today we headed over to Fillmore so A could get a haircut, and for me to spend some time at Browser Books, where we eventually spent mumblemumble on more books. Then it was down to Japantown for some okonomi-yaki! It was probably for the best that I didn't buy any manga at Kinokuniya, then...

--Reading. I finally finished Chang Rae-Lee's On Such a Full Sea and I have to say I was pleasantly entertained, especially given that it's been described as a post-apocalyptic novel. See, this book proves that not every post- climate failure/society failure/pandemic novel needs to be full of zombies, or a horror novel, or a suicide-inducing downer (Cormac McCarthy I'm looking at you). It was not only fascinating, it was quite true to life, extremely heartfelt, and *gasp* didn't exactly have a complete resolution! All in all, one of my favorite books I've read in a long time. Well worth it. And now, I'm reading Carter Alan's Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN, which I'm finding equally as fascinating--let's face it, I love pretty much any book that tells the history of rock radio, but this one is great because I'm very familiar with not just the station, but many of the deejays involved.

--Writing. Yes, still plugging away at the revision of The Process of Belief. I'm on Chapter 8, and I seem to have gotten past some of the more tetchy "stage directions" parts into some tighter prose, so there's that. As I told A., I figured when I wrote that I was focusing more on the word count than the prose itself, and paid a little too much attention to the visual cues and not much else. Around 2002-4, that tended to happen whenever I was in the zone. In other writing news, I decided to put the 750 Words aside for now, as I want to try something slightly different. More on that later.

--Making plans for our vacation. We'll be in the Massachusetts area in a few weeks and so will hopefully be meeting up with friends and family at that time. Should be fun!


So yes...been a busy but productive week here! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Okay, maybe a couple. Yesterday was our foray over to the Haight to do a bit of walking around and shopping. It's kind of an interesting neighborhood to be in somewhat early in the morning, considering most of its stores don't open until around 10 or 11am. We took a walk around some of the streets with the main aim of heading over to Crepes on Cole for breakfast, where they make some great scrambles. After that we walked a bit on Cole, took a few pictures of the Victorians, and headed back to Haight to browse the stores. We stopped at the Haight Ashbury Music Center for a short bit, where I ogled at their collection of guitars and mandolins (and was serenaded by the store's awesome speaker system, which was inexplicably playing The Bee Gees' Main Course album!). After a stop at Booksmith (surprise surprise), we headed over to Amoeba, where I surprised myself by buying only two cds...we did, however, end up buying a number of dvds, including a fascinating 16-disc set of all the Emma Peel episodes of The Avengers. Can't go wrong with that!

So what's for today? It may sound boring, but we're heading up to the other end of Clement for the farmer's market. It's a relatively recent thing in this neighborhood, having started up in the middle of last year, but it's gone over so well (and most of the stuff ends up selling out by afternoon) that they've extended it for another year and may even extend it another block. We've bought some great produce there the last few times, so it's well worth it. Other plans today? Not much...just a few boxes of books to donate to the Fort Mason library store, and perhaps finally getting the car washed. Yay mundane weekend plans! :p


The writing side of things has been slow but productive...I'm about halfway through a longish chapter of The Process of Belief, and it dawns on me that this chapter here is right about where the title starts making sense. It still feels a bit awkward as a title and might be changed, but that's still up in the air. And as for other things, I'm happy that I was finally able to write that Fuzzbox post over at Walk in Silence. Added to that, I came to the realization that I definitely need to assign myself a schedule for the posts for WiS as well as Welcome to Bridgetown. I'm thinking that the Bridgetown posts could be written on the weekend, as those usually take much longer to write. And as for the music posts, it occurred to me that I should probably turn that into my own version of the Throwback Thursday meme that goes around on Twitter...perhaps working on a music post throughout the week would work, posting it on Thursdays.

In other writing news, the 750 Words fell by the wayside again due to another crazy week at work, as well as wanting to use more time with the TPoB revision, but I'm sure I can pick it up again when need be. I'm not too worried about it. I did manage to finally get some of my previous plans in motion, however--I now have a clipboard at eye-level with my desk that has a list of upcoming blog posts to work on, and I finally found something at the kitchenware store up the street that I can use for my "idea jar", which is also on my desk. The idea jar is something I've been wanting to do for some time, using it sort of like a primer for any writing exercises or projects I want to partake in (including the 750 Words). I tried this once before to some success, and I'd like to try it again.


So yeah, another fun-packed weekend here at the home...!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
It's been quite the long week here in JoncWorld, busy all around. Work has been relatively calm-ish, not that many clients going off the rails, so I can't complain there. Nothing much to report, really.

We made it a point to get back to heading to the YMCA on a nearly daily basis, as I tend to sit on my duff here in Spare Oom for way too long. The first four days were well taken care of, and by Friday we were twitchy from work issues and decided a walk around the neighborhood was in order instead. We headed up California, cut over around 10th Avenue and walked around Mountain Lake before heading back. They've done a really good job at cleaning up the lake this past year--it was drained, dredged, decluttered, had goats eating the overgrowth (no lie--there's a company out this way that rents out goats for all your de-brushing and de-brambling needs!), and had a lot of the invasive species of plant, animal and fish taken away. Not to mention some serious filtration work, as it's right up against the stretch of Veterans Boulevard as it cuts through the Presidio, and the lake has seen its share of litter and toxic runoff through the years. It's nearly done, but they've done a beautiful job.

Today was a roadtrip up to Santa Rosa, which is always one of my favorite places to go here in the Bay Area. It's a large small city, so to speak, population around 160k, but it's spread out quite a bit. Downtown SR is a neat place as it has a large number of restaurants and shops. On Fourth Street there's Treehorn Books, a veritable Narnia of used tomes (it's good for "oh, I wasn't even looking for this, but I want this!" shopping) and up the street there's a really cool Barnes & Noble that's in a large building straight out of the 1920s, complete with a Jazz-Age style front. And just about a mile or two up the road is Copperfield's, a small local chain that saps our wallets every time we go into one of them. So yes, today was a mini-book crawl. :)

Tomorrow? We're not exactly sure. We may head to Q for brunch or we may go to Japantown, depending on what we're in the mood for. The problem with going to Q is the temptation to stop at Green Apple and buy EVEN MORE BOOKS.

There was, of course, a bit of a kerfuffle online about WorldCon this past week, but as I said on Twitter, I really have no horse in that race, so I'm choosing to not get publicly involved. I do of course have some thoughts about it, but I felt it was probably for the best not to add to everything that went on.

As for writing...? I'm happy in that I managed to get four out of seven days' worth of 750 Words done, considering. The "Townies" idea is expanding in unexpected and interesting directions, turning into some kind of pre- (very pre-) Bridgetown Trilogy story. I figured it would head in that direction eventually, but I wanted to let it expand organically rather than forcing it into a specific shape. That's why I let the 750 lag for a short while, so I could let the ideas simmer a bit. This may or may not expand into the next major project, but we'll see.

Chapter 5 of The Process of Belief was a big pain in the ass and most likely needs another go-through, but I finally got it done early in the week, and jumped in on Chapter 6. That too needed some tough love, but less in the prose and more in the editing department. There's still a lot of stage direction to get rid of, but not nearly as much as the previous chapter, and much easier to clean up. Book 3 kind of feels weird to revise, as it's pretty much Act III in a very long story arc. While it ties in with Books 1 and 2, the overall feeling of this one seems different. There's a hell of a lot more ongoing tension, and I think that's what I'm feeling with it. In a good way, of course.

I also FINALLY finished off the Blogging the Beatles series over at Walk in Silence! Yay! I admit I lapsed a bit on it, but I like how it ended, and that leaves me free to add new posts. Starting this week I'll be working on some new Walk in Silence stuff for your reading enjoyment. I should also be starting up on the Welcome to Bridgetown stuff as well, as I have a few ideas to work on there.

Which brings us to a few other web-related things:
--Will I ever update my Dreamwidth site again? Probably not; I'm thinking I'll copy the poetry posts to a document file and then shut it down, as I just don't use it anymore.
--Will I stay here at LJ? Of course--I have a permanent account. I still check it on a daily basis, maybe comment now and again, though I'm pretty much just at the weekend updates at this point. It'll remain the personal blog. I do have the other one, Scribble Diem, which I haven't updated since May of 2012, so that one I'll most likely close down at some point, as I just don't use it anymore. Maybe create one of those LJ Books and then ditch it.
--Tumblr. Yeah, I haven't posted there in some time, have I? I need to rectify that. Thing is, I haven't taken any pictures worth posting lately. Maybe that'll give me reason to start rescanning my stuff (and maybe photographing some of the larger or more colorful things) and posting those. One of my aims this year is to reignite my love for art, so why not?
--In cleaning up the Joncblogs, that'll mean that Walk in Silence and Welcome to Bridgetown will become my main go-to websites. I will endeavor to post links here and elsewhere so others are aware, of course. I have both connected to Twitter and Tumblr so they'll show up both places.

So yes...busy week. Busy, but productive! And that's what counts. :)
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Really, there's not much to report here in terms of creativity...I've done little except revision work for The Process of Belief, which has been taking most of my focus. Chapter 4 was good plotwise, but extremely clunky when it came to the prose, so it need a lot of tough love. The 'Townies' experiment I was working on with 750Words (I'm calling it that for lack of a better reference for now) hasn't been touched but it's still in my mind, popping up now and again.

Admittedly, part of the sparse creative output has been due to spending most of my problem-solving time pulling double duty last week. One of my coworkers that works in tandem with me on specific things was originally supposed to be out only on Thursday and Friday, but ended up calling out sick on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. And of course we had the few fires to put out. As much as I did want to dedicate some time for things other than revision, I just didn't have the mental energy to do so. I'm hoping I can turn that around in the next few days.

I've also been thinking a lot about the output on my two WordPress sites. As you can obviously tell, I haven't been updating properly. If at all. I could just chalk it up to "oh well, I've been busy with other things", but to me that always feels like a cop-out. I know I can bang out a writing article or a music article in a day...I've done it countless times before. Even if I'm truly exhausted, mentally or physically, I can't help but think I'm just letting it slide, and that's not professional. And I'm not going to get any new readers if the blogs are stagnant.

SO:

Here's the plan.

It's time to make a schedule. Not the whiteboard guide, though I will continue to use that. An honest-to-goddess schedule, with deadlines. I will make a list of articles that I want to write. I will make a list of deadlines of when these need to be written, and when they should be posted. I will put this list on a clipboard that I will hang in front of me in Spare OOm so I don't f**king IGNORE IT. In fact, I have just nailed the damn thing to the wall, eye level, right next to this monitor. And I will adhere to this schedule to the best of my abilities.

And as for non-revision creative endeavors: It's time to create a backlog of prompts. I will buy some sort of container, some sort of Tupperware type jar. Any time I actually have a random scrap of an idea--even if it's just a phrase or an image--I will throw it in that jar. I will place this jar in a place where I will not forget about it. And I will make it a point to use at least one prompt a day, either for the 750 Words, or a poem, or something else.

And as for non-writing creative endeavors: I will make it a point to do some sort of drawing, even if it's a doodle. Do something at least once a day, even if it's a five-minute sketch to get rid of my work frustration. And I will use the Wacom tablet every weekend. And by year's end, I would like to at least start with some sort of small-scale painting. [I already noodle around on my guitars on a daily basis, even for a few minutes a day, so I'm good there. Later this year I will expand on that and maybe do a bit of recording--that's not a priority.]


Yes, I know. I know I said something in my previous LJ post about not forcing it if it doesn't want to come. I know. I have a disgusting habit of giving myself easy outs. Well--let's not be too hard on myself; that was more in reference to not forcing the story when it's not there, and not about forcing creativity. For some, creativity needs to be forced. Like me. I need to nudge myself out of complacency to get things done, or else I'm futzing around with my mp3 collection and watching YouTube videos. I'm always itching to write or draw or play music, but I make excuses not to, and that's not a good thing.

More on this as it unfolds.
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Not too much to report, really...I've mainly been busy working on revision of The Process of Belief...I just kicked off Chapter 4, so it's coming along relatively well. Like I said, the revision is not so much in the plot as it is in the prose, so I've just been doing a lot of editing and rewording. Lots of uncomfortably stilted sentences. Lots of stage direction ("Caren got up and walked over to the coffee machine. She picked up the carafe and poured herself a cup." GAAAH WHY DID I WRITE THIS CRAP). Nothing that can't be saved, though, so there's that.

The 750/"Townies" project hasn't so much stalled as I've been letting a few ideas stew in my head for a few days. I felt that making myself do the daily words for it would have been forcing it at this point. It's also made me think that perhaps it's time I can back away from the 750 Words site for the time being and focus the output elsewhere. That seems to be the issue...I can certainly do the morning words whenever needed or wanted, but I really shouldn't be forcing it if there's nothing to produce. We'll see where this goes.

In non-writing news, A and I are heading to a double-header movie date down the street at the Vogue! First up is The Spirit of'45, a documentary about Post-WWII Britain, and right after that is Good Ol' Freda, a doc about Freda Kelly, the Beatles' longtime friend and fan club secretary. Very typical choices for us, yes?

Other than that, not much planned for this weekend. We will of course need to head over to Safeway tomorrow for some grocery shopping, not to mention buying Girl Scout cookies! We were thinking of also heading down there relatively early so we could have brunch at Luis' Restaurant. That place fills up rather quickly, but we've learned over the years that no one wakes up early on the weekend her in the city (other than dog walkers, old people and joggers).

Hope everyone has a good long weekend! :)
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
So yes, it looks like I'm going to be doing a weekly review here on the good ol' LJ, so I should probably mix up the subject lines now and again, shouldn't I? :)

February started off much better than January's finish. After a great start last month only to be derailed halfway through due to work issues, I figured it was a good a time as any to climb back on the horse and continue where I left off. I was able to find some spare minutes during the day where I can pick up my journal notebook to write what's on my mind. The 750 is working out well too--more on that in a moment--and though I'm still slogging through Chapter 2 of The Process of Belief, it is getting there.

We're also FINALLY getting rain here in these parts! So while that's a really good thing for California (we're in drought status at the moment), it's doing a number on my sinuses, and it seems to also be sending ants into various parts of our apartment. Neither are a high-level concern, more of an irritation and a fixable one at that. Unfortunately it's also turning us into hermits who don't want to venture outside lest we melt...that's our northern California winter, I guess.

So! What's been going on with the writing? An interesting and unexpected new idea came to me in the form of a random picture I saw on Facebook. It was of a woman who looked like a typical townie from the Pioneer Valley (that's midwestern Massachusetts following the Connecticut River, for those of you unfamiliar with that term). She reminded me of some of the women I used to work with at Yankee, and started thinking about what her untold story might be. For my daily 750 Words I started riffing on her backstory--who was she, really? She was a waitress at a restaurant and was seeing a truck driver, for starters, but there's MUCH more to her than people expect. She has a business degree and owns half of the restaurant, is a strong musician that makes extra money writing and selling songs, and is totally fine with not being a be-suited business careerist. She's someone who does her own thing, regardless of others' expectations. But she's still hiding something--she and her two older siblings share a secret she's been hinting at but won't reveal. I haven't quite decided what that secret might be yet, but it'll be the catalyst for whatever story comes out of this. I'm as curious as you are, believe me.

In other writing news...as said, slogging through Chapter 2 of The Process of Belief. My worries were well-founded here: plotwise everything seems to be working okay...but the prose is absolute CRAP. Good lord, what was I thinking here? I think my downfall on that book was that I was focusing too much on achieving word count and getting the project done in a year, that the prose suffered from weak word choice and too much stage direction. I've been tidying up and revising where necessary, but like the first book, I'm pretty sure I'll need to do a bit more tightening on another go-round. Ah well, the price of being a writer...

Last weekend I also FINALLY updated the next-to-last Blogging the Beatles entry in the series, so that gives me one more to go. I'm hoping I can get it done this weekend, and of course will update everyone once it's finally up.

OH! And I wrote a guest music blog post for one of my online friends--you can find it here. Just a short and fun post about bass playing. :)

Other than that, it's been a busy but productive week with other personal and entertaining things going on, so I'm happy about that. Onward and upward!
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Oof. It seems one well-meant system rollout at work that went awry made my productivity go all pear-shaped in January. Thankfully it's sort of back to normal, but I did a lot less work than I'd wanted. Having to do the financial equivalent of medical triage all day for about week and a half can really take a lot out of you. Still...things have calmed down, so it's time to turn it around and get things done again.

One of the things that immediately fell by the wayside was the 750 Words. I just had no time or inclination to do morning words (or in this case, "early evening words just before I start up on revision again"). However, it's a new week and a new month, so it's a perfect time to get back on the horse. I kind of cheated last night with my daily words, but I figure I can accept it this time, as these words for a long-delayed post. These were the 2k-plus words to finish off the most recent Blogging the Beatles installment, which means we have one left to go!

So...was January a wash? Far from it. I finished off the main revision sweep of A Division of Souls, and though I'm sure it can probably use one more go-round, I'm happy with the work I put into it. The very next day I started in on the revision of The Process of Belief, and BOY was Chapter One a doozy. I definitely need to work on that one again. Thankfully I did a marathon eight pages of Chapter Two the other day, and it looks pretty good...so I'm not too worried. I just have to remember that this novel has a different voice from the first two, and for a reason: things have changed for all the characters, and they're definitely not the same people they were just months previous.

I did manage to get a number of journal entries and even a few poems in here and there. This side of the writing is a more personal tug of war, as part of me wants to tackle something every day--a journal entry, the daily words, and some kind of poetry--but some days I just don't have time for it. January was packed with events in and outside the house, so I had to remind myself that it was okay to miss a day if it comes to it.


So what does February have in store for me? Aside from the major revision work for Book 3, I'm going to try to get back into the schedule I'd planned. I also want to get cracking on a few new things as well--specifically, start making notes for future proejcts, as well as get some actual writing work done on Walk in Silence--both the blog and the book. Thirdly, it's high time I picked up the Wacom again after running out of time to play with it. I have a few interesting plans for that little project.

So yes--February looks to be equally busy, but in a good way!
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Let's try this again, shall we?

It's been a busy couple of weeks here in Spare Oom and elsewhere. We've had a busy schedule of things going on, including a double-header last Saturday of A Prairie Home Companion and Beethoven and Mason Bates at the SF Symphony. Work featured a new scanning program that's supposed to make my work easier but has instead turned the entire week into a giant clusterfuck of biblical proportions (not affecting me directly, but seriously affecting the workflow so much that it's affected clients' workflows--yeah, it ain't pretty). On Thursday I was out most of the morning getting a work PC refresh (and high time for it). Suffice it to say, the last two weeks have been filled with all sorts of WTFness and letting things slide so as to retain some semblance of sanity.

That's not to say it hasn't been a complete wash, though!

--750 Words: I've let this slide on multiple days this past week due to the work issue or simple exhaustion, but I aim to pick right back up where I left off. My 750 have been meandering as of late, though, a lot of random babbling about things. Now that things have quieted down a bit (sort of), I'd like to return to the daily morning words as an ongoing exercise in attempting short story writing. I'd written two examples earlier of dialogue-only scenes and enjoyed it immensely, so I'd like to continue with that. I've always complained about being unable to write short stories, and I think this is a good way for me to change that.

--Journaling: I think doing this has definitely helped on a personal level...I'm forcing myself to channel any frustrations or personal thoughts into a notebook rather than on Twitter or here on LJ, and in effect it's given me an outlet where I don't have to worry about editing or censoring myself. Not that I'm known to curse a blue streak or think impure thoughts on a normal basis, mind you--more like I've given myself free rein to say whatever's on my mind without the worry of what others may think about it. And hey, no trolls! And in the process, I think it's cleared up a lot of my other writing...if I write in my journal early in the day, the inner frustrations and distracting thoughts are already purged, leaving me with a clean slate for other projects.

I've also been making sure I keep my desk calendar updated as well--I have one of those hardbound "engagement calendar" books that I picked up from Green Apple and have been making it a point to write down what I did that day creatively, however big or small. I'm doing this as another exercise, this time to gauge my creative output and see where I may need adjusting or if I'm doing better than expected. I haven't done this in ages, and it's actually kind of fun. I don't have any set goals for word count (other than the daily 750), so it's more like a creative diary for me.

--Revision: Almost done with the 2013/4 revision run for The Persistence of Memories! I may want to run through this novel one more time on my tablet after it's done, just to give it a once-over, but this revision run for the most part has been pretty smooth. A few changes and rewrites here and there, but for the most part a lot of it has been surface cleaning, mostly changes in grammar and phrasing. Two more chapters and I'm done with this pass! Then to start on the revision of The Process of Belief. That one's going to need a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to it.

--Submission: No word yet on the Angry Robot submission, but I did happen to hear back from the JABberwocky Literary Agency after sending something to them some months ago. It was a rejection, but hey--it was something!

--Blogs: Due to busy weekends and crazy weekdays, I'm a little behind on these, but I hope to get caught up again once everything calms down again. I'm about halfway through the next-to-last Blogging the Beatles post at Walk in Silence, and may write something new for Welcome to Bridgetown soon. I noticed that I don't have much daily traffic on those blogs, but I'm happy to say it does go up a bit when I do post, so that's a good sign.

--Music: Been making it a point to pick up one of my guitars and noodling around during slow moments. Or more to the point, creating slow moments in the day, and using said noodling as a way to unwind. Haven't written anything new other than a few riffs, but hey, it's something. Plus, it's keeping me calm, which is good. I have a habit of going straight out some days and exhausting myself in the process. Music has charms to soothe the savage breast, as Congreve says.


...and that's been the last two weeks!

Today's update? Had a nice long walk to Q and back, and will be heading down to the symphony again tonight to see another Mason Bates piece ("Liquid Interface") and a few Beethoven pieces. We may drive this time, as it's an 8pm show and I'm sure we'll both be too tired and irritable to wait for the buses at the end of the night. Saturday night in downtown San Francisco can get a bit silly. And WOO! Long weekend! Hoping to get a caught up with stuff that fell by the wayside, maybe post a few things, and maybe even relax a bit.
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I'm not going to post a picture of the whiteboard this time out, because for the most part it remains the same:

Mon-Fri: Revision of Bridgetown Trilogy
Wed: Photo post
Sat: Art, Music
Sun: Walk in Silence, Music

The whiteboard will most likely change as necessary, depending on what major project I'll be working on and anything new that comes up.

What's important here is the goals:

Revision of the Bridgetown Trilogy, and Related Projects.
I'm a few chapters short of finishing the first revision run-through of The Persistence of Memories, and will be picking up The Process of Belief soon after. As time permits (and if, by chance, I get a bite from Angry Robot or an agent or someone), I will also be tidying up A Division of Souls. This trilogy remains my main project for the time being.

I will also be updating the Welcome to Bridgetown blog with new related posts as well. I have a bunch of fun ideas for that one.

I have also previously commented on wanting to write further stories in this universe. I have a few vague ideas and a few stronger ones, and plan on working on a few of those as well as time permits.

That said...the related goal here is to get the Mendaihu Universe stories out into the wild this year.

Can't Find My Way Home.
I've decided that this one may end up being my next project unrelated to the above. I recently read through the outline I'd worked on a few years previous, and a lot of it still stands up well. The few chapters I worked on in the past a little less so, but it's nothing a little revision can't help. It's also a story that's not nearly as intensive in worldbuilding as the above, so there's not as much prewriting work to do.

Another idea I'd had for this novel was to post it online in installments. It's supposed to be read that way anyway--its episodic nature was inspired by the various anime series I've watched over the years, with a finite set of chapters (twenty-four), many of them with self-contained minor storylines with the overall plot showing up tangentially. I'm seeing this novel more as an experiment more than as a publishable novel (although I'd be happy with that as the end result), so I'm totally fine with self-publishing this online. As soon as I've come up with a bit of a backlog and a set schedule, I will of course let everyone know of its debut.

The YA Novels (Angela Death and The Children of Dun Corran).
These two may be a little further out on the schedule, maybe third or fourth quarter, but I'd like to at least work on outlines. I recently read through the outtakes and notes on these as well, and found them strong, if lacking in extension at this time. If anything, I believe I'd started these too early--I wasn't ready to write them just yet. I'd like to think I'm at the point where I may be able to try them out now.

Journaling, Poetry, Music, Photography and Art.
After much deliberation, I've reevaluated these five things in my life--many of them pastimes that I've taken part in for decades now, but never expanded on professionally. I've come to the conclusion that these will most likely remain personal endeavors, things for me to work on in spare moments, avenues to let off steam or play around without trying to make them professional. Over the last few years I found that the onus of trying to create everything to publication was actually inhibiting me rather than giving me a personal creative outlet, and that was exactly why I'd had such a dry spell. For 2014, I plan on using these five as a personal and emotional outlet rather than a professional one, as that is precisely what they were back in the day, and should probably remain. Most if not all of what comes out of this will most likely remain offline.

That said, if I do in fact create something I feel is worth sharing, I will of course post it. And I will of course show up from time to time on LJ and elsewhere when time and mood allows!

Walk in Silence, the book and the blog.
As said previously, this one fell by the wayside due to other more important deadlines. I am hoping to pick this up again on the weekends. This project has changed quite a number of times over the last few years, going from a book to a blog and back again, and I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to do with it, but for now I'm going to focus primarily on the blog. The reason for this is that much of what I'm going to be posting will most likely end up in the book anyway, if it comes to fruition. I do not have a set deadline for this book at this time, given my other self-imposed deadlines, so this one will most likely meander here and there until next year.

Other.
So yes...I have given myself a shit-ton of homework for the year, all due by December 31. And most of this will be worked on in tandem with everything else in my life. I'll be squeezing these things in between the cracks of my day; a slow day at work, at the gym, on vacation, what have you. Like I said in my previous post, I was able to handle my schedule last year, so I think I should be able to ramp it up a bit this year. I'm not sure if I've given any room for anything else to work on, but I know that I'll be working on all this on a day-to-day basis, and if time frees up for me to do something new, I will by all means embrace it.


Here's to an insanely busy 2014. Despite the workload, I'm looking forward to it.
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So ends the eleventh month of the year, and where do I stand in terms of writing?

NaNo still remains elusive to me. November was a crazy month workwise, and writingwise I had other plans. I may yet do it in the future, but it'll probably be quite far into the future, if at all. I'm not bothered by that.

It's been quite some time since I've actually written anything truly new--that is, something unrelated to the Bridgetown trilogy, unrelated to any current or backburner projects I'm working on. Possibly a few years, really. Some time ago, probably even this time last year, I may have been bothered by that fact. However, in the year and a half of major trilogy revision, I've actually written more on a daily basis than I have in the last few years. I've also learned a lot more, and made great strides with perfecting my writing. I'm glad to say that my prose is a hell of a lot better than it's ever been.

Revision work on A Division of Souls started sometime in 2012 and completed earlier this year; I'm about ten chapters from finishing the revision of The Persistence of Memories, and if I can finish this off by the end of the year, that'll give me the start of 2014 to work on revision of The Process of Belief. [Side note: I've been contemplating changing the title of Book 3, but I'm yet to come up with one I like. My only prerequisite is that the phrase is similar to the other two.]

One of the interesting side effects of spending over two years on major trilogy revision is that it's given me all sorts of ideas for related stories and novels set in the same universe. I've always wanted to do that since about 1995--I like the idea of discovering new twists and turns in a history of my own making, over multiple generations. The background isn't dense in terms of rules and regulations, but there are quite a few points of historic interest that could be used as fodder for other focused ideas. The maiden alien landing in Bridgetown two hundred years before the setting of the trilogy (and a hundred years after first audiovisual contact) could be a standalone novel itself. McCleever District just begs to have a novel or two written about it. This is all aside from the spiritual relations construct I created for the trilogy, which also has endless possibilities.

Will this mean I'll never get around to some of the other novel ideas I came up with in the past? Will they become trunk novels, some that haven't even gotten to "novel" status yet? Who knows. For now, a lot of them have fallen by the wayside, worth looking into much further in the future when I have the time. And I'm okay with that.
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It's been a few weeks since my last fly-by post. June was busy with all sorts of things going on--a few weekend events, a half-week hanging out with the in-laws (who were checking out various Bay Area towns as they are contemplating moving this way at some point), a few concerts, and everything else in between. Of course there was also the fact that I've been rereading (and re-rereading) the three Trilogy books while working on Book 2's revision...that's been the bulk of my writing work for a few months now.

I'm hoping to get my schedule straight again this month, and I'm making good progress. Just a day or so behind on one or two things, but I can easily catch up. I also plan on reinstalling the Wacom tablet this weekend so I can continue with the art stuff as well. I do have some pictures I'd like to post, yet for some reason my Tumblr is reading them as upside-down when they're right side up in the pictures folder...will need to fix that before posting.

Anyhoo!

So over the past few weeks I sat down with my Nook and read all three books in the trilogy, back-to-back. Partly this was done to compare the finished revision to Book 1 against the unrevised Books 2 and 3, and thus get an idea what needs to be fixed and/or changed. [The other reason was to get an idea of the overall flow of the entire trilogy, and to see if I'd indeed wrapped up everything as well as I could. I'm proud to say that it looks a lot better than I'd expected.] One interesting thing is how I'd always touted Book 2 as my favorite to write as it was the smoothest and quickest. However, looking over it with new (and somewhat more professional) eyes, I'm seeing issues that need fixing. Nothing horrible that kills the book, mind you, more like a handful of thin spots and a few passages that could be updated and/or rewritten.

The biggest surprise, however, was rereading Book 3--the once-reviled last book that dogged me for the longest time, the one that I eventually stopped writing for close to five years? The one that in a previous LJ post I'd said it felt like there was no Act I? Yeah, that one.

Reading it in the context of the other two books, it's actually tighter and stronger in plot than I remember. Sure, there are a lot of weak points in it, but nothing I can't fix. Point being--reading the full Book 3 again (and reading it straight through for the first time after FINALLY finishing it in 2010), I was floored by the fact that it's a hell of a lot BETTER than I previously thought it was. Even the opening makes more sense and feels like an Act I than I previously remember it being. I think part of it is because it's the most physical of the three books--Book 1 is spiritual, Book 2 is emotional, and Book 3 is the follow-through, the action result of the previous two. The action starts right off in this one, because at this point, it has to.

That's another thing that surprised me upon reading all three in one go: I'd planned on having the trilogy work as a specific arch, a nearly complete evolution of the characters, their lives and their surroundings, from one end to the other. The trilogy starts as a straight-ahead detective novel but within a chapter or so it's obvious that's not its true direction (I did that on purpose to underline just how deep this story is about to affect the main characters). By the time we hit the last page of Book 3, everyone's irrevocably changed in one way or another, affected by the events of the very first chapter in Book 1. In the end, I think I pulled it off a hell of a lot better than I'd expected.

One last thing about Book 3--given that the last dozen or so chapters were written after a dry spell of about four years, I can definitely see a change in the pacing and a bit in the writing. It's not garishly obvious, but again, it's nothing I can't fix. For the most part, I think posting the chapters on the Eden Cycle LJ and then picking up the chapters right after that helped me get in the mindframe and the flow, so the end result isn't all that bad. I'm actually looking forward to revising this one now.


That said...I've also been thinking about how I'll finally release the trilogy. I'll have a separate post on that later so this post won't turn into yet another novel-sized diatribe. Short version is that I've been thinking more and more about the DIY/self-pub end of it. I've got a few writer friends out there who have already done so, and I've also been thinking a lot about how other media has done it (in particular the whole music end with Bandcamp and elsewhere, and Lulu.com with books). More on that in my next post!


Hope everyone has a lovely Friday and a relaxing weekend! :D
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So what have I been doing lately, in terms of my writing? Well, this time out it's a major revision of A Division of Souls. I know, I know...I've tooted that horn quite a few times over the last few years, only to get to a certain point and have it fall apart. Why should this be any different?

I think the difference this time is a confluence of a number of things, of which I'll probably go into in a later post. For now, I'll just say that it's a combination of winding myself up doing the 750 Words, ramping up my reading, focusing on only one fiction project, [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse's words of wisdom in the margins, and basically having found that personal sweet spot where I'm in a good writing groove. Or maybe it's just that I'm finally "getting it" in terms of what's good prose and what's half-assed or just plain bad.

Of course, I know that this sweet spot is fleeting. What's perfect for one book might not be for another. I know that the writing for Walk in Silence has been completely different, considering it's nonfic. Then there's the distractions that can take it away or change it without us noticing right off.

Then there's also the method of how I'm reading ADoS. The first draft was definitely an excited freeform of scenes, knowing what was coming next and writing it, but not really "crafting" how it was written. Which is par for the course for me. The next few drafts improve on this freeform, making the story sound better and giving it more logic. Eventually I'll be happy enough with that part of it. [Side note: in the past, this was where I mistakenly thought I was done and started sending a few submissions out. Bad idea.] The trick was to move in the other direction--not so much disassociate myself from the novel, but to see it from a different point of view. But that's not the only thing; revision is a LOT of things other than polishing and making it sound better. You have to figure out HOW you're going to do that.

And to do that, you have to figure out what's wrong in the first place. For me, it was too much internal dialogue and not enough physical action, a few too many in-jokes and Hollywood visuals that served little purpose, a handful of dead-end ideas, and a lot of worldbuilding without much explanation as to why it was there in the first place. There was also a somewhat limited command of the prose...too many weasel words and overused phrases. That's fine during an early draft, considering my main aim is unfurl the story, not create a work of art right out of the gate.

So how am I doing this differently now?

Well, that's a good question, and I'm not sure how I can adequately describe it aside from having hit that "sweet spot" where I know what the hell I'm doing and can innately see what needs fixing or polishing up, and am detached enough from the story where I can let certain passages go without being annoyed by it. I doubt it will be a perfect revision, but I can at least believe that I'm improving on each successive runthrough. I know there's also the fact that my trilogy is ridiculously long (the books average about 115k each, if I'm not mistaken), so I've got quite a long way to go before they're finished. The level of revision will vary as well...I know some of The Process of Belief will need a complete rewrite, but there will also be some passages that need merely a tweak of a sentence or two.

At this point, I'm not on a schedule, other than "work on it every day." And as long as I follow that, I'll be getting ever closer to my goal.
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It's times like this when I wish I was back at home, settled in Spare Oom, and writing.

One of the things that came up in conversation with [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse and her critique of the Prologue/Chapter 1 revision of A Division of Souls was the dreaded "almost there" feeling a writer gets when they're doing major revision to a novel they're working on. It wasn't said in exactly those words, of course, but it's how I'm viewing the critique on a writing level. For the past few runs through this novel, I've always had that feeling that I had some great ideas for the trilogy, but the delivery still wasn't quite up to the level it needed to be. There's still a lot of "murbling" (as she calls it)--a lot of words in there that might tell the story, but don't really give it all that much oomph...or more to the point, a lot of weak prose.

I know that the biggest problem is my emotional connection to the trilogy. I'm quite attached to it. How could I not be? It's a created world that's been around in some form since around 1997--that's nearly fifteen years. I have fond memories of writing it in the Belfry, listening to certain albums, talking about it with friends and coworkers, and writing some damn fun scenes. And yet, even though I've pulled and edited and deleted and rewrote all sorts of scenes and dialogue in concerted attempts to tighten it up, I don't seem to be getting any closer. I think this emotional attachment might be part of the reason why. I may be mistaking the emotional and physical mindset and the memories they contain with what truly drives the story. I've caught myself many times trying to "get into the mood of the story" in an almost Method Acting kind of way, in order to tell it.

Perhaps that's not the best way to go.

I've been contemplating over the last few months whether or not I should start the trilogy all over from stratch. Not a completely new story, mind you, but a complete rewrite like I did back in 2000 or so when I rewrote The Phoenix Effect as A Division of Souls. That major revision did two things: it expanded the prose from short amateurish paragraphs to full-blown scenes, and it expanded my prose, period. I went from half-assed writing to pretty-damn-good-at-the-time writing.

I've tried the Complete Rewrite in the past--most notably my failed attempt for NaNo '10, but that was a trial rather than a concerted effort. At this point I'm ready to start over and try again. As I'd mentioned to Judy, the prologue itself is pretty much the same as it's been since about 1999 when I created a new opening for it. The scene is exactly the same--sometimes down to the word level--so maybe it's time to create a tighter and better opening. As it stands, it feels more like I'm a storyteller saying "HEY! Dude, this is an Important Story and this scene hinges on EVERYTHING, so PAY ATTENTION!" And that is soooo 90s Hollywood. ;)

So.

As it stands, this looks to be the Big Project going forward (Walk in Silence being the Other Big Project). I'd like to get as much of it done this year as I can, and get it out there as soon as I can.

Of course, this is three books we're talking about, not one, so this may take awhile. I know The Persistence of Memories was actually pretty good, but most likely still needs an overhaul...and The Process of Belief DEFINITELY needs more work. I'm in it for the long haul, though. I'm committed to telling this story and telling it right, and I'm looking forward to it. Who knows...maybe this might even help me build up the further books in the Eden Cycle world in the process.

Goddess...I really don't know when to quit, do I? *sigh* Such is the job of a writer. :)
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Thanks for your patience! All chapters of all three books of the Bridgetown Trilogy of the Eden Cycle are now up at [livejournal.com profile] edencycle, as the remaining two from The Process of Belief have just been posted.

As usual...that LJ is very friends-locked, so if you don't have access and have an LJ account, please let me know if you'd like to read, and I'll add you to the list. :)
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New chapter up at [livejournal.com profile] edencycle. I'm particularly proud of this one. :)
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I just finished a trilogy...I'm going to Dizz Knee Land!

[No, really, I am going to Disneyland, this weekend with [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon (and meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] queenoftheskies! Yay!) ]

Seriously, though...

Yes...it's done. The Process of Belief, and the trilogy itself, is finished. The subject of this post being the last sentence.

I am now going to bed, as I am WIPED.

*bows*

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