- Fri, 12:42: RT @Rikoshi: “Softly awesome, like a haiku” is already one of my favorite Archer-isms of all time.
- Fri, 12:42: RT @DeviantArt: This Puss in Boots scene glows and highlights details and conjures mystery. https://t.co/YHIkuikuHV https://t.co/un8siWsSC7
- Fri, 13:54: Excel (and really every spreadsheet) is a harsh buzzing noise in my head and a gray blur in my eyes.
- Fri, 14:58: Job app submitted. Wish me luck!
- Fri, 15:50: TFW you hit “boost + self-destruct” and your mech just sits there and blows you up. #Overwatch
- Fri, 17:20: I dunno, I just feel like @Inkblitzer should see it, is all. https://t.co/aW2u2IwU1H
- Fri, 17:29: Isn’t that called a “hex crawl”? https://t.co/1G4vPeu2LC
- Fri, 18:12: RT @mraven257: Found on Ichabod Crane's nightstand. @SleepyHollowFOX @sleepywriters https://t.co/lSoRNtjdwr
- Fri, 18:41: RT @seldo: The famous gender trinary. https://t.co/C55QNtnjWX
- Fri, 20:13: RT @jonasdoesstuff: If the musical "Cats" were accurate to the species, they'd spend five minutes running around doing stuff and then two h…
June 18th, 2016
Okay, now the moving is pretty much dealt with (again and hopefully for the last time any time soon) and my AnthroCon prep is about as far as it can go until it comes time to actually put stuff into the car, it’s time to get back into the writing groove.
And, I think, time to come up with something new. I’ve got chunks of Brigid and Greg, I’ve got a giant blorp of Michael Macbeth, but honestly my brain wants a break from those. I want something new and different to think about.
What that is, I’m not sure yet. I periodically consider writing a fairly standard genre fantasy book, i.e. elves and wizards and things, but I would like to find a way to put a fresh spin on the idea so it’s not just “Howard McTolkienface and the Etcetera of Ditto.” I also want whatever it is to be a project I can have fun with. One of the things that I relished about Sky Pirates of Calypsitania was that Verity and Tanya were fun characters to write about, because of the chemistry between them. The fun was a bit hampered by the harrowing circumstances they lived through, of course… those poor gals are going to have some PTSD to deal with in the next book I suspect, assuming there is one.
A new thing would also come without baggage, or at least with different baggage. B&G and Michael Macbeth both suffer a bit from having a “what they should be like” thing I’m trying to stick to… a new project I could just open up and let it be its own thing. A lot of the stuff that’s been bothering me about my older ideas, can inform the direction I go with new ideas right from the start. I can also outline with a view towards writing 100,000 words, instead of coming up with yet another 60,000 word idea and then being stuck for another half a book to tack onto it. 😛
So I think for the next week or so, depending on how long the process takes, I’m going to simply play around with new ideas and brainstorm, figuring out what I want out of a book, what I would enjoy writing, and what I think would suit the market, and find something that covers that part of the venn diagram that intersects all three. As much as I like Sky Pirates, my discussions with professionals on the topic all suggest that it’s going to be a hard sell for a first novel. So I might have to tuck it into a drawer to pull out later once I’m already a name, so to speak.