Benjamin Clementine has become an absolute favorite, so you should listen to that.
Anyrate, updated the look of my site for the first time in years.
I think this will make it much easier to read, actually. So hopefully this will save your eyes. It’s not as dramatic looking as the previous iteration, but it’s maybe friendlier.
I don’t have a lot to say right now, except that I started writing a new novel, which I’ve been meaning to start for a long time now. I wrote about 2,000 words yesterday and they were agony. It took me all day. Then I showered and realised I needed to delete half of those words. Then, last night while I was reading, I realised that I actually needed to start over and change the beginning completely.
So that’s what I did today and it went swimmingly. I wrote roughly the same amount of time as I did yesterday but ended the day with 5,500 words instead, which is a much better pace. The beginning is much fuller and more interesting, I think. It also simply makes more sense.
The nice thing is that this novel comes out of a short story that I wrote with two very different iterations. So I sort of have a skeleton for the rest of the plot, which should make it relatively easy to write from here on out. I’m not going to push to write it in a week like I typically do, but–who knows!
It’s very much sociological fantasy. Or, to put it another way, it’s going to be almost entirely character focused and most of it takes place in a very small geographic area. It’s about a village at a time of change and the extraordinary life of a family there.
Also, I’m playing Dragon Age: Origins because I’m years behind on videogames and I’m also reading The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly, and they have incredibly similar plots, at least on the surface. I mean, it’s probably premature to say that since I have dozens and dozens of hours left to play on Dragon Age and the Barbara Hambly novel is the first in a trilogy, but they’re both about this kind of embodied darkness rising and swarming over humanity. Now humanity needs to deal with it.
So, yeah, fun stuff.