new site look, new novel

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.

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