I’m still here

I haven’t updated in a while, not through negligence, but through not wanting to force out a post where I had nothing to say. Honestly, I still don’t really have a whole lot to say, but I hate the idea of people forgetting I exist.

I have officially begun editing work on the novel. The first day kicked it off in style with the deletion of 39,327 words, leaving me with 69,353 to play with. People I’ve told said this seemed like a brutal cut, but the things I removed were ideas I loved that didn’t add anything of value to the overall plot. As attached as I was to the idea of the Monroes fighting the Gentlemen Gunfighters, and a brief interlude to explore the origins of the apocalypse, they just didn’t jive with the rest of the story. I knew I could either waste a whole lot of time making it work, or I could get rid of it before I got too attached, and wanted to keep it all in for the sake of it.

Since then, I’ve revisited my outline and gotten a finalised idea of what my plot will look like. Structurally, it’s almost Death Proof like. Two hefty acts with a brief interlude in the middle. Given that the story was originally envisioned as a picaresque road novel, this tightened plot comes as quite the surprise to me. With that in place, I’m ready to start editing in earnest, building continuity into what is currently a chaotic mess.

And what of Fifty Books? I know that’s why a fair number of people swing by here, so I’m glad to say it’s still going ahead. I’ve been taking my sweet time with Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, but with some free time coming up, I hope to finish it by the end of the week and get the feature back on track.

Finally, I’d like to take a moment to mark the passing of Giant Bomb’s Ryan Davis. 34 is far too young for anyone to go, and hearing him and the others on the Bombcast every week has been a highlight since I started listening in 2010. I often listened while writing, and Ryan’s infectious humour and laughter helped a lot at times when I felt down. He will be sorely missed as such a large part of my weekly routine for so long.


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