I’ve been having a bit of trouble with the Clive Barker short story. How long I felt it should be isn’t how long it’s telling me it should be. It wants to be shorter and I’ve accepted that, but now it’s a matter of wrapping my imagination around it. For a while, I’ve told myself that it’ll be a BIG story with BIG THINGS happening. I want to haven it done by the end of the week, even though it’s not due until the 30th. When I looked over the notes I wrote for it a month or so ago, I was shocked by how little world-building I did. I thought I had more, so there was a bit of that going on for a while. The world-building made what’ll be the short story more of a satire than I thought it’d be. Why and how? My notes were originally about the major points of the story, which were mildly satirical. But a story is more than its moments. So I focused on the city it takes place in and names and a basic idea of how things work, and more satire started slipping in. It’s still mildly satirical, it’s just spread around more.

I’ve reached the breaking point and will start making music again this week. I’ve been saying that before and I’ve never followed through because I didn’t have proper headphones. I create electronic music and I prefer to be as in the process as possible. I’m not creating music for headphones, though. That’d be silly. The program I use has a… chart that allows me to make sure that the sound levels are right for regular speakers. The headphones make creating as insular as possible. I’ll be going in with a clearer idea of the kinds of songs I wanna make. My issue before was that I love all kinds of music and created clashes instead of songs. Writing little notes to myself before each song should help me work.

This week will be insanely geeky and informative. I have four Kevin Smith concert films and a 400-minute documentary (with four hours of special features) about the “Friday the 13th” series coming in the mail. I occasionally need inspiration/motivation, and they’ll help. And the one-volume edition of the animated adaptation of “Dark Knight Returns” comes out tomorrow. I didn’t realize until yesterday that it’ll be my last new Batman purchase unless something amazing happens in the future. I’ve got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Batman stories, and I don’t like where DC’s taking the character. I’m still a big fan, just not one who’ll continue to follow him. And my “Hobbit” calendar says that this month, me birth month, is lorded over by Gandalf. Gotta make some magic.

Stick around and read the first four chapters of my novel, “Lie”, courtesy of Goodreads. It’s about four women who go on vacation to help one of their own through a big problem. If you like what you read, pick it up for only $1.99 wherever eBooks are sold. Thanks.


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