I don’t even remember the last time I’ve updated this. Every time I think about writing something here, I either can’t think of something cool and mind-bending and I think it’s stupid to go here and write “I went to Target today,” or I think of something cool and think it needs to go in a book and not here. There’s no real middle ground. So, let me tell you about my plans to go to Target today.
I went to Hawaii about a month ago, which was cool. I also went to Reno last month, which wasn’t Hawaii. There are pictures of both on flickr, although the Reno pictures are mostly of relatives, because I didn’t do much beyond that. I did lose some money on a Godzilla slot machine, which I didn’t fully understand. I also stayed in the hotel and wrote for about 17 seconds, and now I’m trying to catch up.
The whole time I was in Hawaii, I plotted out a book, and I started writing it in November. I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, but I wrote 50,000 words in the first half of the month, so I would have won, but the book is far from done. It is an attempt at writing a linear, plotted book that still has a lot of weirdness to it, and involves startups, UFO cults, alien abduction, and depression. I ran into some serious Act 2 issues and decided to let it sit and simmer for a while. Maybe I’ll figure it out over the holidays and get back on it in January. It’s not “straight” fiction, but it’s long-form stuff, and I found it incredibly difficult to get back on that horse. I’m not sure of the quality of what I got done last month, but I know if I stick to the length I had, it will end up being longer than Summer Rain, and I got unending shit from idiots about how that book was “too long” so I don’t know what will happen if I finish this. And no, I wouldn’t split it into multiple books.
I am still working on this other book, which is sort of like Rumored but more chaotic and lacking a central story (or maybe it isn’t.) I would like to finish it soon, but it’s been a slow war growing and editing this. It’s above 60,000 words, but it makes most of Burroughs’ work look incredibly linear and structured, so it’s sort of chaos right now. I really like some of the bits in it, though. I wanted to finish this by the end of 2013, but that won’t happen. Maybe I’ll get it done in early 2014, but there’s also the chance this thing will stew for another five years, like Rumored did.
I have a bunch of new hardware at the house. I got a 4th-gen iPad right before we left for Hawaii, literally hours before the new iPad Air was announced. I was upgrading from a first-gen, so that change was huge. The retina screen and increase in processor speed is tremendous. And the old iPad was stuck on iOS 5, and crashing constantly when it ran out of memory. The new one runs iOS 7, and now I get all of the good new features that I didn’t have before. (AirPlay mirroring is a big one – I can now zap Amazon Instant videos to the Apple TV in the living room.) I also recently updated from the iPhone 4S to the new 5S, which is insanely fast, and has a slightly bigger screen, but is lighter and has more battery life. It also has the fingerprint sensor, which sounds like a gimmick feature, but it actually works well and is insanely useful to unlock the phone. I also swapped out the battery in my laptop, which is still doing fine but is now the weakest link. I hope to keep it going for another year or two though, and the battery will help.
I sent out my first newsletter to my mailing list. It included a coupon for a free book. If you missed it, you should probably click here to subscribe.
I have a bunch of holiday travel coming up, and I will predict now that I’ll end up with a death flu by the end of December, so thanks in advance to whoever’s kid gives me that.
I think I am going to Target today, BTW. I need Claritin, Coke Zero, and a crossbow. I’ll probably be 2/3 on that.