I can’t believe it’s been that long since I posted something in here.
I won’t insult you with excuses, so instead I’ll jump right into the reason I am posting something today. Long story short, I got caught into one of those chain letter phenomena, to be more precise – their blogging manifestation. Okay, so “being caught into it” is not the most accurate wording I could have come up with, nor is it fair to the nice lady who performed the actual catching. K. D. Keenan, brilliant storyteller of The Obsidian Mirror, could not have been more cautious and demure when she offered to pass the torch to my lazy/busy self.
Truth be told, I find it impossible to say no to Kathy. You see, Kathy is the kind of person who gives so much and asks for so little, that when she actually asks for something you really feel that you have been granted a privilege.
So what did she ask me for? To perpetuate a meme – that of authors joining a blog tour on the predefined theme of their respective writing process. Her own contribution can be found here.
1. What am I working on?
My day job, first and foremost. This being said, however much I love my job, this blog is not the place for it, so I will gracefully pirouette around the topic. There, I put that image into your heads.
Hobby-wise, I am actually working on four different fronts.
- The Scriptlings audiobook. Yes, you’ve read that right. Prolific genius and renaissance figure, Garrett Robinson, has offered to record that for me. He is already twenty chapters in, and I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome his performance is. To say that he has brought Stapley and the gang to live would be a shameless understatement.
- The Scriptlings new cover. Before you ask, there is nothing wrong with the current cover. But since we had to make some changes for the audiobook cover, I thought I’d ask my super-duper cover artist, Travis Anderson, to revisit the design a little, so as to make it stand out better when viewed as a thumbnail. I have often thought that all that beautiful detail gets somewhat lost on Amazon, and so we are now going for something punchy and contrasty. The first drafts look smashing.
- The Masters. I’m about 13K words into this sequel, and for all that I’m moving at a dry snail’s pace, I am awfully proud of how it is shaping up to be. I say this as one of those authors who are tyrannically judgemental with their own work.
- Cambridge Troll. This is actually an earlier work of mine, which never got published. The text was in dear need of some hard-core editing, and a more substantial plot. It had great characters, though, and a lot of good jokes. So why the revival? Well, as luck would have it, I found the perfect person to help me rewrite the story and give it the shine it so deserves. Or rather, she has found me. Her name is Tracy Smathers and she is a geek par excellence. We both share a love for words and puns, the difference being that she has actually made a career of it. More on that at a later date.
2. How does my work differ from others on its genre?
Well, for one, others probably sell better.
Shattered dreams of independent wealth aside, what makes my work different is that I am not trying to be the best Pratchett, Adams, or Moore impersonator, but rather I’m doing all I can to be the best Sorin that I can be. And if that happens to be dirty-nerdy, then so be it.
3. Why do I write what I write?
Because if I didn’t put those crazy ideas on paper, I would soon become haunted by a constant sense of loss.
But mostly, I write for fun. The thing is, I’m not that confident or accomplished of a public speaker. When I say a joke, I feel obliged to limit its scope and depth, so as not to ruin it with my inability to say it right. Things are different when I write – I have all the time in the world, I can twist that joke on all sides, and I can pace it over the course of many pages or even chapters.
4. How does my writing process work?
I am still looking for a process that works for me. Right now, I’m going for the P.G. Wodehouse approach, whereby I rank a page on the value of its contents and then re-write it until it aligns to the top with the rest of the pages. It is, needless to say, a time-intensive method, but I find it works well with my nitpicking personality.
I divide my creative process in three stages:
- Write down an idea, joke, pun, or observation whenever it strikes me. I usually use my phone for that, since I have it with me all the time.
- When enough thoughts are collected and I feel their weight pressing too hard against the barrage of my laziness, I perform the actual act of writing. Damn, that came kind of ritualistic, didn’t it?
- Do the Wodehouse, as described a moment ago.
Alright, so now for the passing of the torch. I have asked two fellow bloggers to join the joyride. One of them said yes, the other said nothing.
I thus nominate Liliana Negoi, who has the soul of a poet and she is not afraid to use it. She is the one who said yes.
As for the one who said nothing, I am volunteering him anyway, because I know he loves to write more than anything. Garrett, make us proud!