Jan. 5th, 2017

matociquala: (bear by san)
Patrons-only post over on the patreon includes the poem draft that I wrote at 2 am this morning, when I should have been sleeping.

Also, some notes on my Christmas cactus, which is blooming now, so [livejournal.com profile] tanaise says it's an Epiphany cactus, and hey, every once in a while, we all need an epiphany.

matociquala: (bear by san)
I'm trying an experiment with Ancestral Night and its voice.

Usually, when I write a novel, what I do a lot of in the early chapters is work out, integrate, and assume a voice. It could be a character voice--Karen Memery, Jenny Casey--or it might be a genre/setting voice: The Stratford Man's Nature Identical Elizabethan Flavoring, for example, or the high fantasy tone of the Eternal Sky.

This book is just me. Basically, the same narrative voice I use in my blog. Just, you know, a couple hundred years from now.

It's interesting, actually, because it gives me access to the full range of the narrative tricks. And in Haimey, I'm writing a character who is closer to me in what she cares about and how she thinks than anybody since Matthew Szczgielniak.

Weird to kind of take the puppets off and do the story with bare hands.

And now, a little bit of administrivia, and then back for another thousand words.
matociquala: (bear by san)
My muse is apparently back from a long vacation and feeling a little manic and eager to get back to work.

And it's really nice to have my creativity suddenly flooding back, and be so full of ideas and bits of dialogue and stuff just being handed to me, after literally years of having to go out, as Jack London said, and get it with a club.

But I do kind of wish she'd stop being quite so "LOOK IMMA LET YOU FINISH THE ACTUAL WORK YOU NEED TO DO TO PAY THE MORTGAGE BEAR BUT HEY FIRST STOP A MINUTE AND WRITE DOWN THESE TWO BITS OF DIALOGUE FOR TWO DIFFERENT KAREN STORIES AND ALSO THIS IDEA AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND DRAGONS PLEASE."

I've actually been working on reorganizing my notebook-keeping tactics in order to deal with the sudden flood.

I guess I'm back.

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