Well, well, well, here we are again, the circle bringing us around for another pass. How has your summer been? Good? Bad? Marginally acceptable? Yeah, mine too. Well, now that we've all caught up, onto the point of this semi-blog:
As stated in my last post, I've been toying with a new series to post here in the fall. Now some will argue since it's September, that automatically makes it fall, so hurry up and post, right? Well, not so fast.
This new story is as similar as it is different. No, I'm not trying to be ironic or a tease, just truthful. If you've read Sticks & Strings, you'll recognize some of the landscape I've captured and/or created. A familiar name or two may make an appearance along the way, we'll see how the story guides me. Apart from that, the only thing I can promise you is to do my best, and oh yes-- there will be music.
Rather than just write Part 1 and then post on a week-by-week basis, I've decided to write out most if not all the story before posting, (saves everyone who takes the time to read the trouble of waiting for weeks on end should Writer's Block rear its ugly head once more).
I've come a good distance, but there's a bit more to do before the first chapter is ready for public viewing. My plan is to submit for the first week in October and see where it goes from there. If you were a constant reader of Sticks & Strings, I hope this new endeavour will continue to entertain you. If you've not read it before, I hope you won't consider your time wasted reading my brain droppings. And if you're not reading this at all well then... well then.
(minor S&S update): AKA, not a real "blog," but I'
Current mood: amused
These are the kind of things I think about when I'm sitting alone late at night and the creative flow hasn't yet run itself dry:
"It's become a bit of a running joke that he has a little blood in the
coffee stream, a sentiment that in retrospect, might not be so
farfetched." -- Actually if I take a closer look at my beverage consumption over the last three months, perhaps the running joke should now be "The rumors are true: He's now got a little tea in the coffee stream!"
Maybe. Maybe not.
Obama got re-elected on Tuesday. And I realized there's no need for much redecorating at the White House this time. No, I'm not pro-Romney, nor am I pro-Obama. I'm pro-neutral... I've my own government to think about up here.
It probably doesn't help I have a potential second story idea for UG when I've still got Sticks & Strings to focus on. Well, that and the non-music oriented novel sitting in my desk drawer begging for a revision. Discipline, discipline... By the way, it's always been Sticks & Strings to my mind, not AND. The formatting doesn't seem to allow ampersands, which is fine for here, can't control everything. Though I can't say I like the prospect of calling the story SticksStrings if it mattered that much.
My LiveJournal account has been deleted. No biggie, haven't been on there for over two years. All the work's saved anyways.
I get a smile out of the fact that the day Part 24 gets posted, I finish Part 25 and half of Part 26 all in the same day. No big delays should occur anytime soon. Truthfully, I'd love to commit to a regular weekly posting schedule, but that's not all up to me. I admit it, I F'd up with a couple of the chapters early on, one of which I've come to loathe. I'll let you guess which one. Lesson learned for next time.
I'm resisting the urge to trim my Mo down and let it grow the full month. That is if I can stop chewing hairs out of it. Damn cross-bite...
A non-UG reader suggested I turn S&S into an e-book or something once I'm done. I told him to wait and let me finish the damn story first before that can even be considered a future option.
Oh, and should anyone be reading this and waiting for some 'real' news, I offer this, in closing: The total number of chapters is less than 100, but more than 30.
Hello, my name is G.N. and I am a writer. No, it isn't really my legal name, but it's what I go by on here. As I finish up what aims to be Part 19 of my story, Sticks And Strings, I've grown contemplative about the future. Read on for a glimpse, if you dare!
Sticks And Strings can't continue forever, nor do I want it to. At some point in every story, there comes a time where the muse simply guides the writer towards the final blank page, leaving only two words left to write before moving on... "The End."
I've many other stories in my portfolio. Some are finished while others remain dangling in mid-sentence, crying out for one more word. Some are music related and might be UG-worthy, that decision's not entirely up to me. Others belong elsewhere, other writing websites, blogs, maybe altogether offline; again, not just my call. What I do is that one or two in particular have been on the back-burner for far too long, and the desire to go back and revisit them grows stronger each week when I sit down to finish up the latest chapter.
Fear not! Don't panic! The end is not coming next week or anytime this month. Although, ever since Part 1 was submitted, I've known deep down how the story will end, and while we're not there yet, I've never had the intention to drag this out as long as Riot Band Blues, (Nolan, if you ever read this, massive respect to you, dude,) nor would I ever do something stupid like attempt to copy it. I vision Sticks And Strings lasting maybe 40, 50 chapters at the longest. I have a feeling it could finish up somewhere in the thirties, but I wouldn't put stock in that just yet.
For those who have followed the story up to this point, my thanks to you all for your readership and patience. I don't stick to an iron-tight schedule for submission as my life is just too herky-jerky right now, full of surprises both good, bad and unscheduled. I try to aim to submit on Monday nights, Pacific Time, but it doesn't always work. I don't foresee any long interruptions like the ridiculous months between parts 10-C and 11. God, that was insane...
However, I will be taking a winter break in December until the new year, provided we aren't all obliterated on 2012 Day, whenever it is, the 21st? The 22nd? Ah, who really cares? When that time comes around, I'll tag a note onto the latest submission at the time.
Well, that's all for now. I better go see if I can polish off Part 19 tonight. If the mood strikes me, next blog I might share an insight or two on the characters and maybe even a teaser of other works. Maybe.