Figure out who are the bad guys and who are the good guys so far in Mythmaker? Something to think about, if you haven't. I'm just gonna leave that there and let you ponder it. Who are the heroes? And who are the villains?
Ah, Mythmaker V.
This week's update begins what is probably the longest, single conversation in the entire novel. The interaction at the end of Sloth with the kid in the motel is a close second, but again, that's more of a whole scene that's played out and not just a discussion. This is a 15-page conversation between two people. I don't know why I like dialogue so much, but I do.
If anyone remembers, the last paragraph of Chapter 6 refered to all the events the led up to the end of the world as "the good ol' days". Even with billions of people dying and modern society coming to an end, that was still all better than what happened next.
I think you're beginning to see why. And today's update really drives that message hope. Sloth VII is, arguably, one of the most emotionally violent bunch of pages I've ever written in my life. Hopefully, you'll all be pleased with them.
Unfortunately, Chapter 8 will not start next week, as I had hoped. I had a real hard time pulling that story out of my head and what should've taken 3 weeks to write down took 7. Not something I'm thrilled about, but it's the case, nonetheless. So, Part I will not be debuting on 2/24, instead it will spring to life next month on 3/2.
LASTLY, I had previously mentioned that Chapter 8 would be called Sobriety. This has changed. Every chapter in AKOD is obviously named after a new Word that is introduced and that the chapter revolves around. Why I decided to do something different for this chapter is beyond me. So, now, Chapter 8 will be called Heartlessness. Hopefully that fills you all with bizarre joy.
Ta ta for now, kids. See you in two weeks.
Haha, believe that and I'll tell you another one. Plus, this chapter ain't even over yet. Though our characters do get a little bit of info that'll change their lives for the worse, possibly forever. Because apparently I think that good news is evil. You'd think I grew up in a fucking Taiwanese prison camp or something.
Anywho, stay tuned next week of Sloth's epic conclusion. It'll be about as happy as getting fucked in the ass by God. Which I imagine is unpleasant. Though surprisingly fulfilling.
World's collide in today's update of AKOD. The formerly mentioned Beatrice goes on a journey to discover the magical land of talking bunnies. The adventures they have together are groundbreaking and utterly fantastic.
Sing along with me now!
There are naked girls
Who've all been raped
They lose their shit!
Some little dude
Gets shot in the face
And the story builds up
To learn about Sloth!
In case anyone is wondering, you should really read my one sentence bio to the right. It's sort of true.
Remember all those old chapters before Despair and Delirium? Chapters that didn't introduce the Word they were named after until well into the second half of the chapter?
Well, if you haven't noticed yet, we're doing that little dance again. Sloth IV still does not have one reference to anything called Sloth in it.
One of these days I should let the other shoe drop and write a chapter where the content and the title just outright have nothing to do with each other. Really confuse the shit out of all of you.
God, I am such a poop-kazoo.
Every now and then, I put a little substance into AKOD. Something to try and help round out it's unusual plot. Put a little cake under the frosting, so to speak.
Today is one of those days.
Hopefully, you'll read Sloth III (which is essentially just one, long conversation) and see Words in a slightly different light. Hopefully, it'll put some new thoughts into your head as to where this whole epic is going. Hopefully, it'll make you think a little more is going on in the story other than random rape and death.
But don't worry. Rape and death will be back in Sloth V.
As you'll all soon discover, the next few chapters of AKOD are going to be a road trip of sorts. It's the slow, happy journey our narrator makes with his companions as he moves from upstate New York all the way down to central Florida.
On the way, they meet and befriend a family of magical bunnies. And It's those bunnies that point our heroes the way of the gumdrop forest.
Nah, don't worry. There's still just lots of rape and death. Huzzah!
Back-Words. Get it? Like backwards? But saying that Words are back?
No? Not funny?
Well isn't that the honest to god truth.
Anyway, A Kind of Drug makes it's triumphant return today. Chapter 7 (Sloth) begins with our characters beginning to explore a new, ruined world. As like everything else I've ever written in my life, it's real fuck happy. Though it does setup the new story arc that will provide the moving engine for the next 3 chapters.
That's it for now, kids. See you all next week.
It was over a year ago now that I told my family and friends about this idea that I had. The publishing industry was in trouble, I said, and so I'm gonna take the novel that I was starting and serialize it weekly on my website. I wrote and finished the first two chapters and, on February 4th, released the first few pages on my site.
In my head, I had always imagine that A Kind of Drug would finish out around 300 pages. That would make each of the 12 chapters that I mapped out for th novel about 25 pages each; a pretty reasonable length. But then, something happened.....
The book started getting longer. Much longer. As of this moment in time, AKOD is about 250 pages long and only halfway finished. I have been obsessing over this book for a year now. Working on it constantly. I even sit on the subway with printed pages and a red pen in my hand to do line edits. This book has become my existence. Which I'm not complainging about. But....
I did get exhausted. I decided I needed a short break before I lost what little was left of my sanity. And so, AKOD is taking a short break for the rest of 2011. It will be back in 2012 to complete the second half of the strange story that has really ran away with itself. And don't worry. This isn't some half-ass scheme where I say it'll be back in January, but maybe in won't. I already have 10 pages finished of Chapter 7 and plan on getting 5 to 10 more pages written tomorrow.
In the meantime, because I don't want to this site to become a tomb while AKOD's on a break, I'm gonna post some other stories to keep you all entertained. Some back catalog material that I never originally put on my site, for one reason or another. I hope it will keep you all entertained until Words return on January 6th.
So, I hope you enjoy Despair VIII as the world finally crumbles. I sincerely hope you stick around till next year when things really start getting crazy. Because if you've read this much, so far, you're really gonna love what happens next.
Ta for now. See you all again soon.
Despair is obviously a chapter where a lot of bad things happen. I mean, if I wrote a chapter called "Rapture" where people attempt suicide, what's really to be expected from one called "Despair"?
Usually, the chapters have moments of levity in them. Or humor. Or whatever. But I always envisioned Despair to be the big shitstorm to end all shitstorms. So when I make these updates and constantly say "Yeah, things get worse" well, I'm just starting to feel like an repetitive asshole.
Even more than usual.
After Despair, it'll go back to it's sort of normal "bad things happen, but so do other things, too" motif. In fact, chapter 7 (Sloth) is going to contain a segment involving a very long, philosophical discussion about the nature of Words.
And I apologize in advance for the lack of rape during that segment. I'll see what I can fit in.