So, there's a lot of things going on. Let's start at the top.
First, the full version of A Kind of Drug. As far the re-edit and all that goes, it's about 90% finished. It's an incredibly slow and tedious thing that have to find every punctuation, spelling, and continuity error in a 150,000 word manuscript. I think I've now gotten them all and am just making the finishing touches to the last chapter and a half (which had the most continuity errors due to the time it took to write the whole book and my brain being an imperfect place).
Second, the book cover. That's coming a little more slowly. Mostly because I haven't been able to meet up with my friend who's working on it for a number of reasons. The current reason is the hurricane that's left half of Manhattan in the stone age (I have friends who have had no power, heating, or hot water for 5 days now). Hopefully we'll have power back in the city tomorrow and I can meet up with him soon. If not, I'll be creating a place-holder cover because......
My goal was to have the completed AKOD live by November 1st. That obviously didn't happen. So, now I'm gonna shoot for the Friday, the 16th. When that happens, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO READ ALL OF AKOD FOR FREE ON THIS WEBSITE. That's right, once the completed version of A Kind of Drug goes live on iTues, Amazon, etc, I will delete the last half of it from my website. So if you or any of your friends have ever wanted to read it for free, now's your chance. The price for the full book will be $4.99.
With that said, however, I would strongly suggest people to wait for the re-edited version. All in all, I've probably corrected around +500 mistakes throughout the manuscript. So, there definitely will be a good reason to read this new version as opposed to the old.
Oh, and when A Kind of Drug goes live, so will my short story, "Fuck You, Stephenie Meyer". It will be available for FREE still and the idea is to make it pop up in people's iTunes when they search for anything Stephenie Meyer related (since the last Twilight movie comes out in a couple of weeks). I figure people will either like it and then purchase AKOD or they'll hate it and make a big stink about me and then other people will purchase AKOD. Not a bad plan, eh?
And again, this will all go on in roughly 2 weeks from now on Friday, November 16th.
LASTLY, I am still at work trying to figure out what to write next. At this point in time, I have very little interest in starting another novel. I currently have the skeleton structure for 3 short stories bouncing around in my head and really just need to sit down and see which one is gonna grow meat first. Two of the stories are part of the "A Single Sentence" series while the third is actually sort of a science fiction story. I was hoping to get something else written by the end of the year, but that's looking unlikely at this point in time. By the time I get AKOD really finished and out there, Thanksgiving will be around the corner and I won't really be able to get anything solid and scripted. So maybe by mid-late January. Seems more reasonable.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks again for reading and sticking around.
Oh, and um, poop, or something.
The penultimate chapter of A Kind of Drug is finished. With a real happy ending. It's also a super long entry (9 pages), but as I get closer and closer to the end, I just have less and less of a desire to drag this thing out. Godlike V is all about one subject and one subject only - the death of the narrator. To drag it out into two parts would've just been silly. There's a lot of drama going on and I think it'd really break up the momentum & gravity of the work to split it up just cause of some arbitrary rule I set for myself a year and a half ago.
Next week begin's the final push. Only two more updates until the book is done. [Untranslatable] will be short & sweet. And I hope to god it lives up to everyone's expectations.
Note the title. Cause that's sort of what happens in Mythmaker III. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, there are mythical beasts introduced into a book that at no point has shown signs of being like a fantasy novel. Not like dragons are gonna start showing up or anything, but even I have to agree it is a little unusual.
Don't worry though. It'll all make sense. Sort of. I mean, as much sense as A Kind of Drug has made so far. Or did you forget the whole premise of the book was a written language that had narcotic-like effects? Tsk tsk.
This portion of of the chapter begins to take the book in a radical new direction. I thought to myself the other day "Why make everyone miserable and sad and dumb? Let's make them happy!" So, all the characters are now bunny rabbits and they spend all day hopping around in a field of clover.
I am also a liar.
So, do enjoy part 4 of Rapture wherein one of the characters commits suicide! Hooray bunnies!
As very few will notice, I'm slightly revamping the site. For the last few months, it's really just been an online dumping ground for my work. I'm trying to change that. I have about 40 pages of new content written at this moment, but I still need more and it still needs editing. Sometime around mid-January, this website will actually have a purpose. If only Sarah Palin could say the same of herself.
The site is finished (for now) and online. More links and stories to be added in the near future. Probably after I return from Argentina. Check back here not only for site updates, but for anything that entertains me while I'm trying to be productive. That means be patient. I'm distracted easily by shiny things.