Archival note: Apparently I started this post 7 months ago, laid it aside in anticipation of further review, and then wandered off. Said further review has now been applied.
Yvonne wants me to blog more, so here we are. Specifically, she thought I should do a write up on something that came up during a conversation on how some of our shared characters would deal with the ravages of old age. More specifically, how if allowed to survive long enough, Susan Frohman would inevitably become an old racist grandma. To wit, the Inevitable Racist Grandma Syndrome, which reads as follows:
Barring gross cultural regression, any individual, regardless of how progressive or radical they were in their teens and twenties, will eventually become an old racist grandma purely by virtue of not keeping up with shifting definitions of ‘progressive’ or ‘radical’ behavior. Death does not make one immune, as ones pre-mortem actions and writings are in danger of being judged or evaluated by later-developed standards
This post comes with an apology to our beta reader. He has actually been done beta reading for some time now, which until now was not reflected in these posts. In fact, the beta reader’s input has already been assimilated into the text, and Yvonne has taken her red* pen to the second revision pass. Not sure how many passes remain; a few sections have already been flagged for significant rewrites, and we’ll need to play the editing by ear for those.
Right, so as of now the official blog schedule is “when something happens”.
Apropos of nothing, something happened. Specifically, the first draft of Book #2 is officially complete and in the hands of beta reader. Not plural, singular. It used to be plural, but of my 5 beta readers, two never responded, the third was upfront that he didn’t like it, the fourth was Yvonne and the fifth came back with notes. Yvonne will be tagging in later, but since she was basically able to read over my shoulder while draft 1 was being type there isn’t much sense in having her sit through it again until something significant changes.
Revisions and additions are already being plotted, but for now they are just sitting in a document waiting for their day in the sun. Additionally, the book needs a name. Naming stuff is always something I have issues with, and whenever possible I put it off for later. Fortunately, through the magic of placeholders, and “[” brackets that are easily searchable in word processing programs, this issue does not slow me down.
As mentioned previously, this Book #2 is technically the third book; the original Book #2, which ironically already has a name, is still just sitting there. Yvonne has suggested putting some work on it while waiting for feedback, but I feel no great rush to go back and finish it. The text as writ (and outlined for the parts not actually written yet) exists as part of the canon, but I had concerns about some aspects of it. Chiefly, the fact that Caroline effectively gets sidelined while secondary characters run around and get into fights and solve mysteries. While the other characters having a life outside of the main protagonist doesn’t bother me, the fact that the protagonist only features in 40% of the first two books would send odd and mixed signals. Hence Arms Race got sidelined until we could get Caroline established a bit more firmly. Then the Professor can host wacky homicide hour.
In other news:
Good news: Payday 2 has finally started to fade from my attention, and will not consume my time for the foreseeable future. Bad news: It has faded because I finally have Fallout 4. The game has it’s high points and it’s low points, but overall we’re having a good time so far. Unfortunately for one of the best RPG franchises, some of the low points are dialogue and the roleplaying elements, though the settlement building options are interesting. Also unfortunately, sometimes I wonder what the developers were thinking with some of the places that get suggested for settlement locations, like the drive-in theater (“Sure Preston, let’s set up shop on a flat concrete slab with no natural defenses, no resources other than scrap metal, and a radioactive pool in the center. Jackass.”). My pipe dream hope is that we will see a repeat of what happened with Fallout 3 and New Vegas, where Bethesda makes a numbered Fallout game that introduces a number of interesting technical innovations, and then bring in a pack of ex-Black Isle people to take those innovations and use them to make a named Fallout with better writing. Dare to dream.
Yvonne is at work on her next set of books, as well as taking some time to work on a few unrelated projects. Mostly craft themed. Will keep details to a minimum; if she gets the urge to share, it will be up on her blog.
So it turned out that there were never pics of the sword. I’d like to say that this absence of pics was the cause of the delay in this post, but the flaw in the system exists between the keyboard and chair. Specifically, I get distracted while writing the still-untitled Book #2 and helping Yvonne with her 3rd, and the Blog ends up being bottom priority. In a related good news/bad news scenario I’ve cooled off my Team Fortress 2 activity… because I finally have a machine that can run Payday 2, so expect that to crop up in the tags for the next few posts.
So… it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Which, in a step up from the last time I went a while without posting here also included leaving a “Part One” of something sitting around with no part two. To those who are still set to follow the blog, thanks for sticking around, and I will strive to do better in coming months. Those who are no longer set up to follow the blog aren’t reading this, so any apology to them would be a hollow gesture.
Second, “Arms Race” has been on hold for a while. Things just weren’t working out, and it’s been shifted to the back burner for the time being. Work has been progressing on what is shaping up to be the second book in the Shattered Continent series, which is currently sans working title. Out of a desire to avoid last year’s presumptuous mistake, no estimated time of arrival is being provided for it until we are much closer to release.
Third, I’ll get Part Two of that Halloween post up, hopefully in short order. More details to come later.
As has been announced on Yvonne’s Blog, her debut book Frohman’s War: Battle of Hearts is now live on Amazon for Kindle-compatible devices. If you aren’t keen on ponying up $2.99 on a blind sale, the first seven pages are live on the blog, free for your perusal and consideration. If you like them, please leave a comment, and if you do pick up the book, Yvonne would love a review. As she mentioned in a recent post, she has been really happy with the results so far, and quite literally jumped up and down when she saw she had her first review. As we have mentioned in the past, Yvonne and I are sharing a planet, but out output is pretty different. So, double warning. 1) If you read my book and go over to hers, there’s going to be a massive spike in the amount of explicit sex you are going to see. Straight sex, gay/lesbian sex, groups, implied, explicit, overt, covert, pretty much the whole spectrum. 2) My work is set in the future relative to hers (Frohman’s War being set in the mid-90’s and Shattered Continent in the mid to late 2010s), so Shattered Continent will contain spoilers for Frohman’s War, both in a general sense for the world and in a specific sense for the protagonist; in essence, the “Frohman” and the “War” of the title. So, ye be warned.
Well, as those of you who are watching me yell at strangers on Twitter (@PTKrieg) already know, I found a plot hole while doing a final detailed pass through my text. A few other tweaks were made, and an urge to insert more material was suppressed. Specifically, to insert more text into two chapters that already consist of one character picking up a brick of exposition and clubbing another character’s head in with it. It’s all vital information, but the area is already packed to the brim, and no more can be shoved in there.
Yvonne is going to take a last look at what I have while I do the formatting, headers, page numbering, layout, etc.. The cover is still a work in progress; need to check in with the artist, ask if she’s ok with me posting updates re: her work on here. If she is, some of the rough draft material may wind up here or posted to twitter. More info will be posted as it arrives. In the meantime, the usual requests for feedback and contact still apply. Until next time.