We’re barely two weeks into 2017 and I’ve got so many projects peculating that I hardly know what to work on from day-to-day. In my last journal entry I alluded to what I want to accomplish this year, literarily and otherwise. I’ve made some progress on those fronts, especially in writing, but reality is constantly “in my face” and it’s hard to fight off a “what’s the use” attitude.
In the writing area, I’ve put what I’ve learned from The Story Grid to good use and launched a major overhaul of Power of the Ancients. It’s a big job but I’m pleased, so far, with how it’s going. Using Mr. Coyne’s methods as a base, I’ve gotten a better handle on this story than ever before. That is, I can actually see it as a story rather than just a collection of scenes. This gives me a better chance of making it “work.”
Speaking of writing strategies, I’ve been using one that I ran across in my reading (I forget the source) that advocates breaking your projects into “Ideation,” “Working,” and “Publishing” categories. You assign your projects and potential projects to the appropriate categories and then work from a given category as you feel the spirit move. If you spread your time across all the categories, you’ll become productive. This sounded like the computer science concept of “pipelining” and I revamped the idea around that model. It has helped me be more productive.
By pipelining, I’ve produced two short stories recently. One of them, “Soul Book,” was inspired by the recent US Presidential election and infused by my views of politics. I have little more revision work to do on the story but I did read it to my writing group, where it was well received.
My other short story is called “Mission Project” and it has a Christmas setting, though it’s not a Christmas story. It’s based on an incident I observed many years ago and has to do with peoples’ perceptions and the bursting of their bubbles. I’m also still revising this one and have not shown it to anyone.
My intention for both of these stories was to feature them in Annotations (my free newsletter that comes with a free ebook when you subscribe). They may also be submitted for publication elsewhere, but I’m really wanting to see if I can produce some quality short stories fairly quickly. My inspiration for that is yet another writing book: How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell. From my work in this area, I hope to compile a good collection of stories for Annotations and other projects.
The other good spins starting off this year has been an emphasis on fitness by my wife and I, that I hope will lead to some backpacking later in the year. If so, I’ll write about it.
Such good momentums, however, risk being overwhelmed by the “in your face” awfulness of the geoengineering going on over our heads. It’s been sickening to see the horrendous amount of chem-trailing going on these last couple of weeks as “winter storms” spread over the country. It certainly got very cold for a few days where I am, but it was a chemical cold followed by a rebound of very warm temperatures (in mid January!).
It’s easy to get down about such things, especially when you consider the senselessness of it all. Where does all this madness come from? Actually, I intend to address that question by compiling a list of books that I believe offer an education into why the world operates as it does. High on that list will be the works of Daniel Quinn whom I believe offers insight into the origins of such evil in his Ishmael books. Dmtry Orlov also offers a very helpful insight into this evil with his recent book (that I’m currently reading) called, Shrinking the Technosphere. I’ll Ray-view it when I finish it, but it’s definitely going on my “Get A Clue” list.
Another book that highlights the evil of psychopathic rulers with imperial agendas is Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee. I recently finished it and posted a Ray-view. It’s an insightful book, but also depressing in a way. That’s part of the heavy price paid for knowing the truth, as Richard Dolan says (UFOs and the National Security State).
While I’m excited by the projects I have underway, the working of them involves forays into truth-seeking. With world being the way it is, I can’t always be upbeat, but I’ll always be honest.