Thursday, April 30, 2009

Beginning Novel Number 3 for 2009

On the last day of Psychotomimetic Peacocks, I already had the plan for the next one.  I even have the title: Mapping Generic Streets.  I started today with a small scene with Jess, my main character.  I'm pretty excited.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Psychotomimetic Peacocks

Seven weeks.
Five notebooks
70 times opening the file
35 hours editing time

Psychotomimetic Peacocks is completed.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dysphoric Notions and When the Peacock Screams

A novel emerged from the very humble beginnings.  I should say, the material that now comprises Dysphoric Notions will become a novel.  It came to 52,000 words.  It's a story about heartbreak and growing up, although I wouldn't consider it a "coming of age" novel.  Rather, it's about connecting and staying detached all at the same time.  Regardless, I am proud of the effort.

As Dysphoric Notions was winding down, I got a great idea for the next story.  It's strange, but I left Portland, OR many years ago and yet I have thought about my old neighborhood there so often.  "When the Peacock Screams" is the working title.  It's set in Northwest Portland, and a long time ago.  I have an interesting cast of characters who work service industry jobs, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes.  There is a serial killer on the loose in the neighborhood.  I want this piece to have a noir feel to it.

So far, I'm having trouble finding the voice and the tone.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Coffee and Bile

It's slowly coming together what this project means to me.  I've written several short stories and one novella length piece with the same characters and locale.  My friends Katie read a few of these pieces the other day and later suggested that I turn them into a novel.  I think it's doable.  I've been working on it daily, second draft in the mornings, continuing with the first draft in the afternoons.

Coffee and Bile

It's slowly coming together what this project means to me.  I've written several short stories and one novella length piece with the same characters and locale.  My friend Katie read a few of these pieces the other day and later suggested that I turn them into a novel.  I think it's doable.  I've been working on it daily, second draft in the mornings, continuing with the first draft in the afternoons.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The White Party

Left Vermont on the 8th.  In the wake of the excitement of graduation I could not wait to see what I can do. 2009 seems promising enough.  Goals?  A few short stories, maybe a novel.  Wrote "The White Party" last night.  It feels good to write in my notebooks and write at my own pace.  We'll see where it goes.