Monday, 4 November 2013

Daylights Savings and Fiddling

Hey all,

Today was daylights saving time—the good one, where time goes backwards and you’re able to sleep in longer. If you’ve forgotten about it until right now, as you read my blog post, you’re probably going to be an hour early for work, so relax, you’ve got time to chill. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but for whatever reason, I’m super sleepy on the changing days—must just be that my internal clock is going crazy. Also, the fact that it now gets dark somewhere just north of 4:30 doesn’t help (so bear with me if I ramble a bit today).  

Anyways, for the most part this week I’ve just been fiddling around with the middle bits of Dreamstate II—lining up all those things I said that I’d need to fix last week. I haven’t dug into the full hardcore editing mode yet, I just want to make sure that I don’t forget anything important. I’d be rather upset with myself if I’d forgotten something, finished up all my edits, published the book, and then realized I’d made a catastrophic error. Nope, I’m putting down ten billion notes right as I think them up. I have a bit of government mandated time (no visa yet) to do all this, so I might as well take advantage of the slowdown.

My horror book, on the other hand, is coming along quite nicely. I’ve settled into a first person perspective for the main character/narrator, which I usually avoid. I think the style has very specific uses, and for the most part it’s abused in part by the success of Twilight and The Hunger Games. I like to utilize the almost claustrophobic locked in viewpoint for stories where they (the main character) has no idea what is going on. This works well for darker, more horrorific stories, and (in my most humble opinion) not as well for action packed excitement-a-thons. I played around with a few different styles, but settled on one that I thought sounded the best, and made me the least grumpy to work with. Nothing makes me more grumpy than having to fit a square plot into round style.

Also, unrelated to anything else, is the fact that I’m going to run a half-marathon in May! Last time I walked most of it, and ended up exploding my foot; this time around I’m going to make a point to train, and not run it under the theory of ‘I’m in alright shape—how hard can it be?’ It was pretty hard.


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