I always like to go and personally see the place I want to put my characters in. Preferably in a way close to what their experiences would be. Luckily, these days it got so much easier with airbnb and alike. Planning another such trip for the next week, let’s see what the catch will be.
Putting aside all the religious and traditional stuff, the default will for the 21st century should look like:
- Securely destroy the brain.
- Any other body parts that have value – sell them.
- Dispose everything else at the current rate for garbage collection.
The best thing about the shoes like Dockers or Grinders is when in late autumn early morning you walk across a freshly frozen puddle, and the thin ice cracks under your boots. I’m afraid I’d be struggling to appreciate that kind of shoes in any warmer climate.
The new novella is now firmly in progress. It doesn’t have a title yet, but the key themes will be relationships, death of the family as an institute in a post-industrial society, and exploring the fuzzy border between the sanity and the sheer madness.
What often puzzles me is that in literature, typically, you need to introduce a visible flaw in a character to designate him as an “unreliable narrator”, while everybody else around are assumed to be “reliable”. As if not having a visible flaw makes anyone reliable. My take on this is that if you think someone is completely sane and not crazy, it only means you don’t know this person well enough. Still waters run deep.
Today I wrote something that might become the opening of a new novel, which might be about Jay, already familiar to the reader from my previous work “No Sugar”. Let’s see how long this one will take.
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It is a popular misconception that the writers write their books in the quiet of their study rooms, with the rest of the world being considerate enough not to interrupt the process. In fact, very few people can afford such a luxury – nor is it always desirable. Some of the best pieces of texts I’ve ever written were written at places like an inter-city bus.
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