So far so good, our house guest is a nice bloke and seems satisfied with our classy “air mattress in the bar” sleeping arrangements. He hasn’t fallen and broken his neck on assorted stuff lying around the house, either – and as mentioned, he even survived a visit from Mr. BRKN with only mild trauma. It’s nice to have a guest, even though I’m very much an absentee host.
Our guest has also been politely interested in my writing process, which he’s arrived at a great time to see in absolute shambolic disarray. My editorial comments have (mostly) come in for Bad Cow, and it’s looking … let’s take a leaf from the book of corporate management and say “full of opportunities”.
Yeah, that bad.
But I’m trying not to go into full weepy unbalanced author mode, and trying still further to avoid pissy tantrums at my poor editors who found themselves dealing with 700 pages of what-the-fuck-is-this-even which basically takes the most obscure and fantastical side-notes of The Final Fall of Man and goes “oh yeah, actually this was the main point of the whole thing.”
I slept on it, and thought about it, and there’s some work to be done but I think ultimately the purpose of the editors has been served, and the result will be a better story – not just the epic I want to tell, full of details and sidelines and tangents and oh, so many footnotes, but also an actual story that readers will want to read. I mean, imagine that. How unselfish am I?
The situation is actually not entirely unlike the masses of excellent feedback I got from my man Aaron after he read through the Book of Pinian series lo all these many moons and years ago. Lots to change, lots to do, maybe a little discouraged and certainly very daunted … but this is it. It’s the big one. It may not have been a foundation stone I was planning on writing, but it happened, and it’s going to have to be good. Because if I whack down an unreadable bag of sand as a foundation stone, this whole thing is going to burn down, fall over, and then sink into the swamp.
And that’s not happening with this one. This one stays up.