Long dark months ago when I started this blog I mentioned that I was writing a new novel. A bit of boffo sci-fi in the near future, end of the world as we know, how will humankind ever survive kind of thing. Well, I am still writing it, but very, very slowly. It is a bit, well, bad. I have fallen into the greatest of all traps and let myself do little more than copy the best bits out of every story I have ever read and paste them together. This is not always a bad thing. The Matrix was a bit of everything thrown together. Just about every movie made in the last ten years is just a lot of slop tossed in a bowl and given a bit of a stir before serving. But I was aiming for something a bit more than a movie novelisation, without even the bother of a movie to start with. So it may be that this novel ends up being a screenplay instead. I used to have a drawerful of stories and novels, but not too many screenplays. A whole new field to garner rejection within.
The bits are all but done and just want the images burned to a CD and the whole shebang shipped off to my local purveyor of paper and newsprint.
Back in High School, those glory days when I knew I was going to be a writer and had never heard of a church directory, I submitted every damned thing I wrote. I’m talking essays, letters to the editor, movie reviews, short stories, restaurant reviews, poetry, that last hurts the worse, those were some god awful poems. I was rejected for one and all paying gigs. I had three or four letters to the editor publish. Big whoopee at the time.
It would be years later, as my writing life came to be me reading books about writing, that I would see the light- that I had fucked up royally. Those little hand written letters of encouragement are the first sign that they will likely publish your stuff one of these days. Once it is good enough to publish. Alas, I didn’t know that then. And life has been a damned busy bit of business since and I have not written a decent story in years.
I’m sure there is something I want to watch on TV coming on soon. . .