Sunday, October 4, 2020

Playing Musical Chairs With the WiPs

Eidolon seems to want me to take the story down two (possibly three) different directions simultaneously (!!!), and the plot's starting to get muddled. Reluctantly I'll have to set that file aside and place some distance between me and the book time-wise so that I can clear my head and be able to re-think certain plot points. 

It's rather annoying, but it's necessary, and if there's any hard lesson I've learned throughout this pandemic, it's to take each day as it comes and not look too far ahead into the future. I used to be derailed by future events and plans before, but now I'm forced to stay on target day-to-day. And I need to go back and rethink certain elements of Eidolon's plot and possibly dump a couple of chapters (or even three) and rewrite them completely. 

I think what's currently happening is that I'm trying to cram two (possibly three) incongruent subplots (or should I say co-plots?) into one story, and I'm now in danger of losing the narrative. I reread what I've written so far, and the story's all over the place, which tends to happen whenever I get overly excited about my WiP. Time to rein things in and - gasp - kill my darlings, whatever they might be in the story right now. I'll find out eventually. 

At least the book isn't slated for release till next June, so I've got time. 

For the rest of October, therefore, I'll be turning my attention back to Agnes of Haywood Hall and will be revising and editing the hell out of that book. I'd like it to be uploaded and listed at different online stores by the end of this year since it's set to be released on February 1.  

In other news I just got an alert from the Contra Costa Public Library that my digital loan of Susanna Clarke's new novel (squee!) is now available to download. Woo! Can't wait to dig into that since it's been years since I last read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and I'm not too keen on any other mainstream fantasy stuff (I get all my fantasy and paranormal goodness from indie M/M writers). I do imagine it's going to take me a while to get through Clarke's novel as her writing's pretty dense if it's another pastiche, but I'm not complaining.

I might be juggling two books throughout the month, which I hate doing, but a library loan is time-sensitive, and I don't want to be that patron who holds on to a copy for an unnecessarily long time. I'm actually still working my way through the E.F. Benson anthology of ghost stories, believe it or not, as it's a totally humongous book, and I need a bit of a break from Benson's writing. At least I've been bookmarking my favorite stories there, which I hope to share eventually (once I'm done with the book - if ever, that is). That'll make it a lot easier for me to go back and re-read the good stuff and not have to sit through less gripping stories. 

A new series that just dropped over at Netflix is Evil, and I checked out the first episode today and really liked it. I'll say more about that show once I've got more than one episode under my belt, but it's well-written and pretty damn unsettling as a series touching on paranormal events or what straddles paranormal and natural. 

Next week will give us The Haunting of Bly Manor, which I'm absolutely dying for. Hopefully there'll be less family drama and more ghost story this time around though I did enjoy The Haunting of Hill House last time. With Henry James's novella for the new series' inspiration, I'm crossing my fingers over the direction the writers have taken. Really, the original story is deliciously rich in ghostly hauntings and some pretty creepy atmosphere that I'm hoping this adaptation will honor that and lay off a little on the family dynamics bit. 

So, yeah - looking forward to this month in more ways than one. 

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