I have some more bits of poetry news, but I think I'll save it for next week, since I've been talking Big Decisions here. My fifth big decision for the year is that I'm going to post a new piece of content to my Patreon stream every Friday in 2015, starting with this one. Today's is a bit of tongue-in-cheek speculative poetry/satire. The Patreon entry is here. Some of these Friday tidbits will be locked for patrons only if I think they have potential to go further, though many will be free. Expect flash fiction and poetry to make up most of it.
To talk a little bit about the tangible benefits of not posting stories as they're written: the chapter that I wrote on Wednesday was about 2,000 words long and ended at the point where I ran out of steam for the day. Yesterday, I started writing the next chapter from the point where I left off, and then found when I got to the end that the first third or so of what I'd written went much better with the previous chapter, and helped it move to an actual conclusion. I didn't just tack it on the end, of course... I had to go through it to integrate the new material with the old, so the whole chapter is stronger.
I wrote 5,000 words between the two days... the next chapter is now 3,000 words long and the one I wrote yesterday is 2,000 words. There's a good chance it will wind up being longer when I'm done with today's writing.
This is the thing: even though I'm writing a chapter each day, I'm not ~*done with*~ the chapter at the end of the day. Until it gets published, it's a living thing with the capability to grow. Writing day by day forces me to treat each chapter as its own thing. Even if I have time to do some editing, I don't have the necessary perspective or distance to look at something I've just finished writing and know what it needs.
I have an inkling that what I wrote yesterday will actually be split into two chapters by the time I'm done writing today, and the third of the three chapters might end up being pushed back until later by another chapter by the time it would go up (next Friday). But even if that happens, the chapter that bumps it will be in an appropriate state of completion by Tuesday of next week, so nothing will be rushed.
I've got one more fairly major decision to announce for the start of 2015, but details are pending on it so I'm holding it for next week.
The State of the Me
Well, it had to happen sooner or later... after three nights of decent sleep in a row, I had an insomnia attack last night, and wound up with a kink in my back due to having sat up for too long. Nothing dire, it's just made for a slow and uncomfortable start to my day.
Plans For Today
Well, it's pretty late in the day, so there's not much left to do except write.
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