After much debate, I decided to start my own subreddit last year. Originally, it was about working with Beta Readers but it might be a good chance to continue whatever conversations I start here. I’ll post any interesting links, WP entries, or ideas there. We can all hang out, chill, whatever.
After three or four rejections, I went back to The Rocket and took a look. Sure enough, my writing sucked. Spent a few hours tinkering, fixing some cringe-worthy mistakes, and I’ve sent it back out. It’ll be interesting to see how things go. Maybe it really is simple as editing.
Happy to say that I cracked 50,000 words on this draft of Mesh. I’m closing out Act three, where the Mesh comes to life. After that, we move onto Acts 4 and 5, where the Mesh and the kids of Miramar will come together to save the world. I’m so excited by how the story and characters are coming together.
I can’t wait to show you the weird, crazy world of Roman, Zeke and their friends, the Snow Foxes. I just got a Wacom tablet, so I’m going to start making use of it to draw a few concept pictures to give you a sense of what the Mesh, their virtual reality system, Miramar, and everything else looks like.
I’m also going to start posting some fun scifi stuff every Friday, so look for a few category called ‘Sci-Friday.’ It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.
I’ve been working on this story for a while and my beta readers think it’s top-notch. ‘The Rocket’ captures some of the difficult emotions happening in the fractured society we live in now. Will we heal this breach? What happens if we don’t? I’ve been thinking about that a lot, and ‘The Rocket’ is the result of my cogitation.
Back to work on Mesh tomorrow. For now, taking a break and enjoying the fact that people like what I write.
For all the crazy stories about Ellison, one fact remained crazier – they weren’t stories. He really was a madcap bohemian rebel, determined to annoy, destroy, and disrupt any conventional piece of wisdom he came across. I never met him personally, perhaps this was a good thing. In memoriam, here is Harlan doing an audiobook reading of his famous short story.