Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Psychological Problems and Rewrites.

What's going on my faithful readers and friends?  jonny here with another update on my upcoming fourth book (and science fiction debut).

It's been a crazy week since last Wednesday, and what I've gotten done is very exciting.  For starters, I'm starting to develop the idea of the Wandering City Blues as a psychological condition some of my characters face.  I added a bit into "Timeshare" about it, having realized I missed a golden opportunity to do so, and it's cropped up again in my murder investigation.  The Wandering City Blues are the theriopolitans' counterpart to cabin fever (or, if you live in Hawaii, "island fever").  It's a kind of open-spaced claustrophobia, or a restless anxiety about being in the same place for too long.  I could've called it "Theriopolitan Claustrophobia" but that doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it?

In terms of spoiler-free plot development, I went back and completely rewrote a new chapter I'd done a couple weeks ago, in which my two main characters meet.  I liked the original version alright, but you all deserve the best I can produce and after sleeping on it I decided the first try wasn't as solid as I'd hoped.  However, the new version, which is basically unrecognizable compared to the first, is far better and not only am I better for it but the book will be as well.  I hate to have not gotten it right the first time, but I suppose it's all part of the process.

Fun and interesting fact:  I want to clearly express the condensed pot of stew that is life on the backs of the colossi, so I'm utilizing different nationalities for characters - and even different languages, when appropriate - throughout the book.  So far 99% of the book is in English but I also have conversations in Thai and Swedish.  I'm not using subtitles or the comic book-like "*Translated from Thai" etc., but the things are easy enough to grasp in context.  What'll really be tough is later on when I have to build a weird vernacular of English and assemble full conversations in it, but that's another story for another day.

See you next week!

Total Word Count:  27,898

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