Saturday, May 25, 2013

Simplifying

I hate to do this, because I actually get quite a few views on this blog, but for the sake of my own sanity, I'm going to be merging this blog into Globophilia over the next week or so. I'll let this blog sit in place for about a month, and then retire it. That way I have one fewer blogs to maintain (and, outside my balloon fetish writings, I actually have quite a few).

And I don't see the point, really, of having two balloon-fetish blogs, one for the books and one for everything else. It's all the same thing. And as to choosing one over the other, well, I like the name Globophilia, left to me by Triple Outcast when he kind of withdrew from the Internet (at least in that persona), and I'd hate to see it go to waste.

See you there!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Writing While Researching

The research on the new book is proceeding very slowly. I was hoping to be further along, but this annoying need to make a living keeps interfering in one way or another (just as life takes time away from balloon play).

Meanwhile, I am composing a short story, not related to Blowing It! in any way (don't want to get anyone prematurely excited about a sequel), but just something I thought of one morning and decided I wanted to write. I expect that it will only take a few weeks to whip it into shape and get it published on Kindle.

I asked my Facebook followers if I should make the character a popper, a non-popper, or some kind of combination between the two. I got lots of opinions, and you'll have to read the story to find out what I decided, but some of their other suggestions sparked some other plot ideas.

So, rather than having to wait until I can do a whole novel, or get the research done for an entire non-fiction book, I just might have some stories for you to read this year.

It should be fun; I hope you'll enjoy them.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting Organized

Although I've already written a lot of words for the new book (which I need to get a working title for soon so I stop referring to it as "the new book"), I'm a long way from actually writing anything I would call a completed book. There is so much research to do, so many people to contact, so much thinking about the format of the book, and how I'm going to correlate everything that I find out so that it all works together without denigrating into dry statistics or trite (and wholly inaccurate) classifications.

And so the organization is not just of the kind where I make sure my files are all in the right places and that my GMail folders are set up just so. It's the mental organization of the concepts.

I've decided on a format for the book. And yet I'm fairly sure that by the time I've written the first draft, I will have discovered that the format I thought was just right is, in fact, totally inappropriate for the job.

But that's the way of writing, when it's working as it should. Not just words on paper, but a voyage of discovery. And when we all get there, I think that I will be as surprised as you to see what the final product looks like.