Saturday, 24 November 2012

Don't get me started!

... because I just want my peace and quiet. ;-)

Well, at least from ranting about Indies. I always said I'll stop when I've published Rage against the Indie, because I got it all out of my system. And it feels good. It's now out there, for self-published authors or still unpublished writers to learn while having a giggle and I can shape-shift back into calm Stella. And I really need it, for I'm going to continue with the novel I was rewriting, when the desire to write the rant side-tracked me. It's a very gentle novel, and it's essential to be in the right head space when rewriting it. I wrote it 2010/2011 and put it aside for a while, then fiddled with it several times, but it doesn't meet my expectations anymore. Somehow I was almost about to give up on it when I had an epiphany of how it could engage---no, challenge me---again. I'm mainly writing for the challenge, you see? To me, writing is not only 'getting rid' of a story idea, but turning it into a novel that will engage my brain as well as readers when it's finished. In this case I'll try to turn the book into metafiction. I love trying out new things, playing with a reader's consciousness by confusing him subtly so that he questions reality and fiction, but not to the point that he's annoyed; instead I try to keep him turning the pages, because he wants to know if he reaches clarity, which he may or not achieve.
This will be a massive project, almost like writing a new novel, but the bones are great, and I love the way the story develops. Just thinking about tearing it down, like a house you demolish to rebuild, but keeping most of the parts to recycle, I feel the history of the novel will be prominent throughout the story, but enhanced by the new plot devices.
This will be my biggest challenge yet, and damn, am I looking forward to it.

But fear not, I'll have another rant coming up. This time: stupid people who weren't as good at catching logic when it was thrown at them. You didn't really think I'm done with ranting in general, did you?

Have a good weekend, everyone. 


  1. Hi there! I've just discovered your book on Amazon - haven't downloaded it, ha ha! I've only just seen it, tweeted by Mackenzie Brown. Just wanted to say that reading about it has made me feel better about posting a blog article I am in the process of half-writing - 'Author Truths'. I did one called 'Love Truths' a short while back and it was extolled by many, but I wonder if 'Author Truths' might be a little too close to the bone... anyway, it's still in the process of being compiled/written.

    I am in the middle of my morning RT of everyone who, now that it's November 27th, is tweeting their book as an 'ideal Christmas gift.' I shall follow your blog and investigate more later! :)

    1. Hello, Terry. Ah, Mackenzie, he's a cracker. ;-)

      My experience is that many think the same but don't come forward with it. So, go ahead and spit it out. ;-)

      If anyone attacks you, I'd say they don't know you or feel the need to squeeze their fat feet into the too tiny shoes. We're all not perfect, but the more people speak up, the more people start to think twice before they hit 'publish'.

      Let me know when the post is up; I'd be interested in reading it.