I’m tiling my bathtub surround today.
I can do this.
No one is going to die.
I am not going to fuck up.
I will still have two bathrooms at the end of the day.
I’m good enough, and I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.
Expect pictures and swearing as the day goes on.
Guys, this book is being weird. This is the third novel I’ve written, right? Which, I know, doesn’t make me anywhere near an expert on how these things generally go but I’m not exactly a complete novice. But I’ve never written anything like this story before, where every four or five thousand words I get ahead means I need to double back and hit “reset” on most of the last ten. I’m writing the book in circles, and every couple of big scenes in the “now” part of the book has resulted in me going back and either rewriting or adding stuff earlier in the book. It’s growing from the *middle*. My books don’t usually do that.
I’m not complaining, mind you; I’m just kind of fascinated at how the process is working on this one, and how damn stubborn the book is being in refusing to come out the way I initially intended it to.
For example, after the jump you’ll find the first little bit of the book, at least as it stands now. Why “as it stands now”? Because this is the third beginning of the book. The other two beginnings have been shoved to other parts of the book. :-)
Standard first-draft caveats and all that, but here’s your first little look at Benevolence Archives 8, also known as THE TITLELESS.
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The good news: THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 is now available on the iBookstore, for those of you who use your iThings to read books! 99 of your human moneypennies!
The bad news: I, uh, have no idea how to link to something on the iBookstore, since it lives in an app and as far as I know has no live Web presence? So I need to figure that out, because I know it’s possible. But it’s there! Go look, I promise!