I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed their Fourth of July. My ear infection seemed to be on its way out yesterday, so I was able to enjoy the fireworks without sandwiching my head between pillows.
I’ve you’ve ever ridden in a car and had the window down on only one side, than you likely understand the low frequency flutter effect that was hammering my head all day Wednesday. Boy, am I glad that’s over with.
The writing is going well. I’ve already begun another short story while my last one marinates in the desk drawer (aka my backpack). That piece is a bit of psychological and supernatural horror. The current one is more science fiction. I’ll probably return to the first story next week and begin revising. I like the tiered approach found here and will give it a go:
The idea is to start at the bottom and work your way up. I can already see substrata where one level ends and another begins, but I’ll be sure to give you guys an update on the process.
Concerning my novel, I’ve wrapped up my initial study of Tokugawa-era Japan. I want to understand this era and culture better because the story centers around a Japanese clan of outcasts. There’s always more to learn, but I don’t want to overdo it. After seeing the same topics discussed multiple times, I know I’ve begun to reach a point of diminishing returns.
Reading about Japan and its culture during that time has given me so much background detail for the characters, but the physical setting is actually in gold rush-era California. Now comes the next set of books, beginning with Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush.
I must say, the more I read and take notes, the more excited I get about writing this book. Of course, so many other interesting story ideas pop into my head as I learn more, but I capture those in Evernote and move on. The finished product may be awhile coming though, so I’m glad I have some short stories to work on in the meantime.
Taking all of the above into account, I’m hoping to achieve balance in my day-to-day “creative time” to ensure I stay productive. That means at any given moment, I’m doing at least one of the following:
- Writing a short story
- Revising a short story
- Researching my novel
I’m looking forward to a weekend of writing! I hope y’all are doing just as well.