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Back on Track

July 24, 2016

It’s been a while. I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks and haven’t been productive at all. The primary reason is that I got shingles. On my face. Which kind of sucked. After 7 days of anti-virals and my best impression of 2 weeks of down time, it has mostly cleared up. As well, my mother and step dad were in town for the last week. I had this awesome plan that one morning while they were here, I’d write while waiting for them to get done with breakfast. I slept instead. So I’m ready to get back on track.

In reference to both my family and my sickness, I stole this picture of my nieces from a poster at the hospital where my sister works. I suspect they may be clones of my sister.

I found a book that I feel is probably the best example of how I write (although I have some work to do still to get it to that level). The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is wonderful and I highly recommend it if you enjoy the horror genre at all.

There’s also a movie version that’s coming out in September. They switch the race of the 2 main characters in it and I’m curious to see if there’s any thematic reason for it.

The reason I think it’s clicking with me so much is that it was written by a comic book writer and when I wrote the first draft of my book, I mostly imagined the scenes as comic book panels and wrote that. It caused a number of point of view issues since comics don’t really do point of view.

I found the same sort of challenges in Carey’s writing and it gave me some really good examples of how to handle those challenges. That being said, I also saw some random pov shifts in the book, which was helpful to see how distracting/confusing that is in other people’s work. All things considered, I highly recommend it even though I haven’t quite finished it.

I hope you’re all having a lovely summer.

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