An odd bit of synchronicity went down today: yesterday, I decided that today would be the day I pulled out Lusitania and started retooling the plot with an eye toward a 2013 rewrite. Today, I woke up and discovered that Nightwish, the band that provided much of the “soundtrack” to the first draft, had parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon.
And just now, I pulled one of my many Lusitania books off the shelf to check something, put it back, and was rewarded with a crack as the shelf fell down. It’s being supported by the big books underneath it at the moment, but…er…it’s definitely busted.
I’m not a big believer in signs or anything like that, but maybe this is an indication that I should let Lusy be a little while longer.
The Nightwish thing bums me out for sure. “The Poet and the Pendulum,” both its standard and instrumental versions, became that story’s theme song. Moreover, I just loved Anette’s interpretation of older songs. I’m sure both parties will be happier going forward, but…sigh.
In other news…I’m almost 14k into the projected 25k novella that I will try to release around November. I guess it could be classified as sci-fi. It’s quite different from other things I’ve attempted.
And…I got the basic plot outline for GNW3 down on paper. Filled up a few notebook pages outlining scenes, adding little notes to myself, and asking questions where I needed to. I’m still a bit hazy on the ending, but I’d say a good 75% of the book is plotted out, and I can at least get started.