Saturday, August 30, 2008

In Class

So class is in full swing. In Anthropology, I began to see things in the same light as my characters. We're learning about the Masai people of Kenya, a tribe of herdsman and their many wives. They are primitive. They live by their traditions, even as the high-tech society around them collapses in on their world. And for vampires, I begin to feel like they would view us in the same light. As advanced as we may be today, for the sake of my fiction, the vampires inherit the throne of top billing on Earth, as their technology takes them to the stars and beyond in a post-apacolyptic world where mankind has fully relinquished their control of their society.

And what's bittersweet is that I'm taking Spanish...and enjoying myself. I should've taken this stuff in high school, but I've always been an underacheiver. I long to take Japanese, however. But wow I don't have the determination for that just yet.

I'm a year away from graduating with my first degree, and I already can't stop thinking about obtaining my second. Hopefully there I'll be satiated...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Other Stories

So I haven't exactly stayed on course with writing Book 2. Actually, I've been simultaneously writing books 3, and 4, and even 5. My only shame so far has been my incessant copying of Kevin Leahy's translation of Hideyuki Kikuchi's style. And I'm not outright plagiarizing his work--far from it, actually. But I pretend sometimes that I'm writing the next Vampire Hunter D, using the poetic and sometimes even silly dialogue as my muse.

Regardless of my seemingly lack of creativity, I'm simply writing what comes to me. Much like I explained in a letter to Mr. Kikuchi-san. One thing that I may have to come to grips with is that eventually, while I'm writing these volumes, I will have to put down the books (like my Hollywood post) and use whatever imagination I have of my own to develop the next series of books.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book 2

Today I realized that it's the one-year anniversary of beginning the second book in the After Man series. I also realized that it should have been completely written in that past year, and yet for all of my intentions, I have only nearly 30 pages.

So while I am in the midst of query-dropping, book 2 (WE INHERITED AND UNIMAGINABLE WORLD) will become my new priority. I may be absent here for a couple of weeks. It's time to buckle down and do this. I'll see you soon.