And July ends. JULY. How is this even possible?
It’s been an eventful summer, though I’ve not even managed to leave town; I’d hoped to visit family in other parts of the state but haven’t been able to make it happen yet, and no updates since March either, despite all that going-on about resuming updates and establishing a presence and so on.
Well. Baby steps, maybe. There’s all kinds of other stuff happening–I’m back in the classroom; had a short class in the early summer and am gearing up now for the fall, which is going to be a handful with full-time classwork and all that entails. Work at the rescue is always demanding, getting more complicated the more hats I wear there.
Button and Bug are thriving; integration with everyone else in the household is well underway. There’s some resistance among the natives, as might well be expected, but so far we’re successful.
Publication progress has stalled in the summer months; it’s the dry season for agencies. I’m grateful for the respite, anyway, what with everything else that’s been going on. And always, in the back of my mind, while my attention is aimed in other directions, I’m turning over the plot of book 2.
I do have its basic framework in mind. It’s set in the same world as the first novel, THE BIBLE OF HELL*; but where the theme of BoH was words and genes (with underpinnings of language principles)–the theme of the second novel, BROKEN BOLERO, is music (patterns and math, an extension of the language systems concept).
And while I’m writing this, with both stories in mind, it seems like a synopsis of each plot is probably in order here but I have a few things to do before I make my first rescue run of the day and I’d like to make it a quality effort, so it should wait it least a few hours, and maybe a day or two, for its proper execution. Watch this space.
* a few early queries saw the title changed in an experimental faux pas to PHANTASMOSPHERE, which is utterly not the book I have written. I worried that THE BIBLE OF HELL would be too big and bad and scary, putting off the more sensitivie sensibilities out there, so I changed it. While that’s actually likely the case, it’s just going to have to alienate whomever it alienates, but PHANTASMOSPHERE never felt right.