Thursday, December 2, 2010
29,000 & Counting
I am now just past 29,000 words with Some Unknown Gulf of Night. I have five more sonnets in HPL's Fungi from Yuggoth on which to write prose segments: XXXII. Alienation, XXXIII. Harbour Whistles, XXXIV. Recapture, XXXV. Evening Star and XXXVI. Continuity. But I still want to make this wee chapbook a work of 40,000 words, which means that each new segment would need to be 2,000 words. Thus I am taking a new course, and these last five segments of the sequence will form portions of a new Sesqua Valley story, with each portion inspir'd in some way by the sonnet on which it is a comment. I wasn't going to have any references to Sesqua in this book, but then I thought, on, what the hell. & nigh I have this really perverse inclination to write a tale in which I kill off Simon Gregory Williams. I've been playing with this all day, & now the idea doesn't seem "right". I think I want to continue making each segment a direct "comment" on the sonnet that serves as inspiration, & yet I can hopefully make each of the last five segments 2,000 words. We shall see. It hath been quite amazing, writing this thing in a state of creative hypnosis almoft, where I feel my soul flowing through waves of creativity. I've never experienced anything like this in my writing life. I continue to grow as an artist, and much of that has been made possible by moving in with Mother and being able to write full time.
I am so looking forward to meeting some of you there, in Phoenix!