What Dreams Update
What Dreams and Interesting Carictars have both been on hold most of September while I’ve been working on my research paper. I hate it, but you know how it is. I can multitask, but a novel and a research project both require a kind of permanent attention from me. It’s always got to be in the back of my mind for me to make progress, so I can only do one at a time. (And I just plain haven’t had time for IC.) However, as with last month, I left off WD at a good point where I’m happy with what I wrote and I know what comes next, and I’ve been itching to get to it for weeks. I’m making good progress on the paper and associated tasks, so I should be back up and running during the end of October and/or November.
I’m at 23,375 words, which is actually a bit lower than it was last month — I consolidated a few things.
I do have a good supplemental reading to recommend — the short story/novelette “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson. This was recommended on Speculiction and I found it in the 29th annual The Year’s Best Science Fiction. It’s a long short story about a man who builds a bridge over a river of mist filled with monsters, and how he falls in love during the five-year project, and how it changes lives. I loved it. I was impressed by the characterization — it’s hard to do character-based short stories — and the excellent worldbuilding. We get enough of everything, always, even more than enough, but not enough for us to stop wanting more. Kij Johnson did a great job of incorporating the mechanics and engineering of building a big suspension bridge, and I need to work on those technicalities more. Kij also does a pitch-perfect job of describing a character’s internal life, without just infodumping everything… Showing earlier and later times, showing emotions, showing thoughts the way people actually think them — invested with meaning. That’s the kind of tone I want to keep in mind. Highly recommended!