Brilliant, I’ve started the post off with a lie. It’s not completed as I have 1300 words left to write to reach the 50,000 word mark. Being unemployed for the past two weeks has been great because I’ve had nothing else to do but focus on my novel.
I spent much of Monday just purely writing, I was beginning to get stuck on how to progress the story, I knew from the beginning of where it needed to go and how it needed to end but it was just getting it to that point in a way that I found interesting and still able to keep potential readers on the edge of their seats.
I managed to get just a shade over 8000 words done on Monday and took Tuesday off and I mean off. I mean; I got out of bed twice for a piss and that was about it.
Don’t even ask me where the time went, for some reason I watched the first 8 episodes of Will and Grace; as much of a tough guy I am there’s still nothing like chilling and watching some American sitcom with canned laughter. Before yesterday I’ve been hooked on two things; Seinfeld (which is the best US sitcom ever created; Elaine is a hot piece of ass) and John Cusack movies.
I watched High Fidelity, Serendipity, 2012, Being John Malkovich and 1408 all one after another. Maybe I’ll do a John Cusack review month on Dark Globe?
I dunno what it is, John Cusack is a handsome man and if I were gay I’d almost certainly have my room covered with posters of him.
…Anyway, I managed to get the novel where I needed it to go; it arrived at its climax that’s been building since the first page and now I just need to figure out what the final chapter is going to do, I want it to tie up some loose ends and hopefully have it lead into the next part of the book. (If I ever get around to writing it that is.)
Writing this by comparison small novel gives me greater respect for what other authors do that tell stories from multiple view points. George R. R. Martin is a great example of this; the Song of Fire and Ice series has a large amount of personal stories that are told over the course of each of his books, to keep track of what everyone is doing and remember exactly where everyone is at in their own adventure and how it intertwines with other characters’ stories is an amazing talent to behold.
Any novelist whether you deem their book a good read or a waste of time deserve our respect because to sit down and write something of at the very least 50,000 words is not what I’d call easy.
Once I’ve written my last chapter I’ll then read through it and make it flow better, correct any grammar/spelling mistakes etc, the usual thing people do then I’ll at least try and get it self published.
I’ve had this story locked in my head now for years and to finally get it all down has given me a sense of fulfillment.
In another news, having spent the last two weeks off work; it’s given me time to recharge my batteries, a couple of weeks ago I was dealing with Fiona breaking up with me, losing my job and my new place to live all in a week but I’m in a lot better place mentally now than I was then.
I’ve started applying for work again, if you have read My First Interview you’ll know what an epic fail I was; ten years after that took place I had an interview for the same company again today working on their service desk. It’s actually a large multi-national professional company, not some half rate piece of shit company like my last place was.
Still, it’s customer service but it’ll have to do. I probably won’t even get it, they asked me basic customer service competency questions; then basic technical questions (like ‘what does CTRL+V do?’) then some written scenario’s to test my grammar and spelling (I’m writing a novel so I’d expect both to be up to par). I don’t think I did too bad but it wasn’t an interview I was proud of, so it could go either way.
If I get the job, awesome, if not, oh well. It’s one of those where I don’t care if I get it or not, if I do then great I’ll work hard at it but I won’t be devastated if I don’t. I was thinking I’d try to get back into hotel work if I don’t get this job. I was awesome at hotel work, face to face customers don’t tend to give me as much shit.
So right now, all is well, apart from me being back in debt thanks to the clutch on my car dying so I’ve had to spend my savings getting that repaired!