Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Terrorism and the Power of Fear

Every time there's a terror attack, I fear yet another loss of civil liberties will soon follow. Bombs are not the real weapon here; ideas are. And what idea drives conflict more fluidly than framing the struggle as a clash of cultures somehow destined to come to conflict? What idea can make beasts of us faster than the idea that conflict is the engine of progress and supremacy? What can skew our emotions beyond acting rationally faster than media spiced with fear porn of dead children? And while the people cheer the arrests and killings that come in retaliation, they blithely ignore that the noose of tyranny grows ever tighter around their own throats in the name of safety and security.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"The Linen Butterfly"- DRAFT DONE!

I finished the draft tonight. I just couldn't keep my hands off it. Word count stands at 114k words which is within my target. However I don't know what the final word count is going to be.

The next phase will probably have to start Sunday night since that'll be the tedious part, making sure this story 14 years in the making can still be made into something presentable.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"The Linen Butterfly" Progress!

I hit a crucial benchmark with "The Linen Butterfly" tonight. I finished the first half of the story arc- rewritten from scratch from the original "Goldenlea"- and pasted in the second half.

The second half needs to be reworked for length, style, and content and then the whole book needs a good once over, but the current word count is 126k words so my goal of 110k words is absolutely on target once all of the redundant, obsolete, and unnecessary material is removed from the second half.

This includes several passages that I copied and pasted from the second half and moved into the first half to make the story flow better. Those will be removed from the second half and new material will only be added if it makes the narrative flow better.

My goal is still to have a draft ready for proofreading in one month, and to have a draft ready to submit by the end of the summer. Knock on wood, I'll have "The Linen Butterfly" out by January.