Allergies | The Bookmaker’s Note 4/23/21

Writing log: UGP +1,457 words | TBN + 1,047 words


Today was going to be so productive. I was going to edit more of the stories in the anthology in the back of OTR, I was going to start editing OTR, I was going to work on ANATH, it was going to be so goddamn productive. Then it wasn’t. I don’t know what happened.

Yes I do. I woke up early and stayed in bed. You ever do that? Like, after waking up and subconsciously getting out of bed right away for however many days in a row one morning you wake up and you’re just like Nah, not time yet and you go back to sleep and suddenly your fate is sealed for the rest of eternity? I didn’t get out of bed until 10 fucking 30 this morning, and I was sluggish all day for it. Really distracted. Half asleep. Half dead, too, from the fucking pollen. I love the spring but my allergies are acting up and half of my nose is constantly congested. It’s not always the same half, right now it’s my left sinuses but earlier my left was empty and too dry and my right sinuses were clogged. It’s always one of them being clogged and the other being too empty and excruciatingly dry. And tonight my left eye has been scarlet and leaking tears like a son of a bitch. They feel thicker than normal tears, too, and they’re really dark red, and they’re blood, I’m crying blood from my eyehole and I don’t know why. Just kidding, they’re just tears, they do feel thicker than normal though. Fuckin’ allergies, ‘man.

So lemme talk about these two new projects I’ve got going on now. UGP I started today, I’ve had the idea for a long time and I never really knew how to go about writing it but some fresh synapses came to me today so I started it. Didn’t get as far as I thought I would but hey, it exists now. It’s comin’. And so is ANATH. I have the plot for ANATH outlined completely. Probably going to change before the book is done but I have it all planned out. I’m more anxious about describing the environments in ANATH than anything else, it’s going to be a love letter to a video game franchise and I really want to do it justice. I don’t know how long either project will to be, UGP might end up being a short story for all I know, I’m going for the novel approach with it though. ANATH is definitely going to be a novel, or a novella if I can’t manage to put 50,000 words on it. To some folks a novella caps off at 40,000 words. I ain’t some folks, y’hear? No but I have all that stuff broken down in that little bookmaking cheat sheet I think I mentioned once. Y’know how all the descriptions for my books are one sentence long? I’ll give you OTR’s as an example, and also because I feel like revealing what it’s going to be THAT’S RIGHT YOU HYPOTHETICAL SON OF A BITCH, YOU’RE ‘BOUTA READ IT HERE FIRST, OTR will be described as “A novel about a man who is described as “hard to kill.” So a novel is a book between 50,000 and 250,000 words. A novella is 20,000 – 50,000. A novelette is 10,000 – 20,000. An epic is anything over 250,000 words. I have yet to write an epic but yeah, the word length decides what the second word of the description is. I also have a thing like that for the little “this isn’t real” disclaimer on the publishing pages. It goes something like “The characters, bla, bla, and bla in this book are bla,” right? So if the book is between 200 and 700 pages, I call it a book. Under 200, it’s called a softback. Over 700, it’s called a tome.

I also have a writing classification list. I don’t know why I’m sharing all these but shit, the words are already written. Let’s keep rolling with it. So at the bottom is flash fiction, anything up to ~1,250 words. A short story is 1,250 ~ 22,500, a story (or tale) is 22,500 ~ 75,000, then you have a long story, 75,000 ~ 150,000, and then from ~150,000 on you have a chronicle. And now you know. This one doesn’t have a reason for existing like the other ones do. Not yet, at least. I want The Hillside Commons to be an indie publishing house one day – truth be told I want THC to be the Strange Music of fiction writing, how’s that for a goddamn mission? – and when that day comes I want to have an open submission type of thing, and this classification will be used then.

I don’t know if you can tell but I am stoned to the fucking bone right now, after I lit up I realized I forgot to write today’s instance of The Note and now we’re here. I am trying my best for you, hypothetical reader. Do not withhold the energy.

But anyway. Uh. N-E-way. Shopify stalker was on his grind today. Started his day bright and early by staring at my running book during the 7 am hour, and then took another gaze during the 6 pm hour. My birthday is coming up, maybe he’ll surprise me and order an autographed copy. I won’t lie though, seeing the Shopify stalker do his thing twice today while I only managed to get a measly 1,400 words written doesn’t feel good. I’m going to really try to kill it tomorrow. Crank up that ambition and motivation. It’s gotten to my head that OTR is drafted, I want to treat myself. The work isn’t done. The work won’t be done ’til I’m not living in my parents’ attic. I’m almost 26 ‘man, I’m getting fucking old. I need my own space something fierce. You can only hike the trails at the end of the road so many times before the woods stops feeling like the woods. I think I’ll be all right, though. I’m definitely never going to stop making books, the universe has to come to its senses eventually.

This feels like the end of the post to me. How many words did you write today?

If you’re there, hypothetical reader, thank you for being there. From this day on, we move forever forward~

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