Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pierwalker Log: December 4, 2018

Writing start: 11:02 A.M.
Finish: 3:09 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 400
Edited (est.): 12200

Tasks

1. Failure: Off till tomorrow

2. Book Three Melody: Off till 12/13

3. Ant Story: 400 new words
Notes: I believe I can see the end of this chapter.

4. Fractalverse: Off till tomorrow

5. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Second Tertiary Edit of chapter one

6. Dread Pirate Roberts: Primary edit number one of chapter six (2nd Adventure)

7. Rapscallion: Off

8. Gilligan: Read-through of last chapter written

Special: Work on Book Three illustration--"Becoming"

Extra notes: I posted the first chapter of The Angel's Guardian today. It's the fifth novel in Melody, and the latest one published. I'll post weekly through chapter five for those who are interested in sampling it.

It's, honestly, a contemporary fantasy, not epic or young adult fantasy. Were I unlucky enough to publish traditionally, that is, through a publishing house, The Angel's Guardian would never be accepted. It's contemporary fantasy, and, truthfully, barely even that. It's really contemporary fiction. That's a big no-no to publishers, who demand every novel in a series be of the same precise genre.

Book One of Melody is young adult fantasy and epic fantasy.

Kaza is apocalyptic fantasy and epic fantasy.

Book Two is back to young adult and epic fantasy.

Otoro is apocalyptic and epic fantasy.

And Angel's Guardian is, as I just mentioned, contemporary fantasy/fiction

I'm not really sure what to consider Failure, which will probably come out late next year or early 2020. I'll likely put it under epic fantasy, though technically it really isn't that. It's a high-seas adventure during wartime.

Conventions, like genres, are created to maximize profits for publishers. A distant second reason is to guide book readers. The thing is, though, I refuse to cater to the masses. The vast, vast majority of folks aren't going to ever bother reading Word One from anything I write, so why try to win them over by conforming to publishers' made-up categories? It makes no sense.

The folks who read my work and love it, I suspect, are a quirky bunch, ones who tend to eschew labels and genres. They read something because it appeals to them, moves them, changes them, inspires them. Genres don't mean squat to them. They reject suburbanism and coghood and fitting their unique selves into pre-existing square- or circle-holes. Those are the readers I think I probably appeal to.

So--enjoy the sample of The Angel's Guardian. It was a great joy and honor for me to write it. Elizabeth Finnegan is the shizzle, yo. Her example inspires me every day.

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