What’s up?

You  may have noticed that it has been very quiet around here of late. I must apologize. Not a day goes by without thinking about writing, but I’ve been doing very little of it the past few months. The reason is that I have a very good friend, and we have been starting a business. This doesn’t mean that I’m shifting away from writing in my personal grand scheme; in fact, some aspects of this business will be very helpful in that regard. However, it has involved an enormous amount of work to get things started, and since it primarily lives in my garage, I have been working non-stop to get up to speed.

I’m not ready to go into details of what the actual business is intended to do, but suffice it to say that it is both technical and intended to do some good in the world. On the other hand, it may be subject to some legal and regulatory difficulties. Progress is always subject to that sort of thing. I have a lot of work to do on all fronts.

In the meantime, if anyone needs something cut with an industrial CNC laser, please let me know. 🙂

On the writing side, I haven’t been blogging, as you can see. I haven’t been on Facebook. It’s all been about Decay, which is long overdue on my internal schedule, and on yours as well from the comments. Now that I’ve bitten off the steepest part of the business curve, I’ll see if I can wrap that up. Decay has existed in unfinished form for far too long. Definition is the second priority. I’d say the story is a little underdeveloped as it stands, but I can assure you that it is much bigger than it appears.

I wrote about John Scalzi’s serial release a while back, and I’ve read eight of the parts. Saying this as a huge fan of his is hard, but I’m disappointed with the result. It almost feels like he polished up his notes for ideas in the Old Man’s War universe and kicked them out as a serial. The upside of the experience is that it gave me a first person view on some of the negative comments I received for my own serial release of Renewal. The downside is that I apparently wanted another polished novel in 13 parts. As I wrestle with my own ideas about form and structure, Scalzi’s work teaches me a great deal.

And finally, I’ve noticed a steady stream of new users. I hope that most are actual readers and not waiting for a chance to sell us some blue pills and the ultimate web search optimization. Real people, please take the opportunity to speak up. I’m happy to answer questions in overly wordy fashion about almost anything.

As always, thanks for reading.


4 thoughts on “What’s up?”

  1. Great to see you back Jim.

    Glad I was not the only one disappointed with Scalzi’s serial release. I only made it through 6 of the parts. I was expecting more I guess and it seemed like the ideas where just not fleshed out enough.

    Looking forward to Decay whenever it gets out. Good Luck with the new business venture.

  2. Yes! The “story teller” is back!

    This process of writing books is much more complicated then just telling stories but please don’t let the “process” become so much work that you stop.

    So use that damn CNC Laser to sharpen some pencils! Seriously, looking forward as always in reading anything you write.

    So hug your lady and kiss your dogs for me!

  3. This is a great day! I find out that Jim is hard at work on “Decay” and “24” is back for next year!!! By the way, I hope your business goes well. I’m betting you’re the one doing all the CAD work… I bet that thing drinks electricity….


  4. Hooray! He lives! : )

    I too was disappointed with Scalzi’s foray into serial releases. It was far too choppy and disjointed for me, which was a huge letdown. I finished the whole thing and felt unfulfilled at the end. I would say that I hope that he never goes that route again, although I think he mentioned on his blog that there was going to be a “sequel” in the series, which I assume will be in serial form. Here’s hoping he learned from his “mistakes” this time around.

    Maybe he should ask you for advice, eh?

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