This has been an incredibly busy month. I’ve been filling the time with getting used to new schedules, hours, modes of transportation and people. For those who don’t know, I started a new job, as my last post said, and the last month was weeks of training (yes, multiple weeks) and then the work started in earnest. It’s been one of the stranger experiences I’ve ever been through. When I was in training, the job seemed overwhelming. I didn’t think I could handle it. Things changed, though, and for the better. I love my job. I never thought I’d be able to say that just starting at a place, but I really do. The environment I’m working in, along with the co-workers, it’s just… it’s one of the best experiences I’ve had when it comes to work. If I can work for this company for the rest of my life, I feel like I’d be fine with that. I don’t think I could do this job specifically forever, but I’d love to work with the company for sure. I don’t think I’ve said that about any place I’ve worked for before. It’s an odd and surprising feeling.
There’s more than just the job getting going, though. I’m looking for an apartment to move into. I’ve had a few of hits that fit my budget and in the range I want to be from work, but the majority of them have fallen through. I was hoping to be able to look at one place today, but wasn’t able to get the scheduling to work out on that front. Not the end of the world, but a bit of a set back. I’ve got a few other options to look at, so no reason to throw myself into despair over the situation. Something will work out, and I think sooner rather than later.
Outside of those two, though slightly related, I’ve started using the bus system here in Austin. I should’ve been using it months ago, but that’s all due to me being someone that doesn’t take to new things terribly easy, even if it’s good for me. Now I try to take the bus for every work shift that I can. I like it better than the train since I’m able to actually sit down and do some work on my writing (or reading) one my way to and from work. More often than not, I don’t get to take it back at the end of shifts (the busses shut down before I get off), but that’s still an extra half hour a day I devote to work that I want to do that I keep putting off. I hate that habit I let myself stay in. During that time, I’ve been pre-writing my next novel idea, which I’m happy to announce will be a complete rewrite of a novel I’ve been trying to write since the end of high school. The name of it is Phoenix, and I’m not gonna lie about it’s origins. This started out as a fanfiction I was writing for Cowboy Bebop.
Yup, I’ve written my share of fanfiction in the past, and there’s no reason to ignore that.
I only had one character from the original series I was working out of. More than the characters, though, I wanted access to that world. After a while, I realized that I didn’t need to tie it down to the Sol System as it appeared in Cowboy Bebop. Science fiction, and stories in general, are bigger than that. So, I attempted to remove to elements from bebop, and replace it with my own. It was a small success, as I wrote the first few chapters and kept the feeling I was wanting. I wasn’t duplicating the universe, but I was getting the style I was wanting from it.
It wasn’t ready, though. The characters, the leads especially, were well under cooked and needed some time to become the full people they needed to be. They’ve evolved with each attempt I’ve made at writing their story, and each time they’re more and more… well, they’re more like people. Finally, I think I’m ready to tell their story, or at least the start of it. The more I’ve made the changes to them an their setting, the story has taken one aspect from Cowboy Bebop I never expected. The story of the crew of the Phoenix is going to be a collection of separate stories that are part of their evolution within a larger narrative. So, to a degree, this is going to be a novel wrapped around a collection of shorts. A little bit like the sessions that makeup the episodes of Cowboy Bebop. It’s kinda fun to see how it came to this point, as the original plan I had all those years back was for me to drop in at the biggest points in their series and let the readers fill in the blank periods on their own. Now I realize how moronic of an idea that was, and I’m gonna be able to develop the characters so much more than I originally thought I would. It’s been a blast to get started on the characters all over again. It’s been nice to get into the universe after such a long absence, as well. Once I’m done with those last few characters, I’m outlining the story arc/chapters/shorts. This maybe the most challenging part considering I’ve not made it past their first story line until this point. The universe is going to open up wide, and I can’t wait to see who and what comes out of it.
With all the talk about Phoenix, though, that doesn’t mean I’ve left my other projects to dust. I’ve got my notebooks with my other stories in them I’m doing edits on and getting ready for second drafts. Powerful, my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel, is running headlong into it’s third act, A Story About A House, the current name for the novel I wrote last summer, is being edited in between planning on Phoenix and writing on Powerful. Overture, my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel, is in a stall as it lost it’s footing. and needs to find its way again. The commentary I had the plot itself is muddled, and the change I need to make is going to change the way the rest of the plotline rolls through the mid-second act and third. Lastly, Blue Radiance is in the middle of the second draft expanded re-write. I’m keeping myself busy, and I h’m hoping that at some point soon, I’ll be able to release at least one of them. Work still lies ahead, though, so, for now, they’ll sit in my notebooks and laptops, gaining red marks and extra words until I think they’re ready for the possibility of publishing. If I work hard enough, that may be sooner than I ever expected before.
So, now you all know why I haven’t been posting for the last month. I hope you’ll forgive me the lack of updates, and now that I’m used to the schedule at work, I’m hoping I’ll be updating more. There’s no way I can guarantee that, but I can still hope. So, here’s to some more. Here’s to the chance of something awesome on the horizon. Here’s to the next steps.