Most people who read blogs just want to read what the writer writes. They don’t really care how we bloggers organize, or what we do, or when we send out posts. (At least I think this is the case…)
So I will make this short: I’ve been thinking with fear and trembling about sending out long-form chapters of my novel every week or so, for you who are interested to read and comment on; I will be sending them out on Fridays. The chapters average 2000-2500 words, so it won’t be a post you can just whip through. Once the second chapter is posted, last week’s will move to the Fiction Projects section of my home page. They will be numbered in order. If you decide to read these chapters, I’d appreciate comments. On the following topics, especially:
The story is about a road. A road that moves through people’s lives and houses and properties. It is a country road, and there are many people affected. Are you interested in the technical/legal aspects, or would you rather just read about how it affects the people? Are there too many characters to keep track of? Which characters do you like/dislike? Whose story do you want to hear most about? Should this maybe be a loosely related group of short stories instead of a novel? And are there any plot twists/turns that feel forced? What did you really like? What doesn’t work?
I don’t belong to a writer’s group; so I need to know this stuff from you, the reader, if you are so inclined. And if it ever gets published, you all who gave me helpful comments will get free copies. 🙂
The regular shorter blog posts will be posted as well, on the other end of the week…
So here’s the introduction. Chapter 1 comes next week.
The Disruption of Everyday Life
We know everyday life.
It happens… daily.
that goes by slowly.
Some of us thrive on routine,
Others of us would rather
in our day.
But real disruption —
the snarl on the highway that makes us twenty minutes late;
the sickness that makes us miss work for a day/a month/a year;
the storm that floods or damages or destroys;
the divorce or death that tears apart our family;
the disruptions that no one wants —
We don’t get to choose, do we?
Whatever your belief —
the God of the universe
random chance —
we all suffer from
the disruption of everyday life in
the big question is
What do we do with that disruption?
Invite it to stay for dinner?
Bolt the door, sit shivering by the fire,
and wait for it to sneak in the back door?
Throw a blanket over it, and pretend it is a chair?
Turn the page, Reader, and
Come face to face with