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The first chapter of a new novel. Been a long time since I wrote one of those.
Last time I started publishing a novel on my blog, I'd had 15 years to pick over the story, adjust, re-write lots of bits, and I came into the project with about 60% of the novel written, but just needing some tightening up.
This time around, I'm flying by the seat of my pants, creating a lot of it as I go. I've only plotted out the first few chapters and only have a general idea of where the end is and what happens. I'm more of a character-driven writer, though. I like to create characters who resonate with me, give them a destination, and then sort of see how they get me there. But without nearly as much writing in the can, two-chapters a week would be a bit tough. So for now, we'll have weekly installments on Mondays and I'll try to make sure they're relatively long.
The last thing I want to do is give some shouts out:
SHOUT 1: To Paramount Pictures and director J.J. Abrams whose new Star Trek movie rah-hocked. They have absolutely re-energized one of the best film franchises. J.J. Abrams should go to George Lucas's house and yell "Booyah! That's how ya do it, Bozo!" I loved it, wife loved it, you'll love it.
SHOUT 2: To Mr. Mike "Wit" Witmer, whose brilliant "Pinkerton" comic strip hits its landmark 400th strip today. Now that's some freakin' dedication, and all his many fans appreciate it.
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