I sent my book manuscript to the editor this past weekend, and to the cover artist too. I’m pretty excited about that. I started the book in January of 2013, although of course there were lots of ideas before then. Maybe it’s hard to say exactly when you start a book.
It’s called Old Green World. It’s science fiction, although people who define their science fiction strictly might call it fantasy. There isn’t much science. There’s a lot of faux philosophy and melodrama and romance to it, and swords. A lot of subconscious stuff, too, which is hard to put into a genre.
In The Paris Review, they had an interview with Matthew Weiner, who is the Mad Men man. He said some stuff about “not questioning the communicative power” of the subconscious when writing, that it has a gravity all its own that doesn’t need explanation. Here’s hoping that works, because I relied on that a lot.
On Facebook, folks have been posting top 10 inspirational books for their lives. I feel like that would be really tough, because I have trouble remembering books, or most other things that I’ve encountered in life. I figured I’d focus on 10 books that were influential for this book as I was writing it. In no particular order:
- The World Without Us, Alan Weisman
- The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
- The Visitors, Patrick O’Keeffe
- Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg
- On the Beach, Nevil Shute
- The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
- Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
Like all good science fantasy books, it was also influenced by my biweekly Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
I’m planning to self-publish the book. Right now, I’m learning about the self-publishing process and how one should build a self-sustaining social media community platform for oneself. It sounds like a lot of work. I think I was supposed to start doing it several months ago.
No time like the present. When my book is out, you should buy it! It’s totally dope.