It’s been another long weekend, where all sorts of plans I had (relax; sleep; write; work on the Variety Hour’s New Plot Direction) were put to the wayside by Mr. Baby developing a 101.9 degree fever and us getting to rush him to the Emergency Room. They checked him out and, because he’s a baby of only a month (help!) old, they admitted him to a room to run a bunch of tests. They have to make sure it’s not bacterial, because that can progress alarmingly fast and kill ‘im.
So. I’ve been in the hospital all Friday, Saturday, Sunday (I went to work for seven hours on Sunday, a brief parole) and Monday. And, depending on what the tests show, possibly Tuesday as well. I’m here right now, in this cozy little hospital room. If ever you need a perfect writer’s spot, come to this room. It’s wonderful.
So. THAT was nerve-wracking. And exaperating. My second weekend in a row spent around the hospital.
But the thing that’s really on my nerves* is the fact that I’m launching a web-based serial science fiction story tomorrow, Monday, August 20th. I had a lot of publicity planned around the first episode, and sadly a lot of it was cut short by trying to organize things from the hospital. Still, a couple of sites will make mention of it’s launch, and I’m once again writing on the internet. I’m very nervous. The last time I did a web serial was maybe 2001, and it ended very badly for me.
Some good news, the artist I wanted onboard agreed. He didn’t have to. I can’t guarantee I’m going to make a single red cent for myself, or for the series, let alone for him. He signed on because he digs the story, and because we’re friends. I found out that he signed on today, while I was at work. My wife called. I was very, very happy. I think every writer has an artist whom they click exactly with, and Christoffer Saar is mine. I’ll give him a description of something and what he’ll bring back is more accurate than what was in my head.
(For those of you AW’ers on here, remember when I was participating in that How To Write Comic Books thread, and I called in a favor with an artist who turned a one-page script of mine into a rough layout? That was Chris Saar.)
Also, this afternoon while at work, I wrote a short story. I really like it. I think I did some things with it that I hadn’t done before, and I really nailed the emotion I was going for. One of those blessed few stories where what you picture in your head is actually less than what comes out on paper. Usually, it’s the other way around. I never quite reach what I’m aiming for.
It’s called Into Silence, Like A Shout. It’s about 3,500 words long. It’s on-purpose about as High Fantasy as a story can be, or rather, it’s about High Fantasy. And several other things. I’m glad I finished it. If I’d had to come back to it, I never would have found the tone again. I’m very proud of it.
Okay, time to go hold my son, who is a wriggle-worm, and to sit around and be bustingly nervous about my series launch tomorrow.
I’ll post a link to it in the morning. Check it out, please, please.