Skip to main content

rebooting

in my continuing quest to call your attention to minor changes that you probably wouldn't have noticed, i decided to remove the pages where my unfinished opus [tentatively titled a definable moment in time] had been published in serial form, up until the point where life overtook me and i couldn't put the time into it that i once did and then the pages just sat there, mocking me, as a constant reminder that, hey, this is just one more unfinished project to make you feel like life is worthless and that you aren't very good at it. because that's what everyone needs.

recently, i've been thinking about that serial. i've been thinking about it because it's been mocking me with its presence here on the blog, but more particularly, i've been thinking that i really want to put some time into finishing it, if only because i put quite a lot of time into figuring out what was going to happen. i've also been thinking about it because a few months ago, i found an outline i'd done for a story which basically was a definable moment in time before it was anything. it was a singularly infuriating moment, not just because it meant that i'd done the work twice, but because elements of the original outline were much better done than in the second, which we'll call the "final" outline. i've wondered about incorporating those changes and redoing the whole thing, but in order to do that, it became obvious that i'd have to deep six what i had here, because eighty percent of the improvements [which aren't actually improvements, since they predate the written draft, meaning that i made things worse by working on them, another thing that every author desperately needs to feel].

so i decided to just take the plunge and say i'm starting over with this writing project and i'm going to make some fundamental changes. i've left one of the two pages where it used to be as a temporary placeholder, although eventually that'll go too. i've removed all posts on the blog that deal specifically with the story, although there are still some where it's mentioned [another reason to have a place holder is to give me time to go back and remove links from posts i don't want to delete in their entirety]. eventually, even that page will leave and it'll be like the first version of the story never happened. [yeah, i know, the internet doesn't work that way. but it's as close to never happening as the internet will let it be.]

i do plan on hosting the "new and improved through the use of older bits" version of the serial here, so expect to see installments appearing fairly soon. if things go really well, i may even be able to determine the identity of the mysterious beatriz coca.

there's also a good chance that i'll be posting some comments on the unique joys of fitting the parts of the story i like into the stronger framework i'd originally intended to give it while at the same time incorporating the new ideas that will doubtless be bubbling up as i work. because it's not as painful to go through these things if i inflict them on others at the same time.

if you're new here and have no idea what the hell i'm talking about... greetings. there will be a fictional story being published here starting in the near future. i hope that you enjoy it.

if you've read stuff that i've written and would like to keep track of what's happening in that regard, i know have an author page on facebook. so feel free to like that and play along.

and yes, the image of the spider web above is relevant to all of this, although exactly how it's relevant is something that you'll just have to find out. 

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

presidenting is hard :: nato

oh donald, i've been slacking on my promise to help you out with your duties as president. [yes, you may take a moment to giggle at the word "duties". but make it quick.]

it's not because i think you don't need the support; you are every bit as ignorant and inept as i'd feared/ expected and the erstwhile presence of "adults in the room" hasn't made you any better. it's just as well that you've dispatched of them. you weren't listening to what they said 95% of the time and on those few occasions when you did try to listen, you didn't understand what they were saying. increasingly, we're getting to see you for the complete intellectual non-entity you are and to see how someone who knows nothing about history, geography, culture or military tactics addresses the challenges of foreign policy.

the latest development on that front is that i've heard that you're planning on leaving nato. we all know that you've never be…

making faces :: written in the stars, in lipstick [part two]

it's the middle of september already? i'm not prepared for that? i mean, i am prepared for it because the heat this summer has been murder on me and i've been begging for a reprieve for months but i'm still bowled over by the speed at which time passes. this year, i've been measuring time through the launches of bite beauty's astrology collection, which arrives like the full moon once a month. [the full moon arrives every four weeks, which is less than any month except february -ed.] earlier this year, i took a look at the first four launches of the collection and already it's time to catch up with four more.

the most important thing for you to know is that after several months of problems, bite and sephora appear to have sorted out their inventory planning. for the last several releases, information has been clear and reliable as to when and where each lipstick will be available [pre-orders taken for a couple of days on bite's own website and a general…

making faces :: written in the stars, in lipstick [part three]

and lo the earth has completed another journey 'round the sun, passing through all of the signs of the zodiac. well, in lipstick terms, it won't have completed its journey until later this month when it moves from capricorn to aquarius, which is where bite beauty chose to start its turn of the wheel last year. i still feel a little unnerved that they followed the calendar rather than the astrological year [which would have meant starting their astrology collection in march with the sign of aries] but i suspect that that's because their financials also follow the calendar.

after some truly infuriating times early in the calendar and collection year, bite was able to get their inventory issues sorted, which means that all four of the lipsticks reviewed here are still available through bite's website, sephora, or both. hallelujah.

i have some thoughts on the overall collection that i'll share afterwards, but let's just get started on the final four shades of the …