An introduction to the roster of characters for my new novel "Shunga-Satori", starting with the main characters.
How the influences of 'Shunga-Satori' came together to form a surreal fantasy story.
A rundown of some of the other stories and films that influenced "Shunga-Satori"'s growth and direction.
How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" took form as "the underworld surrealism of a dark fairy tale."
How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" started as the story of a dreamspace.
I'm almost done with editing the proof copy of Shunga-Satori, and I found ... well, a fair number of things that somehow managed to elude me in previous drafts.
It's here! It's here!
What I learned while writing my latest (and strangest) novel.
Welcome, after another long hiatus, to Rumor Control once again. Here are the facts of what stories I'm working on in 2023.
Welcome, after a long hiatus, to Rumor Control once again. Here are the facts of what stories I'm working on in the new year.
Excuse my silence, I was avoiding a hurricane. (And now, some work updates.)
Barely. (More on writing draft 2 of "Shunga-Satori")
A third of the way through the major rewrite of a new book, and some lessons learned.
Which is more of a challenge -- starting a project from a completely blank page, or restarting an existing one while surrounded by its mocking scraps?
"Shunga-Satori", draft 1 -- more like draft zero. Time to take a hatchet to it.
Welcome to draft 1.5 (so to speak) of "Shunga-Satori".
On how messy my note-taking can be on my projects.
What do you do when you find yourself writing the kind of book you might take issue with if someone else wrote it?
In some ways this new book of mine is a rewrite of an older book. In most ways, I hope it isn't.
How an entire story can pivot on a single sentence, and lead to a new world in the head.
Being able to sum up your own stories succinctly isn't an insult to their complexity. It means you understand what they are really about.
The first seven days of writing "Shunga-Satori" convinced me I shouldn't use the word "weird" to talk about this book. Even if it's deserved.
If there was an envelope I wanted most to push, it was envelope of "accessible and fun" as it edged up against "complex and challenging".
Whenever I've said to myself "I'd like to write a book like X", I always had to ask myself, why? And to what end?
Goodbye, "Unmortal"; hello, "Shunga-Satori" - or whatever I do work on next!