Recent posts tagged Shunga-Satori


Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 5: The Characters

An introduction to the roster of characters for my new novel "Shunga-Satori", starting with the main characters.

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 4: The Story

How the influences of 'Shunga-Satori' came together to form a surreal fantasy story.

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 3: The Influences

A rundown of some of the other stories and films that influenced "Shunga-Satori"'s growth and direction.

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 2: The Idea

How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" took form as "the underworld surrealism of a dark fairy tale."

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 1: The Origins

How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" started as the story of a dreamspace.

The Big Red Pencil

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.

The Big Shunga-Satori Proof Copy Show-Off

It's here! It's here!

The Big "Shunga-Satori" Sign-Off

What I learned while writing my latest (and strangest) novel.

Rogress Preport: February 2023

Welcome, after another long hiatus, to Rumor Control once again. Here are the facts of what stories I'm working on in 2023.

Rogress Preport January 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.


Ducking The Wind

Excuse my silence, I was avoiding a hurricane. (And now, some work updates.)

Head Above Water

Barely. (More on writing draft 2 of "Shunga-Satori")

At The One-Third Road Marker

A third of the way through the major rewrite of a new book, and some lessons learned.

Re-Make, Re-Model

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?

Crash And Burn

"Shunga-Satori", draft 1 -- more like draft zero. Time to take a hatchet to it.

Half Step Dance

Welcome to draft 1.5 (so to speak) of "Shunga-Satori".

Open Book Exam

On how messy my note-taking can be on my projects.

Self-Criticism Session

What do you do when you find yourself writing the kind of book you might take issue with if someone else wrote it?

Lest We Repeat Ourselves

In some ways this new book of mine is a rewrite of an older book. In most ways, I hope it isn't.

On The Noting Of Some Turning Words

How an entire story can pivot on a single sentence, and lead to a new world in the head.

Towards A More Nearly Perfect Elevator Pitch

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 Week Later

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.

Over The Top, Out The Bottom

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".

Ask Yourself This

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?

One Door Closes, Another Opens

Goodbye, "Unmortal"; hello, "Shunga-Satori" - or whatever I do work on next!

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