Some changes around here…

First, new title, suggested by one of my oldest friends, Ed Gyles Jr.  He knows me well.  While I try not to post as much snark as I once did over on LJ, it does pop up, and I am a pretty snarky kind of guy.  I may end up changing this one, too, but we’ll see.  Let me know if you like it or hate it.  If you don’t care, well, that’s nice, but I don’t need to hear it.

Second, over on the upper right is a word meter, showing my current progress on The Remembrance War.   I’m using an estimated length of about 100,000 words, but that may not be the final word count; if I get to the end of the story and it’s 90,000, well, I’ll adjust the total rather than write 10,000 words I don’t need.

I’ve been using the working title of Things Fall Apart, based on Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” but the more I think about it, the more I think the similarity to Achebe’s book may not be a good thing.  So we’ll see what it eventually becomes.  If Book one’s title changes, I would bet books 2 and 3 will also have to change.  We’ll see.  First I have to write the bloody things; I’ll worry about titles when and if that happens.  

Lastly, I’m going to keep on this new thing wherein I post more often than once every six months.  I’m going to try to stay away from frivolous nonsense, for the most part, but that, too, will show up here from time to time.  I’m hoping that over time, a regular commenting readership will emerge, but we’ll see.  That depends partly on what I write and partly on my commenting elsewhere, so again, we’ll see.  Job and writing the book take precedence over social media, but I also want to keep in touch with my “VPeeps,” especially from my year, but from other years, too.

Still waiting on the submission; at best I won’t get my rejection for another month, at worst sometime in the summer.  See how my confidence goes?  That’s part of the “lies we tell ourselves to function” Steve Brust talked about.  I’ll write more on that later.

See ya ’round, folks.

Published by Michael R. Johnston

Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Fifty years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

3 thoughts on “Some changes around here…

  1. Love the new name! Especially because I hear it in your bored British voice.’s been speeding up – more like four months than eight. Have you seen the Submission Grinder yet? It’s a great way to obsessively track your story as you wait. Oh and see how long typical response times are running.

    Looking forward to more Michael, more Snarknado.

  2. Yeah, I started an account there, but I haven’t spent much time on it. And thank you for reminding me that I need to do The Unstrung Harp in that voice; I promised some folks at VP I would.

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