March 2nd, 2019


Just lately, a lot of my reading has been of nominees for the Prometheus Award for Best Novel. But for a break, I picked up a book I haven't read in many years, the collected Sonja Blue novels by Nancy Collins, and I've been reading the original book, Sunglasses after Dark. It reads quite differently now, though happily, not worse. Rather, I'm seeing something I don't remember and probably hadn't noticed before: That a lot of it is hilariously funny, not plotwise (the plot is horror somewhat mixed with noir), but in dry comments and literary allusions and puns and absurd situations. I keep by surprised by short passages that make me laugh—for example, the scene in Sonja's career as a prostitute when she's taken to a party and telepathically picks up one guest's image of her tied to a bed, naked, surrounded by frisky dachshunds. . . .

the new book

As of noon today, I've finished Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of the current first draft book. Chapter 3, which is roughly twice as long as the others, needs some work, and I need to add some material to an appendix. However, my word count is up to five-sixths of the planned total length.

It's looking as if I'll have no trouble meeting the first draft deadline. I likely will have time to go over the material, tighten it up, make better connections between sections. do a little reorganizing, and maybe redraft a few passages for clarity.