|Posted on February 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM|
Once again, I've been caught up in my own little world, and haven't posted any wismic scribblings for those you that have nothing better to do with your time than read what I write. My much appreciated and continued thanks for sticking with me during the long droughts between postings.
The majority of my time has been spent dealing with life outside of writing. I believe that is the case for most everyone who wishes to maintain a steady stream of money, who just can't seem to make enough from the writing… yet.
Not to bore any of you with the mundane daily activities, let's talk for a second about the specific things that I've been trying to do with my writing.
I currently have two books in development that could not be further from each other regarding style and genre. Of course, one is the third book in my science fiction series, the Joshua Chronicles. The other one, as noted in a previous blog, is a romance, or a better label… a love story.
Those of you that have read my first two books, get the gist of where I'm going with my third, so enough said. The big departure is my take on how a love story unfolds through the eyes of a man. All the gimmicks and gadgets in a high-impact espionage-type science-fiction series are not at my disposal for this one. Not sure if the world is ready for a science-fiction love story involving angels and demons and corporate espionage. It wouldn't really be considered a type of romance, and it would not hit my target audience of all you romantic ladies. I would be screwed on both ends as men would not tolerate it because of all the emotional icky poo stuff that usually detracts from the action.
It may have an appeal down the line if I can storyboard it correctly, but for my first foray into romance, I wanted to keep the concept simpler. Man is a jerk, woman hates him, and he falls in love with her for reasons he can't understand. Of course, there are some twists in the book; it wouldn't be me if there weren't.
I have the first four chapters penned, and am currently running a focus group on my direction and story intent. Thus far, it has received favorable reviews for continuation. That was initially the reason for the review. I have reached a point in my amateur career where I asked the question, "should I continue with this story or not?" I had, still have, a concern on whether or not I can actually write a "love story." It is quite obvious being an inapt man with very little concept of the emotional quagmire of a woman's feelings, that I would dare to venture to approach this story from a woman's perspective. This particular diddy is straight from the compartmentalized mind of a man.
It deals with the tumultuous, self inflicting feelings that man has when trying to decipher their version of falling in love. Yes, ladies… I have just confirmed that most men have emotional hangups too when it comes to figuring out relationships, or the potential of one thereof.
We care; we always have. We are just not good at showing it, or asking for help. You don't see a bunch of men sitting around a living room coffee table, weeping about unrequited love. But, it doesn't mean that we don't do that in private.
The guy in this book has a lot of problems in that area, and is just trying to sort it out. This is simply my take and approach from a man's perspective; not as a writer, but as a man falling in love that doesn't know how.
Stupid? Possibly. Unrealistic? Not so much. Men have feelings too. We just don't talk about them.
That's probably a hard thing for women to understand, because you talk about everything. Seriously. . . everything.
Men just don't. We don't have the need- the urge that you possess, to share every shred of every facet of each minute in our life with our friends. In some cases, you ladies will even drop a thousand words on a subject to strangers. C'mon, we all know that happens.
Okay… I'm done now.
It's very hard for me to keep up with my blog, my life, and writing at the same time. I humbly ask, nay- beg your forgiveness for not checking in as often. I will do my best to remedy that.
I love hearing from you. Please continue reaching out. It's always nice to make more friends.
Until next time.