The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).
After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week?
I finished off the Bad Dog: Origins draft late yesterday afternoon, and started making notes about what I’ll need to do when I start revising scenes this week (mostly: build up the supernatural elements of the plot; create a list of all the references that need to be inserted earlier, or included later).
That means this week is back to the Float draft, after spending the planning time over the last week putting together a new outline for the second half of the book. A couple of big meaty scenes in the next sequence, which is basically playing with the protagonist-gets-captured beat of a kill-your-way-up-the-conspiracy story. Tomorrow I sit down and write the first scene where protagonist and the antagonist are in the same room, which should be fun.
What’s inspiring me this week?
Still in Lansdale-land, reading my way through his horror-western, Dead in the West, and dolling out little bits of the Hap and Leonard series on Google Play. Dead in the West brings back a character that Lansdale has used in a bunch of short stories, collected in Deadman’s Crossing, but this time around it’s primarily a serial work and the structure is…very different. There’s a lot more influence from TV and movies in the way Dead in the West comes together that’s interesting to study.
What part of my project an I avoiding?
There’s a whole bunch of that protag/antag scene that needs to be fleshed out, but I haven’t yet put a lot of thought into what that’s going to look like. I know what I want the scene to be, and I have the very broad strokes, but its the first scene after the mid-point which means it needs to generate new momentum, send the story in a new direction, and reveal a little extra about what’s really going on. How I’m going to do that is still up in the air, but I’ll need to lock it down pretty quickly.