Yeah it did seem like that in some ways. How I manage to churn out enough words to rival a pocket dictionary to this day still boggles my mind.
Anywho, check out the links to get back up to speed, because there is one thing on this big blue marble we call Earth that this blog will never be like, and that's Robert Jordan.
Note: I despise Robert Jordan because he got me hooked into that stupid "Wheel of Time" series and my major beef with that book series was not only each volume 800-1000 pages, but by the time a new one came out some two years after the previous one, you have to go back to the previous ones just to figure out what the hell was going on. Turned me off on Sci-Fi/Fantasy for a good 15 years, until I discovered one CAG over at a blog called Razored Zen.
So I started writing this thingamabob back in the winter of 2005, and about the only thing I did correctly for this entire book was come up with a plot, or rather, a dual plot. What was that plot you may ask?
go on, ask
"Hey mister, what's the book about?"
Glad you asked.
The plot, or rather plots, centered on a guy who had developed strong feelings for a co-worker. Now in order to make sense out of these feelings, he decided to put these feelings to paper (following me so far?). Sounds simple don't it?
And if you said, "no it ain't", then congrabulations go to you, for you see, this is the originator of what you see here today on this blog.
Because I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever done anything the easy way, when I started writing, I chose to make things as difficult as possible. Which means, except for the 50 odd pieces of flash and the few serials that I posted on FGS and the one published piece over at Beat To A Pulp, everything single thing that I've written, either complete (Line 21) or incomplete (my slush pile) has had at the minimum two distinct plot lines.
So off I went, writing two separate plot lines. Now, I know that everyone out there in blog land who writes for fun and profit can keep track of multiple plot lines with a reasonable degree of effort and smartness, and even now, I can keep track of what I'm doing with the most basic of outlines, but back then, I had a major malfunction of doing just that.
Why? First off boys and girls, if you're gonna do multiple plot lines like I did, do not, under any degree of stupidity carry them both at the same time.
To clarify: I had the main character writing a story, so in essence, I had story within a story going on. So what I did, was to flip back and forth between the main story (guy who had the hots for his co-worker) and the story that he was writing (a gal who developed the hots for a guy) at the same time.
Let me tell you, it was THE BIGGEST, THE FATTEST, THE BUTT UGLIEST mess that you ever laid eyes on.
Stay tuned next week when we come up with yet another obscure word to have Robin wrap his lips around, but in the meantime, the question for today is, "Have you ever tried writing something completely out of your comfort zone and had it horribly fail the first time around?"