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Wrapping up Ghosts of Glory High (and what's coming next)

2022-04-21

Well, I finally finished up the ol' Ghosts of Glory High. If you've been waiting to read that crazy-ass shit, well-- now's your chance. The project was over ten years in the making. And, it took me two years and four months to complete (originally started around the middle of January, 2020). The lofty venture pushed my crappy writing style to its limits. And, I developed techniques for crafting artistic literature I never imagined possible. During the process, I also re-wrote Hailey's Comet (book one of the Hailey's Follies series). As with Hailey's Comet (brutally dissected edition), I am employing a version type of system (so I can improve the quality of the story and repair problems, periodically).

I imagine the finished product is somewhat enjoyable. Personally, I didn't enjoy writing it. And, I absolutely *hated* proof-reading the piece of shit. Being a largely experimental literary work, it was difficult for me to be completely certain as to what I wanted people to read and what people actually *can* comprehend. For example, I may wish to craft descriptive details a, b, and c. However, it may take more sentences to do that than I think a person wants to read (during a specific moment in the story). So, perhaps there is a better way. Maybe mention c now. Then later, a and b will have their day in court. It is the nature of this project to be complicated and fascinating. But, I never wanted the finished product to be difficult to read (and good literature shouldn't be).

For the most part, proof-reading Ghosts of Glory High's eighth, ninth, and tenth chapters was straight forward. Even those last three sections (crafted under precise guidelines limiting sentence length and content) gave me some headaches. And, I found myself re-reading sentences multiple times in order to be sure I had something like what I wanted. That doesn't mean a reader will be having to repetitively gobble language. lol. *That* is exactly what I intended to avoid-- while still crafting some mind-blowing visual descriptions that will keep a reader endlessly fascinated.

The first seven chapters of the book (regretably, even chapter seven nearly drove me insane to prepare-- even though it wasn't supposed to) were ridiculous to edit. I plan to share those chapters in their original, run-on sentence form at some point in the future. And, I will analyze some of the language, explain some of the problems I had, and describe some changes I made in order to forge a better product-- while still keeping the dictations as true to the original as possible. I would also like to discuss why I initially wrote the story the way I did, why and how I plan to avoid that in the future (while keeping the good aspects of my abstract insanity), and how it's possible to plant exciting visualizations inside other people's minds. :D

Ghosts of Glory High is filled with ADULT CONTENT. And, when I say "filled"-- I mean there is no break from the shit. You won't believe some of the crazy crap you'll read in my latest novel. And, when I say "adult content", I mean-- you name it. It's in there. And so-- if that kind of stuff bothers you, well-- you're gonna be about ready to shit yourself ten paragraphs into the thing. And frankly-- I have no reservations or regrets about that. Because, that's who I am. And, that's the literature I feel like writing. The content of my literary work is largely inspired by Larry Clark and Martin Scorsese. And, well-- it shows. lol. But like-- if you can't stand that movie Kids (and you never heard of that movie Ken Park) or the ol' Goodfellas and such, you won't make it very far into my latest work. I just thought I'd give people fair warning.

I haven't had a chance to finish the cover, yet. I completed the drawing several weeks ago. I've been so focused on finishing the book's proof-reading process, I've put off (basically) everything else I have to do (including caring for my yard and trimming my hair; lol). All that's left to do is slop a little color down using some new pencils I learned about. I already know how to complete the image. I just-- couldn't get away from proof-reading Ghosts of Glory High. It's been a real bitch. At the moment, I've got an alternate cover I crafted using Bic ballpoint pens in its place. I'm hoping I'll have the *real* cover up by Monday. ;)

Some more exciting news about the Hailey's Follies series is that, well-- I already have a plot summary for the next book (currently titled "Skeleton People"). Of course, I'm not going to reveal many details about it and where the series is going. But, I'll tell you this-- the next book won't be the monstrosity this one was to write. I believe I have nearly perfected my technique of crafting abstract visualizations using language. And, I'm pretty sure the next novel will be much more formulaic than Ghosts of Glory High. I think I'll hammer it out pretty quickly (compared to the twenty-eight months I spent writing book two). I don't feel like speaking too highly about my craft. I've experienced too many disappointments with Ghosts of Glory High. But, I'm confident I know how to proceed.

I won't be starting book three just yet. I am working on a rather strange side project I started many years ago. It's a (sorta) scientific journal written in the first person by a mad scientist attempting to hybridize rodents (in order to demonstrate that there is more to "evolution" than Charles Darwin's "natural selection" model). And, well-- he gets some kinda kooky results. As I recall, I left the project with its third chapter (out of five) halfway finished. I'm eager to pick up the story again and try to finish it. And then (of course), I will link the completed project on Insanely Witty Stupidity. So, expect the next few Witty News articles to be about that-- and a really wicked sci-fi novella some time in the next few months. >:D

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