Tolerance for disorientation

This blogpost is offered in explanation for why I haven't written a word of a certain book about a certain conqueror since inducing and in some cases pretty much press-ganging several people into becoming beta-readers for it.

Some time ago, my friendly neighbourhood spirit guides told me, "The speed of your transformation is determined by your degree of tolerance for disorientation."

(I can see Chevenga nodding sagely after having lived through the events of asa kraiya. "Degree of disorientation, ohhhhhh yeah.")

What happened to this site, why it was down so long and... an Alexander invitation

OHHH THIS FEELS SO GOOD... to be logged on, to have control over this site again, to have zotted a whack of spam comments, to be posting a blogpost!

All I could do in that dead time, was make anonymous comments, and so I did a couple explaining what happened. (See here.) But without the "Recent comments" list, to your right, I imagine a lot of people didn't find them, and I could do not a thing about it.

So... here is what happened. And, further down, what's going to.

Whither Chevenga, Alexander... and Karen?

The purpose of this blogpost is dual. To let you know:

1) that I have not fallen off the face of the planet
2) what the heck is going on such that I haven’t started posting again.

What the heck is going on is that my inspiration for IA fled me after the Muskoka Novel Marathon in July, and remains in absentia. I’ll quote from an email I wrote to reader J, with enhancements to further clarify:

Writing linearly, and me

So you've kind of noticed that, unlike PA or ak, I'm all over the place with IA... inserting biggish hunks into the existing text, jumping ahead in the story to do a sequence at a Novel Marathon, saying I'm off to do research or straighten out my emotions, etc., etc. And possibly you are thinking, 'This way does not lend itself to weblit, at least the linear way you've been doing it, Karen."

So, confession time: this may seem hard to believe after the last five years, but -- I am not a linear writer.

My Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014: Finalist AGAIN

UPDATE Sept. 1:

It's official: I placed in the top four this time, not sure where I placed except it was not #1.

And part of me feels like shit... what do I have to do?

Back on the front page of Daily Kos

Click here to see my latest work, done as usual for Darksyde's "This Week in Science" feature.

Larger, lighter version (click on the image to see it whole):

The blow that fate has struck upon you (Chevenga's theme song)

Long ago I wrote a longish blogpost about the music I listen to while writing. It's been many things over many years, mostly in the progressive rock/jazz/fusion/new age/world areas. I love music and... while I guess I could write without it, I would never want to. Music blasting into my head from the phones is part of what powers my creativity.

My Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014: planned!

Yesss! I've solved my what-to-write-at-the-Novel-Marathon-this-year problem.

Note: if you are a Muskoka Novel Marathon judge in the Adult category who wants to maintain manuscript anonymity, please do not click on the spoiler button below.

Everyone else, please do.

The adventures of SHEvengrrrl

Late-joining reader and patron J corresponds with me by email, giving me his reactions as he works his way through the story. (As I write he’s around PA post 538.) About a week ago he asked me, “Did you ever think about making Che female?” No criticism intended, he added, just a fun thought.

“The monsters in my mind” (Raphi breakthrough)

[Caution: To prevent possible head explosion if you are absolutely resolute that homeopathy doesn’t work, clutch both temples firmly and repeat “This is anecdotal evidence!” in a tone similar to Dorothy saying “There’s no place like home” five times before reading and thereafter as needed.]

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