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Slow Blogging/Dan’s Epic Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:18 am - December 14, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Writing

I apologize for barely blogging this week and for not putting up anything yesterday.

On Wednesday night, I returned home from a social event (a local gay mixer) and had hoped to blog on two conversations I had there (not to mention a fetching young gay Republican I saw there), but when I returned home my mind was elsewhere.  And I devoted the better part of yesterday to working on my fantasy epic — and celebrating the completion of (a presentable draft of) the second chapter.

This project has so absorbed me in recent days that when I drove down to Disneyland for that celebration, I found myself turning off my CD player and listening to the thoughts in my head, occasionally recording a few in the digital recorder I keep in my car’s map pocket.

Just as soon as I had finished the second chapter, I found myself mapping out the third, with most of this one entirely new to my conception of the novel, entirely new in the sense that the images and events in this chapter have only emerged since i started writing, indeed, since I started editing the second chapter.  The story has been kicking around in my head for some years now many of the images and events in the first two chapters have long been familiar to me.

Last night when I returned from Disneyland, instead of reading and blogging as I had hoped, I found myself trying to fill in a possible hole created in the second chapter and needing to map out a certain sequence of events that took place in the days prior to the first scene . . .

I don’t yet when, if ever, I’ll return to my regular pace of blogging.  I expect to do a post tomorrow anticipating the Hobbit movie.  Hopefully, as I get used to writing this novel, I will be better able to balance that with blogging.

So, until then, please, bear with me until then.



  1. I have spent the last week editing something I wrote seven years ago to prepare it for e-book publication. It’s often very painful, but sometimes, I’ll read a really good part that I had forgotten about.

    Writing fiction is supposed to be a form of escapism, but these days, mainstream journalism is also a form of escapism. You have all these pundits and reporters constructing an elaborate fantasy world where Obama is a great and flawless president, the economy is doing “just fine,” and all of our fiscal problems can be solved if the “rich” are just taxed a little more.

    Compared to that fantasy, wizards and magic are benign.

    Comment by V the K — December 14, 2012 @ 8:02 am - December 14, 2012

  2. Visits to Disneyland are very important, especially when a certain 3 year old demands that you sit next to him on the Pirates ride.

    Comment by Leah — December 14, 2012 @ 11:48 am - December 14, 2012

  3. Leah, that demand made my day yesterday–and it already was a very good day! It was as much fun watching the wonder on his face as it was watching the various scenarii.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 14, 2012 @ 12:21 pm - December 14, 2012

  4. Dan

    Have you thought of introducing a new character to fill the hole in the second chapter. The new character can either enhance the plot or create a sub plot.

    Comment by Roberto — December 14, 2012 @ 12:41 pm - December 14, 2012

  5. I like reading about your writing process. Keep it up!

    Comment by mike — December 14, 2012 @ 2:09 pm - December 14, 2012

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