A hangman on the horizon
Her reflection was stuck at terminal velocity. She couldn’t stop the gravity and she was falling so fast and there was nothing faster. The wind damage from freefall had rubbed her face raw. Her hair gorgon-snapped, her lips flayed. Sophie tried to write her plans. She was wet from the water and sweat and the shakes made it look like sanskrit.
Her notes which she could barely write said the book was all that could save her now.
When he moves between a gust and pause of lighting, carve a maze between a pattern of rain ten miles high. You can see him here or there when the redline clips past bleeding and the jetwash burns terminal and he holds you careful in his hands. This is his sky and his speed and he examines you, will he praise you, will he beg you to remember his name when gravity loses its anchor around you.
There they are, just hidden behind the clearness of the breeze
Here’s the logline I’m using to pitch The Book of Blue Daggers to agents. Striking? Captivating? Boring?
“ A desperate book thief must track down the secret history and latest victim of a sentient book before it disappears forever.”
Off the top of my head, here are some of the various chemical compounds I reference in the Book of Blue Daggers
- Acetic Acid
- Aqua Fortis
Ken Burns "The Vietnam War" is fantastic, if exceptionally bleak, but I was thinking about how good the visuals, aesthetics, and literal landscape background of Vietnam are as a narrative driver towards any story or document about the Vietnam war. The intensity, and texture of the landscape allows for an abundance of narrative depths and visual immediacy to any story in, around, or about the Vietnam war.
The country itself is an beautiful. Jungled mountains, tropical agricultural lowlands, and forrested highlands cut by rivers and streams, with a continually warm and rainy temperature that lends a constant, wet green.
Narratively, the aesthetics of the country itself have made Vietnam a hyper-tactile, and very visually apparent conflict. I'm talking solely in the sense of the visual shorthand of what wars/conflicts "look" like, and, how much of it you would need to see to understand a narrative around it. World War 2 has maybe too much, it's too spread out, it was in black and white, and the camera technology wasn't good or fast enough to differentiate.
But in these photos, you know exactly where this is, don't you? You can pinpoint exactly where it is, and what is going on, right?
Fantastic infographic here, although this source is a pro-investment and heavily marketing trend.
- United States is large, has lots of money, and is slightly unhappy
- Costa Rica is unusually unhappy, small, has less money, fascinating outlier
- Finland, as usual in these sorts of satisfaction-of-life charts, is doing just fine, hanging out in the above-average group
- Luxemborg is having a terrible time for some reason
I've been working on revisions to The Book of Blue Daggers. Getting to the editing part of a novel is always thrilling, but daunting in that everything you make feels like an improvement, but it is obvious that there is no end point. Unlike a first draft where you're just trying to get done, finished, completed, the 2+ drafts can take an endless amount of time.
There's a point where the story is completed, but how do you know that it cannot be told in no more efficient or exciting way?
Just some moods I have for my novel, The Book of Blue Daggers. Images, feelings, ideas, concepts, textures.
Anything up close can look like landscapes from far away