Last week, I briefly mentioned the new novel I am starting to plan. I described how it was going to be a fantasy, comedy, romance, satire, adventure, with a dash of crime and horror thrown in (if you’ll recall, the subject of last week’s post was how one genre is never enough for me).
I’m a big fan of genre. I understand how useful it is.
Without genre, how much harder would it be to talk about books? Imagine describing a fantasy book without the idea of a fantasy genre. You’d have to babble on about an imaginary world and strange, fairy-tale type characters and lots of magic. Half the people wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about.
There’s some pretty odd stuff happening out in the world of physics.
You know the stuff I’m talking about. Quantum mechanics. Waves are really particles and particles are really waves. And time doesn’t work anywhere like the way we think it does. Basically, everything our senses perceive about reality is utterly wrong.
A have to begin this post with a big apology. For the last two weeks, you have heard nothing from me. This feels like a terrible lapse. Since I began my blog back in 2011, I don’t think I have ever skipped two weeks. As someone who is more than a little on the anal retentive side, I do feel terribly guilty about it. I do think I have a reasonable excuse though. Partly, it’s because I’ve been away with the family. Partly, it’s because unfortunately the year has not begun in the way I’d hoped and I’m currently managing a few issues. I may say more when things are resolved.
I’m a perfectionist. I’ve always been a perfectionist. Getting things 100% right is a really important thing for me. So important I’m always prepared to go the extra mile. So important it’s often a cause of significant hours of lost sleep.
As a writer, being a perfectionist is both a virtue and a curse. It’s a virtue because it means I’m only prepared to put my stories out into the world when I’m totally convinced they’re as good as they can possibly be. It’s a curse for pretty much the same reason.