Journal

August 2019

The write life

By about the last act of the novel, I’m usually so tired of the whole process I want to give up. BUT I got it done. Cue golden light from the heavens and angels singing.

Next up are line edits, and those aren’t quite as mentally taxing. All my rewrites and new scenes/chapters are done, so this is good!

I’m kind of bummed it’s taken longer than I budgeted for, but this novel has just been really hard. It doesn’t take place in this world, but many of the incidents are pulled from the Philippine-American war, and not only are they brutal, but it’s only a stone’s throw from what you see in the news today. I’ve had to tread with care, especially with some of the interpersonal intricacies.

Current obsessions

Black Sails – So I’m watching season 3, and E has watched ahead to season 4. He even shaved his head and goatee to look like S3 Captain Flint. *sigh* Yes it can get violent, so I try not to watch when the toddler is around, which means I’m getting through it really slowly. Even though the main character’s are mostly white, I do appreciate that it doesn’t shy away from discussing slavery or class, and queerness is no big deal. I also appreciate that despite the heaviness, there is humor.

It’s not perfect. S1 has gratuitous sex and rape, and I almost didn’t get through it, but the further on in the seasons, the more character focused it gets.

It feels like a lot of shows go for shock factor in their first season. Perhaps if a show does well the actors renegotiate for less nudity in later seasons? I’m not sure what’s going on behind the scenes, but that’s my theory. Honestly, most of these shows don’t need anything beyond good character development, and I find the gratuitousness unnecessary and off putting.

If you’re unsure, here’s a review.

ICYMI

2 Comments

  1. Yes, “The Crane Wife”! Even though my personal experiences (especially my relationship) are so different from hers, I found SO MUCH to relate to.

    Glad you’re getting through your edits! It sounds like a tough story to work on in this political climate. <3

    Reply
    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone tell me “It’s okay to need things”, and so I appreciated being reminded that our needs are not trivial, but some things are essential to survival.

      AND one more round… or two. AHHH it’s taking so long!

      Reply

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