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Inspiration

A loose idea had me set the novel aside this past week to write a short story. It was inspired by a game review, where members of the Japanese Yakuza reviewed the game Yakuza 3. This had me considering what aliens would make of games like 'space invaders', or rumors about alien abductions.The story, as it were, turned out to be far from the initial idea, but it was great fun writing it. Severe and most thorough revisions await.

Meanwhile, the novel has been pushed off track by regular work -- I find short is easier to juggle when many outside obligations beckon. I do have an ending for the novel, though, and after tomorrow things should be back to normal. It Shall Be Finished Soon (or so I hope).
 


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bogwitch64
Aug. 24th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Sometimes a little diversion is all you need to shake things up again. Have fun!
jakobdrud
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Fun is definitely an underrated part of the writing experience :-)
bogwitch64
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Underrated, but imperative. We hear way too much of the frustration and anxiety, and far too little of the triumphs and joys. I've noticed that over the course of my years on LJ. Whenever there is a joy, it gets a blip of, "My was accepted by X!" but when we're frustrated, it comes by way of eternal rants.

You've inspired me. I think I'll write a triumphant blog post. Being in the final edits of my book (coming out in October) I have some joy to trumpet!
jakobdrud
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
That post sounds like a Very Good Idea! (And one you could turn into a challenge for your readers -- 'write your own and leave a link in the comments' or something like that).

bogwitch64
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
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That is a fantastic idea!!! I love it! I'm going to do it. Thank you!

((((((((((jakob!))))))))))) You're brilliant. XX

(your name is jakob, right??)
jakobdrud
Aug. 25th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
::Blushes:: Thanks. I'll definitely take up the challenge if you post it :-)

And yes, I'm Jakob. Not the most inventive of handles, but it's highly accurate.
bogwitch64
Aug. 25th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite names. I always wanted to name one of my kids Jakob, but it doesn't go well with an Italian last name, eh?

I'm going to post it later. Look for it! Woohoo!
j_cheney
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
It's always hard to juggle...
jakobdrud
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yup. Fortunately I don't have any particularly sharp objects in the air at this time :-)
kara_gnome
Aug. 25th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
I think the best stories come that way; you intend one thing and it zooms down a completely different path, it's a gas, typing to those!

Novels seem to do fine with a little rest, and there you are, already with the end in sight!? Awesome...

jakobdrud
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
...already with the end in sight...

To be honest, I still need a pair of binuculars. But it's not behind the horizon any longer :-)
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