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Michael Chabon publishes excerpt of abandoned novel

Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration, Today, writing | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

When people ask me who my favorite author is, I give them a simple answer: Chabon. I’m getting more and more comfortable with my uncomfortable love for Michael Chabon. I often feel the need to answer with the name of some long-dead great-of-the-greats author, like Melville or Tolstoy, or some obscure dude/lady you‘ve never heard of and that I’ve hardly read. Because the best authors are DEAD, not alive and still writing! It’s kind of like how the best albums of any musician were those recorded before you ever heard of them–Springsteen, Bright Eye, Meatloaf…name anyone, it doesn’t matter. If it happened before you, it was greatness. Classics don’t live in the modern age; classics live in history. **

Chabon is good stuff and he is happening now! Now!

fountain city in McSweeney'sA few years ago, after reading all the available Chabon that I knew of at the time–The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonderboys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, my Chabon love was in full force and I was itching for more. I started reading his website. It was a homemade html and image map layout that, I think, Chabon created and maintained himself. It was amateurish (sorry MC, it‘s true), but wonderful in its effort and, even more, in the hidden nuggets of writing that he made available: blog posts, old essays and speeches, including a guide to the pronunciation of the name Chabon (hint: it’s not Che as in Guevara, but Shea as in stadium). He also told of a mysterious, mythical abandoned novel called Fountain City. I dreamed of the wonderful things it would contain. I wanted it. *^

So I was super excited to see today that the first 4 chapters of Fountain City will be published in the next issue of McSweeney’s. Even if Chabon couldn’t get the whole thing together enough to publish as a novel. I promise you right now that I will buy this and love those 4 chapters just like I would have back in 2003.

**This is all a silly way of thinking that I probably picked up by going to English classes in college and having too many discussions about music.

*^I apparently overlooked the fact that the first chapter was available even back then!!!

10,000 strong: NaNoWriMo thoughts

Posted: November 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Comments Off
These characters are not in my novel
Oh! Your pectorals
Oh! Your knee-armpit

I hit 10,000 words this morning in my NaNoWriMo novel after a 3,000 word Sunday and a 1,000 word morning today. I had a bit of catching up to do and I was finally able to do it. I’m still about a day behind in word count. I love the pressure!!

But it really took me a while to cut loose and just spray words out. I was hesitant even though that’s the only way to make it to 50,000 in one month. It goes against everything I ever thought I believed in. I’m focusing less on sentences now and more on telling a story. It’s a pleasant change from my typical writing style, which is to maintain control and refine throughout the whole process.

A first draft is the discovery phase and I’m still discovering.

The next 10,000 are going to be sooo easy. I’m going to slaughter you, words 10,001-19,999. Get ready!