First Draft is in the book(s)!

I’ve been deficient in keeping the blog up to date through 2018, but, happily, I’ve been able to complete was is almost certainly my most critical goal for the year: I finished a first draft of my novel! It needs a lot of work, but I’m going to have a second draft completed by Thanksgiving, if not sooner.

I’d really like to have it polished up by the end of 2018 and… then I don’t know exactly. Send out some query letters, maybe self-publish? I’m not quite there yet but it’s been many, many hours of work. It’s a struggle right now because all I can see are the flaws, but I’m hoping there’s some fruit inside the rind.

Two Books: Vacationland and Inferno

Highly recommended!

I’ve read my first two books of the new year, both very different. John Hodgman’s (@hodgman) “Vacationland” is a funny, smart and melancholy rumination on adulthood, childhood and special places that define our lives. I envy him deeply as a writer.

Second book, which I just finished a few minutes ago, is Dan Brown’s “Inferno.” It’s absurdly goofy, but I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit to spending three hours of my Sunday burning through the second half. As guilty pleasures go, you could do worse, but if you’ve read “The Da Vinci Code,” you pretty much know what you’re getting here. It’s fine, but it’s seriously ridiculous.

Next up is finishing Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

Kneel Before Zod archived podcasts

The Kneel Before Zod podcast (which I have a goal to resume in some form in 2018) ran for a few months in late 2016 into early 2017. My co-conspirator, Adam, and I had fun but lost the thread. I have archived the old episodes below since SoundCloud deactivates your older episodes when you stop paying them. If you’re made uncomfortable by the fact that the episode naming convention went awry in episode 9, this is a good chance to work on that.

https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode1-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode2-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode3-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode4-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode5-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode6-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode7-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/episode8-final.m4a
https://clontzville.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/kbz-episode-9_mixdown.mp3