“And then…Depression Set in”

Please pardon the Stripes quote.  But it seemed strangely appropriate.  So, the final proof copy is on its way to me and this first episode is drawing to a close.  While the sense of completion is awesome, in a lot of ways, it’s also a little anti-climactic.

As I mentioned before, it’s been a very long road.  It’s taken around two-and-a-half years to get Iron Crown published.  It took 37 days to write, and 20 years to get it from my head to paper (albeit virtual).  There’s been a flurry of activity in getting it formatted and ready for eBook and print, and now it’s over.  Instead of a sense of relief, I’m a little bummed.  It’s probably something akin to a slight case of postpartum depression.

To further complicate matters, all the characters are quiet.  Another writer-friend of mine and I have often discussed how our characters “pop-up” from time to time, and demand our attention.  Then, we become scribes: simple conduits to tell their stories.  I know it probably sounds crazy, but it’s not.  Now, as soon as I start believing they’re real, then yeah, I’ll officially have issues (ok, more issues).

While the short stories have been fun, they’re certainly not what I want to be working on.  I’ve been informed on multiple occasions that I need to finish the sequel, and I wholeheartedly agree.  Unfortunately, so long as Gus and company maintain their silence, I won’t be getting much done.  Every once in a while they speak up, but never for long, and not at length.  Maybe they need some rest as much as I do.

Until later,

~T~

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2 Comments

  1. Tony
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I didn’t quite understand the way stories took shape. I wouldn’t have imagined the characters “speaking to you” and dictating their own tales but it makes a certain amount of sense now that you’ve mentioned it. I’ve tried writing the occasional short-story, but they invariably turn into inane and pointless ramblings going nowhere or worse yet, they turn into an essay on some social topic or rant-like-commentary posing as prose.

    Interestingly, your comments make a book of this size and scope all the more impressive to me. How anyone can make a story last for 500+ pages while managing to consistently paint a beautiful picture and maintain the use of subtle language and character maturity…is WAY beyond my understanding.

    I used to look at books like movies on paper and believed it was left to the reader to make it “cinematic” in their minds. Lately, I see books more akin to music. The words similar to lyrics but the STORY is the music. One without the other can be great but together, they are often masterful. I’ve found that the “mental movie” is basically the same each time. Sure, there are times where you notice something you missed (or forgot about) but the musical approach gives me a different song each time. I like that a lot.

    Keep composing!

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      First, thanks for the praise — truly.

      I like your analogy. I think that, for any “epic” tale to be done properly, it requires a fair amount of often-hidden complexity. If you think about classical music, especially the big, very instrumented works, there are an amazing number of pieces for each instrument, almost like they each have their own song. But when you listen to the finished work, it’s cohesive, just one song, and the complexity melts away into a seemless composition. That’s when you know it’s been done properly.

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    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.