Hello. I’m Nate and I’m an Idiot…

Hello, dear readers. This is a quick note to apologize for the lack of a story post today. Funny thing about that…

I’ve written in the past about what I call nonlinear writing, the process of writing the bits of a story that are most interesting to you and slowly filling in the gaps rather than starting at the beginning and writing straight through to the end. It’s a technique I employ from time to time to good effect but it does have one danger… It’s possible to never write chunks of the story you intended to.

Or in this case, to skip a part of the story fully intending to come back to it and not actually get back to it by the time I intended to post it. In truth the entirety of today’s chapter got skipped over while I charged forward into next week’s chapter (and finished it!) only for me to sit down last Friday to make this weeks posts and discover… I had nothing for today. I thought I could get that fixed by today but, long story short, I didn’t.

This week’s chapter is mostly finished as of this moment. But in order to do the last quarter of it justice and give the whole thing a good copy edit I think I’m going to need most of this evening. Rather than postpone the whole story by a week I’m going to scratch out those last few paragraphs tonight, let the whole thing sit for a while and watch Scorpion, then give it all an edit and schedule it to go up tomorrow. So tune back in Tuesday morning for the next installment of Thunder Clap and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Nate Chen

No Water Fall Chapter This Week

Dear readers,

I know that some of you look forward to the weekly installment of Water Fall. When I started this blog I knew that I wanted to publish weekly for as long as possible and took a lot of steps to try and make sure that I could make every post, including writing a two week backlog and doing my best to keep it up. Sometimes it’s lapsed and I’ve had to double time to try and fill it back out. Sometimes I’ve taken planned vacations and used some of that time to push further ahead than planned.

The last two months I’m afraid I’ve not kept up as much as I would have liked. There’s a lot of reasons for that, including weather related problems, busy schedules and assorted other matters. Things really went off the rails a couple of weeks ago, when I was seriously sick for two days and basically sat around being miserable and trying to sleep to get my health back. As a direct result of this, and in spite of my best efforts to catch back up, I don’t have a complete chapter ready to go this week.

I’ve said before that writing is a discipline, and someone aiming to be a pro (as I am) will do all they can to keep up with it in spite of the obstacles. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m not quite a pro yet. I have done a fair amount of work, and there were definitely be a chapter ready next week and, Lord willing, each week after that until the book is done. In the mean time, I hope you’ll forgive this lapse and come back on Wednesday (or next week, if you just tune in for the story). Thanks,

Nate Chen