Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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Writing a book (for me) has multiple phases. As many of you know (from having heard me talk, or reading THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION books), I write (for a long time) in small, disconnected pieces and scenes. Eventually these start sticking together to form Chunks, and in the latter stages, the Chunks begin to line up along a sort of mental timeline (composed of historical events I want to use and personal events that transpire with one or another of the characters), and—in the fullness of time, I begin to pull together related Chunks and scenes, to write bridges (where needed to connect the pieces, establish a time or place, or provide a quick summary of what’s been happening that I don’t mean to show directly), and… generally, come up with something vaguely resembling a novel.
I begin to see the shape of chapters, and to be able to put them—gradually— into a reasonable sequence and shape (though chapters do move around for awhile before settling into their final place in the story).
That’s where I am now, in terms of writing/assembling the book. I’m still writing it (naturally…), but a good deal of the daily work now includes the pulling together of pieces and the formation of chapters, sections, etc.
So, for your entertainment, here’s the Title list of chapters from Section One of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. (NB: Chapter titles do sometimes change—if I think of something better, which I do all the time—so this is by no means a guaranteed final list—but this Section is completely assembled. So is a lot more of the book, but I’m not showing you everything at once…)
SECTION I: A Swarm of Bees in the Carcass of a Lion
CHAPTER 1: The MacKenzies are Here!
CHAPTER 2: A Blue Wine Day
CHAPTER 3: Meditations on a Hyoid
CHAPTER 4: Home is the Hunter, Home from the Hill
CHAPTER 5: Dead or Alive
CHAPTER 6: Visitations
CHAPTER 7: Animal Nursery Tales
More Chapter Titles!
April 20, 2019
Here’s a bit to enliven your day… the next seven Chapter Titles from BEES!
[SPOILER SPACE — in case some people think the titles might give anything away. Though somehow, I don’t think so…]
SECTION II: No Law West of the Pecos
CHAPTER 8: Lightning
CHAPTER 9: Erstwhile Companions
CHAPTER 10: What Is Not Good for the Swarm Is Not Good for the Bee (Marcus Aurelius)
CHAPTER 11: Mon Cher Petit Ami
CHAPTER 12: The Hound of Heaven
CHAPTER 13: Reading by Firelight
CHAPTER 14: Duck, Duck, Goose
(Section II and titles for chapters 8 through 14 are from my blog post on April 20, 2019, and were also posted on my official Facebook page.)
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The first BEES chapter update also appeared as one of my blog entries on March 5, 2019, and elsewhere on my official Facebook page.