A Brief Postcard From Tuscany

As I sit here, sipping red wine, occasionally gazing at the rolling Tuscan hills that stretch out before me, it occurs to me that I am lucky.  Not just because I am extremely good-looking, charming and intelligent, but because fortune has at times looked upon me kindly and it is precisely one of those times that I wish to wax lyrically about.

Sometime ago, in the Warsaw winter haze a remarkable number of coincedences happened to happen which involved rock music, an accordion, a joke about breasts, a kidnapping and a poignant argument about the identity of a Jewish ninja.  Fast forward nearly 3 years and a fruit has grown from the tree of silliness.  That fruit goes by the name of IO/YU.  I am loathe to reveal too much about the project so I will leave you with the following suggestion.

To follow the unveiling of this project please follow IO/YU on Facebook by clicking here.

In the meantime feel free to watch the video below which somewhat magnificently explains the quintessence of the project.

In the meantime I am going back to my holiday.  Be nice to each other ūüôā

40k Day Tomorrow

It’s hard to believe that for some time I fell behind schedule with my novel. ¬†Part of me was considering jacking it in, as ¬†I had absolutely lost faith. ¬†For the ¬†last 15-20k I have been feeling like it was impossible, that my story would never stretch. ¬†Today I have stopped on 38k, confidence that my 2k a day system will finally catch me back up. ¬†Today was my fastest yet. ¬†I can finally see the finish line and my compulsive nature is now in fifth gear. ¬†I don’t want to go to work, I don’t want to sleep, I don’t want to eat, I just want to write. ¬†I have to force myself to break my cycle. ¬†I love this feeling. ¬†And it only gets stronger between now and the end of a project.

One thing which I have enjoyed is watching the story evolve. ¬†At the beginning I had a clear plan on the subjects I wanted to touch on, but no plan of how to approach them. ¬†The fact that you have only 30 days to complete the story means that you cannot stop when your plot hits a pothole. ¬†Whereas with my first novel I would take a few days off to get some distance from the story to think about how to get around a ‘plothole’, now I just have to push on. ¬†It’s hard sometimes, however I am enjoying the fact that it feels like a somewhat more natural evolution. ¬†Whether I will feel that way when I read the entire project I don’t know.

Initially I wanted to write a slightly fun novel about a man, religion and ninjas.  The plot does contain elements of all three, however somethings have taken back seat, whilst others have emerged.  Now I feel as if the story is more focused on the powers of grief, belief and human nature.  With some religious commentary, and a ninja.  I have started to read the first part of the novel and have been pleasantly surprised so far.

In the meantime I still have submitted my first novel to my next target as my attention is completely fixated on my NaNoWriMo project. ¬†I will try to find time, alas I can’t see it happening before I write my 50,000th word. ¬†In the meantime I will try to post something on Sunday about being old and miserable.