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The Worst Fear

14 Nov

I first saw this about a year ago and didn’t give it much thought. Of course, I mulled it over, but it didn’t have a significant impact. But now, as I am writing down details of the Big Plan, it has returned to the forefront of my mind.

The ‘worst’ fear to me isn’t that nobody will read my work. No. That’s an easy thing to consider – only a handful of people have read any of my work as it is. Ha! It is far more horrifying that some people will read my stuff – and then get too bored to finish it. An indifferently hostile world is pretty damn scary.

Perhaps I need a fire under my butt, to encourage me to clean up my work. I know that it is impossible to please everyone. Hell, with the way I write, I’m pretty sure that I can’t please most people. But maybe I can use this as a checklist of sorts. I’ll add it into my other lists of “do’s and don’ts” – as some kind of magical proof against failure. Is it a kind of magical thinking? Perhaps. I’m okay with that, if it keeps the fear at bay for a bit.

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IDEA – Abandoned Works

20 Apr

Abandoned, according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:

a-ban-doned

  1. Deserted; forsaken.
  2. Exuberantly enthusiastic.
  3. Recklessly unrestrained.

(that’s a pretty sweet definition; two-thirds of it sounds like a party!)

I have more good ideas than bad. This is a natural state of affairs and I’m blessed with the uncanny insight to be able to distinguish one from the other. Well, most of the time, anyway. I don’t want to go off on a personal rant, so I’ll just keep this relevant to my writing/editing skills.

So many times, I’ll put together the seed of a story or a novel, but it doesn’t go anywhere. I keep an ongoing file of ideas that I want to nurture, or meditate about. Often, though, nothing ever comes from it. Then I got the notion that I don’t need to do anything important with these things. Why keep ‘em locked up in a notebook?

This is the plan: I’m going to post up some story seeds. Sometimes, it’ll all be fleshed out, with characters, setting, and all that good stuff. Other times, it’ll just be bare bones – maybe some dialogue and some notes. And I’m going to use a creative commons license to make it a ‘free culture’ product. That means that anyone can use it, for anything they want, with little/no restrictions.

Maybe someone will come across these ideas – these deliberately abandoned works – and make something of them. More likely, they’ll just languish here, in this weird corner of the internet, forever. At the very least, I’ll get the opportunity to kick out some dead weight, get some mental exercise and have some fun. Of course, there’s always the chance that I’ll get very, very lucky and you’ll enjoy reading what I’ve got.

I’ll be posting up my first abandoned work shortly. I hope you enjoy it.

-Patrick

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