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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

26,100 (or, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Almost 9K new words, not bad, and I have to say, it was quite a ride this week. One of my characters, I swear, does not want to die, and decided to wander off and so something I hadn't exactly planned. Made me rethink some things I had - but I just went with it, and when the smoke cleared, I had to sit back and decide where it all was going. For example, one of the main characters, Sam (Samantha), kept referring to the color yellow, as if there was some deep dark secret about it being repressed. At the time, I assumed it was just rambling on my part and I'd probably cut it in draft mode, but it kept coming back. I ten changed my opinion to a let's wait and see what happens mode. Now... well, now that the story (the PLOT I should say) has changed, the color yellow is very significant. I say the plot has changed but not the story... there's a reason for this. You'll have to wait to read the book the find out what I mean. Suffice to say, the outline I worked out really won't change.

Anyhow, to wrap up this week's NHN (New Horror Novel) update, a lot of questions I had about my ending now make perfect sense, and my subconscious has finally made my conscious mind aware of what it had been working towards, and it's pretty cool. I think, at least. Oh, and I have to also say that NHN is, at this point at least, not for the kiddies. It's got more sex in it than all of my other novels combine, lol.

OK, about the subtitle - congratulations to my daughter Amanda (12) and all the boys and girls at her middle school who were involved in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, this year's Musical Extravaganza (last year was School House Rock). They had only 3 months to learn their lines and lyrics and music and steps for this 2+ hour production, and man, what an incredible show! (Amanda played Frieda, of the "naturally curly hair"). Hat's off to the entire cast & crew, and especially Lisa Hughes, director, and Mike Rice, the musical director.

While I'm at it, Happy Birthday to my other daughter, Audrey who turned 10 this weekend! And so as not to leave Andrew out, formal congratulations on making Red Belt with his Kempo Karate.

OK. Time to go. Time to write like a banshee this week again. May arrives in a couple of days, but I'm happy with the progress so far. Think I can finish the first draft by the end of May? I do..... See you next week.

Dan

1 comment:

Diane said...

People should read this.