Found it

At the beginning of 2016 (January 2, to be clear), I had finished a final draft of my manuscript for Anagama, which is set in the same universe as my self-published novel Perigee, ready for review. I thought. I sent it away and hoped for good feedback.

I was puzzled that my reviewers were not able to follow the story, until I looked at the file I had sent- it was corrupted! Somehow chapters from an earlier version of the manuscript (which had a completely different plot) were interleaved with chapters from the actual, finished manuscript. And when I tried to look at my many backups, all of those were corrupted, too.

I won’t speculate as to what happened, though I have my theories. But suffice it to say, I was very pleased when I went through old emails to a friend and found an uncorrupted copy of my book manuscript! I have to read it through carefully, but despite not having proofreading touches added in (like converting en dashes to em dashes, that sort of thing), on first glance it looks like it’s mostly the correct version. I’m so pleased!

I also have spent a bit of time in the intervening years pondering, and there are a few changes I want to make to characters in my “final” draft of Anagama– so while I’m pleased to have a good version of my work in hand (I had spent a lot of time on it, particularly over the Christmas break in 2015), it probably isn’t going to be my last draft.

I’ve been very busy with my two paying jobs for now- I have a backlog of work lined up from when I became ill over the winter, and until I clear that up I won’t have a lot of energy to devote to writing. But I thought I would share this one small triumph with you.

I hope you have a wonderful night,

Liz

 

 

Some thoughts on By Silent Majority, written by Roger Stone’s laywer, Robert Buschel

So, I just read @erinscafe’s brave live-tweeting of wading through much of the novel written by Roger Stone’s (yes, the man arrested yesterday morning and indicted in the Russia investigation) lawyer, Robert Buschel. Apparently By Silent Majority is a mess (I feel much, much better about my writing now) but I would like to bring this to your attention:

 

Note in particular that this is a terrible book, that later in the thread describing the book, a tweet where Roger Stone is credited as providing ideas is indicated, and that in this rather uninspired, unimaginative, and poorly written work, a rather creative idea such as electronically stealing an election is given. I’ll admit that I haven’t read the book myself, but I trust from the criticisms given to the book by @erinscafe are mostly accurate, I really don’t want to.

But, getting back to the electronic election stealing:

Hmmm.

I’ve tweeted to the FBI about this, but it seems to me that this is highly coincidental, perhaps a bit too much so.

 

Back to work

Hey, readers, I struggled for a little bit with health issues (long story), but I seem to have gotten my productivity back. I am behind with Wings but I have to clear out a backlog of work for my two research jobs first. I had hoped to finish Wings by the end of the year, but that seems unlikely as my paid workload is only going to increase over time. I’ll keep you posted on when a first draft seems likely to be completed. Right now it looks like end of February.

I am still working on Cloak. I really, really want to write this one but I don’t yet know the ending! As I’ve mentioned, it is going to be based on current events, borrowing heavily from them, but with some “behind the scenes” information. I have been toying with a variety of endings, but I want them to mesh with real life so that the suspension of disbelief is maintained. So, for example, I can’t end it with the President resigning unless Trump himself actually resigns.

The dreams I’ve had which involve Trump continue. Aside from dreams I’ve had where he asks me, annoyingly, about cheating in elections “for a president, like a high school president” and asks me if it is okay if he has some “friends” help him, and if it is okay if they are “foreign students”, I’ve had others (and those have been recurring for well over 18 months now). Here’s an excerpt from an email I wrote to a friend describing one persistent dream:

“Have two jobs and they’re hard to stay focused on all the time with the circus going on in my head. One of the less distrurbing things going on that I can tell you about: I had dreams that I[‘ve] met Stephen Colbert (late-night show host)… I keep thinking I’ve met him many times before and that he is undercover on some kind of secret mission to overthrow Trump that I’m involved in, and that after the midterm elections in the USA there will be a sex tape of Trump involving pig noises (it’s an audiotape) released. “

So there you have it, folks. This would, of course, make a truly excellent ending to my book, but I want to stick with suspension of disbelief.

Hope you have a great day.

Some more thoughts about Donald Trump

I wrote about the current POTUS a while back (See here: Some thoughts about Donald Trump). I’ve been watching events unfold ever since Mueller was given the task of investigating him, and keeping notes. I figure that one day younger people might find this interesting. But on a more current note, I’ve also been busy thinking of many possible endings for my novel project Cloak, as well as making progress (slow, but definite) on my current novel-in-progress Wings.

If you’re not aware, Cloak is a novel that describes the fall of a corrupt White House administration, and it borrows heavily from current events, as well as persistent dreams of my own of speaking to Donald Trump (see the above referenced URL to a prior post describing these).

Why would Donald Trump contact me, and not someone else? I have no idea. It seems pretty unlikely, right?

I hope you have a great day.

Liz

Still writing!

Hello, readers!

Donald Trump notwithstanding (see prior post here), I’ve had a pretty good couple of months. I’m chugging away at a bunch of projects for work, and I put Cloak aside for now, since I want to see what actually happens with the Trump Administration before I plot the ending.

I’ve been working on a sweeter, kinder story I’m calling Wings, about how the archangel Uriel changes the life of one woman and in so doing, elevates an entire village.

Been also getting plenty of inspiration for other works, and I’ve lost track of how many story ideas I have come up with by now.

Have a wonderful day,

Liz

 

Some thoughts about Donald Trump

Hello, readers!

I’ve already plotted my novel Cloak, but I am watching events unfold surrounding the Trump Administration with interest- some of the settings and details of what happens in the book toward the end will be informed by what actually happens on the world stage. I think the end result will be more entertaining, and make a lot of people wonder- what if? [July 13 2018 update: Oh boy oh boy oh boy, thank you Rod Rosenstein!]

In other news, I have had more recollections about Donald Trump- these keep recurring. Because I am bipolar, and it seems very unlikely that he would call me, I keep hedging and thinking that I’ve dreamt the entire thing- but if it ever comes to light that he did, in fact, call me, then this is very likely to be a real memory.

Someone who sounds exactly like Trump spoke to me as “Donny” on my phone in my office at the University of Guelph, wanting to get some advice on how to overthrow what he depicted as an “election, like for high school president”.  He asked if it was okay to include “foreign people” in his plans, and I thought he meant foreign exchange students or recent immigrants. I thought he was a mentally retarded adult and was at first sympathetic. I told him to campaign well and talk to people, and so on, but he insisted he needed extra help. Finally I lost my temper and told him “Well, why don’t you stuff the ballot boxes?” and he said “There now, that’s what we’ve been thinking.” He went on to ask me how he can distract from stuffing the ballot boxes in his school and I said, “Pull the fire alarm.” He then said, “What if I couldn’t afford to pull it myself- is it okay to ask for help?” At this point I wanted him off my phone, I was tired of the conversation, so I snapped, “Sure, if you’re fine with stuffing ballot boxes, you might as well get help.” He asked me if it was all right that his “foreign” friends were “from out of town, like maybe St. Petersburg,” and I told him it was fine and got off the phone as soon as possible. This was before the election, but because it had been framed as a conversation about high school politics, I never thought twice about it.

I got another call later from “Donny”, who told me that the plan worked, and did I want to work for him? He insisted I call him “Mr. President”. I thought this was very strange for a high school student, and said so. He got very angry and said “show her the seal.” My screen was black, and I was busy, so I simply turned my phone off, thinking it was more nuisance calling from a mentally retarded, poorly behaved man. In hindsight, with everything that Mueller is uncovering which has been in the news, I find myself wondering: did Donald Trump call me once he was President?

And did he ask me for advice on how to manipulate the 2016 Presidential election?

And did he tell me that he planned to do this using help from Russian foreign agents?

I believe even wanting to manipulate a legitimate election and actually taking steps to do this would be a crime, especially if foreign agents were involved. I would suggest that if the phone call to me was real, that if Donald Trump were trying to get opinions on how to overthrow a legitimate election to win it by cheating or by disinformation campaigns, and he were asking ME about this (I am Canadian), well, that would make him guilty of espionage with a foreign agent, even though I’m not an anti-American spy and Canada is not (yet) a hostile nation to the United States. And Trump certainly does seem to be very pro-Putin these days, is he not? It’s pretty clear Russians were involved in a disinformation campaign against Hillary Clinton to support Trump. [July 13 update: Rod Rosenstein basically confirmed this fact today.] I’m not clear on whether they or others were involved in “stuffing ballot boxes”, or how you’d prove it without paper ballots to go back to. [July 13 update: One of the things Rosenstein mentioned in his press conference was that half a million voter registration records had been stolen and software involved in validating voter registrations had been, I believe, manipulated.]

If tapes of any conversation I’ve had with Trump exist and are released, that would be extremely satisfying. I’d offer to testify that I got a phone call from “Donny” who got mad when I called him that and then made me call him “Mr. President” about how he can fix “an election, like for high school president” with the help of “foreign friends, like from St. Petersburg” to guarantee he would win. I am certain that if I did talk to Trump and there is evidence of this, that this really did happen. Mr. Mueller, if somehow you find tapes of any conversation between myself and Trump exist and you’re investigating me, all I am is a harmless bipolar Canadian scientist- please let me testify under oath about what I can remember to the best of my ability. I’m afraid my memory is quite poor, and the snippets above are the best I can recall, but hopefully if there are taped conversations they will be more illuminating.

Progress

I went through a list of pitches for my various story ideas, and identified 20 different projects! No one can say I don’t have a lot of creative ideas.

In other news, I’ve finished an outline for Wings and I’m looking forward to writing. I got carpal tunnel from some data entry I did for my boss in Guelph, ON, and I have a second job now based in Edmonton, AB. So I have been very slow about writing fiction. I love my jobs but I really wish sometimes that I could retire now and just focus exclusively on fiction.

I’ve written another blog entry that again deals with Donald Trump (I just can’t shake the idea that he actually called me while I was in my office, but how or why this would come about I have no idea), but I’m delaying its publication until Monday morning (the 25th).

My moods have lately been pretty stable, which I attribute to increased exercise, so that’s pretty good. I’ll take anything that allows me to be happier and more productive.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Life imitates art

My project Cloak is practically writing itself! I’m so pleased. In plotting it, recent events mesh perfectly with the existing plot and I can see where it all will go. This also meshes with dreams I’ve had of speaking to members of the Trump administration on the phone, which was the initial inspiration for Cloak. If I’m right, the next couple of weeks will be very interesting.

I have a work project that will take up a lot of my time this week, but I hope to get back to writing as soon as I can.

Have a great day!

Two new projects on the go

I’m happy to report that I spent the day with my character Madison Knight and all sorts of notes about all the chaos and scandals coming out of the White House since the inauguration of the current president. I’ve come up with what I think is a great outline for what has happened, and what will happen, in the timeline of events I’ve created for Cloak. Because I don’t want to ruin suspension of disbelief, I am planning to work on Cloak while I wait for additional events leading up to the 2018 midterms to unfold- and some of the things I’ve thought of are pretty fun indeed! I think you will enjoy riding along with Madison.

Because there will necessarily be some waiting until mid-November, I’m also going to plot out an additional project which I’m calling Wings. This book is a lot more lighthearted than most of what I’ve written to date, and while Cloak will be enjoyable, Wings will be as or more fun, I suspect. I don’t want to give away too much, but Wings deals a lot with different kinds of angels.