Blame It On The Lights Down Low…


Monday is a day to fear. Why? It’s daunting. The weekend is far away. The boss has no issue with delegating crap to you because you’ve got 40+ hours to “make it happen.” Your boss, not mine. I like my boss. He brings me my favorite kind of donut when he stops by Tim Hortons in the morning. Stuff like that’s important to me.

So, I’ve been thinking out loud this past week about an announcement I was or wasn’t going to make. It totally depended on how things went during the last week and I’m really taking a leap of faith here that I can keep things moving along this current week and each week in the future.

So, here it goes:

Work on the third Andy book has officially stopped.

Believe me, I’m surprised to even be saying that. The book has been writing itself in my head for the past two years, mostly because I’ve been living the crap that makes up the majority of the plot. It’s still there in my head, but in all honesty, I was lucky to get 1-2 pages written in a week when I was forcing myself to sit down and write it. That’s not how a novel should go. It’s not pleasant for the author and it won’t come across as sincere to a reader.

What happened?

There are three factors here that are preventing completion of the novel at this time. First and foremost, the book takes place in Hong Kong and I haven’t been there in two years. I need to go back, shoot video, take extensive notes and get sections of the book written while I’m there immersed in the local culture. Writing about it as an afterthought doesn’t make for much authenticity.

Second, spending more time with my family due to my father’s complications has added unforeseen stress on all involved. Between work, dad and getting all the usual things done during the week, my time to write has been gutted. Sitting down to write while you’re exhausted and stressed does NOT produce worthwhile results.

Finally, the third reason is that a couple of characters named Nicholas and Anthony have been sparring non-stop in my head since I started doing the “Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell” book signings last year. Response to the book and to them has truly been a humbling experience and a shot of esteem as a writer. Andy is where I was when I wrote “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orienation” and “Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins.” “Gaylias” is where I am now. My muse is pushing me to leave Andy behind for a little while or until the circumstances are different and I’m able to get the scent back, which means a trip overseas.

What now?

I tried a little experiment this past week to see just how much inspiration there was to explore another adventure in the “Gaylias” universe. 20+ pages later after starting on Monday, it’s pretty clear that my muse and I are speaking the same language again. I don’t have any idea if I can keep the pace up or if it’ll fluctuate, but I’ve enjoyed the new material and it’s making me laugh. The more it makes me laugh, the more eager I am to work with it and see where it takes me.

There are two titles I have in mind for the new book, but one step at a time, right? And who knows? Maybe if I get anything together that sounds good, I’ll even bring a scene with me to read at upcoming signings this year as those come together.


Until Thursday!


Original Responses

Dorien Grey says:
February 7, 2011 at 10:07 am
So your muse for Andy has decided to wander off for awhile. Don’t worry, he’ll be back. And while a trip to Hong Kong might be in order–and definitely high on the wish list, keep in mind that 9.8 readers out of 10 have never been to Hong Kong and are very unlikely to say “Aha! The restaurant you describe doesn’t exist!” or “No, it’s Kung-Pao LANE, not Kung-Pao BOULEVARD. Boy are you a fake!” People read for the story. The surroundings are just frosting on the cake. You always tell a good story. Just tell it.

Martha Swartz says:
February 7, 2011 at 11:11 am
Dearest Kage:
No matter what you set your mind to, you will accomplish it with Much Success. You are an amazing writer (I am enjoying my way thru Gaylia’s now) … You are an Inspiration to me and I am sure many more.

I love your Humor, Your Wit and your Sarcasm, but most of all I love you as the dear friend you have become (more like family).

If there is ever ANYTHING you need, just ask!

holly says:
February 7, 2011 at 11:54 am
Said it yesterday, bears repeating. This is nothing but good.

Kage says:
February 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm
My thanx to the three of you and everybody else who’s read this. I’m not fond of leaving something half finished, but I know I will come back to it. I need a little distance from it, then immerse myself back in it, but only after I can get Nicholas and Anthony to take a break from letting me hear their bickering.

Pam says:
February 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Forcing yourself to write something that isn’t working for you atm will produce something not worth reading. Ya gotta go with what feels right.


Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the novella Falling Awake (also to be re-published under his real name), and the upcoming Falling Awake II: Revenant.

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