September 10th, 2015

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what's making me happy this week - sept 6, 2015 (delayed)

(This is delayed because I was waiting to make sure I was done, though I was really close on Sunday.)

- A New New Story!

I finished the first draft of a new story with the working title "The Bits and Bytes of the Numbers of the Beast." It starts with an incident that occurred in high school involving my Geometry and Computer teacher, and from there spins out into a story about computer programming and mathematics and battling demons.

It's the first truly new new story I've written since getting back into writing at the tail end of 2014. Other things have been rewrites of old stories ("The Dybbuk's Moll", "The Straw That Shines Like The Sun") or a story involving a character from a old story ("Nora Gets A Golem" is Nora from "The Dybbuk's Moll") or small flash pieces on given prompts (the Apex Halloween contest stories). This was totally, grounds-up, new idea. It was spawned by a conversation between high school friends on Facebook about high school math/computer teachers. The incident came to mind and the story took off from there.

The story is set in the summer of 1981, so the soundtrack is new wave music from late 70s and 80-81. Specifically the following albums:
- _New Wave Hits of the 80s, Volume 2_ by various artists
- _Freedom of Choice_ by Devo
- _Computer World_ by Kraftwerk
- I also do a lot of listening to local "oldies" station (101.5), which plays a lot of 70s/80s music. I am now an "oldie", I guess. 1980 is as far from now as 1945 was from 1980. Yikes.

Now comes the revision. I plan to just about take the story apart, both in terms of structure and scenes, pick what works, then rewrite it with a looser style. I used a very tight first person in the first draft (let's call it "Noir Style") and I think it restricts the story and my ability to tell it.

That should take another week or so. After that, I'm going to use the same technique on "Straw" and see if I can get something coherent out of what I've done so far. I'm positive about the possibilities.

- yeff