I have been idling on facebook a great deal lately, so I happen to catch most of the posts that come my way. This isn't necessarily a good thing. A lot of redundancies happen because different like-groups talk/post like things. One that I've noticed over the past few weeks (and really tried to ignore it) is the discussions about Superman's outfit. Where's his red undies, it's the wrong blue, the S is different, etc.
Here's the thing: this isn't something new. Every movie, comic, new iteration of any media franchise does this, mostly when it changes hands. The Spider man in the Sam Raimi movies is different from the Marc Webb version, Batman's suit was different in ALL those movies.
I'm sure someone will say, "Well, that's not how he looks in the comics." - I hate to tell you this, but it changes a lot there too. Here's a good list (why make one when it already exists) http://screenrant.com/superman-man-of-steel-suit-costume-history-versions/
Costumes change with the times and it's sometimes hard to remember that we, the older people in the audience, aren't always the reason things are made. For every one of us old enough to remember the Christopher Reeve movies I barely made that cut), there are just as many young adults/children out there who are seeing this all for the first time. They are who these movies are made for, they are the ones who will buy the games, the toys, the comics. We might, but I'm going to guess it's a far smaller percentage.
It's been a while since I did one of these, so I figured it was time. With roughly a chapter left to do, the writing is just about done. I've been pretty heavily editing as I go, but there's still a bit to do on that end and honestly it may not really need to be done at all.
The thing about this book and why it's taking longer to write than the last 3 is due to its style change. Where most writers (at least those that I've spoken to) find it difficult to write from a first person perspective, I do not. I enjoy it quite a bit. It's more psychological, less flashy, more to the point and if done correctly, it'll give the reader a much better understandig of the character(s). After all, you're seeing it through their eyes.
For me, third person narrative seems to be harder to do. It requires a heavier dosage of metaphor, anaology, etc... to be enjoyable, but not so heavy as to come out poetic. That's not an easy line to find and from what I gather, it changes with the audience, the writer and even the story.
Oddly enough, I'm finding this more challenging than flipping perspectives during a fight scene (something I did in book 2 and a little in 3). I think it might be that I don't generally write in this fashion and I'm probably being more critical of myself than I should be. Honestly, it feels a lot like writing my first book all over again. The best comparison I can give you would be starting a new job (one you actually want). Those first few days you don't want to mess up, you double/triple check everything you're doing....it's stressful. That's how this feels. I think once I get some beta readers to check it out and get some feedback I'll calm back down and not worry about it so much. Until then, the going is a little slow. On the bright side, at least you know I care and don't think everything I do is gold!
For the month of June, Chronicles of M - Book 1, will be $.99 cents on Amazon and the equivalent on each of the other Amazon sites. Plenty of reviews on Amazon to give you an idea of what you're getting in to. I will say the description of the first book is vague. I don't like books being ruined by their "blurb" and I wanted my books to come off with a lot of unexpected things happening, it makes it a tad difficult to write a description. The reviews fill in some of those holes. Besides, it's 99 cents, you care barely get a candy bar for that now.
One last comment. About 1/2 way through the book a subplot picks up and takes over for a little while. Don't confuse it for the main plot. Everything in this first book is a small part of a much bigger story and it's going to take me at least 9 books to cover it all. Also, when you get to that subplot and start to roll your eyes and think "oh no, it's one of those books" it's not. Once you've read the chapter "Uhler" you'll have a better idea of what direction I'm going in. Even more so at the end of the book.
I know that was terribly vague, but anyone who's read the books knows exactly what I'm talking about and if you give this a chance, so will you. Here's some links to the book. Remember, books 2 and 3 are also out right now.
http://ow.ly/fB5SN - Amazon.com
http://ow.ly/fNvnB - Amazon.co.uk