(nlg) Status Update #1
Before now, it's been exclusive to Amazon and it's only been free a couple times for promo periods.
As a result, I've recently picked up a bunch of new subscribers to this email list. I know for some of you, you subscribed to get the epilogue story, Umberrica. Which is awesome!
And now you're probably like, 'Oh, I don't actually want to hear from you, I just needed to sign up to get the extra story and I'm good now. Peace.'
I don't blame you. I've done the same thing. I hate when my email inbox gets bloated with too much email from people and companies I don't actually know.
So if that's you, go in peace. Feel free to unsubscribe with no hard feelings. I'll just go cry in the corner. (Just kidding, just kidding.)
For those of you who are inclined to stay subscribed, I DO NOT PLAN TO SEND MORE THAN ONE EMAIL A MONTH, so there's that. But I do feel like I should try to send out one a month, just to keep in touch. I mean, you read something I wrote. Of course I want to talk to you!
So with that in mind, onto my question:
What story are you super into right now, or have you recently been super into?
Fiction, non-fiction, book, movie, tv show, graphic novel, video game... whatever you want.
I just really want to know what kinds of stuff the people on this list are into, because it says a lot to me about what kinds of people are reading my (so far) one and only novel.
I'll go first.
I've recently gotten really into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I don't play many video games these days with three kids but my friend has a Nintendo Switch and Zelda and he's been keeping the Switch at our house so I've been playing as much as I can and it's so addicting.
Which is funny, because when I first saw him playing the game, I was totally nonplussed. I just wanted to play Mario Kart.
In some ways the story in BotW is not that strong, or maybe I should say the subplots aren't that strong, but I think what I really like about it is the future/fantasy aspect.
Like, it starts as a typical medieval style fantasy game, but you soon realize there is this futuristic technology under the surface of everything.
Some of the monsters are robots. Some of the weapons and armor are very sci-fi. The objectives you're trying to reach are straight out of a sci-fi anime film.
And all of that stuff is called 'ancient.'
So it's like a primitive fantasy layer on top of a dystopian layer on top of a near future sci-fi layer. I love that blend, and it's similar to some things I want to do in my own writing.
Also, I binged through the first season of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger (which you can watch on Hulu) and I got really into that, too. Compelling story, interesting characters, lots of twists, and good pacing. Except for the last episode, which I was not super impressed with. But that's another story for another day.
I've also been listening to the show's soundtrack on Spotify. Highly recommend!
P.s. In case you're wondering, I am working on a sequel to Greysuits. I think the title will be Skytrails. I'm really excited about it, but I'm a slow writer, and even slower with a third kid around now. I am chugging along, though, and it will get done, and I hope you will read it when it's finished!