by James T Wood
Keep on plugging brother, I'm looking forward to it!
It is always the interesting and the original- bold/artistic statements that take great amounts of time and energy, but that have the potential to be, not just a lasting work, or personal legacy... but an insight into something deeper, something which will endure the test of time.
In other words, keep pushing until it is RIGHT. It will never be as perfect as you would like, but don't click publish until you can smile at the whole picture of the creation.
In other words take it miles past the concept of a "I checked that one off my bucket list..." project. But instead let it be what you wanted. A work that effects generations to come.
Always make the hard choices, and don't short-cut, even when those choices are motivationally deflating and are painful, like cutting 3/5ths of the original piece.
The time-line push back initially when I read of your choice hit me as a disappointment... for a total of 5 minutes! But I knew then, not only the artistry of your work was becoming deeply ingrained into who you are and immensely important to you, but you loved your characters and their story enough to bring them to life for all of us. And now, just as they had become more than fiction to you as you conceived and wrote, they will live for us as well.
When you are done, it the above mentioned WILL be noticed. That care, in and of itself, is the difference between a piece of fiction, and a piece of literary art.
And so the following applies here as well. Whatever you do, in work or deed (or prose)...make it for him, use all your heart; and our patience will be rewarded!
Thank you for the updates!
Looking forward to it!