Summer 2017 Update

Tiny Letter I’ve been updating my blog at sawyerpaul.com every three months or so, but I haven’t actually put out a new Tinyletter in four years. I want to get back into it. You can subscribe and get updates sent to your inbox here. (unless you’re already reading this as a Tinyletter. 🙂 Lattice In 2013, […]

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You Chose Poorly – thoughts on the first season

You Chose Poorly is a 14-episode podcast about tech products and self reflection. It’s selfish and self-serving, but it asks questions everyone should ask from time to time: am I doing right by the people around me, and am I spending my time and money in ways that push me forward? Because of that, You […]

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Skypunch – thoughts on the first draft

Skypunch, a novel I’ve been working on since 2012, has finally reached its 1.0 first draft state. At 67,512 words, it’s the longest work I’ve ever made. It’s also the messiest first draft I’ve made, too. I’ve written two other novels. No Chinook, whose first draft I finished in the fall of 2006(!) was a […]

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Summer 2016 Podcast Update

Podcasting is one of the odder mediums out there, but it’s one that I hold dear. This probably has something to do with how quickly I became a podcaster after learning about it. I love movies, but have never made one. I love music, but I’ve never made an album. But the time between hearing […]

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Fewer Tamagotchis, update 1

During the first episode of Lady Dynamite, Maria Bamford suggests to her agent that the thing she’d like to do for her next project is…less. She doesn’t want to do movies or TV or even commercials. She’d like to, maybe, just sit on a park bench in her neighbourhood. That seems like less stress and […]

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Spring 2016 Novel Progress and Publishing Plan

Throughout this winter, I’ve been compiling a first draft to a novel I’m calling Skypunch. This novel has gone by a number of titles in the past few years, and has in fact *been* entirely other books/stories in that time. As of April 2016, my first draft is around 80% complete. It’s a tough thing […]

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Corona Gale, nightly build 3.2.2

Changelog: 

  • First thousand words! (I don’t know how much I love these thousand words, but still). 
  • I’ve changed a detail: Kate has now driven to the party, which makes a lot more sense. I’ll have to go back and change that in chapter 2. 
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Corona Gale, nightly build 3.2.1

Changelog:

  • There are going to be two chapters in this book that take on a slightly dreamier nature, and this is the first one. The second, which will happen during a “corona gale” is slated to be chapter 7. 
  • I’m going for dreamier here because it should be obvious what’s happening. Ollie and Kate are having the fight of their relationship, and there’s a lot of metaphors flying. Writing it as a back and forth dialogue would be a bit tedious. So I’m going into their heads. There will be some dialogue, which I hope looks like bullets. 
  • I’m optimistic at this point, but I’m also just at the precipice of this chapter. I’m sure there’ll be lots of self loathing as it gets darker later on. Enjoy!
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Corona Gale, nightly build 2.2.8

Changelog: 

  • I know, I know. I said that last time was going to be the “final” version of chapter 2, but I thought about the ending and wanted to include Ollie in person. The text hits a lot more like a bullet if we actually get to see him. I’ve also, after, some thought, included the content of the text itself. I didn’t want to hold it until the next chapter. 
  • This is an “end of the chapter” update, so it’s really just the last couple of paragraphs that differ from 2.2.7. 
  • I didn’t fully realize how chatty chapter 2 was until I read it over again today. Expect a lot less dialogue in chapter 3. 
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Corona Gale, nightly build 2.2.7

Changelog: 

  • Chapter 2, at least for now, is in the books (it’s in this book!). The next thing you’ll read here is the first bit of chapter 3. 
  • It took about twice as long to write chapter 2 as 1. It’s not a trend I want to continue. At this pace, the first draft will be done somewhere around 2022. But that’s a conversation about priorities. 
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