The novel is progressing much quicker in my head, and much slower on the page than I had hoped. It’s densely complex, frighteningly so, but I’m keeping notes. I have no shorts planned at the moment, my excitement with the world at hand is too great. Apologies for a lack of updates, but I thought I’d share this with you, the prologue, as it stands, for “This Side of the Blue”.
The meteorite is the source of the light
And the meteor’s just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that’s devoid
of the fire that propelled it to thee
– Joanna Newsom, Emily
The falling star carved a burning scar across the night sky. On the open plain below, a dozen eyes tracked the hot red trail from east to west, watching small flakes of fire peel away from the heart of the meteor. The glow lit their smooth faces, and as the ember at the center cooled and vanished, they turned back to the cook fire, chattering to one another in excitement. Some were old enough to remember the winter of shooting stars, when streaks of fire crossed the sky with a steady, mystic rhythm. They told stories, sung in complex harmonies, and laughed beneath the quiet sky.
A distant rumble rolled across the grassland from the west, and they craned long and elegant necks, waiting in silence for something more. But the only sound was the wind, hissing through the waving stalks of golden grass, and they soon returned to the old songs.
Part I: The Garden and the Graveyard
Hope the weekend finds you all well, and thanks, as always, for reading.
16 thoughts on “Metapost: Progress and Prologues”
So, how's the story comming? I'm rather anxious to read it, since your stories always manage to exite and inspire me. Keep up the good work!
did he died?
Very slowly unfortunately, but for pleasant reasons. Not dead, I just haven't had the chance to be Josef for a while. I do have a short that's been rattling around for a while, but I'm feeling rusty. Might have to just smash through it…
It's nice to see that you haven't forgotten about this blog, and it's even nicer to hear that we might be getting a new story possibly in the near future :D. I really miss your writing and am really looking forward to the next story.
glad to hear from you josef, i was worried i'd never get to read another one of your stories
Really hope to see you put out more work – you are quite the talented storyteller!Do you happen to post on alternatehistory.com? I ask because we get quite a few writers, and your story sounded vaguely somewhat familiar.
Please do. I miss the old days.
I really like your shorts. I was cleaning out my bookmarks menu and I came across this blog again. When I saw the link, I was excited at the prospect at being enthralled, once more, by your story telling. But on arrival, I was slightly bummed that there still have been no new shorts.How is your novel coming along now? Will you be able to write shorts as Josef again?
You make some excellent bathroom reading material. 🙂 Keep up the great work!
Good sir, it's been nearly a year since your last post. I must admit I do miss the anticipation of reading one of your stories at fairly regular intervals.
Josef, it has been while. I miss you and your stories. Come back!
My word, it has been far to long.I apologize for the lack of updates. The novel is on unfortunate hiatus at the moment. I've written the first 10%, and I know exactly how the last 80% will go. But the 10%-20% section is confounding me. I can't get the two parts to connect at all.Besides that, the birth of my first child has drowned almost all of my free time in the most wonderful way. But that short I said I had in my head in April? I wrote out half of it. Now that the baby is sleeping better, I think I might be able to crack the rest of it out…Thank you for the prodding. It's far too easy to drift when you're happy. I'll see what I can muster.
It's good to hear that you're still with us, after all this time.Good luck on that novel, AND the short story. Your stories are always fantastic.
Huzzah! You are back. A good many of us still have your RSS feed idling on the menubar. Hope you find the time you need and spark your passion back up!
Congrats, I'm glad you're away for a good reason. I really look forward to seeing more of your work. Everything I have read so far has been amazing.
Absolutely can't wait to see more. I can't believe it's been over a year already; I still check back here every few weeks hoping for something. You're an extremely talented storyteller, and I hope you find the time to get something published and find the recognition you deserve. Can't wait for that short when you finish it!