What I’m Up To

With all these glowing reviews, Black Panther must be not only the best superhero film of all time, but also the best movie ever, period. There can’t possibly be anything wrong with this, right? No way that it’s just another stale turd that Disvel regurgitates down our throats with the command “Swallow.”

Glad we got that cleared up.

In other news, I’m writing and I’m consuming media. I’ve finally gotten round to seeing season two of the Expanse. Love this show. Excellent writing and characterization, both for primary and secondary characters. I must marry Drummer. Then we will make a bunch of emotionless kids whose only purpose will be to kill. It will be glorious.

I’ve seen this comedy flick called Killing Gunther. Critics say it’s bad. I say it’s quite good. It has Ahnold, which means that it can’t fail. A couple good laughs with some solid pathos. Reminded me of a nice song.

I’m listening to music from the Transistor OST while I write. Doesn’t really fit the mood of what I’m making but it keeps me going fast. As for the story itself, I’m off to a good start. I think I’ve learned a lot over these two years of walking the path of the writer. Time to apply it.

Yeah, I’m reading the first Witcher book. Figured if I’m writing about monster hunting, I might as well see how an established writer has done it. It’s quite fun but kinda rough. Might be the English translation, it’s atrocious. Geralt loves his combat pirouettes, but I guess it could be worse. It’s interesting how it took me two stories to figure out I was reading adaptations of fairy tales. For now it’s very different from what I’m trying to make actually, which is unexpected. Let’s see where it goes.

That’s about it. Off to the grind.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

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Time To Get Moving

I’ve made my decision. I will definitely write the monster hunter story. I may not end up starting a series around it, but I will tell this tale. I hope I get to start a series around it, but I can’t make any promises. Writing a novel is a journey of self-discovery, and I don’t know who I will be after this one is finished.

So it’s that time again. Time to say “fuck you” to life, isolate myself, and do the work. I’m not missing much.

I’ll still be posting here, but don’t expect anything important or substantial. For the next month or two, my higher functions (meaning all my functions because I’m so smart. Hurrrrrrrrr) will be occupied.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Hesitation

I’m sitting at a crossroads. I’ve been here for for the last couple months.

“What now?” I keep asking myself. My mind is on fire. I have more ideas than I can count or remember, and I want to turn them all into viable stories. But the book industry is a horrifying thing. It eats people alive and shits out books. More and more keep pouring out, quicker and quicker. It never stops, and most gets wiped away.

It took the Nameless Chronicle a bit less than two years to start selling reasonably. Two years of my work being continuously wiped from the book industry’s asshole and tossed aside. It’s maddening to think how much effort, planning, and money one can put into something only to have it MAYBE pay off some time in the far future. This is a task for only the maddest of the mad.

For me, in essence.

I’m now actually doing decently, and there’s been a constant upward trend. This is good. On the other hand, this still doesn’t suit my needs. I need greater success, and I need it as quickly as possible. If I keep spending all my earnings on editing, covers, and marketing, then in essence I am working for nothing. It is work I enjoy, yes, but not at all worthy of the ascetic lifestyle I have to lead to make it possible.

I’m rambling, so let’s summarize before I get even further from the essence of what I’m saying here: My next work should have immediate marketability, as opposed to the cult/sleeper hit potential of the Nameless Chronicle. I’ve already done the write-what-I-want thing, and it’s only started to take off recently. If I had to push two biplanes instead of pull one with a jet, I think I’d go full psycho.

So… go through with the Monster-Hunter-Age-Of-Enlightenment-Bloodborne thing (that I’ve already planned and structured out), or reach into something with mass appeal, like Space Opera? I foresee a massive surge of cyberpunk in 2019. and onward, so that might be the way to go. Perhaps a mixture of the two. There doesn’t seem to be a good answer. Everything can work and everything can fail.

I don’t doubt my ability to tell a good story and tell it well. I have eyes. I read and compare. For me, some degree of success in the future is, I think, inevitable. But the question remains: When? I’m not nearly as young as I look. If option A gives me earlier breakthrough than option B, then why take option B? Because I want to? I do, but do I want to dedicate 2 more years of my life to a series that may really take off in 5?

I don’t know.

So I sit at this crossroads and weigh my options. Time keeps passing.

M. T. Miller

Still Slacking Off

I’ve been running a fever these last couple of days. Since it isn’t easy to focus with a boiling brain, I’ve mostly been playing Warframe. I hope to correct this as soon as possible.

Other than that, nothing new.

Stay brutal.

Happy New Year + Updates

2017. was kind to me. After a string of progressively worse years, it was more than welcome. I have worked hard. I have found what I was missing. I have finally, after decades of stumbling, learned what kind of man I am.

I’ve also started to see success with my writing, which is amazing. To be able to live off my thoughts put on (digital or actual) paper, to stick it to the man and reject the chains that society keeps trying to force on me; that is what I see as ultimate success. The individual above the corporate. Victory.

But enough power-mad ramblings. Good year. Hoping for an even better 2018. Before that, some news:

The whole Azure Flame interactive fiction thing is now officially in limbo. I have no idea when part 3 will get released, so I’ve put off working on part 4 until I know more. Sucks, but that’s how it is. When I get the chance, I will finish it. For now, deep freeze.

I’m still plotting out my next book. Think of it as dark fantasy set in a fictional version of the 17th/18th century. Opulence and dirt. Sabers and muskets. Horrors lurking in the dark, and the people who keep them at bay. Overall brutality.

I’m still technically on vacation, so I’m not pushing hard yet. I hope to start getting serious again by the end of January.

Happy new year, everyone!
M. T. Miller

I Am Inspired

At least for the moment. The story idea I originally had will have to sit this period out. Instead of that, I will focus on something else. Something that’s currently setting my mind ablaze.

I am poking and prodding the plot right now. I’ll say more about it once I’m certain I can make it work.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

A Change Of Plans

For reasons I can’t state, the development of the next Azure Flame thing is going to get delayed until further notice. I am thus shifting gears toward something else.

As to what that something will be, I can’t say yet.

SPOILER: It will be readable. Le shock.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller