East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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The politics of the rat and the snake

As you read this, I am way in Modena, to attend a gaming convention, and my editor is reading the somewhat messy first draft plus of my second novel.

It’s been hard going.
The novel still does not have a title, but I know it’s built in four parts, each of them with its own title and two quotes to set the mood.
The fourth part is called The politics of the rat and the snake, and it’s been the hardest one to read because i had a somewhat clear idea of what was going to happen, but I did not know how it would actually happen, and most important I did not know how my characters would face the challenge. Continue reading

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“I’ve suffered from my share of personal disasters: the loss of love, the death of a wife, the failure to realize in my writing the high aspiration of my intentions. But these misfortunes can be borne. There is a certain animal vitality in most of us which carries us through any trouble but the absolutely overwhelming. Only a fool has no sorrow, only an idiot has no grief—but then only a fool and an idiot will let grief and sorrow ride him down into the grave. So, I’ve been lucky, as most people are lucky; the animal in each of us has a lot more sense than our brains.” [Edward Abbey]