Currently: 21,600/50,000 words
The first draft of CLAY is almost halfway, which is nice. This WIP is pushing me hard against the limitations of my writing ability and I’m having to learn new storytelling and composition techniques on the fly. It hurts my head a lot, and even just pulling a hundred or so words together leaves me quite spent.
But I’ve had a good couple of days. Every beat makes me feel a little more positive about this story, though I still procrastinate and lug around a rucksack of paranoia in between writing sessions.
Anyway, I’d like to share a wee sample with you. First draft, obviously, so it might not end up exactly like this in the final version, but I hope you like it:
Damian Chandrasekhar leans toward the security camera. He rakes a hand through his thick hair, giving it a zhuzh to the left, and knows exactly what he’s doing—or trying to do. He holds his wristlet to his pouty mouth and raises a manicured eyebrow at the lens.
“Half an hour before the drones arrive, Tan. Tick, tick, tick.”
“I said I’m coming, Damo.”
“Want me to head over there?” He grins suggestively. “Could help you come a little quicker.”
“Ha-ha, don’t be gross, dickhead. Now shut up and let me concentrate.”
It’s done. My Facebook is gone.
Reactivating my account to download my data and let friends know how they could contact me off-platform was… uncomfortable. My heart rate went up, I got an icky feeling in my gut and, no, it wasn’t the stew I had for dinner last night.
Something’s tripping my instincts when it comes to that site/company/way of life, and even though I can’t point to any one thing and say this is the reason why, I am trusting my instincts and getting away.
So, here I am. I have deleted my Facebook account and it feels good.
My blog is a self-hosted WordPress blog, however if my little experiment has worked, this post should also appear on WordPress.com.
For reference, I am using WordPress Crosspost to achieve this.
Beep boop, is it working?
What I’m working on lately
- Project Clay
- Email dark mode
- Deadlifts (gotta keep those writerly glutes strong for the sitting)
- Project H (still thinking, it’s been ages)
What I’ve enjoyed lately
- Halt and Catch Fire
- Letters and Numbers
- Saving Suzy (still reeling) 💕
- One-pot pilaf rice
- Pink pilates socks that look like ballet shoes
What’s made me sad lately
- War and violence ☹️
- NFTs and Web 3.0
- That Australia hasn’t embraced renewable energy fast enough
- The monetisation of outrage and addiction
- Ageism normalised in everyday communication
Questions I’d love answers for
- What does optimistic dystopian fiction look like? (besides Ready Player One)
- What would a social media platform’s culture look like if it wasn’t run by a profiteering corporation?
- What does tech culture’s “planned obsolescence” approach do to accessibility, device fragmentation, and the environment? (is it silly to love the idea of the Framework laptop?)
- Can fiction directly influence people away from toxic behaviours, and if so, how?
- Is being “the least evil” good enough in the twenty-first century?