This Week I Am Working on My Books
I will not be posting this week unless something important happens because I am currently swamped under an astonishing pile of book work. The copyedited manuscript for Legends of the Pyramids needs corrections, markups, and review, and the notes for improvements to my book proposal for my James Dean / flying saucer nonfiction novel are going to be coming in tonight. Fortunately, my prose for Legends of the Pyramids is pretty clean, so there are relatively few thorny issues to address. However, it's still a massive amount of work to fit into the ten days allotted. (By contrast, the copyeditor got three months.) The new editor overseeing the project is less enamored of my occasional humorous forays into low language than the previous and, according to the document tracking, had a back-and-forth with the copyeditor about which adjectives were acceptable for describing the quality of the Egyptian god Min's tumescence. It is all quite silly, especially when the ancient Greeks were a heck of a lot cruder. Anyway, I am buried under book work and apparently will be for at least a week. I am not sure how this year turned into my most productive literary year ever--three nonfiction books in some stage of the path to publication in one calendar year, and a novel sitting in storage--but I can't keep this pace up forever. I'm tired!
10/27/2020 04:46:27 pm
Keep that classic "low-brow" edge, Brother.
10/27/2020 07:55:52 pm
I will grudgingly(!) do without Jason’s blog for ten days on the promise of two additional more important (arguably I’ll admit) books later. Stay focused Jason!
10/28/2020 12:18:10 am
10/28/2020 08:38:31 am
An Over-Educated Grunt
10/28/2020 06:38:37 pm
Okay, SOMEONE has to ask.
10/28/2020 11:29:09 pm
10/28/2020 09:24:43 pm
Get to work.
10/29/2020 11:53:56 am
Nice to see that you have now stepped completely back from the ledge you seemed to be standing on not too long ago. Interesting upturn that your fortunes have taken over the last several months.
10/29/2020 04:23:23 pm
Despite what you might think, I am never on a ledge. But neither do I persist in unfruitful efforts. There is always a certain anger and sadness in discovering that something isn't working, and I wasn't wrong to conclude that after 20 years, my prior approach was not working. The change is, ironically enough, due to me giving up my prior effort to be Sisyphus. Though, truth be told, if I may speak only half metaphorically, the current book and the potential for success it holds aren't really my doing. It isn't me, after all, that they're buying.
10/29/2020 05:17:48 pm
Note my use of "seemed." Compare your comments about lack of success several months ago to what you posted here. Bit of a different tone methinks.
10/30/2020 08:56:03 am
Oh, you meant the pyramid book? Since it is mostly a collection of blog posts folded together, I don't really think about it as a new project per se. I was speaking of my current project about James Dean and 1950s panics, the one that is on a trajectory to land in New York. And it is a profound change in direction. The new book isn't analytical, for example, and contains a lot less alien material than you imagine.
10/30/2020 01:09:48 pm
My understanding was that the pyramid book is based on materials that you developed on the blog. But getting it assembled, fine tuned, and published is a recent development and a feather in your cap.
10/31/2020 12:17:30 am
"More like Dylan going electric to me. Let the haters hate, but dont forget what got him to the point where people even knew that there was a bob dylan who was going electric".
10/30/2020 12:06:11 am
11/1/2020 12:10:25 am
Wow, that is some low weirdness. But any weirdness is good weirdness just as any day without Jim's yammeringpoo is a good day. Let the word go forth from here, today, in all directions, that I am currently retaining the name Kent, subject to guidance from the biker Mr. Lister, who is currently out of pocket, he's gone off the reservation in pursuit of a young sergeant. Some sort of dispute over hand-crafted Bic lighter sheaths I believe, but that's above my paygrade.
11/1/2020 07:42:09 pm
"Wow, that is some low weirdness. But any weirdness is good weirdness..."
11/1/2020 08:43:30 pm
"Some sort of dispute over hand-crafted Bic lighter sheaths..."
11/2/2020 12:13:56 pm
Walkin' tall machine gun man.
10/30/2020 03:01:37 pm
As a heads up, the Battle of Old Baldy occurred at a time when the Korean conflict had settled into a stalemate and the prospect of WW3 was in the rear view mirror. By 1952 the Pentagon was thinking of the conflict largely in terms of small unit engagements and jockeying for position along the 38th parallel. The casualties for Old Baldy would have made for a slow day in 1950. So by 1952 I would assume that the Pentagon brass felt that they could deal with Korea and have time to talk about UFOs on the same day. If one wants to try to get inside the heads of pentagon brass in 1952. Grunts on the front lines probably felt much differently about things.
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