Summer 2017 Update
I’ve been updating my blog at sawyerpaul.com every three months or so, but I haven’t actually put out a new Tinyletter in four years. I want to get back into it. You can subscribe and get updates sent to your inbox here.
In 2013, I put out six issues of a serial called Lattice, which was a monthly publication of new writing. It was pretty cool: people subscribed in an iPhone app or through their Kindle and new stuff showed up as soon as I hit “publish.” Unfortunately the company that published the app went under and I was left without a platform. I put a lot of work into them and they should really exist somewhere. By the end of the summer, my website will have it all up, readable and downloadable.
sawyerpaul.com has been a couple of things over the last few years. I haven’t always known what I want to do with it. I’ve got a plan now. It’s still a work in progress (cue 1997 graphic), but it’ll be beautiful before the summer is out.
I’m beginning a new season of International Object episodes. If you’re interested in being on the show, send me a DM on twitter.
I’m writing a new novel. It’s about parties, and the drama, sex, and nonsense that happens at them. It’s going to be a comedy. I’ve put parties in all my books and they’re my favourite parts of them, so this is the natural next step. It’s barely begun, but I’ve got some outlining, a few characters. I want to hear party stories from people. I’m looking for inspiration.
Of course, that begs the question. Wasn’t I already writing a new book? Wasn’t it almost done?
Skypunch just isn’t the book I wanted it to be. It’s a lesson for me. The process I used to write the book was a new one for me that involved piecing together several story ideas into one, and it just doesn’t work. There is good stuff in there, but it’s definitely a failed novel. I don’t plan on continuing working on it, but I’ll release it under an “unfinished” label, so the curious can get in there.
As for the different stories, Skypunch was the result of trying together several novels I’d begun and not finished between 2012 and 2015. That includes all the writing found in Lattice. Instead of leaving all of it as unfinished first drafts, I tried tying it all together as a saga. Needless to say, it’s a mess. But it’s a book about divorces, so “mess” is kind of built into its DNA.
This happens. Not every novel works. I’m not beat up about it, and I’m excited about the new one. I mostly write for myself, but I make these things available in case anyone else gets anything from them. Skypunch actually helped me a great deal. It’s just not that great a book.
Everything We Haven’t Lost, No Chinook, A Record Year for Rainfall, and Skypunch will all be available on this site for free in the next month. You’ll be able to read it in a browser, chapter-by-chapter, or by downloading a file to read on your ebook reader or phone. No Chinook is (and will likely remain) the only title available in print. I’ve been meaning to update this stuff and there’s no reason for it not to be out there.
If you haven’t taken a look at my creative portfolio on Behance in a while, now’s a good time. I’ve recently added two of my freelance clients, Osgoode Hall Law Review and Lakehead Law Journal, as well as some of the podcast art I’ve created over the last two years.
I don’t usually advertise, but I’m currently looking for new projects. If you work for a publication that could use a layout designer, send them my way. I’m open to freelance, part-time contracts, as well as larger ongoing publications.
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