Well into Shadow of the Gods: Second in the Dragon Core series.
I’m proud to say Metatron’s Legacy is on track for December 15 release.
I wrote previously about choosing a location that was inspiration for a primary setting in Cauldron of the Gods. Interestingly, my first choice had to be bleep canned because – like in the story – it was undergoing what some people refer to as gentrification.
Only in my story, the owner retains as much of the bones as possible. In the location that I had to abandon? The new look and feel is horrendously ugly. I can’t believe they didn’t retain any of the historical value.
I spent months searching for an alternate turning down a number of places because the vibe just wasn’t right.
They fell into two categories: Gritty to the point of disgustingly dirty or a location that screamed yuppy bar.
I decided to go with a location I was pretty happy with.
The one referenced in the article on scouting.
It didn’t fit exactly because it was a place that featured live music and the bar in my story doesn’t, but the vibe was good. So was the neighborhood.
As I write in Cauldron, gritty sophistication
Life Imitates Art Part 1. Well, lo and behold, my ideal location has succumbed to the fickle finger of Fate.
It’s being repurposed as part of an overall “upgrade” from the gritty sophistication of the industrial area it hugs.
It’s truly ironic because this theme plays a fairly major role in the book as well as the series.
Rejuvenation, repurpose, re -.
Life Imitates Art Part 2. Another irony is that one of the locations I turned down because the vibe wasn’t right has become ideal.
It isn’t that it went from yuppy to gritty so much as a variety of energetic shifts.
So a place that didn’t work, works.
Because the flow of energy changed.
Change Inside Outside Part 1. I took time to analyze the change.
I like to learn from stuff like this.
I realized that I’d never spent time in a certain part of the establishment. The more I visited and spent time in that other area, the more I realized that it actually was just about perfect.
Change Inside Outside Part 2. I took into account that in addition to this location going through changes – including changes in staff and clientele – I had changed.
I’ve been refining my career to reflect my growth as a writer.
Cleaning House Part 1. My writing career has been evolving for years.
So have I.
To refelct this I’ve made a number of changes.
I spent months working on my website, filming, and implementing other changes to reflect this shift.
Always honor internal growth in some meaningful external way.
Cleaning House Part 2. I appear to be getting assistance. The gremlin managing my music has been busy sending messages.
Primarily removing songs tied to an old me; a me that no longer exists as I’ve grown.
The most recent bit of chaos occurred the other day. I went to listen to a playlist created when I first got iTunes.
It is literally the first playlist I created.
I launched it and as I watched – never even got to play one song – it was “written over” by some invisible force – aka gremlin – and replaced with a different playlist.
The second playlist I ever created., immediately after the first I split the genre by years.
While I could easily recreate the playlist – or maybe not given that I’ve literally been prevented from adding certain songs into playlists or otherwise changing them – I won’t because upon further consideration I realized the songs in that playlist represent the me that no longer exists.
To retain the playlist – those songs – would hold me back.
The Higher View Part 1. That I needed to change the location that was inspiration – because the location itself changed – is part of the overall transformation of life.
The Higher View Part 2. I was born during a generational transformation and I’ve come to see that those of us born within this time (give or take a few years before/after) are the leading edge of it.
This has mixed results.
I accept the change in location as I accept the loss of the music. It’s time to change.
Inside and Outside.