Back from my media blackout, but not quite ready for blogging at ‘full steam’. I have some drafts of some interesting things for December, though, which hopefully will get finished soon, and I’m planning something new and experimental for the Gregorian New Year so watch this space!
Apparently, there was an insufficient degree of carnage in my life, so we’ve arranged to escalate the nonsense by an order of magnitude. The level up will be complete around 21st April next year. Our most sincere wish is that this one is a good sleeper!
This paper makes some interesting suggestions about how we should understand the nature of our emotional responses to fictions… All in all, what we have here is some good but not very closely connected points which are or might be worth making within a bigger project on emotions in fiction. The are not, on their own, of sufficient interest to justify a longish piece of this size. Perhaps it might be reworked into a shorter comment piece.
Although I was initially rather disappointed, the window is open here for a reworked shorter piece so I should definitely pursue this. Also, I received my peer review in about a month – which is absolutely incredible for a major journal.
Apologies to anyone who saw that – I meant to schedule for tomorrow. And for those who saw it over RSS, you are precisely the people it is supposed to address! It will appear tomorrow morning, sorry for any inconvenience.
It gives me a great and weary sense of satisfaction to report that after roughly five months of toiling at the rock face I finally have a draft manuscript of Chaos Ethics at my disposal! This has been so much more work than I expected, but I hope that it will prove a rewarding book for those few it might interest. I set off to write a short book of 50,000 words and ended up at 131,929 words – oops! As so often happens with books, the story developed a life of its own…
I still need to quickly read it through and make some final edits, mainly because it was not drafted in sequence and indeed was restructured midway through, hence there will inevitably be some cleaning up to be done. However, before the start of June I should have a pre-production copy of the manuscript to share.
I am inviting twelve people to become pre-readers for the book, including several Only a Game stalwarts (yes Oscar, this includes you!), although at the moment I have only identified eleven of them. If you feel it is your destiny to fill the twelfth slot, feel free to let me know – fate, I have learned, is always beyond our expectations, although it is unlikely to be someone I have not been in discourse with already.
Once I get this sent out to the pre-readers, I shall be getting back into the habit of blogging on a more regular basis. My thanks to everyone for their patience in the meantime. My philosophical “trilogy” is so very nearly complete, and new chapters of my life are soon to begin.
Last chance to win a book in the Spring Review Drive! There’s just a week left to enter, and at the moment only one other competitor so you have excellent odds of winning. All you have to do is review any of my books at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. What have you got to lose?
Back: Had a truly wonderful time at Philosophy at Play, which was an exceptionally wonderful event. My keynote was warmly received, and I had the nicest complements from so many people about it or me. The quality of the submissions from other people was so phenomenal it made me feel guilty that I got an hour and they only got half that!
Forwards: just 6 of the 42 sections of Chaos Ethics remain to be completed now. The majority of the chapters are complete, and all but one only need one section to tie them up. Although I still have a few wrinkles to iron out there is a palpable feeling that I may finally be on the home straight!
By the throw of a D6 the second winner in the Spring Review Drive is Oscar Strik. Congratulations to Oscar, who admittedly stacked the deck in his favour with a whopping four review submissions. A signed copy of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy will be on its way to the Netherlands shortly.