Yes…it’s been a while since the last time I put anything up on my blog. Why you may ask! I could be cute and say I was abducted by international terrorists in an attempt to gain access to secret operational information. I could also say that I was off gallivanting around Europe with a map and a bicycle in hopes of finding the perfect coffee.
Of course all of that would be bunk wouldn’t it? Honestly, I’ve been stuck in a world of my own creation. There are many people who you may believe exist in another world or another reality, but since I thought up this world I need to fill the world with people and events. To be clear, I’ve been diligently working on my story…my novel…whatever you want to call it. It’s got a lot of story lines, a lot of plot lines, a whole slew of interesting characters and I have no idea where I’m going with it all!
Actually that’s not entirely true. I do know where I’m going with it….sort of. But the long and short of it is over the past few weeks since I took a challenge to write at least 350 words a day on my story I’ve blown out about 40 pages, some umpteen number of words that I lost count of about a week ago. Where does it all come from? Why hasn’t it been flowing on to the paper before now. I’ve been working on this damn story for almost 5 years…why now.
Oh well. In the end, it’s getting done finally. Will be something worth the NY Times best sellers list? Most likely not. Will be I able to sell it on Amazon for $1.00…probably. I’m sure at least one person will read it. As Blake Snyder says in his book “Save the Cat” you just have to bullhead through it and get it done. With the grand scheme of things..I have to say…it’s all Chucks fault!!
So for the better part of the last five years I have been working on a story. A long story, a Sci Fi extravaganza beyond compare. It started out as a random idea about a new galactic setting that I came up with one evening in a fit of unrelenting creative writing. The world formed around itself until it took on it’s own existence.
This world soon turned into the basis for an RP that I ran based on D&D Modern 3.5 rules. Something along the lines of Eve meets Firefly meets Bond but with lots more space and intrigue! The characters both NPC and PC started the story and established the action and suspense that really drove my thoughts on how I could incorporate all sorts of different plot lines, stories and ideas into this world. The game went on, I would like to think we had lots of fun and developed a good story. Unfortunately, like most games real life got in the way and the game ended.
I would like to thank my players for helping me set a nice baseline for the story even if we never finished it. And after a few years of slowly chipping away at the story, I started making some headway only to be stopped by more real life and very little time to write.
Now, I’ve been contemplating what direction to take with the story. There are questions of plot lines, how protagonists and antagonists interact with each other that I still haven’t answered. I guess this is the problem with creating big stories with lots of directions to go. Now I feel how George R. R. Martin feels trying to keep up with what season HBO is on.
I’ve contemplated writing individual stories and weaving them together to see how they fit. I’ve considered writing the ending and working my way backward. And of course I’ve considered putting it in a drawer and never looking back. I know many authors and writers go through this, and eventually the either quit or succeed. So the question is where to go from here.
A good friend of mine suggested I start a blog to help put my thoughts down on paper and to share my strange twisted mind with other. Honestly I’m not sure why anyone would want to read what goes on in my mind, but I suspect the ride will be worth the trouble. Hopefully we all can get something out of it in time.
The first thing I think I should explain the title. Order needs Chaos….what does that mean? I mean seriously, who want’s chaos in their life. Isn’t there enough Chaos without adding more? Sometimes that Chaos pushes you in another direction that you didn’t consider before. A direction that changes your life forever.
What does a butterfly flapping its wings have to do with a Tornado in Texas? While one obviously cannot truly effect another, a series of seemingly random and chaotic events can play off of each other to create a major life changing event. Or even a not so life changing event. How about what does a Volcano erupting in Iceland have to do with meeting my wife and giving birth to an amazing little boy? What would you say if I told you that Volcano erupting was one random event that changed the path of my life down a different road and led me to meet my wife. Would you say that I was crazy, hindsight is 20/20, you can always see patterns once their formed?
Possibly all are true and then there are those that would say it doesn’t matter, because the outcome was already decided and the random events meant nothing in the overall plan. Can we really know whether the events shaped the outcome or the outcome shaped the events? My life seems to me to be a convergence of chaos which has always had some sort of unforeseeable order too it. Is there Order in Chaos…? Does Order need Chaos to exist? I’ll save those questions for the philosophers and scientists!