I stated in my last “Writing Process” post that I didn’t really like The Inversion Mechanic as the title of the next LFBD book for a variety of reasons. I’ve found that I end up with a bunch of impressions in my head, and that they don’t end up with detail until they either come out of my fingers through typing or my mouth through talking. When I’m at this stage in the creative process, typing is too slow and “permanent” for me to really workshop things. I need to talk it out.
I also can’t allow worry or the editing impulse to kick in yet, so I can’t really talk it out with anyone else. Even if I trust them completely and believe they are unbiased, etc., some part of my brain will still be tuning my outputs toward them, and I don’t want that. I need to talk it out with myself.
So, I hitched up the dog and went outside to “walk the grounds.” It’s about 1/8 of a mile to walk the perimeter of my property and with time for wandering and dog-sniffing, it only takes a few minutes. But that was all I needed. As I walked, I talked through the major points of what happens in the book. Similarities emerged among threads that I hadn’t noticed before.
I said a bunch of stuff, trying out how things sounded and how they felt actually coming out of my mouth.
By the time I was done, I’d settled on something. I don’t think it’s perfect, but I like it a lot better than The Inversion Mechanic. It’s more in keeping with the offbeat nature of LFBD. Not sure how it will market, but I like it and for now that’s what is important.
The new working title is:
Transformative Paraphysics and Other Alchemical PhenomenaBuy Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog on Amazon.com right now, or get the first half for free right here if you're still on the fence (.epub download to read in iBooks, Google Play Books, etc.)