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So tonight starts the “Lily goes to Japan” storyline, and to be honest, writing these kinds of storylines is always a bittersweet thing for me.  Ever since I was a kid, there was always this kind of mystique to going other places, and it’s something that’s emotionally troublesome to me.  When I wrote the Orlando storyline I actually found it very difficult to write, and I suspect that I’ll find this one just as difficult to write, but maybe for slightly different reasons.  In Orlando, Lily got her heart kinda-sorta broken.  In Japan, well, it’s like a different world over there.  No danger of heartbreak for her, but Liz… well… I guess we’ll see.

But it’s important to the storyline.  Lily needs to go to Japan.  Even if only because she’s half Japanese.

Anyway, today she’ll be heading to Houston, then LA tomorrow, then a very long flight to Japan.  Who knows what awaits her there?  Good sushi?  Onigiri?  Anime?  Manga?  Or something else entirely?  Only I know, but even I don’t know everything.  I usually know the big stuff, but the little stuff that happens every day?  I let that happen organically.  Maybe some day she’ll walk by a Shinto shrine and meet a priest, or… who knows?  I don’t either.  But I do have a couple of surprises in mind.

Her one year anniversary is coming up very soon, and I am still drawing a complete blank as to what kind of fun thing to do.  Maybe it’ll be something encompassing the month of August?  I have no idea whatsoever.  It’s actually really annoying me how difficult I’m finding that.  If I had unlimited resources I know exactly what I’d want to do, but I just don’t have the kinds of skills or resources needed to pull it off at this moment.  I’d love to just be able to say to some talent “I want this” and to have it come back in a month or two, but that just doesn’t happen.  So what to do, what to do.  But I’m intent on doing something

Lily’s written nearly 190,000 words over the last year.  That’s about equivalent to one of the longer Harry Potter novels.  Which means I probably have enough material to novelize what she’s already written.  I’ve got a so-far-half-baked plan for that.  Stay tune.  As soon as I’ve dealt with an annoying and ongoing health problem, well, something like that’s gonna happen.

Lily would say “love you all!” right now, but I’m not Lily.  As strange as it may seem, I’m not.  Lily’s a 16 year old mostly innocent girl, I’m a mid-40s curmudgeon misanthropic male.  But if you’re reading this, well, thanks.

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