Saturday, September 11, 2021

Here's what I've been working on this week

First off, "Sweet Silius Island Honey" continues on Kindle Vella. We're up to Episode 4, which is the first paywalled chapter, so from here on you'll need to purchase tokens to read. But this happens to be where the story really gets rolling: Owen and Wanda have made it to Silius Island, and by the end, we've met the bees.

Second, I'm returning to my weekly "Quick Fiction" series with "The Iguana in the Grove," about a young man who realizes he only went to the secret illuminati rituals because his dad brought him. I originally wrote this some years back, probably inspired by Jon Ronson's Them and the accompanying "Secret Rulers of the World" miniseries. This story features a fictionalized version of the Bohemian Grove, blending the reality (a place where powerful people can pee on redwoods) and the fantastic (their religion teaches that they are in fact lizard people).

Third, after rewatching Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance, I decided to try my hand at writing a translation of the song that plays when Shinji goes berserk: Tsubasa wo Kudasai, or "Grant Me Wings." Turns out if you want to make me weepy, this is the song to play. Here's the version by the original artists, the Red Birds; here's another English version by Susan Boyle; here are the original lyrics; and here is my version:

If I now had a wish
That you could grant to me
If you'd give anything
I'd wish that I had wings.

On my shoulders would be
the feathers of a dove
If you'd put them on me
I'd soar with my new wings

As they flutter I would climb
High up through the endless sky
Oh I wish I had wings to fly.
And I'd never be confined
I'd leave all my tears behind
Oh I wish I could spread my wings
So I can fly free.

Maybe it's just a dream
I had when I was young
But I still have that dream.
I wish that I had wings

As they flutter I would climb
High up through the endless sky
Oh I wish I had wings to fly.
And I'd never be confined
I'd leave all my tears behind
Oh I wish I could spread my wings
So I can fly free.
What do you think?

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