I kind of hinted at this on my LJ yesterday, but I may as well make it semi-official here: I’m planning on releasing Walk in Silence, the book, in April of 2016.
So, what does this mean? Well, for me, it means that I have six months to get my sh*t together, get a final version written, edited, formatted and ready for publication. Yes, I will be doing the same as ADoS and self-releasing it through Smashwords and Amazon. This, on top of working on the final revision and edit of The Persistence of Memories, other projects, and the Day Job.
Why April 2016? Because that will mark thirty years (April vacation 1986, to be precise) since I’d discovered college radio and kickstarted an obsession that hasn’t gone away. I think an anniversary release would work nicely. It’ll be tough, but I think I can do it. It’s not a strict deadline, but that’s the one I’m aiming for.
So what’s the current status of the book, anyway? That’s…a good question. I have about six or seven different versions in various states of (in)completion, copious notes, a hell of a lot of reference material, but nothing actually complete. Sure, it’s kind of crazy for me to think I can get it from complete disarray into a finished product in six months. Especially when the theme of the book kept changing — I was originally going to write about the ‘college rock’ sound of the mid to late 80s. Then I was going to write just about my obsession with it. Then I was going to compile a history of the sound. And then I realized that none of them really quite connected with what I wanted to write in the first place. So while I distanced myself from it and worked on the ADoS release in the interim, I kept the project in the back of my mind and let it percolate. What did I really want to do with it?
I can’t rightly say what it’ll exactly be about at this time, but now that I have time and inclination to complete this project, I’m happy to say I have a much clearer idea, and will be starting in on it this weekend.
In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you start seeing more 80s-themed posts and videos here within the next few months! 🙂