Metaphysical Schizophrenia

On the Corner of Pine and Meyer

Chapter 1 of a who-knows-how-long, long, short story. This started life as a creative writing final project in my last semester at University. The first couple of sections are solidly written, but it careens out of control by the end, though in a surprisingly boring way. I see what I was trying to do with it, though trying to spot where exactly I lay the tracks that eventually lead off the rails is a difficult game in and of itself. They creep in, like noxious weeds. Not to mention my deep and abiding hatred for massive rewrites, the main reason this story has lived in my DISCARD folder for the past nine years.

I’ve already done some work, beginning with the opening, though I’m not going to tell you where: better for you to assume all the crappy bits are what I haven’t changed.

However, what I find of personal, historical interest, are all the threads you can see in this project that eventually wove their way into some of my newer stories. There’s the big sister/little brother dynamic of “Ten Seconds to Now” (Dylan, now that I read him again, is basically Tuesday), and here’s where I first used the hopelessly confusing book-within-a-book concept that made an appearance in “For You, Game Changer.” Don’t you love realizing you’re a one-trick pony?

I’ll be shooting for weekly updates, though this may just end up being a poorly-executed experiment into my rewriting process. Either way you’ll have consistent updates again, at least for awhile. I’ve been looking at my blog post archives from the past year, and I’m already well behind in quantity. I’d claim quality, except that I’m pretty clearly just lazy.

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4 Responses to Metaphysical Schizophrenia

  1. Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

    Oh, ho, ho! Not only do I not need to start commenting daily to get an update, it’s another STORY update.

    How about that.

    • A.L. Schultz says:


      Chapter 2 now up. Can you believe it?

      • Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

        I almost can’t. And amused that you got both this up, and the new post up at the same time. I was wondering if I was going to have to start posting again to actually get a response. 😉

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