In light of my decision to gut Part 1 of the new book before moving on to Part II, I spent some time reading over old notes from earlier this year. That led me to flip through an old notebook, and I came across an entry that made me laugh. You’ll have to pardon the chicken scratch:
If you can’t read it, the entry is dated 9/25, and it says “‘A LIFE TRANSPARENT’ – Man wakes up to realize he can see through himself. He’s not dead, not invisible. He just feels like he’s fading away, like there’s nothing left of him & so he’s slipping away into obscurity. <– Maybe 2k, possibly less.”
The year was 2006. Three years ago today, as a matter of fact (the 9 in the image was cut off by the scanner). You could say today is Donovan Candle’s third birthday (even though he’s more like 39). I remember walking back from the restroom with that idea in my head, scribbling it down on paper, and mulling over it the rest of the day. I’d just finished the first draft of a long novel and had a couple of false-starts with some shorter stories. I was convinced I could squeeze out that story in 2,000 words or less.
Sixty thousand words later, I had a short book on my hands. And now, three years later, here we are. The book seems to be faring well with reviews and, though it’s not selling a million copies, it jumped 1.5 million spots in Amazon’s sales rankings thanks to steady word-of-mouth promotion. I knew it wouldn’t be a huge thing right away. I’m just one guy with limited funds, after all. But I knew that, if enough people read it, it would spread from person to person. Call it viral fiction.
I’ve uploaded some more notebook scans – one is from the ALT journal and the others are from the TLM journal:
Now I’ll close by wishing Donovan Candle a happy birthday. Happy birthday, Don.