“Which is the greater horror, that everything is real, or that nothing is?”
It has been quite a long time since I last posted, so I have decided to re-release the latter half of Perchance: Part IX this afternoon. Worry not, Perchance: Part X comes out within the week, so this is not just an effort to extend my procrastination further. Rather, I wanted to give you, my readers, my Cohnfreres, the opportunity to catch up with the story so far in an entry that looked less extensive than the original lengthy Part IX.
Perchance: Part IX in conception was meant to be a daunting, challenging chapter. In certain respects, it forced me to confront the kind of story that I wanted Perchance to be and made me choose the conventions of my storytelling, down to the finest of details and experimentation.
It has also forced me to evaluate the balance that I need to strike in my serial writing. On the one hand, I was tempted to originally break up Part IX into two sections, just to help alleviate the bulk of the readership. Any of the scenes, repackaged, could have served as substantial chapters. However, I was not thinking of Part IX as a written work whilst in the process of writing it; I thought of it as an episode in a television show, scenes that necessarily needed to go together. I still stand by that belief: Part IX is a collective journey for both Joe and the reader, one that must be read in its totality. To sever the connective tissue in my formatting would be a disservice to the story’s integrity. Additionally, as a sort of turning point for the story, it needed to be something epic and full, and I now look upon it as a sort of transitional season or mid-season finale, pressing the accelerator to 88 miles per hour so that the reader can see some serious shit. The narrative road had been laid, but the reader should be wary of how much they need it.
Thus, the re-release of the latter portion of Part IX is just intended as a brush-up. I know that it might be difficult to keep track of everything across the months, and I apologize for asking that of you. Unfortunately, however, it is not entirely in my hands. There are others telling this story too, and while they may not validly do so at their own whim, they do so at their own presence.
I imagine all of this will become clearer later.
As it happens, tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of Perchance, since I first started writing it, while the one-year anniversary of publication is this Tuesday; as it happens, that is when the next chapter will be released. I have tremendously enjoyed writing this series so far, despite the extended hiatus between some of my entries. I hope to post more frequently, along with supplemental content; it’s harder to keep to a consistent serial schedule than it looks, particularly with the quality of content that I hope to put out. There’s a lot of story left to tell, though, and if I don’t, I fear other forces may have something to say about it.
More Letters from the Waste is on its way as well, along with more journals and more “in search of an exit: Up in the Air.”
Thank you for reading, Cohnfreres. Thank you for reading with me.