I don't do this because I'm super confident about my writing or anything, but usually because I'm so surprised and excited when I finish writing something, even episodic things like chapters or parts of a short story. And because I'm so surprised and excited, I usually rush to get it online, where it might be read or perused or what have you.
Of course, the downside of not proofreading is that grammatical errors and other embarrassing things don't always get fixed. Which is why, whenever I reread something I've written, I almost almost come across a handful of things that really make me facepalm.
Admittedly, I guess a lot of it can be chalked up to laziness on my part. Writing is fun, editing not so much, but editing is a part of writing, so I should probably pay attention to it more. Probably wooon't happen anyone soon, but we can hope.
In other news, for those of you who have been following along with 'Evolutionary Epidemic,' you may have seen that the third chapter to Adam L.'s story was posted today! Tonight. Whenever. Huzzah! One thing - or rather, one set of things - that is really important to the structure of the EE universe are the "rules" that govern the evolutionary epidemic. So far, I think most (if not all) of these have been mentioned by our main man, the POTUS, in the first chapter of Adam L.'s storyline. For example:
1. We know the the Epidemic affects different people in different ways; some are more "resistant" or "susceptible" than others. This has generally been proven to be true.
2. As much as 10% of the world's population may be immune to the Epidemic. This is a lot more unclear and flexible than Rule #1. In other words, just because the POTUS says this, it hasn't necessarily been proven true.
3. Intimacy can induce/hasten the evolutionary process. This one has also generally been seen to be true, as is demonstrated by how Danny evolved (which also hits on Rule #1, since Danny gained much more rapidly than Eddie).
I bring the rules up because the fourth part of Adam's story will likely introduce a new rule into the mix. Other forays into the EE universe will also do the same, so at one point, I might make an official list detailing the laws of the Evolutionary Epidemic. Just a thought.
Also, on the topic of other forays into the EE universe, I'm thinking about taking a momentary break from Adam's universe to focus on other people, in other places, but within the EE universe. In Adam's story, everything so far has taken place about nine days after the epidemic began. From Chapter 1, then, we know that it took nine days for the United States government to officially acknowledge that something serious was going on.
This leads to a lot of interesting questions. I mean, if we know that's what happened at Nine days Post-Evolution, what was going on at three days post-evolution? Or even as little as three hours Post-Evolution? On the other hand, what's going on at thirty days Post-Evolution? 3 months Post-Evolution? 3 years Post-Evolution? And what kind of person might have been at the center of the Epidemic, the person at 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds Post-Evolution?
At any rate, I'd like to answer a lot of these questions with EE-based writing I'd do during the break from Adam's story. Unlike Adam's story, however, the pieces I'd write during the break would be shorter, more along the lines of vignettes. One to two chapter things at the most, I'm thinking. So hypothetically, the break from Adam L. might not be that great. Then again, it did take me half a year to get Part III of Adam's story together, so who knows.
But anywho, just a general update, I guess, as to where I stand with Adam's story and the series of stories of which it is a part.I'd love to hear the thoughts of any of you who are out there reading!