by Shelt Garner
The thing about ROKon Magazine in Seoul, the aspect of that changed my life forever, is we pulled it off. It was doomed to fail from the beginning but for two months out of its eight month existence, our rag-tag group of kooks managed to put out a reasonably good magazine. Of course, all it’s flaws were my flaws so when it all came crashing down it took me with it.
But I learned that I had it in me to do something that knocked people’s socks off. The difference between ROKon Magazine and this novel is it really is all me. I have no “tribe” to keep safe by making sure the magazine gets published each month.
And, yet, I do have a massive amount of work to do to produce the the type of novel I want to write. I have to read so much. I really have to get outside my comfort zone. I’ve had to re-imagine this novel several times for no other reason than I realized I came up with a very complex and convoluted concept that required me to think outside the box to make my rolling out of it as simple and intuitive as possible.
I do, however, feel like there’s a deadline. I have to produce something sooner rather than later for no other reason than I simply refuse to be one of those guys who works on a novel for 10 years and never actually finishes anything.