How the diverse influences for my new novel shaped its story.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/08/03 17:00
In my previous installment in this series, I talked about the major influences on my forthcoming novel Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Here, I'm going to talk about the way those influences came together to form a story.
How everything from 'John Wick' and 'Strange Days' to 'Rurouni Kenshin' fed into my new novel.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/07/27 08:00
In the previous installment of this series, I talked about the twenty-something-year path Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned took from concept to completion. Here, I'm going to talk about some of the other properties and influences that fed into it and shaped it.
How my new novel 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' took shape when an existing project fell through.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/07/23 08:00
Back in Part One of this series I described how the germ of the idea for AONO came from a misprediction of what the great secret of The Matrix was all about. But it wasn't for quite some time — almost twenty years — before I actually did anything with the idea.
How my new novel 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' began with a failed fan theory about 'The Matrix'.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/07/19 17:00
Sometimes I think the best ideas bloom in the most unlikely places, because the more unlikely the origin of the idea, the more fascinated we are with the possibility of making some of it.
When I trace things all the way back, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned came from a failed fan theory of mine. But failed in a good way.
On avoiding the temptation to edit drastically, late in the game.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/03/12 08:00
A friend I trust is now in the process of reading Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and providing me with last-stage feedback. This is on top of me doing one more slow-read pass on the text and catching a whole slew of little issues — grammar here, explanation there.
What's on the slate for Chez Genji.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018/01/18 08:00
Out of radio silence once more. And yeah, yeah, I know the song quote in question refers to April, but I'm planning ahead. Here's what the roster will bear for the coming month or so.
On kicking off a third draft.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/11/24 08:00
"The first draft," says my friend Steven Savage, "is for nobody but yourself. The second draft is for your editor; the third draft is for your beta readers."
I read those words within a day or two of finishing the second draft of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Then I scrolled to the words THE END in the document, hit Save, and reflected on some of the other things Steve and I had talked about in re sharing a work in progress.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind