Lattice 4: Locked in the Trunk of a Car


This is the fourth issue of Lattice, which is obvious from the numbering but amazing from almost any other angle. I’ve stuck to this for four straight months, over 10,000 words each month of publication-worthy writing. Issue 4 is a landmark one for two reasons: the launch of my article series on contemporary technology, and the launch of the iOS Newsstand app.

First, the app. If you subscribe via the web, you can now download the app for free from the iTunes store and sign in with your account credentials. Just go to settings and tap restore subscription,” and you’ll be able to read Lattice on your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch. The app looks great and works brilliantly, and I’m incredibly proud to have this thing ship.

Just a quick recap, here are all the ways you can read Lattice as a subscriber:

  1. On the web, using any browser on any device.

  2. On your Kindle, with automatic wireless delivery every month. (Not sure how? Here’s a guide)

  3. On your Kobo, Sony Reader, Nook, or ePub app, by downloading the DRM-free file from the site.

  4. On iOS, with the Newsstand app, which will automatically download new issues right to your device.

That kind of range is incredible, and I’m still floored it works as well as it does.

Second, the launch of my new article series. I’ve recently become much more interested in how technology shapes our lives, and for a few months I’m going to be writing 2 articles a month on this subject. They will take the place of The Heart is Raw, my series on television (largely about Monday Night Raw, a pro wrestling show) for a little while. I love writing The Heart is Raw, and I think it’s the best work I’ve done on the subject, but that sort of column requires regular breaks in order not to be too repetitive. This month, I talk about two trends: placative design and poor backup methods. For those who find technology writing dull, I’ve done my best to keep it lively. I hope you like them.

That brings us to the meat of the issue, two new chapters of fiction. First up, Skypunch. With the gang finally together, Aubry, Rose, and Sabin go off to investigate their first coincidence. Aubry is unsure of what she’s got herself into, Rose is too sure of the coincidence’s major significance, and Sabin is tired. He is a single father, after all. He’s going to be tired a lot. Now, because Skypunch is a mystery, I want to comfort you, the reader, because I know you’ve been through this before. I know you’ve traveled along with a group of people looking for the truth, only to be gravely disappointed by a poorly-thought-through reveal. We’ve all watched eight seasons of a TV show only to go really? That’s it?” I know what it feels like to retroactively loath the time spent with a mystery. I’m going to do my best not to do that.

I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you, dear reader, enjoy every part of Skypunch, and not slog through it hoping to find a great mystery. I want it to be enjoyable from beginning to end. I can promise you that every single question that arises from the early chapters will be resolved once a year. Every twelve chapters, the plot will wrap up and everything will be revealed. I believe that the world I’m building will hold and will continue to spring new adventures for the characters. Even though we’re nowhere even close to the good questions, I just want to get out ahead of it and let you know that, yes, I know how patience can run thin. You won’t have to worry with this one.

Last, The Moonbow Easy gets claustrophobic this month. Odette has been kidnapped and awakes in the trunk of a car. What happens next is pretty thrilling, so the less said here, the better. I’m having so much fun writing this story, and I’m really happy to hear that people are enjoying it now that it’s past the (admittedly) slow beginning. I’ve rewritten the plot of The Moonbow Easy several times now, and I’m still in the midst of figuring out where it’ll ultimately end up. Just last week, I ripped apart the entire premise of why she was kidnapped and started over with something better. That’s the beauty of Lattice, I think: I’ve shipped part of the story, and now it has to work. I can’t stew about it for long. I have to bring the goods. But I’m confident that you’ll love how it all unfolds.

Now that Lattice is available on every digital platform, I want to open up the latter part of the production diary for questions from readers. If you have something you’d like to ask about Skypunch, The Moonbow Easy, or my non-fiction writing, just send me an email, and I’ll respond to you as well as place it in the next issue. I think this space could work similarly to how the back pages of comic books operate. I also may just have a pair of x-ray goggles to sell you.

Just like the Hip say, it’s better for me if you don’t understand.

September 30, 2013