The polishing stage

Work on the third Sermon is progressing well. A week ago I first presented a preliminary (“beta”) version to a select group of friends and they confirmed, as I hoped they would, that the series of the first three Sermons is considerably more intense than the series of just the first two. But there is still work to be done, and I have just one month until the premiere of the final text at the Less Wrong Community Weekend 2016.

I’m in the polishing stage now, where the narrative doesn’t change much anymore and I can focus on nice turns of phrase, fluency, aesthetics and figurativeness. I solicit feedback from friends and siblings to help me write the best text I can.

This is my favorite part of the whole process of writing a Sermon, and I’m enjoying it immensely.

In other news, I was surprised to discover that the melody of one of my favorite songs, “Ich hab die Nacht geträumet” is in the common metre, i.e. works with the Sermon stanza format. It may be too melancholic to fit the joyful, awestruck tone of the Sermons, but still, it is always nice when two things you like go well together.