Broken Feral Writing Guy

I have managed to crawl out of my hole from time to time to catch glimpses of the real world, but for the most part I've been spending my time either working, or working, or doing kid stuff, or decompressing from all of the working and kid stuff going on. Oh, and there was this: Which, underneath all that purple fleshy stuff, looks like this: Which honestly isn't all that great for trying to fly through typing and shove down 1200 words or so every couple of days. Crushed middle knuckle (dominant hand) aside, I have been getting some writing done on the Big Damn Book, which is lovely, but it has been difficult to get quality steady writing time in with all of the…

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Holidays are Over, Back At It

So one of the things I'm learning through my own writing journey here is that there is no perfect way for me to write. I always found myself incredibly jealous of people who have a dedicated writing space, a quiet house, a time set aside to pen their Great American Novel every day. Maybe 2000 words each day, flowing perfectly from their hands, with not a pressure in the world but to create. But, this is real life. There's holidays, kids, work drama, arguments, shit breaking everywhere (hello, house, I'm looking at you), snow falling, personal insanity (injuries!), and more. Yeah. Injuries. Right before Christmas I slipped, fell, and destroyed the knuckle in my middle finger on my right hand. I'm 3 weeks away from…

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Published Writer

Sometimes, awesome things happen.  Like this: Last year, I submitted an article idea to a martial arts industry magazine (I own a dojo, so it's a thing), to see if I could get an article in there about a subject I am quite passionate about - mental toughness and personal accountability. I wrote an email asking if they accept such submissions from plain non-writing folk like me, and then ... Nothing. A few weeks after sending that email I received a response from the Editor of this magazine, and he basically said, sure, send a full pitch idea of the story (a few paragraphs), he'll bring the idea up to his roundtable of staff writers, and if it's greenlighted, he'll have a staff writer contact…

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Ten. Thousand. Words

I know it's not a "HUGE" total in the grand scheme, but for an aspiring writer trying to focus on writing ONE THING, 10,000 is quite a personal mark.  So, go me. I'm writing everything (as explained in a prior post) with Ulysses, an amazing app/tool for organizing thoughts.  It's built exactly how I think, which is why I dig it so much.  Not too fancy, not too complicated - but still with enough features to navigate quickly and just get to the task of putting words down. I actually hit the 10K mark some time ago, but it wasn't the real 10K mark.  When I write, I write pieces, and sometimes out of order (that's just me giving up on my brain), so TOTAL words…

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A Break, Now Back At It

I've probably written a paltry total of about 1,000 words in the last, I don't know, three weeks. Pathetic.  Pitiful.  Embarrassing. However, I did manage to go on a vacation with the kids, get a lot of business-y work done, and oh, get married.  So that was a thing. Sometimes, life takes over, and you've got to just kind of roll with it.  It doesn't mean that writing and story progression hasn't been in my head. With everything else swirling around, my brain cannot handle the break, focus, and concentration it takes me to shut it all off, sit, and write.  Even though I should. So I afforded myself this little break for a few weeks to get some life stuff in order.  Sailboat rides,…

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As Chaos Reigns, A Writer Writes

My Tuesday was typically insane.  The kids in the house begging for food every three minutes, spilling things, fighting, getting bloody noses (not from the fighting, that actually would've been supremely epic). Work was piled up and I was in the midst of a huge and complicated programming project.  One that required full attention that I couldn't give, but struggled to. A friend of mine called and they were in some measure of emotional distress, so while I was talking with them to help offer what little support I could (just being there is sometimes a great gift to someone), the dog started yipping because he had to get outside and relieve himself before he soiled one of the few patches of carpet in the…

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Meet Henrietta, I Hope You Hate Her.

This is Henrietta. So part of the reason I've stalled so much in the past week as far as writing is concerned, is because it was Henrietta's time for an introduction, and I absolutely hate the character. "Why create a character you hate?" Exactly.  I need her in the story.  She's a 50-something greedy, reprehensible human being that hides behind identity politics and the "greater good" in order to feed her own ambitions and insatiable hunger for power and control. She's important to the story. She has no redeeming qualities.  She's the hardest character I have in the story as far as being able to empathize, and writing her was something I was absolutely dreading. Until I did.  I had to figure out a way…

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On Writing, Being Productive, and Progressing the Story

I've been quiet on the blog of late, part of that has been "life busy" stuff, but part of that has also been "writing busy" stuff. So I've done a crap-ton of outlining for the book, and I've finally dug my heels in and started writing somewhat regularly.  I've managed to get past the 5,000 word mark, which is a big one for me, as this is the farthest I've made it in any iteration of this story.  The story that has had so many multiple stops and starts it could probably be four different versions of the same book by now. I tend to start, write about 2000 words, not like the direction, then just ignore it. Then I do that again. And again.…

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Writing and Blogging and Video, Oh My

So I have this idea for a project, and it's mostly formed around the fact that I'm a technology junkie with a whole bunch of equipment that I MIGHT AS WELL USE for some kind of non-nefarious purpose.   Here's a portion of my basic set-up.  Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera for relatively close-up, documentary-style video, a Newer mic I picked up on Amazon for about 20 bucks, hooked into a basic 4-channel mixer that's plugged into a lovely Tascam DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder. If all of that sounds super fancy, it's not.  Okay the camera is super fancy but I've had that anyway and didn't purchase it for this particular project which I'm kind of starting but kind of re-doing (it's a thing with…

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Writing at 4AM. Dear God, Why?

Because I was awake, that's why. I have noticed a pattern in regards to my behavior - particularly sleeping patterns - as I've aged just a little.  I'm waking up earlier and earlier, regardless of the time I actually get to bed. And when I do get to bed, sometimes I'm asleep just before my head hits the pillow, sometimes I toss and turn for hours, doing that thing where your leg is outside the covers (too cold) then inside the covers (too hot) so you kind of try for middle ground of like, outside but just with a sheet covering (too light and annoying), so then maybe a pair of pajama pants but still outside and no sheet (uncomfortable), and basically it's hell in…

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