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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Yesterday, I Got Into A Fight.

Sometimes it happens.  Here's my stats for the day, July 22nd, 2018: 1442 of the most difficult words. I sat down in the morning and started writing and I swear it felt like every single word was a knock-down drag-out fight to produce.  Nothing seemed to flow, everything was a struggle.  I'd stand up, walk around, sit back down, write another sentence.  Think.  Get up.  Walk around.  Have coffee.  Another sentence.  But I was determined to exceed 1,000 on the day. A paltry total for some, but on a day like this, a massive undertaking and huge accomplishment. I hated every word of it. So I let it sit after I hit that 1442, went about my day - chores, kids, cooking some food, etc.…

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Some Days …

... ya just wanna burn it all down. Ugh. Calgon take me away, Jesus take the wheel, etc. etc. On a GOOD note, I am a total of 5,550 words into my novel. On a SLIGHTLY LESS GOOD note, that's actually all outlining and character descriptions.  Mostly notes for myself.  I'm an outliner.  My brain is going so fast most times (INFJ, big picture stuff, not great with details), that it's very hard to keep track of it all. So, I outline.  List the characters, describe each one.  List the locations where the story will be taking place.  Tie in how the characters will meet/interact.  Get a basic structure down, and then fill in from there. Like this guy:   Does Bob Ross paint the…

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Using Ulysses for Writing a Novel

"Okay class, which of you likes to write?" *raise my hand* "And which of you enjoys having great tools for writing?" *raise my hand again* "And how many of you are helpless technology whores, addicted to apps, devices, and spending copious amounts of money on things that you probably don't need?" *raise my hand again, proudly, without any shame or guilt* It's the truth.  I am, and always have been, a technology whore.  I can't help myself.  At this very moment I have 4 tablets, a PC, an iMac, my Kindle Paperwhite, and various other doohickeys like a Fitbit, smartwatch, more cameras and A/V equipment than I could possibly list, as well as a house that's controlled by voice with dimming colored lights, etc. etc.…

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Eliminate Stresses or Writing Through Them?

Our day to day lives are typically filled with numerous stresses. Bills, work, kids setting things on fire (only happened twice today - PARENT OF THE YEAR). Thing is, I'm the type that needs near perfect circumstances to sit down and write. If some little nose-picking homonculus is begging me for food every two seconds (I fed you last week, HAVEN'T I SUFFERED ENOUGH?) it is very hard to get into the groove and let the creative wild horses run free. So I patiently wait, try to scrawl some notes if something pops into my head, and do my primary duty of being a servant to the world in the meantime. What really rains on the proverbial parade is when drama rears it's ugly head.…

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