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Not dead

As much as I’m sure there’s a good number of people out there wishing that I was, I’m not dead. I’ve just been busy. In week five of a twelve week quarter I had my server go down and it rendered me unable to do some school work that was rather crucial to my final grade. I wasn’t able to get the part to fix the server until week nine. So I’ve been pretty swamped trying to catch up on school work in some classes, and trying to stay on top of it in others. Luckily I passed, and since I passed I won’t have my financial aid revoked; which means that I still get to be a college student. Hooray for me.

I turned twenty-three last month, and one of my gifts was a fancy little netbook. It’s easy to carry around, and the keys make these nifty little tapping sounds when I type so I’ve been doing a bit more writing. I took on a few different projects over the last couple of weeks, but with trying to catch up and finals last week I really didn’t put a whole bunch of time into working on them.

I’ve got another album review scheduled to appear in the next issue of Line Zero. It’s going to be on
Gypsy Revival
, a band that I met when I was at Indiana Beach last summer. They’re pretty bitchin’ so give them a listen and be sure to check out the next issue of LZ for a review of their EP and a text interview with the band.

I’ve also started writing a new short story for what I’ve started calling the Something and Silver Bullets short stories. It’s the third installment. The second one was never published anywhere due to the fact that I wasn’t really satisfied with it, and it needs a lot of revising. I still haven’t finished the one I’m working on yet. Every time I sit down to finish it I find myself staring down at my keyboard a few hours later with a whole bunch more words and I’m still not done. This is my longest short story yet, I’m pretty satisfied with it so far, and after I’ve sent it out to some beta readers I’ll polish it up and you’ll see it on the blog. Just so you know however, the S&S shorts aren’t really arranged in any particular order. The first two are in chronological order, but I have a feeling that a lot of stuff happened between that last story and this one, so for future reference; the stories don’t have any particular order to them, just whenever I get an idea that I can write into the universe I use it. If I ever write enough of these things for an anthology I’ll figure out what order they all go in, but until then; I’m not going to worry about it.

Aside from that short story and my review for LZ I’m planning on either writing or submitting old shorts to Flagship, and Abattoir. My good buddy and sometimes nemesis Scott Roche Has a hand in Flying Island Press and its imprints so I’m going to try my hand at submitting things there.

Scott also slid me a beta copy of his newest book to read through so I’ll be writing a review for that, and you’ll find it on this blog as well as other places around the neterwebz sometime in mid April.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got everything covered. I just recently set up a profile over at Smashwords. I haven’t filled out any of the information or uploaded any of my work yet, but you can keep checking back and I’ll post up on the blog when something is available there just in case you feel like giving me money.

That’s really all I have to say for now, I hope everybody is having a good week so far and I’ll keep updating about my various irons in the fire.

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Writerly Update: Publication

Wow, I normally know what I’m going to write before I start these blog posts, and I was going to go with the post title and just roll with it but I’m still pretty shocked and thoroughly stoked about the news. I mean, I’ve known about this for a few weeks but I never actually got around to posting it or actually telling many people. But yeah, I’m getting published. I wrote a music review about I Fight Dragons for the independent magazine Line Zero and it’s been accepted to run in their upcoming issue. Check their website for more details, and maybe buy a subscription; it’s a pretty sweet publication. I owe a big thank you to Renda Dodge, without her none of this would be possible. You know, while you’re checking out links and contemplating buying stuff you should check out her book. It’s pretty sweet and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Have a Kindle? She’s got you covered there, too.

Writerly Update: Getting back into gear.

After NaNoWriMo my brain slipped into vacation mode. I stopped writing, I recorded the season finale and did several interviews. I acquired new roommates and spent some time adjusting to the new house dynamic. In this little break I’ve been taking, I’ve gotten new creative ideas for both writing, and my podcast.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get back into school due to lack of funds. That, however, is where the power of the neterwebs kicks in. There’s all sorts of information that I can learn myself online. A plethora of open courseware. And I’ve always been somewhat of an autodidact. All of the skills that I use on a regular basis I’ve taught myself, anyway.

I have a whole mountain of audio that I need to edit for the podcast and I’ve got to fix my car, but after that I think that you’ll be hearing a lot more from me.

Writerly Update: Plans for the BOaC Hiatus

OK, this is kind of podcaster update. But I’m a writer and a podcaster so I’ll count this as a writer update. As I stated in my earlier post I’ve chosen to put my writing on the back burner while I spend the rest of this year and an undetermined amount of next year learning and finding ways to improve my knowledge and my show.

One of the ways I can improve it is to keep the content coming. One of the ways I plan to do that is with interviews. So, if you are a podcaster and I have not talked to you at all this year, send me a message on facebook, twitter, or my email and set up an interview with me. I will do the interview and put it on my feed during the next few months that I am on hiatus.

So if you want to talk about your current podcast, a podcast that you’re about to start, a podcast that you’re just finishing up, to talk about your new book, or anything send me a message.

I also plan to record some of my short stories that have not been seen before as well as see if I can get a couple of debates or round table discussions going. If you’d like to get in on that action send me a message. I plan on starting the next season in March.

Make sure you keep an eye on the showblog. You never know what I might post next.

Writerly Update: Post NaNoWriMo

My last post sounded a bit shitty, I was having somewhat of a bad day when I posted that one. But it summed it up pretty well. The week before NaNoWriMo ended my friends were getting ready to move out of their apartment and into my spare bedroom, and another one of my friends had just gotten out of the hospital and didn’t want to be alone, so I had to help my friends with getting ready to move and I spent time with another while she recovered. And the next week was spending time with my father and my sister and having a nice thanksgiving on Friday. We had chicken on Thursday (real Thanksgiving). And even though I didn’t meet the 50k word count like I said and hoped that I would I’m fine with it. I was a little bummed out when I first realized that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But helping and spending time with my friends and my dad was totally a fair trade. Last week and some of this week has been really hectic with helping my friends get all of their stuff moved in and I’ve just gotten to where I feel like I have room to breath. I’m not feeling too into writing now but I will finish M.E.R.C soon. I feel more like learning now, so I’m probably going to try to find some way to get back into school and if I can’t do that immediately then I know of a site that has open courseware in various computer, programming, and web development. So it’s win-win.

I feel like I haven’t expanded my knowledge in a while, I feel the need to learn something again. Hopefully I’ll be able to sign up for the next semester of school. That would be so awesome. And even if I get to go back to school or not I can expand my knowledge by teaching myself. I’ve always been a hardcore autodidact. After I dropped out of high school I used to sit at home on the internet and look up stuff and learn new things. There was a college website that had an open virtual library and I could read some text books and I’d go online and read psychology medical journals and stuff. And I can spend the rest of this year and the beginning of the next year improving my podcasting skills.

So even though I didn’t meet my goals I’m going to take it easy and soak up knowledge for the next few months. I won’t stop writing entirely, I’m just going to put big projects on the back burner for now. I’ll still write my essays and my short stories and I’ll post them here. I’ll keep you updated on my writerly pursuits and the occasional glimpse into my personal life-like I always do. And I’ve thought about starting up a little podcast for this blog, but I won’t bore you with the details on that now. I’ll wait until it’s more than just an idea in the back of my mind.

Anyway, I’m drawing a blank. I’ll see you next time.

NaNoWrivalry

Here be the promo I was talking about for the last couple of weeks. Listen to it for all the details, one to post tomorrow as well. And probably the day after that, and the one after that two. Got to get all these things out thank to my nemesis and his delay in getting me the lines.

NaNoWriMo: Week 2 Update

This one is a bit late. There was some celebration, some procrastination and a wee bit of depression that kept me from getting any real work done over the weekend. If you’re following me on Twitter you’ll see that I got some writing done on Saturday before I headed out to the bar. So far I’m up to 24,499 words on M.E.R.C. I’ve fallen into the habit of getting stuff done around the house and watching movies in the afternoon and sitting down to write at night after I bring my mom home from work. And each night I kick out anywhere between 2k and 5k words. I imagine I could make immense progress if I devoted whole days to writing. I’d probably already be done by now if I did that. But I fear I’d also have burnt out on the story by now. I’m making pretty good progress on the story. I’m nowhere near where I thought I’d be on my writing process. My outline was just a series of bullet points in the directions that I wanted to take the story, but Marcus is making his own path. I sat down on November first with plans to tell the story of a soldier who was experimented on and eventually lied to and used by the men that gave him orders. I had every intentions of following my outline to the letter, but then I realized that before I could tell the story of why Marcus grew to resent his commanding officers I needed to tell the story of him as a person. I can write about how he abhors the orders he’s given, but it won’t make a lot of sense if I don’t first explain why he abhors them. I sit down to write every night and I say to myself,

“Okay, vacation time is over for my protagonist. It’s time for him to get his orders and go kill some people.”

And then that night of writing turns into more of what Marcus is doing on his leisure time. Lines upon lines of dialogue between him and the characters he’s making connections with that makes his rebellion that much more meaningful. I’m not sure why this is happening. Maybe Marcus has more of a story to tell than I do. Maybe he’s not letting me write him in on his missions yet because he’s not ready to leave his ratty apartment in Norfolk. Maybe he’s not done spending time with the only person he’s made a connection with since he lost his squad mates. The only person he’s said more than two words two that wasn’t a fellow soldier.

Maybe I’m just stalling, things are ramping up towards act two of my story where we get back into the action. I’ve never made this much progress on a story before. I’ve always gotten near the end of the first act and burnt out, maybe I don’t know how to carry on a story from this point? Maybe I’m continuing to write about the boring daily life of a biometrically augmented soldier because I’m not sure if I can succeed in progressing the story past where it already is. Maybe I’ll pass the 50k finish line and Marcus will still be sitting in his apartment watching ‘Hogan’s Heroes’. I’m not sure, but there is one thing that I am sure of.

NaNoWriMo isn’t about procrastination. NaNoWriMo isn’t about fears. NaNoWriMo is about finishing your story and then dragging it out of your hard drive and out into the world, kicking and screaming if need be.

I’m sure there are a lot of writers out there who are feeling the same things that are crossing my mind now. You’ve reached the halfway mark and you feel like you’re not done. You feel as if you’re not ready to take that next leap that carries your story into the climax and sends it soaring into a conclusion, or a cliff hanger for those of you who are writing your first part of a series. If you’re in those shoes know that I’m wearing them too. I’ve got them laced up and they’re all scuffed up with worn soles from all the times I’ve gotten to this precipice and turned back because I was afraid of what would be on the other side of this halfway point. So when you sit down to belt out a few more words on your story at some point today, know that I’m right there in the trenches with all of you hammering out prose and increasing my word count.

We’re all in this together folks, keep your morale and your WPM’s up. We can do this.


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