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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.

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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.

NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Update

Well, boys and girls, we’ve made it through week one of NaNo. As far as I know we’re all still alive. One of my friends had some trouble with her laptop and lost some work but she didn’t get discouraged. I haven’t hit any walls with writers block, burn out, or procrastination. Surprisingly enough I’m still able to carry on a social life while working on this novel. I guess I underestimated myself and how productive I could be by just writing three or four hours out of the day. My word count after week one is 17,353. I haven’t done any writing over the weekend. I can’t really remember what I spent this weekend doing but I know that most of it was productive in some way or another.

If you haven’t already noticed the word count widgets on the NaNo site started working this week so you can use that to track my progress now. It can be found on the side bar to the right near the bottom of the page. I selected the word count widget for a very good reason. I thought that that reason would have been explained in the form of an audio promo by now, but sadly, my nemesis hasn’t finished putting together the promo yet.

Long story short I find that I have a hard time sticking to writing deadlines unless I have myself motivated. So to make NaNo for this year a little bit more interesting, Scott Roche and I have a little wager going. Whichever out of the two of us have the highest word count by Saturday 10 PM EST each week wins. The winner gets to make the loser do whatever he wants.

You can keep track of all this using the widget in the side bar and audio promos that will be released during the weeks to come. I’ll link the first promo here when it’s released.

That’s all I’ve got to say for now. We’re all in this together, kids. Lets try to keep each other motivated and I hope to see you crossing that 50,000 word finish line with me at midnight on the thirtieth. Hang in there.

Writerly Update: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo has officially kicked off. For a majority of today I thought that I’d have to postpone my writing. My goals for last month was the creation story for Great Hites, My essay, a few short stories, my novel outline, fixing a neighbors computer, and recording a promo for my show. I accomplished all of those goals except for the creation myth, the promo, and fixing the computer. I didn’t really find a whole lot of time to write the creation myth with all of the other projects that I had going. I have all the lines I need for the promo except for the one line from Kyle, and I would have had my neighbors computer fixed were it not from some hard drive issues.

Now I have a promo for the show to finish this month, I’ll spend tomorrow fixing the computer, and I have something to record for something I’ll discuss near the end of this post.

I made time after dinner for writing. I sat down for about an hour and with the help of techno I cranked out 1,995 words. If you’d like to keep track of my NaNo Progress my page can be found here. At least until the writing widget thingies start working, they you will be able to track my progress in the sidebar to the right. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year I encourage you to add me as a Writing buddy. You might feel the urge to top my word count and that will keep you motivated through the month of November.

What’s keeping me motivated for this year is the rivalry I’ve set up with my nemesis. Keep your eyes posted on my show blog for more information about that in the form of an audio promo.

Also if you’d like to read what I’m working on I’ve added a two chapter excerpt on my profile on the NaNo site.

Another interesting piece of shameless self promotion is that this weeks episode of BOaC. The feature for this week I chose to talk about NaNoWriMo and had Scott sit in on the feature with me and we discussed some domestic things that can get in your way during the month of November. The distractions that the internet poses, as well as some of the issues you face as a novice writer. And after each one of these pitfalls we describe ways to get around them so that you can achieve success this month. It can be found here.

We can do this people, lets keep ourselves and each other motivated. And, Scott, I will destroy you.

Writerly Updates: First Draft Edits

I finished writing my essay a couple of days ago. It’s been given the main title of, “Exploration vs Dehydration”. I sent off the rough draft to Scott Roche, author of the Archangel Novel(s), for first draft edits. I got those edits back today, made all appropriate edits and then sent them off to my cousin for an extra set of eyes on the second draft. Once the edits, if any, come back from my cousin it will be ready for viewing. Upon it’s release it will be available on this blog, it will also be available in .PDF format for those of you who would rather read it that way. And for those of you who would rather listen to it than read it, I’ll have it available in audio form as bonus content on my show blog.

That’s really all that I’ve been working on so far this month, I’ve done a little bit of research for my NaNo project, and I’ve done nothing for research for this month’s GH prompt. And I might delay my work on that for a bit while I work on an interesting short story prompt from News From Poughkeepsie. Work on that should only take a day max, so I’ll be back to researching and writing that GH prompt soon.

I’m not really sure how much more productive I’ll remain due to the fact that my glasses are broken now. It’s true that I have relatively good eyesiight, but spending most of my day in front of a computer screen gives me massive eyestrain. I use reading glasses to combat this. Just recently, however, the earpiece fell off of my reading glasses and I can’t repair them as they’re plastic and one of the parts that held the screw in place snapped off. So if I wish to use my glasses I have ot hold them in place and they sit on my face at an odd angle, making them quite cumbersome to use. Hopefully I can replace them soon before the eyestrain renders me unable to work.

Reading glasses are very expensive but I’ve come across some problems this month that I believe take precedence over the glasses. I need to change the oil in my car, and that hasn’t been done in over a year and it’s starting to concern me now. Also the weather is getting colder here in Indiana and most of my winter clothes from last year either no longer fit me due to weight loss, are no longer in any wearable condition, or have dissapeared. And with my car no longer having a heater I need to acquire materials that will allow me to bundle up.

That’s about as far as writerly updates go, I didn’t really mean to get all personal, and whiny, on you. But sometimes that is what an update entails. And since I try to keep the majority of my personal life from flavoring this blog, I feel that the occasional insight couldn’t hurt.

You can stay tuned to this blog for more updates on my writing progress over the next couple of months, or you could also follow me on Twitter.

That’s really all that I have to say, I’ve been drinking tonight and it’s starting to get to me, and I’m drawing a blank, so I’ll see you next time.

Reaching for the stars

It’s been a few days since my last update and I figured I’d throw another update on the blog so you know what I’m up to. Hopefully I’ll get into the habit of blogging on this thing a lot more.

Everyday this week so far I’ve gotten into the habit of getting up around seven or eight in the morning for many reasons. One of these reasons, as I’ve learned from my cousin, is that he more regular your sleep schedule is the more dopamine your body produces. This makes you feel better about yourself and makes you more productive. Or at least I think that’s what it means. My cousin was always better with the sciency stuff.

The other reason is that I find when I get up early I’m in more of a productive mood, I check news blogs and do research for the show and other things so I’ve been getting a lot more writerly work done, and more podcaster work done in a couple of days than I do all week.

And to keep me from staying up late, I walk a mile or two a night to keep myself in shape and to expend some excess energy so that I’m ready for bed when my head hits the pillow.

So as far as my productivity for today, I wrote the outline for my essay. The alt-title for the essay will be, “Reaching for the stars while other people starve” or something along those lines. It’s a work in progress and I don’t have a main title yet. I’m open to suggestions. I also caught up on all the blogs in my RSS reader and I also filled out most of the show notes for next week.

Also, since it’s October now, Kyle seems to be showing an interest in the show again which means that he may very well be present for next weeks episode as long as we can get any scheduling conflicts worked out. He seems to want to record over the weekend. I like to get the recording done Wednesday through Friday so that I have the weekend to edit it, have Ben transcribe the show notes and get it uploaded. Which is almost impossible to do by the midnight deadline if we record on a Saturday or Sunday.

Like I said, I wrote the outline for my essay today, I’ll probably work on writing it tomorrow. Depending on how I feel, what other projects I decide to work on tomorrow, and what distractions get in the way of the writing process; I’ll either write the whole thing tomorrow and do the bibliography at a later date, or divide the 4 sections and the bibliography up into different days and have it all done sometime next week. Since I gave myself all of October to work on it I’m not in much of a rush.

As far as other writing projects go I ordered a Koran (or however it’s spelled, Firefox isn’t correcting my spelling and I’ve seen it spelled many ways) online and when it arrives at the house I’ll read through it, and a bible, and whatever else I have handy as research for Octobers GH prompt, creation myths and all.

I haven’t really done a lot of research on my project for NaNoWriMo but I’ve got irons in the fire. My father is sending me some of my grandfathers old military training manuals, and I’ve asked one of my friends to loan me any he has because they’d be more recent. All that would be left was to research bio and nano-tech.

Thats about all I have in the way of writerly updates for you today, but might I mention that now that I’m back on the writing wagon I’m Twittering constantly. So if you’d like to see what I’m up to in real time, feel free to follow me on Twitter. If I can discern if you’re a real person I just might follow you back. Just don’t try to sell me anything. And I’ll see what I can do about adding a twitter widget to the side bar of the blog.


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