Septem-blur

Blog Post No. 357

220px-the_flying_graysons_28post-zero_hour_versions29I’m not sure what to talk about this month (which, I believe is the first time this year). It’s strange. I feel like I’ve done fewer things (and in terms of events, I have) but I’m just as busy. Right now, I’m still charging forward on Broadcast Wasteland. I’m sitting at 27 000 words as of Tuesday (hopefully 29 000 by tonight) and I’m hoping to be sitting at 33 000 by the end of September. I’m not going to be finished, though. The way the story is right now, I think I’m going to be sitting over the 35 000 first draft mark, but I also fell like there is a good 2 – 3000 words just itching to be cut. At least a chapter or two, nearly in their entirety. Maybe. It’s hard to see the whole picture when you’re in the middle of it. So, I’m going to be continuing this mad dash past September and into October. Where I’m going to stop is up to the story. Maybe I just need to hit the 38 000 mark and will be done in the first week. Maybe I’ll burn out and join the circus. Who can tell? Continue reading “Septem-blur”

First Draft Fury

Blog No. 356

1988239101-3-9I suppose this is going to be mostly an update. I’ve so far avoided reviewing the two events that happened early in the month (that were steamrolled by the Neon Heart behind the writing posts). I may get to them in the future, but it’s already been a while and if I let it go too far, I will probably skip it. The only thing that’s happening right now, though, is the first draft of Broadcast Wasteland. I did a little post over on Adventure Wolds Press about what Christian and I are working on, but I was a little vague as I was trying to encapsulate a few things on one short post. So, I’ll go into more detail about it here. Even though there isn’t that much to get into in the first place. Basically, I’m currently writing the first draft of the next novella and I’m trying to do it in a month. Continue reading “First Draft Fury”

Summer Review

Blog No. 355

800px-Teenwolf-homecomingI know it’s technically still summer until the 23rd, but lets be honest. For most of us, the summer ends at the start of September. That’s how I feel, anyway. Since so much of my summer was rooted in self analysis and self criticism, I’m now at the point where I can look back, see how I did, and hopefully, come to some conclusions. The focus in question is my summer slump. Every year from some time in may to usually September (if I’m good) my productivity plummets and I haven’t been able to nail down why. The obvious answer to outdoor-type people is that summer is spent having adventures and enjoying time outside. I am not and outdoor person. Especially not in the melting heat of the summer. So, that was an easy one to rule out. Continue reading “Summer Review”

Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Three of Three)

Blog No. 354

Continuation from Part Two

Warning. Spoilers ahead. This one has some really specific ones, so I urge you to read the book first, and that’s not just because I want to sell more of them. But, a little because of that.

20190504_152520I struggled with the descriptions in the tunnels with the sewer dwellers. It was one of the points that had to be edited with every draft until it was functional. It didn’t turn out how I wanted, but at that point, I needed it to make sense to a reader first. Also, getting the characters caught was easy, getting them free was hard. I knew about the scene in the locked room right from the beginning of the first draft, but to find an interesting way to get them free was tough. I feel like I copped out a little, and the mole creature is an obvious ripoff of so many things. The bugs, though. I felt really good about them. I needed to ramp up the stress and an out-of-the-fire threat fit the bill. It gave Dollard some good development too. Next, I had to brainstorm with Christian for the train tunnels and the monster within. I had ideas, but I was starting to feel the pressure of the book coming close to an ending (and the increasing length) so making a move was hard. Also, the monster in the tunnels was even less original than the mole, but I feel like the little bit of back story the characters glean from it help make it feel more interesting. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Three of Three)”

Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Two of Three)

Bog No. 353

Continuation from Part One

Warning. Spoilers ahead. Even more than in Part One, but it’s mostly about Character stuff, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

20190409_172020As for the main characters, Reggie is me, Teal is that little (tiny, insignificant) outgoing aspect of myself that I developed from observing other extroverted people that I know (not least of which is my brother, but his personality is very different from Teal). To me, Reggie is uninteresting. He’s my proxy so, I see him as an idealized version of myself, though I tried to make sure he was flawed. I got some flack for his name. I was listening to a lot of Reggie and the Full Effect (a favourite musician/band of mine) and the name stuck. I struggle with names. Reggie was a tough choice, but I think it works. The name Teal came very easily. In fact, everything with Teal came easily. She was really fun to write (especially after the minimal characterization of Zed) and she let me say all the inappropriate (in terms of timing if not content) things that bring me secret joy. (If you ever see me laughing at nothing, it’s that Teal-like part of my brain saying something stupid that I find hilarious). I knew she would be divisive. She is an exaggerated version of several twenty-something women that I’ve known, so I figured those same people (older now) would either relate to her and love her, or find her insufferable and hate her. It’s been about a fifty-fifty split on the feedback so far. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Two of Three)”

Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part One of Three)

Blog No. 352

Warning. Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read The Neon Heart, yet (and why not? It’s great) you may want to hold off on this one. Though, maybe it will entice you to buy the book and give it a read, so what do I know?

20190427_133939As September approaches and my focus shifts to the next book in The Synthetic Albatross Novella Series, I’ve been thinking more and more about my previous novellas. Then, I realized that I hadn’t done a behind the writing for Neon Heart (or I did and I forgot). So, I figured, now would be a good time for one. A long time ago, I didn’t really like reading that much. I would enjoy certain books and when I found one that tickled my fancy, I would devour it, but getting me to read wasn’t easy. Then one day, when I was watching Blade Runner for probably the fifth or sixth time, I noticed at the end of the credits that it was based off of a book. (I’m getting somewhere, just stick with me). I had read some Star Wars books, but other than my love for sci-fi movies and television, I didn’t really know much about the genre. (The literary genre at least). The book at the end of the movie was called, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and trying to get a copy of that thing when the only bookstore I knew of was the Coles at the mall was not easy. I had to endure countless bad jokes and confused faces. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part One of Three)”

eBook Blues

Blog No. 351

6075402xRemember when everything even remotely related to the internet had to have a lowercase ‘e’ in front of it? Then Apple made the ‘i’ a thing and we’re still feeling the backlash from that. It’s all a moot point, though. I just wrote the title and it struck me that we’ll be stuck with eBook for the foreseeable future. No Light Tomorrow came out at the end of 2015 (so long ago now). I did the layout, making many mistakes along the way, but ultimately getting a good handle on the process. I assumed, especially since it is an advertised feature of most modern layout and design programs, I could just knock out the ebooks too. I could not. Eventually, Mirror World took up No Light, so I didn’t have to worry about that any more, but I have two books of a novella series (The Synthetic Albatross to be exact) and since I did those ones on my own, I wanted to make sure I had some good ebooks to go along with them. Continue reading “eBook Blues”