New Monitor

Blog Post No. 477

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASeveral years ago, I noticed a dead pixel on my laptop screen. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was there or not, but after some very simple tests, I was certain. Thankfully, my laptop was still under warranty. Since it’s a MacBook, I had to bring it in to an authorized repair place. The closest Apple store (in my country (there’s a closer one over the border) is two hours away, but there was a place in my city that was authorized to make apple repairs. I took my laptop in and they replaced the screen at no cost to me. Continue reading “New Monitor”

2022

Blog Post No. 475

giphyThis is it. The last post of the year. As any readers who have followed me for a while know, I reserve this space for looking forward to what next year may hold. There are usually a lot of hopeful expectations that don’t always turn out, but I’d like to think that over the course of writing this blog, I’ve made real progress. As for predictions, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I missed the mark when I guessed what 2020 would hold and even when we were mid pandemic, I was way too optimistic for 2021. Not in terms of writing or productivity (I’ll get into looking back in January when I reach the new year mark from when I started this blog). Continue reading “2022”

Update: Snow From a Distant Sky

Blog Post No. 469

giphy-1My main project at the moment is editing the fifth novella in the Synthetic Albatross Series, Snow From a Distant Sky. Like the last two books Broadcast Wasteland and Break/Interrupt, I wrote the first draft in a mad sprint. Broadcast was started in September but seeing as it went long, I bumped Break up to August. (It ran even longer, so it was good that I gave it the extra month). This time, I actually managed to get the first draft of Snow in before the end of August and I somehow kept it from ballooning out of control. Continue reading “Update: Snow From a Distant Sky”

Writing To Music

Blog Post No. 465

2020-06-11-imageI’m no musician, but music has always played a big role in my life. I really struggle when I don’t have music playing when I sit down to write. I’m sure I’ve mentioned many times that some days I spend as much time choosing what to listen to while I write as I do actually writing. A few times when Adventure Worlds was getting started, I would forget to bring headphones with me when the group got together to write. It seems a little pathetic, but I would really struggle on those days. Eventually, I bought a cheap pare of earbuds to keep in my backpack so that I always have some when I go out writing. (Not that I’ve been able to do that for some time). Continue reading “Writing To Music”

No Events

Blog Post No.463

45d9f1590a5c0d0b5d887cedd848cc79We had anther virtual writing retreat last weekend, which was good because it forced me to start on the second draft of Snow. I had planned on doing as much of it in one day as possible, but I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before and started later than planned. I did manage to get a third of the second draft done in one sitting (and I finished off the rest over the next two days with two subsequent sittings). Not what I had intended, but I think it’s a step in the direction I wanted to take.

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The Benefit of a Group

Blog Post No. 462

42f33ee9-cast-of-newsradio-thenAnyone who knows me probably knows that I’ve never been much of a group person. Most of the time I’m fine to just go it alone. That’s a good thing when it comes to writing since, for the most part, writing is a solo effort. There is a definite need for outside help when it comes to editing, but no one can write a story for you. With that in mind, I’ve found that there is a benefit to being part of a group (especially when the group is composed of good folks). Sometimes people will get under my skin, no matter how great they are or how well intentioned, but that’s my problem and I’ve been dealing with it. Continue reading “The Benefit of a Group”

Getting Ahead of Myself

Blog Post No. 461

elf-buddyI haven’t started the second draft of Snow from a Different Sky, yet. I hope to get into it this coming week (and really jump in with both feet). I’m also not done going over Christian‘s latest book. I have no excuse as to why I’m not finished. I was generally reluctant to work on anything last week (especially over the weekend) but I’ve gotten back to it with renewed focus. I’m trying to be okay with not getting much done since finishing the first draft of Snow. Mostly because I’ve accepted that I can’t change the past (not even the recent past).

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Down Time

Blog Post No. 460

5398cf9abb0c8644f14f0ddfabe22425I’m still sitting on the first draft of Snow from a Distant Sky right now. I need to leave enough time between drafts to get nice and critical about my own writing (and to forget a little about what I meant when I wrote awkward sentences so that I can notice and fix them). The trick is not waiting too long and deciding what to do in the mean time. I’ve found that I need at least two weeks between the first and second drafts (though three is better) but I’m still not great with effectively using that down time. Sure, I don’t have to be totally productive at all times. It’s a good thing to take a break and burning out is a real potential problem. My issue is falling out of the routine and picking it back up again. Continue reading “Down Time”

First Draft of Snow from a Distant Sky

Blog Post No. 459

giphyIt may not be a record for the most words written in the shortest amount of time (I’d have to do math to verify it) but it is a record for the fastest first draft I’ve ever written. In 29 days I managed to write just under 40 000 words and somehow managed to stop writing any more. That is to say, the last three installments in this novella series all went longer that I had intended (some much longer than others). But now it’s early September (and the weather has finally gotten a little cooler) and I’m done the first draft of the fifth novella and taking a short break before jumping into the edits. Continue reading “First Draft of Snow from a Distant Sky”

Writing a Book for the Second Time

Blog Post No. 455

giphyI’ve been working on the fifth novella, Snow from a Distant Sky, for a couple of weeks now and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed getting back into writing. I’ve been editing since I finished Break/Interrupt last September. I went right from editing the fourth novella into editing the Invasion Novel. I kind of wish I would have forced myself to write a short story or two in between the two big edits. Not just because I need to get back to working on shorts in general, but as a bit of a pallet cleanser. I had all kinds of plans to write some shorts and wasn’t able to get it done. Continue reading “Writing a Book for the Second Time”