Writing and Events (and more writing)

Blog No. 310

img_20181029_135309779A bunch of my last posts have been all about The Neon Heart, the second book in my Novella Series. With most of my events done for the year, it’s what I’ve been spending my time on most. I am so close to finishing the first draft that I can taste it (though the word count just keeps growing). I’m eager to get it done so I can spend as much time as possible in the editing stage, and so I can finally start my next novel. I do have a potential ChiSeries reading in Peterborough on Nov 15th, but it hasn’t been finalized yet, so I’m not counting on it happening. Other than that, I’ve been pouring a bunch of time and energy into the last ChiSeries Windsor of the year. It’s the big fundraiser and Christian and I are going all out with trophies and everything. I’m hoping we can draw in more people than normal, especially since the whole concept relies on having participants. Continue reading “Writing and Events (and more writing)”

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Not Finished Yet

Blog No. 308

sourceI was hoping to be able to say that I was finished the first draft of The Neon Heart by this post, but as you can guess, I’m not quite there yet. I’ve been getting some really good writing in with a couple of regular meetings with Christian each week, but with a load of other things on my plate (surprise, surprise) and some bad habits from another summer of slacking, I haven’t quite gotten there yet. One of the reasons is that the story is getting a bit longer than anticipated. Not by much, but when I started, I was planning on somewhere between thirty and thirty-five thousand words. the first draft is going to be more than that, but that’s a good thing. The story is dictating the length and the extra word count gives me more room to cut in the edits. It does mean that I’m not finished, though. I would have liked to be finished by now. Continue reading “Not Finished Yet”

Novella and Novel Update

Blog No. 305

img_20180923_090213_2331Last night was the Third ChiSeries Windsor of the year. It’s the sixth that we’ve had overall, though there was some confusion on why we only did three last year. The answer is because we were invited to start hosing locally after the time the first one would have been. Normally, I write up a perspective post about the event, assuming everything is going to be super-awesome-rad, but I have other things I think can fill a post, so I’m going to try and leave it for next week and see how much I can remember. I still think it’s going to be a good night. I wouldn’t be able to suffer through the disappointing events if I didn’t. We have three great authors (two I know are good people and I assume the third is as well) and the musician is not only a nice guy, but he’s really good at the music stuff too. With that out of the way, I’ll move on the the topic of this post. A good, old fashioned update. Continue reading “Novella and Novel Update”

Maybe an Update

Blog No. 303

img_20180910_131954_976I don’t know how I did it, but I’m taking credit! The temporary autumn weather is totally because of last week’s post! I know Summer is likely to rear it’s humid head at least once more this year, but I’m enjoying every second of this cool, dreary, damp weather. Right up my alley. It’s perfect for going for a walk, reading under a blanket, or staying inside a coffee shop writing the book you should have had finished at the beginning of Summer. Speaking of which, I sat down for the first time in a long time and just did some writing the other day. I did it the next day too, but getting to work on days off it easy. I’m finding it harder to get the writing in after a long day at work. Baby steps, right? Continue reading “Maybe an Update”

Summer Writing

Blog No. 292

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Boxing with my Brother

I’m feeling much better now, to the point where I finally got back to boxing (though being off for three weeks is rough) and my days have just about gone back to normal. The one thing keeping me from a regular routine (my desired pinnacle of achievement) is the deal I made to take time off from work (spent sick) to then cover for a coworker who had some serious life stuff to take care of. I’m at the day job a lot, but I’ve managed to squeeze in some work that I enjoy in the mean time. Not as much as hoped (a constant refrain) but something is better than nothing. Also, while the day job can be a drag, to be honest, the last week or so has been fine. Not great, but not nearly as terrible as it can be. Continue reading “Summer Writing”

Back to Normal?

Blog No. 291

j8zgobsModern medicine is a miraculous thing. I go to a lot of public events and get a lot of unsolicited comments about how doctors are evil, medicine and pharmaceutical companies are there to get you sick, and other nonsense. I try to rally against it when I can (often times the person yelling is a brick wall). If it weren’t for my doctors and medication, I wouldn’t be here. If it weren’t for the antibiotics I’m currently taking, I’d probably still be sick in bed. I’m not. Pneumonia seems to be something that hangs on for a while, but I’m not bedridden anymore. It’s great. I did miss a lot of good writing time, but over the last week, I’ve done really well with the time I have. I pulled off nearly a chapter a day for four days. It’s a good feeling. Continue reading “Back to Normal?”

Next, After, Later

Blog No. 279

largeThe Thinking Machine is in the proof stage (as stressful as they come) and with any luck, I should have some physical copies by the end of the week. There always seems to be something in the proof that looks weird, has to be quadruple checked, or is just a screw-up. The looks weird stuff is mostly out of my hands. I can read all the printer’s documentation and review my own constructed pages, but no matter how much it seems like things should come out fine in the printed copies, there is doubt. I’ve sent an email, but got a stock response that tells me to look at the documentation. I’ve reviewed my own files and everything should be okay, but. As soon as I give my okay, I am responsible for how the book looks, errors or not (my fault or not). You can see my dilemma. I suppose working with a smaller, more local printer would solve that issue, but I’ve tried that route, and there is a whole mess of other issues that come out of that. Plus, you don’t get any distribution that way. Continue reading “Next, After, Later”