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”

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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”

Update Time

Blog No. 350

tenorIt’s August, and you know what that means. Nothing in particular. Oh, it also means that I have a month left to keep working on the Invasion Novel before I have to have decided to start the novella.  I started earlier for Neon Heart (than Thinking Machine) giving myself lots more time to edit and do the layout, and still felt rushed at the end. It was a lot better than Thinking Machine (and I think it shows) but I want to give myself even more time to edit and get beta reads. This next novella, Broadcast Wasteland, should be shorter than Neon, but longer than Thinking, if I manage to write it the way I’m planning. I don’t want to take a break from the novel, but I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I’m not getting as much done as I’d hoped (and the novel may be bigger than I had planned). I don’t think either of those things are too terrible (especially the bigger, that should come in handy with the edits) but since I’m going to be taking a break, I’d like to get close to the halfway point before I do. Continue reading “Update Time”

I’ve Discovered Something – Else

Blog No. 349

20190710_121516As you know, I’ve been trying to suss out some of the reasons as to why my writing productivity plummets in the summer. I think I was on the right track with the chaos that the Day Job brings this time of year and with the usual uptick in events (that hasn’t happened this year). There’s also the serious issue that the people who I go write with become unavailable (kids and stuff) so it becomes much easier to just put off writing or even cut my sessions short (where I’m about finished but the other person is still going so I managed a little more). There’s this other thing, though, and I don’t think it has anything to do with the season. Continue reading “I’ve Discovered Something – Else”

Retro Futurism

Blog no. 343

ret·ro·fu·tur·ism

/ˌretrōˈfyo͞oCHəˌrizm/

noun
noun: retro-futurism
  1. the use of a style or aesthetic considered futuristic in an earlier era

20190618_220429So, recently, I bought a minidisc recorder. It’s a Sony model from the early 2000s, used, with some cosmetic wear—but it works. It didn’t come with and discs, though, so I had to buy a pack from Japan. (Did you know Sony still makes new minidiscs, because I didn’t). Because it would take close to a month (three weeks at least) for that shipment to get here, I scoured the local used goods marked for anything minidisc related and found that someone in the city was selling a partially working model with a disc. I talked him down to $20, and then I had two recorders (they are players too) and a single, used disc. Mostly, I wanted the disc so that I could confirm that the first player I bought worked (it does) but having the backup player, even for parts, at such a low price was worth not getting lunch one day. (Also, if I can get it to work (which would be neat) I’d have two players with slightly different abilities and styles that I could go between depending on what I want or need). The problem is that it didn’t stop there. Continue reading “Retro Futurism”