Invasion Novel

Blog No. 386

giphy-4I mentioned last week that with Broadcast Wasteland finished and the shipment on its way (currently somewhere near Etobicoke according to the package tracking, but it has been historically, wildly inaccurate) I’ve dived back into the novel. It has always been my plan to eventually write a novel (eventually being the key word in that sentence). Initially, I was all in on short stories as that is what brought me into reading in the first place and the plan was to cut my teeth on the shorts and build the skills to write a novel. After a couple of years working on stories for AWP, I rolled up my sleeves and made my first attempt at writing a novel. Continue reading “Invasion Novel”

Unintentional March Break

Blog No. 174

Last week we a flurry of activity coming of the super successful weekend Christian and had, everything was moving forward—until it wasn’t. I’m not sure how it happened. (I’m never quite sure how it happens). For some reason, I just stopped working. Progress was good, spirits were high, the intentions were there, then (poof) nothing. It seems to be a disturbing trend. Whenever I’m feeling good, or successful, I totally slack off and throw it all to the winds. It’s not a conscious thing, there are just a lot of video games I want to play and TV I need to watch. If I add on real responsibilities to that, nothing gets done and I have only a few thousand words to show for all that time. Continue reading “Unintentional March Break”

And Other Things

Blog No. 146

Here we are on another Thursday and I have another Blog post to do. This week was one of those weeks where I totally forgot that the blog existed until Tuesday then I fumbled around for an idea ultimately not coming up with anything good. The sad part is (as it usually the case) I remember coming up with an idea last week, then promptly forgetting it because I was doing something else, or couldn’t be bothered to write it down. Now I’m here, writing this, not really sure where I’m going with it. Who knows what that means (I hope good). We’ll have to hand on for the ride and see where the heck I take us.

Normally, when I sit down to write the weekly blog, I think back over what I’ve done in the past week to come up with the topic (adjusting for proper company and searching specifically for content about writing). Some weeks, looking back is a struggle—that is finding something in the past week to write about is a struggle. Often there are a bunch of usual things that get tedious to write about (therefore likely tedious to read). I generally go writing with Christian, we work on Adventure Worlds, the collection, and our novels. I can often be found at Anchor enjoying the great coffee and atmosphere when I’m not at work. There are very few days where I don’t waste time on too much television and floating around the internet. And oddly, I never seem to read enough. While my days are full, there are plenty of weeks where nothing of consequence happens. Continue reading “And Other Things”

Collection Update

Blog No 125

I’ve done a novel update this year, but I have to admit, I haven’t done any work on it since then. I really want to, but I have so much other work that has to be done now (or a few weeks ago) that I’ve had to put it on hold and focus. The one project that is sucking up the most time is currently The Collection. The fabled collection is a set of short stories that Christian and I have been working on since before this time last year. I know that seems like a long time, but since they are short stories, there seemed to be lots of little things that would get in the way (like the first Zine, Finders, updating the website, Christian putting out his book and many others). They were just short stories, we had tons of time. Now it’s a year later and we are still working on edits. Continue reading “Collection Update”

Editing is Hard

Blog No. 123

One of the major parts of my writing day is looking at other people’s stories and giving them an edit. Often I’ll catch a couple of typos, notice some structural weak spots and grammar mistakes, and make a bunch of suggestions on how I think the story could be improved. The things I notice jump off the page (fresh from the pile of new story elements I learned about) and if the story is well written, I can be done a couple thousand words in half an hour (extrapolate for longer stores, chapters etc). Sometimes there is a lot more to point out and the task becomes an arduous task filled with long winded explanations and edits based on assumptions and what I know about the author, but usually things go smoothly. If I can avoid supplanting the writer’s voice with my own, I find I add something to the story, helping the author and learning something about my own writing in the process. Continue reading “Editing is Hard”

Novel Update

Blog No. 119

I’ve decided to steal something from Christian who borrowed it from someone else. If you go over to his page (http://christianlaforet.com/2015/02/10/hey-im-writing-a-novel-pt-1) you’ll see that he is marking the progress of his novel on his blog and the majority of his updates are going to be centered around that progress. I’m still going to be writing about random things that happen to interest me at the time I sit down to write this blog, but I’m going to be adding some updates of my own (here on my blog). I’m even going to use the word and chapter counter thing that he is (that I’ve seen on plenty of other pages, like on my friend Melissa’s (http://blog.melissaschnarr.com/). Continue reading “Novel Update”