Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So then I woke up...

I haven't been here in a while, so I figured I should post something up to make sure they don't close down my awesome domain name and blog, also I guess I could state something things going on with my writing, since, you know, that's what this blog is supposed to be about and all.

I saw a post last night about goal setting and it made me remember that I had setup a bunch of goals for this year, so I decided to dig those back out again to see what they were and see how I'm doing. You can see the original goals here.

1000 words a day I haven't been very successful with, unless you only count the days that I write. For the ones that I did write, I've averaged more than 1000. Unfortunately I took a few months off starting in February and that messed me up all year.

Same with the books. I've actually halted work on the Elements 2 and 3 and War novels, mostly because the Elements 1 book was the first one I'd ever written and it is pretty horrible. Jennifer read it and struggled to keep a smile on her face while telling me what she liked about it. Don't worry though, I have plans for that storyline. It will be rebuilt! I have the technology, I just need the experience.

War was set down because it was a very complex plot that I didn't know how to contrast. Way too complicated for someone with only two books under their belt and who wasn't doing outlines.

The good news is that I'm teaching myself how to outline more while still giving the discovery writer within a chance to shine for the actual scenes.

Right now I'm 20,000 words into my next novel, code-named Ramparts. First book of a trilogy, but it can easily be a standalone novel.

I did apply for Clarion, and got rejected, but I have big plans (and have learned a lot about storytelling this year) and I will re-apply for next year's Clarion.

Editing hasn't really been done much. I did write and edit 5 short stories this year so far. I'm behind on my goal of 12, but not too bad either. At least I did something.

I have been reading a lot, and gleaning a lot of learning from that. I need to work on my vocabulary and grammar. I also need to learn how to do dialogue better, much better.

So that's where I am. I'm signed up to take a writing class at ASU starting in September that lasts for 8 weeks from Michael Stackpole. I'm very excited as I have a great idea for a sword and sorcery action novel in my head that I hope to work on during that class.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: Tunnels


Tunnels
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Interesting book. Took me a long time to go through because I had a rough time getting into it, partly because of the book, partly because of lack of time/focus.

That being said, it was a good story, had some interesting world building. My son (11) read it and said it was starting to give him nightmares, so he only read it during the day after that. Keep that in mind depending on the maturity of your child that might read it.



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