Sunday, July 29, 2007

Change is....

I made it through my first draft today. I'm pretty sure I don't like it, but that's the way things work, I guess. I still want to write fantasy more than anything. I think I'm going to read through the Harry Potter series again, and then copy it word for word to get a feel for the voice and style. I don't want to copy it too closely, but the style is something I aspire to. I want to have that same connection with my readers, that feeling of friendship with the characters, just not the cult following.

Emily is moving into the new apartment tomorrow, I'll be helping her. I really love this girl....woman! and I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her!

We are growing so much, and I am so happy for her to start her teaching job on thursday!

Pray for us....and the rest of my family.

That's it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I'm going to ...

Make some changes on my stepsheet to make my story a bit more....satisfactory? Anyway, I'm done for the night because it's freaking hot. I'm watching the diggnation podcast and downloading Pipes and Pints. Then I'm going to finish my Dresden Files book (awesome series, read it now!).

Emily got the keys to her new apartment, awesome. Moving her in on Sunday.

Writing again...

I should be finished with the Step Sheet by the end of the week (or night). I'm realizing that the story itself isn't the important part of my writing; it's the people! What makes stories stand out is the character interaction.....try reading two different books, especially pop fiction, like a mystery, and pay attention to the story itself, just the plot. There's little difference from one to another, but what makes a story stand apart from the others is the characters that you remember, and how they interact with each other! That's something that I need to work on, even though interaction is my strength. It's still weak.

Just thought that would be me, anyway.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Four months....trying to grow a decent goatee. I screwed up while trimming the mustache (I was sick of food getting in it all the time), so I had to trim it. I looked like a toff. :P

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


No other ideas for a title.

I got off of work early today, so I went and paid my tuition. Not too much, but I AM going to a community college AND it's only three credits. I also got six bucks for one of the text books I resold to the bookstore at the school. I need to find the CD Rom for my french text book, then I should be able to sell that one back. Other than that, I can't sell any. That's life, right? I wasn't planning around getting any money from the books. I'm going to use the money to pay for gas, or something.

I'm getting steadily closer to the finish of my first draft. I've passed the 26,000 mark, and I'm pretty sure that I'll be able to get the 30,000 by the end of the month.

I'm going to the Harry Potter 7 release party, and for those of you who got ARCs and are posting spoilers on the internet, you're a bunch of asses!! Why do you need attention so much? Can't you let us actually enjoy the book? Or do you need to feel important, even though you're reviewing the book, got it early, and we didn't? You SUCK, you....person :P

That's why I don't want to do ARCs for my books if they get popular. Just wait for the book like the rest of us. If I'm new, then I want people to read my books and tell people that it will be coming out, so buy it. But if my book is so popular that the name sells itself, then you get to wait. That's the way I want to do it. So there.

That's all the ranting I have.....I can't wait until the weekend.

Oh, Emily's dad is going to be in town this week, so I'll met him and Emily's stepmom. I'm looking forward to meeting him.

We ordered invitations, too. Now all we need are the rings, the we need to pay for the rest of our venue. I can't think of anything else except the honeymoon and wedding night, but that will be taken care of by the end of next week.

I love icecream....and I want new video games and music.

I'm going to go take a shower and then read.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

I am NOT in the mood :P

Alright, so I sat down to work on my book, and now I don't want to work on it. All of a sudden, I've decided that I don't like the formulaic feel that it has. It's better than it could be, and I know I can improve on it, but I still don't like it.

On top of that, I don't know if I'm going to finish the first draft with more than 35,000 words, which makes for a lot of work in the editing process. I'm a little discouraged, and I don't want to work on the book any more today. I think it's partially due to being near the end of the step sheet.

I think I want to work on my new project, instead. At least put some ideas down on paper. I wrote a little "Intro" piece, and now I want hammer out details and create a full mythology. I already have maps that I could use, and a couple of ideas that could be incorporated with this new one. A lot of the work is already done, I could even use some characters that have been created.

I just don't know what to do right now. And it doesn't help that I've been out of the house all day, so I want to recuperate, rather than write and think.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


The winter child......fantasy

Flatiron City.......thriller

Two ideas I've been kicking around in my head, two genres in case the mystery doesn't work out, and I want to tell someone before I forget.

That's all.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


I need a new desktop. My PC is too slow. I want to build my own desktop with a lot of power. I'd love to get MAC desktop, but I still like having a PC and their's something fundamentally wrong with putting Windows on a MAC.

Ok, that's all I got. I need to finish my updates :P

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Brief loss of power

Last night, about half past ten, the power for my entire block died. The wind was so strong that it made the transformer pop. I heard it sounded like all of the breakers in the house going at once, but it wasn't the house. We got power back by quarter after one.

I didn't reach my 25 thousand goal, but I did breach the 24 thousand mark. That's a lot in one week for me.

I'll be going to the Children's Hospital today, and then over to Jeremy's.

The week after the Harry Potter release (book), Emily will be moving into her new apartment. I won't move in until December, but it'll be nice for her to be able to live on her own. She's never had that opportunity.

Ok, back to my coffee.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Almost 23

My word count by the end of tomorrow will exceed 23,000, but I'm not sure how close I'll get to 25,000. It shouldn't be too far off.

A revalation

I realized that it is all together possible that the book I am currently working on may never get published....ever. The cool thing is, that doesn't bother me. It doesn't make me a failure, and I know that. I'm excited to be writing still, and I will become a pro if it's the last thing I do, and I will work really hard to be a pro that can support himself and his family off of his work.

I don't know if I'll try to make a series out of this book (it would be the wise thing if I want get it published), and I don't know if I'll even go send it to agents or publishers. That will depend on the audience feedback that I get, and how pleased I am with the work.

As it sits, I'm excited to work on this project.

Ok, back to work.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


I've broken the 22.000 mark, that makes it over 2,000 words since Saturday. This is encouraging because it means I'm getting back into the swing of writing. And there's more detail in the writing than there has been in the past. I'm so excited because my writing is catching up, and soon I'll be able to work on more writing projects. I'm excited because this is going to turn into a career! I haven't lined up any purchasers yet, but I will, hopefully, when I have the book nearly complete.

I'm jumping, and I think I could continue to write, but I need to move around some more. I'll probably sit down again in a few minutes, but if I don't I'll definitely work on it some more tomorrow, and Friday, and Saturday, but not Sunday:)


Alrighty then.

So, I'm making a lot of progress on my book today. I want to have twenty five thousand words by the end of the week, which is doable at this rate. It's only one, and I already have nearly 22,000.

Pipes and Pints is up, as of last night. Arthur had some editing to do before he posted the episode, so it was up a little late. Mostly because he couldn't edit at work.

Anyway, back to my book I go. Steak with Emily tonight.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Yep....definitely gonna need some work

It will take a good deal of editing to finish my book, but I'm looking forward to that, especially now that I have a bit of a clue as to what I'm doing. I'm enjoying the process again, like I did with the first project I worked on. Man that was a long time ago. I need to revisit that one of these days, turn it into something publishable. I may take what I've written and turn it into the outline...a better outline than the one I had when I first tried to right it.

I'm working today, and boy is it hot out. I'm glad to get a lunch break, but the AC isn't working well enough. I need it to rain like crazy! I get tomorrow off, hurray! And I'm going to work on my book some more tomorrow, followed by steak with my fiance. Ok, I'm going to finish eating my food and listen to music.

New Pipes and Pints should post some time today. If you haven't listened yet, check out the first two episodes.