Saturday, December 20, 2008

And so it begins

So I just mailed off my very first manuscript. They say that for every acceptance you get one hundred rejections....so let's hope I don't have to make ninety-eight more submissions!

Anyway, I'm working on my book still, in the revision phase...I'm going to take a semester off of school to get as much work on the book done as I can, and I'm going to continue working on short stories that I can submit to get my name out there. Flatiron City is going to be revived, I think. Gabe and I are planning on getting together regularly for a writer's group so we can workshop each others' work and we can both be professional writers.

In eight weeks I may be a pro!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Off to Des Moines

Emily's grandfather died on Sunday, so we're going to Des Moines, Iowa today for the funeral.

When we get back, I don't want to go back to work. I'm getting more and more convinced that my bosses (not my dad, everyone else) are completely incapable of communicating or figuring out exactly what the employee policies are. I got one story about my PTO from the CEO, and a completely different story from the Personnel Manager...and both of them should KNOW! They've even been working on an employee handbook for a year and a half...one that I could have written in two hours. Oh yeah, and I still haven't gotten a raise (not that I need one) or my employee review, which I should have gotten eight months ago...my manager is too lazy to compile the review for me so that I can find out why I didn't get a raise and tell me how I can earn one...and more importantly, he needs to tell me how I can be a better employee. Grr!

I want to get my book published. That'll come. I'm going to try to have a short story ready for publication by the end of the year.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Writing.

I've been making great progress on my writing. I have to re-write a short story to be turned in at the end of November, and I don't know if I'm going to be able to get the changes done in a way that I really want. I want this story to be published because I know the perfect place to send it to and it's one of the better pieces of fiction that I've written.

I have some good ideas for my book, too, that will change the entire first chapter. It'll make things interesting and the book will start in a drastically different way.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Another update

I know, I'm sporadic.

Emily's grandpa is getting sick. He's been to the hospital twice in the last two weeks, and the family is talking about putting him on a feeding tube so that he won't go hungry or get dehydrated. They're also talking about the possibility of hospice care. I don't want anymore people that I love to lose people that they care about. I already lost a friend this year, Jeremy lost his grandmother, who practically raised him since he was thirteen, so she was like a mother to him, and a grandmother! And Sarah lost her uncle last year. I know I'm getting to that age where I'm going to start losing people, but why does it have to be NOW? It hurts to see my wife grieving, both for her loss, and the loss that her mom and grandmother are going through. I don't want her to go through that.

On the bright side, I am here to comfort her. It may not ease the pain much, but at least it gives her someone to depend on to take care of things for her.

On another note, I want to be writing full time. I know I say that a lot, but whenever I take writing classes, it really hits me. It's irksome to know that I still have a long ways to go before I can financially depend on my writing, but that's what I want to do for a career. I am getting a lot of writing done these days, and a lot of it is for my book. I'm even making very important decisions and changes for the story and general terminology for the world that I've created.

I'm tired of everyone complaining about the economy. If it bugs you so much, go out and spend some money. If everyone spent more money, this wouldn't be an issue. Otherwise, go fix the laws that you think are causing the problem. Either way, quit wining because if you aren't going to actively solve the problem, then YOU'RE MAKING IT WORSE!!! There is no middle ground.

I don't see what the problem is, either. I'm not struggling at all. My wife and I are getting along fine. Sure, we don't live in a fancy house, we don't have cable, satellite, or a fancy home theater. But we're eating healthy, full meals, and we have a roof over our head, even if it is rented. But adjustments can be made that will fix the economy while allowing you to live life well.

I want to quit my job and write full time. Not because I hate my job, I don't. I just want to write that much. Maybe that can happen soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lunch

I'm eating lunch at work. We have a kind of busy weekend approaching (glad I only have to work in the shop, and only 3 hours saturday....not at all on sunday!).

I've made more progress with my book, too. The time I took off yesterday helped me catch up a bit.

I'm currently listening to Harry Potter 6 on Emily's iPod, but I'm gonna take it off after lunch to work on my client list this afternoon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I find it odd...

That every time people see my ex, they seem to think that I want to know about it. To be quite honest, I know she lives in the same city I do, so it's very likely that several people who know her and me will bump into her from time to time, but I don't really need or want to know. She's part of the past, and that's how it'll remain, but if I run in to her at some point, that's life. It's not like I go out of my way to avoid her....that would mean trying to keep tabs on her whereabouts at all times....something I'm sure I could accomplish if I set my mind to it, but I'm married (VERY happily I might add!) and I just don't care.

So, if you see my ex, don't go out of your way to tell me. If you feel like mentioning it because of something funny that may have happened during the incident, go ahead, I can always use a laugh.

Oh, and PS, I don't need to hear about all of the negative things that could be going on with her. I wish her no harm (or anything at all for that matter) and I don't want any schadenfreude (look it up if you don't know what it means).

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Monday, August 04, 2008

28k

I broke 28,000 words last week.

Digg this!

Why is it that every time I go to any kind of news site, they're talking about all of the horrible things that are going on in the world? Why can't they discuss the fun and happy things that happen in the world? I mean the reason I go to user submitted sites is because I like to read fun stories that the corporate conglomerates don't publish. I want to hear about awesome stuff going on in the world, not just the "World is coming to a quick and violent end tomorrow!!" stories.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

27k!

That's right! I broke the 27k mark today! I got out of work early because they don't want me to get any overtime and I have to work on saturday....so I've been writing a bit...and spending time with Emily.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

26k

Just thought you'd wanna know. I reached 26k words just a few minutes ago.

I don't update enough

Sorry bout that. I just don't have much to say these days. I've been working on my book some, but not as much as I should have. I've only just breached the 25k mark, but it'll go over 26k today...maybe. I'm also working on that short story still, but that should be done by now. I'll try to get that knocked out by next week and then send it in to the New Yorker. That would be awesome!

We got a new TV, a Samsung 40 inch LCD. It's the perfect size. I also got Battlefield: Bad Company. Awesome game! We signed up for Netflix, too. Fun stuff.

Diggnation should film in Denver. I would go!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kay, what now?

I just read this article about small cars...read it yet? Alright, good. I can't believe that manufacturers were so surprised by the increase in fuel efficient car sales. The only thing I can think of is that these people make so much money that fuel prices don't bother them. This is one of the problems with bean counters and executives in businesses. They don't understand what real people go through, especially when it comes to finances. They should have seen this coming, the way I did LAST year (I never said anything, but I've been thinking that small cars will be harder to find for a long time). I mean, really? Why would ANYONE these days buy an SUV or truck when it costs over a hundred dollars to fill up, and many people fill up every week? This is an absurd "shock" to the analysts. Pay attention and realize that we poor people will do anything to save some money if we can!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Whoa!

What a day! I'm at lunch and I've already scrambled to put out a fire! I only like to do that once a month, and getting here a half hour early was too close to another fire. (these are metaphorical fires, btw.) A coffee shop that I've written from is actually hiring! I want that job because it's really close to where I live and it's a great place.

I'm not working on my book this week, I have a short story that I'm going to work on and try to submit to a couple of magazines (one at a time, of course, because they don't accept simultaneous submissions). It's gonna be cool!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

18k and still going strong

That's right, I made 18,000 words.

I got Wii Fit today and I played for over 30 minutes. It's a really fun game. It says my body age is 27, but that can change drastically from day to day. I do need to gain some weight. I have a goal to gain three pounds in two weeks...I think I can manage that.

I'm enjoying the story still....but I have some more thinking to do about the environment that the children are currently in.

Now....off do enjoy the remainder of my day off.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hm...and then some

I applied to a job at an icecream parlor in denver, but I don't know if I'll take it. The job I interviewed for the night before, I won't be accepting it if they offer...but I don't expect them to. They are not people people, they are business people and I don't want to work for them.

I sent in my resume to a local coffee company for a job downtown, and it would really be nice to get the job, assuming I can go to school and spend time with Emily.

I broke 17,000 words in my book today. I think I may break 50,000 before I get through the outline. The cool thing about that is it makes my editing process easier because I don't need to figure out how to fill in extra space, I just need to edit the story and the writing.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

15k and growing.

I reached the fifty thousand word mark today...almost to 16k! I'm getting even more excited about this story because it's taking on new shape with every word I right. I have not deviated from the outline much, but those changes I have made or definitely for the better!


Emily and I went to see Prince Caspian last night, and it was awesome! They didn't stick with the book as well as the old WonderWorks movies, but those movies sucked, and this one was awesome and still stuck to the spirit of the books very well.

We're going to a birthday party tonight, and then tomorrow we'll be at an engagement party for Jeremy and Sarah.

I'm still looking for new work, especially now that it seems as though I'm being attacked by some of my coworkers. I'm not going to be anyone's scapegoat anymore. There are some promising locations opening up, so we'll see what happens!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Last night

I did not sleep well last night. Really weird dreams.

Anyway, I didn't get anything done on my short story, but I did get a couple hundred words in on the book! I'm now up to 14,400+ (almost 14,500).

For supper last night I made hamburgers with shredded cheese cooked right into the meat! Awesome. And, no, I did not buy the patties that way...I MADE them. That's right, I mixed a pound of hamburger with a few handfuls of cheese and one egg, rolled 'em up, and stuck them on the skillet! Delicious!!

Anyway, I have to make a run to east-denver after lunch.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Writing

I've been writing a lot more since school let out. I'm up to 14,200 words, and I plan to write more this evening. I'm watching a stupid reality show right now, but that will be over soon.

I got really excited while I was writing earlier today; I got the opportunity to write some really cool things and I really got inside the character's head. I've felt like that reading before, but never when I was writing...at least not as far as I can remember. This is cool! I don't know what my progress is going to look like, but that's fine. I'm still learning.

I got an A in my history class this semester, and in the fall I'm going to take Creative Fiction Writing. I want to sell some short stories this summer and throughout the rest of the year. I'm thinking of adding characters to the Flatiron City world and make some short mystery/sci-fi shorts.

Alright....off to my writing.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Transitioning still

Sorry, it's been a while since I posted.

I'm still in the process of looking for a different job. I really would like to be able to get to school at a decent time, and still have a good deal of time with my wife. I also want to write. So pray the I find the right job.

Along with working on my book over the summer, I plan on working on some short stories to be submitted to magazines so that I can get my name out there (maybe make some extra cash for tuition or something).

I've been running a Serenity based RPG on sunday nights, but that's going to be put on hold once D&D fourth edition gets released. I don't know if we'll rotate games, but I'm definitely looking forward to playing again, rather than running a game. I want to create an awesome character :)

Friday, April 11, 2008

My ears are ringing

It's because I'm stressed! Chaos has reigned all day at work, so far, and I'm ready to walk out. Too much inconsistency, and it seems as though the people who want something done about it aren't willing to put in the effort. Here's the problem with that, when I make suggestions, I'm ignored by the higher ups. But because I'm at the bottom of the totem pole, it seems as though I am the final scapegoat. When I've tried to fix problems, nobody pays attention or follows my advice, and things get worse, when I stand aside and just let things happen, I get in trouble for not contributing to the solution.

So all ya'll can figure out your own problems, and if you have a problem with that, fire me! As soon as I find another job, I'm outta here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The job...

I didn't get it. The woman who would have been my boss didn't feel right asking me to leave my current job without a full two weeks' notice. She said she's going to keep my application on file, and if the person she hired doesn't work out, she might hire me. A longshot, right? So, back to looking for a job that will let me write more.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Job...

I interviewed for that job yesterday, and I think it went really well. I was supposed to hear back by two this afternoon, and it's almost five now. I want to know either way NOW!! I'm not impatient or anything :P Anyway, as soon as I get an answer, I'll post something. This would be the perfect job for me because it would give me time for school, writing, and a lot more time with Emily this summer when she's not working.

Friday, April 04, 2008

What's this now?

Wednesday, roughly 8 pm: Reviewed resume and sent it to a coffee shop that posted a job opening that day.

Thursday, roughly 10 am: Received a response to my resume with an application.

Friday (today) 8:24 am: Faxed completed application to coffee shop.
12:30 pm: Received confirmation of time and location of interview.....Monday at 6 pm.

I could be working at a coffee shop in a couple of weeks.... THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

The hours would work around school, and I would get up at the same time as my wife, and I would have most of the afternoon to work on my writing! Let's see how the interview goes, though.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tea and....Gabe?

I'm sitting at a coffee shop with Gabe, enjoying Chai and Coffee while I write. I've gotten nearly a page written....I think....and I should be getting more written throughout the day.

Emily is up at UNC in Greeley today for a teacher fair. She'll be back around 430 or five.

I'm running a Serenity game soon...that'll be fun.

I'm getting into WoW again, though I don't think I'll be renewing my subscription when the current one runs out....not right away, anyway.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

OOOWWWW ow ow ow ow!!!!

I slept wrong a couple of nights ago, and since then my neck's been hurting. I thought it was a muscular thing that would go away after a few days, but it hasn't. I was lifting something at work today, and it became unbalanced in my hand and wrenched my shoulder funny. I fell over and couldn't move for several minutes because I was afraid of the pain. I'm going to see a chiropractor this afternoon, but my wife needs to pick me up from work now. I hate it when something outside of my control inconveniences others....and this could be a problem, like it could damage my ability to work for a little while. Good thing I get vacation in thirty minutes.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Serenity

I bought the Role Playing Game (Not a video game....book and dice) and I'm going to start running a game soon.

Monday, March 17, 2008

So, here I sit

I've just done a remarkable job (for myself in comparison to my past) at filling my pages with vivid (if not poorly prosed, first draft quality) imagery. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if it will get old to the reader. I want to describe everything that my characters are goin

Friday, March 14, 2008

I know....it's been too long.

I haven't written in a while because there has been a lot going on lately. I'll have a more detailed explanation later, but for now just know that I had really good reasons.

I'm ready for a part time job. I don't care what it is as long as I don't have to work weekends (so I can spend time with Emily), and I still have time for school and writing. I need more time to write, and with how tired I always am when I get home from work every day, I haven't been able to even think, let alone type.

The problem is, I don't know where to look for a part time job. I want to work at a coffee shop, but none of the places that are near enough to where I live to justify the pay cut are hiring. Besides, most of them would expect me to work on weekends, which isn't going to happen because I need to spend time with my wife!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Whoops

It's been too long since I posted. I got an A on my first exam for the semester. I've begun the actual writing process for my book...I have a selfimposed deadline of October somethingorother.

Married life is still great.

Emily's sister, Molly, is going to be her next weekend for spring break. That's going to be fun. The two of us can gang up on Emily and tell all sorts of embarrassing stories.

We've been playing Star Wars for our roleplaying recently and it's AWESOME!! The GM is great and knows how to get all of the players involved beyond just rolling your dice to fight.

How's that for an update? I'm going to get to writing.

Oh yeah, I got a PS3 recently. That's cool huh?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Changes at work

So, one of my coworkers got a job touring with the Eagles. He'll be their lighting tech for the next three years. So that means he's quitting. Monday is his last day, and he found out yesterday. So rather than two weeks, he's given two days. Oh well. It'll be interesting around the shop without him, trying to survive without his expertise. We have others here who can fill in some of the gaps, but he's unique, so it'll still be difficult.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Pipes and Pints

Alright, everyone. Pipes & Pints has a video series that has officially started. You can view it on their website, or download it from iTunes.......so go do that, please.....and now :)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

>:(

My brother is getting me in trouble. He's been at his computer several times this morning, and since I've been doing work right next to him, people have assumed that I was goofing off also. Arthur wasn't dong work on his computer...well he was, but for his website, which he's not paid to do.

It's situations like this that make me want to leave because there's no way to convince people that I was working or checking in with my wife, you know, like a responsible person would. So, I still really want to get a new job, mostly at a coffee shop.

Justin really wants to open up his own place, so I'm going to try to work with him to make that dream a reality....then I can work there, too.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

:P

So Arthur is now my boss. It's not that big a deal, but I want to leave before it becomes one. I would love to work at a coffee shop, and Justin is planning on opening one. All he needs is money....story of the world, yeah?

Married life is great :) We're picking out our photos yesterday and today.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Big trucks and Homework

I hate driving big vehicles and I hate doing homework. Unfortunately, my life is going to be rather filled with both over the next few weeks, maybe even months. Oh well. I'm still working on writing and playing WoW. Fun stuff, both.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wow

So, apparently things are changing for lots of people. Within a month of me getting married (coincidence, by the way, not related) my best friend, Gabe, and another good friend, Steve, have both gotten girlfriends. And neither of them bothered to tell me when it happened :) Congratulations, guys!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

So, Cloverfield *SPOILERS*

Yeah, I saw it last night. Oddly enough, I liked it. The entire movie took place through the eyes of a personal camcorder. Now, this helped to make the movie more intense. I never saw the Blairwitch project, but from what I hear, this movie did the camcorder thing a lot better than that other movie. During long, running away sequences, they cut the filming so that you didn't have to watch a bunch of shaky footage of people, well, running away. A lot of the actual filming was done in New York, too, and the parts that obviously weren't (because of massive architectural destruction) you couldn't really tell. Even the baddies (not Godzilla, for those of you who heard otherwise) looked real, rather than CGed. The baddie is a giant bug who spawns many tiny bugs that bite people, who then explode after a little while.

The story itself wasn't overdone, and neither was the horror factor. It was still a little cheesy in parts, but not in a bad way. I can't say, "Go see it." But I can't say, "Don't see it." either. make your own decision, especially now that I've told you all of the secrets.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Ragging it out

So today I have a bunch of lights to test so that we can send them out with my dad for something like three weeks. Then I have some cables to put away.

That's it.

I want to use the rest of my day to write so that when I get home I can play WoW and hang out with my wife when she gets home. I have to work tomorrow, too. Not complaining, just bored :)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

And here it is

I now have internet at the apartment!! Emily and I are still settling in; we're taking it slowly so that we don't get overwhelmed.

Comcast installed today in the apartment, and then I hooked up my AirPort Extreme Base Station, which is my wireless router. I also got $70 dollars in giftcards to GameStop for birthday and christmas, so I bought World of Warcraft. I'm on Drak'Thul, Horde, I have a bloodelf named Zarach if you want to play with me. Also, I'm willing to start characters on other servers, if you play PvP or PvPRP.

Emily and I are having Date Night right now, so I'm gonna go.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Pipes and Pints

The Pipes and Pints videos are up for podcasting in the iTunes store, so go check it out and subscribe. All my readers with blogs need to make this announcement as well.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

That's right, I'm back

And I'm married.

The only access that I'll have to the internet for a while is going to be at work, but when we have internet at the apartment, I'll let everyone know.

I have to move a couple of things over to the apartment today, but I'm jetlagged and sick, so it won't be much.