Friday, January 28, 2011
Well, I need to get lunch and then pick up the munchkin. More next Friday with less excuses I hope.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Monday, December 27, 2010
As a new year begins and my little one has started sleeping through the night, I am refocusing on my writing. I am not sure yet how much time or energy I will have, but I know I still have the desire to write. I would love to get published this year, though in many ways that is out of my hands. However, I can work to be the best writer I can. Towards that end I am trying to blog my progress weekly, reporting on these five basic goals.
New writing: I currently have a scifi short story I am very excited over and two novels with basic plot outlines.
Editing: I think good editing is the difference between good and great. Perhaps someday I will get so good that isn’t true, but for now, editing is an important skill. I have 2 short stories that need a final edit and my novel still needs some work. Hopefully those new stories will soon move to editing as well.
Research: While I have a decent education, I think there are many, many areas were my knowledge is weak. I don’t write anything where my degree would be helpful. On top of adding authenticity to the worlds I create, increased knowledge should help inspire me. My initial plan is wiki and perhaps the nano boards. Once I have a bit more focus, I can check out some books from the library. Some ideas for research I currently have:
- Animal care
- Roman history (might be related to one of those novels not yet written)
Publication: Publication requires a great deal more work than simply having a story. I need a synopsis and a query and a list of agents. Shorts are a bit simpler, but still need to mail things out. While at the beginning of the year, this might be ignored, hopefully, I’ll get my writing up to snuff before the end of the year.
Exercise: How can I mix a personal goal in with my writing goals? Easy. When I work out, my brain works better. I can write more cleanly and edit clearer. Also, it increases my kinesthetic awareness. I write speculative fiction and my characters tend to be very active. When I have worked out, I am aware of muscles and movements. When my character swings a sword, I can better visualize the movement, the effect of the sword’s weight, what other muscles it will pull, the change in weight in the feet. In an ideal world, I would master fencing (with long swords, broad swords, etc), learn to fight with a quarterstaff, get a horse and ride daily, hike a mountain except the list of physical stuff my characters do is a bit longer than I can practically handle. So, I will settle for increased body awareness through yoga and wii obstacle courses. And reading about those things online. J
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Inesh will do anything for his people, including attacking the home of the gods. After the disastrous battle, the gods offer Inesh a deal: the freedom of his people in exchange for him acting as a body guard to their chosen agent.
In addition to the mundane challenges (bandits, sickness, exhaustion), shape shifting demons believe that eating the flesh of the gods' chosen one will grant them the powers of the gods.
Ananda's vow of pacifism will be challenged by the constant assaults. Inesh, used to using his sword as the answer to every difficulty, must learn to find less violent solutions.