Status Update – 2014-06-12

So it’s been a little over a month since my last update. Life caught up to me for a while. Days slipped by with no writing. I think I needed to recharge the writing batteries a bit. I did pick up my reading for a bit, which was nice. And now I’m back on the writing full speed ahead. Fortunately, I was far enough ahead of my goals that I didn’t really fall too far behind. I just chipped away at the healthy lead I accumulated.

So I’m pleased things are moving back on track. The next few weeks/months may be a bit chaotic for me. I will have some exciting news for next week as well. In the meantime…

-Keep writing.

Thursday Trenches – Make it Happen

You read Chuck Wendig’s blog, right? More importantly, you read his books? Tight, gritty fiction. Check him out.

So Chuck posted this info-graphic:


And it’s the same thing I’ve been saying for a while. Just in nice info-graphic form. Everyone loves an info-graphic. I love Chuck’s no BS attitude on writing advice. If you’re just starting, spend some time reading through Chuck’s writing advice. Or grab one of his writing books from amazon.

Almost There

Tomorrow I’ll reach my word count goal for the year, 3 months ahead of schedule. I would do it tonight (there’s not much left) but I want to spend that time editing.

Why have I reached it three months early? I haven’t spent much time editing. Doom on me. I edited the Dwarf Lords one time. There is still much work to be done. So that is my goal for the remainder of the year. Wrap up another draft or two of edits and see if I can really make this book shine. Then the hard part will begin… publishing.

Labor Day Updates

So, I finished outlining last week and jump right in to the next novel.

So, I finished outlining last week and them jumped right into the next novel.

I’m also in the last 10% of my goal for the year. Way ahead of where I’m scheduled to be.

All of this leads to the fact that I’m not spending as much time editing as I should be. Going to work on turning that ship around. If I don’t edit then I won’t publish and no one will hear about it. (But you know, if I don’t publish it, I can’t hear about how terrible they are, assuming anyone actually reads them.)

I wonder

Of late, I have wondered why I maintain this blog. Short of a few dedicated souls (I DO appreciate your comments/likes!) This doesn’t get much traffic or interaction. I’m not overly concerned with “building a platform”. Write an awesome book and the fans will come.

In the short term, my goal is to have this novel wrapped up before the start of GenCon. That gives me 8 days and I think that is achievable.

-Keep writing.


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Gandalf offers Frodo this advice when Frodo wonders why he must hear the burden of the Ring.


Gandalf’s advice is aimed at keeping Frodo on his path to deliver the ring.

For me, the advice has a more practical application. As you may have guessed given the content of this blog, I’m referring to writing. Everyone one of us has the same 24 hours available. Our responsibilities may differ but it still must be crammed into that time. I have a family (two children) and a full time job. There are most definitely days where I want nothing more than to just chill and do nothing. Some days all I want to do is play a video game.

(Some times I DO play video games. That’s okay too.)

I just keep reminding myself, if I want to reach my goals, it’s something I have to put the time into.

I have decided what to do with the time given me.

-Keep writing.


Writing is a good excuse for not having a a decent post, right?

Marginal at best? Well, deal with it. I am down to the last chapter, and I’m happy to say things got away from me a bit. I’m excited to reach the culmination of this book. It’s been several years in the making. Another update will be along soon.

-Keep writing.


Small Update

Just a quick status update. Writing is flowing onto the page lately. I’m ~12K words over my current goal for the year. I’m roughly a chapter or two from the end of the current novel. I’m planning the next novel. It will be a change of gears to a science fiction (space opera) story. I’m ready for a little break from fantasy. Yeah, it’s going well. I love doing this.

-Keep Writing.

Conquering the Mind

I was about 20 minutes into my workout today when my mind started giving me perfectly valid reasons to quit.

It was a busy day at the new job.

I ate pretty good today. (Well, the first half of the day at least.)

I already worked up a good sweat/burned a good chunk of calories.

Was it time to quit, though? No, I still had another 15 minutes to go. I pushed myself to keep going and instead ended up burning the most calories I’ve done in a single workout.

The same applies for writing (or any other task that is hard). I sit down to write and my brain starts finding all this other stuff I could be doing.

Weren’t there some blogs I wanted to read?

Man today was busy at work, I’m fried.

I bet there was a new g+ post in the last 30 seconds.

Wait, I could write a blog post. That counts as writing, doesn’t it? (Worry not, I finished my writing goals today before I wrote this.)

I’m this close to getting the next level in Super Awesome Fantasy Game!

All these are just excuses for me to not write. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, there was no quick path to publishing. Some days would be better than others. Still I have to tell that doubting part of my mind to get out of the drivers seat. Today is the day I write. And the next day. And the next. Until I have a novel sitting here before me.

Oh, and unplugging the internet doesn’t hurt either.

-Keep Writing.

Write or Die

Last night I met with a local writer’s group that is restarting here in Pittsburgh, Write or Die. Critiques are done clarion style. I’m looking forward to the next meeting. I have a couple of short stories that I’m interested in getting a new perspective on, so this will be good. Hopefully I pick up some good tips.

We also did a little writing exercise. The idea was to take a character from a current WIP, change that character to a robot and write a short paragraph from their perspective. Then pull lines out of that to produce a poem. Mine went like this:

Rest Period

Sub-optimal idle time
Minimal power to systems
Laying in his mother’s arms
Analyzing her organic nature

I don’t usually write poetry, but this amuses me.

-Keep writing