Look at me writing

Nothing of huge substance to note here. Writing away as fast as I can. I am happy to say I am consistently meeting my goals (or if I miss a goal, I usually make it up within a day or two). Really feel like I’m making some progress.

I received an email for the contest run by On the Premises. I thought man, that is perfect! I just finished a story that would fit wonderfully with their theme of Myth and Legend. Then I read a bit further down… hmmmm 1-5K words. That may be a stretch. I think my story finished around 7k. No problem though! Tighten the prose and I can squeeze in under that target.

Then I open the document. 10,267 words. Twice the word count I needed. Granted, it is a rough draft. I haven’t edited it at all. I see some notes to myself in the document. Given all that, cutting it in half will be rough.

I am still going to work on it. That was my plan anyway. Just don’t know that the story will be suitable for OTP.

Getting your work out there

This is as much for me as it is for you. I was browsing Warren Ellis’ blog feed today (he has an interesting mix of stuff) and he posted a link to the Not .99 Method DIY iBookstore.

If you are considering self publishing your work you should check it out.

Of course, you’ll have to do the marketing yourself, but that is pretty standard if you are working toward self publishing. Anyway, I think it is a cool method and I wanted to have the link around later if I decide to go that route. I also hate that everything is priced at .99. Thanks car makers, putting that car at 9,999 is a huge difference from 10,000. OMG an extra digit, I think my brain is melting…

Of course the drawback to this method is you won’t show up on Amazon or Apple or whomever you want to share the pie with. What’s that you say? You don’t want to share the pie with the corporate machine? I don’t want this to turn in to a “sell out vs wither in anonymity” debate. This is merely one method to consider when you are holding that manuscript you slaved over for months or years of your life.


As for me, life has been life. Writing has been sporadic, much as life. Had some great times with the kids sledding over the weekend. Started reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson¬†(a book which makes an excellent argument for ebooks. I won’t take the massive tome from my house, which is making reading slow to say the least. I am enjoying the book, but man it is huge. I can has¬†digital copy with my dead tree version plzkthx.) Getting ready for that trip to the big D.

Feel like some equilibrium will be coming along soon. Though the only time life is going to let up, it will already be too late. So best to make of it what I can.

I feel sorely tempted to count these posts toward overall word count. But that just feels like cheating.

Info Dump

This was largely an unproductive weekend for writing. I only have myself to blame for that.

Saturday was great. Spent the morning at the kids first soccer game. They are on different teams and the first game was against each other. My daughter got a wicked grin on her face as she saw that her brother was goalie before she scored the last goal of the game on him. Though he didn’t care, he was just having fun playing. Was a great game and they were really having fun.

Saturday afternoon saw us at the waterfront and the PGH Irish Fest. I could not believe the number of people drinking miller lite. Really? At the Irish fest? Why were they even selling it? Anyway. We went to see Gaelic Storm. They were awesome again as usual. Wish we could have stayed for the later show. Tori had a great time seeing all the Irish breed dogs. Then she got to see the girls from Shovlin dance school. She is starting there tomorrow and was pretty excited to see them.

Reading a book right now, and it’s just not that great. I’m not feeling any compelling need to finish it. And I wonder how something like this got published. You read some stuff like Rothfuss and you are blown away by it. Other stuff you read and it’s not super amazing writing but highly entertaining and you are pulled along anyway. Then that third category and you are just kind of “huh?”. Seems that way with a lot of stuff though. Television, movies, music.

Publishing climate being what it is now, the chances seem smaller than ever. Thankfully there is the internet to get things moved along. There is still that desire to have a printed and bound copy in my hands.

Of course, I should have probably worked on my own fiction instead of this blog post.