Status Update – 2014-03-31

It’s April Fools Eve and there are no jokes in this post. Just remember, believe nothing on the internet tomorrow. More so than you already disbelieve it. Just assume every web page is the Onion tomorrow.

So, exciting times last week. I finished a short story AND a novel. Very exciting. The novel will need some work later. Details were omitted. But overall, I like the way it turned out. I’m excited to get back to doing some more fantasy based work now. I’m still editing Dwarf Lords, and I’ll also begin edits on the short story.

Other excitement? Nothing too crazy. Summer is drawing near, which we’re ready to enjoy. Winter has felt particularly long this year. My wife and I also started in playing the EverQuest Landmark beta. So far, it’s like MineCraft with updated graphics. It doesn’t really feel much like EverQuest, at least not yet. But the precision of the building tools is nice.

-Keep Writing.

Status Update 2014-03-17

Woohoo! Happy St Patrick’s Day! Grab a Guinness and enjoy a drink with friends.

As for me? Last week was a “failed” week. I *gasp* didn’t meet all my goals. That’s just the way it works. Some weeks it works, out, some weeks it doesn’t.

I’m getting down to the end of this story, and I’m not surely how I want to end it. In the general sense, I know how it ends. I’m just not sure what words I want to use to get there. Hoping to finish it up this week. Take a week or so off to get some space from it, then I’ll start in on edits. Then I’ll finish up the current novel. Then I start the new novel.

So much to write and so little time. All I can do is…

-Keep Writing.

Thursday Trenches – Oblique Strategies

I wish I could remember where I saw this. A writing blog, I think. I’m not sure. But it doesn’t hurt to spread the news. If you’re suffering from writer’s block, this could be a great tool to get you moving again.

Oblique Strategies was originally created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975. In their version, it was a stack of index cards that you would pick from. You’d get a random phrase and use that to break through the block. More info is on the above wikipedia page.

We’re living in 2014 though, and I found several versions of this app for my smartphone. I’d have to say it’s pretty handy to have at my fingertips. It can be anything from the complex to the simple. Just now tapping it a few times, I got “water”, “emphasize differences”, and “discover your formulas and abandon them.”

I’m using this one here but there are several options in the Play store. Have a look if you find yourself stuck. (Sorry apple fans, I couldn’t see a way to easily search their store from the web… If you have a link to an iOS version, feel free to post it in the comments.)

What do you use when you get stuck? Have a favorite method? Let me know in the comments.

-Keep writing.

Status Update – 2014-03-10

Was a busy week last week. We were getting over sickness, and my wife had to go out of town for work. The kids and I had fun, didn’t totally trash the house, and I even managed to write a bit.

Status Update – 2014-03-03

Battling sickness and snow this past week has stretched all of us a bit thin around our household. I’m hoping the sickness clears up for us this coming week. So on that note, I did manage to add 3000 words to various projects, and edited for 36 days out of 61. 

Status Update – 2014-02-24

Nothing monumental for this week. Things are moving along as intended. I edited 31 of 54 days this year and I’m  ~2000 words over my goal. More importantly, I feel like I’m coming into the final run on Dwarf Lords. Then it will be time to take a crack at editing the first of the Dragon Lords.

Thursday Trenches – Creating a Mobi File

Well, I can’t take credit for this post. It’s a timely topic, as I expect to do this very soon. Susan Russo Anderson created this easy and concise guide to creating a mobi file in Scriverner for Windows. (She also has one for Mac.) So if this is relevant to you, take a look.

How to Compile a sparkling mobi in Scrivener for Windows

-Keep Writing

Status Update – 2014-02-17

Not a big update this week. Met the goals for writing and editing. Still moving along.

-Keep Writing.

Thursday Trenches – Hammer of Had Smiting

Early on, there was a lot for me to learn. That’s not to say I’ve learned it all, but I’ve definitely come a long way. There are a lot of rookie mistakes to make, that will depend a lot on you what you read and who your teachers were. For me, I used the word ‘had’ all the time (3rd person stories).

I came to realize it was completely unnecessary. Nine times out of ten, you can remove ‘had’ or ‘have’. Or if not removed, you can replace it with a better word. Often had is used when the verb should be past tense.

He had taken the pills. – He took the pills.

The sun had broken over the horizon. – The sun broke over the horizon.

She had two cars. – She owned two cars.

Of course, I’m not saying you need to open your files right now and remove every instance of the word. YMMV. Do what’s best for you. Just something to think about next time you’re writing.

-Keep Writing.

Status Update – 2014-02-10

I realized over the weekend that I missed my Thursday Trenches last week. So I’ll have to make sure I get that post up this week. (Of course, if I wrote them out days [weeks!?!] ahead of time, there wouldn’t be that problem, would there?)

So as of this week, I’m ~1500 words over my goal. Not a bad deal at all. I’m at 12% of my goal for the year, and I’ve edited 21 out of 38 days. I’m going to put my SF novel on hold for the time being (or at least work on it less). I’ve started a new project which I will tell you all about very soon. Of course, I will maintain the editing efforts. I’m just redirecting my creative time to this new project.

-Keep Writing.