Monday, March 17, 2014

Promotional Items

I intended to blog again last week, but was laid up with a killer migraine. Add shuttling kids around all weekend, and there's no time for anything even resembling coming up with a decent blog idea. Plus, it's raining and I'd much rather be asleep.

So, you'll pardon me this brief interlude whilst I tell you that authors Jessica Bell and Adam Byatt are having a fun time with their "Degenerate Dictionary" project. I wish I could adequately explain exactly what this "dictionary" is, but you're better off experiencing it yourself.

You can experience the awesome wit that is the Degenerate Dictionary by visiting their site (, or their Twitter feed ( Come up with your own definitions, and you just might make the published version when it's completed!

Along with this project, they are having a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and e-copies of any (or all) of Jessica's books. Details about the giveaway and the ways you can enter can be found at Jessica's site, The Alliterative Allomorph -

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wishy Washy

I've taken the last 7 weeks off from blogging. It wasn't intentional to take that much time off, but I needed the break. A lot of things happening in this part of the world, mostly personal and boring and not necessary to bring up. Suffice it to say that I'm working on making parts of my life more balanced against each other, rather than one aspect dominating all of my time and attention. To that end, I'll be popping in once and a while to see how everyone is doing, and while I can't guarantee I'll be able to read every blog post, nor will I be able to comment on them all, know that I have missed you all.

During this time, I've been doing a lot of revising. I'm about halfway through draft two, and a quarter way through draft three. The second draft is taking longer than I expected, only because I've made one or two substantial changes that have ramifications across the entirety of the story. I have a decent rhythm going with these drafts, where I make a ton of changes, send those pages to two of the most excellent crit partners I've ever know, and while I wait for their notes, I keep going on draft two. Once I get them back, I make those changes into draft three, and see if anything needs to be updated in draft two before I send them the next set of pages.

Wow. That was, quite possibly, one of the strangest and most boring paragraphs in existence. I apologize for you having just read it. Unless you skimmed and skipped and don't know what I'm talking about, then never mind.

Okay, so to recap, busy with work, busy with kids, busy editing, not enough time for video games or reading. Things have changed here and there, made more efficient for our day to day, and work still needs to be done. Our sump pump decided to shit the bed over the last few days, and added to the fact that we had to have the roof replaced last month, I'm just done. Last night, The Wife said she thinks the house is trying to eat us. I'm not sure I can disagree with that sentiment.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Little Bit Of Everything

To say that time is a precious commodity in my little part of the world would be a drastic understatement of facts. Truth be told, I find myself quite a bit over-extended most days, and the scales of time are heavily in favor of those things that have to be done and need to be done. Unfortunately, this leaves little time for things that I'd rather be doing.

Tuesdays in particular are jam-packed from the moment I wake until exhaustion sets in. However, I did read two chapters from A Clash of Kings last night. At least, I think I did. I'm about 150 pages into the 950 page installment, and I'm loving every second. I wish I could world build half as well as Martin does.

Speaking of writing, I haven't done much lately. Again, time has been lacking, and what little free time there is, something needs to be done or I'm just plain exhausted. I want to get some more editing done on this WIP, as I'm about 1/3 of the way through some reader notes.

I know what everyone says. Things akin to "There are always [dishes/laundry/yardwork} to be done, but they can be done later." That may be true, but I don't work like that. It's an unfair balance to work, unable to write knowing that something else requires your attention, and feeling guilty about not doing it while your writing or reading, which detracts from the experience of writing or reading. It's a cycle I've been unable (or, dare I say, unwilling?) to break. Hey, I made strides to finish a draft before doing any editing, and I've stuck with that. Well, the editing is slow, but I've broken that habit. Maybe one day I'll be able to not feel guilty about writing when other things or people need my attention.

I watched Oblivion recently. I know people get on Tom Cruise for his off-screen antics, but personally, I can detach the movie persona from the real life person. It was decent, albeit predictable. Heavy on the special effects, but executed well. Reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes have the movie scored low, but I fear people don't separate their personal feelings for Tom Cruise's lifestyle choices from the movie. Which is also why I don't pay attention to most reviews, especially negative ones. I mean, if everyone listened to things like Entertainment Weekly's review of Forrest Gump—"It is...glib, shallow, and monotonous, a movie that spends so much time sanctifying its hero that, despite his 'innocence,' he ends up seeming about as vulnerable as Superman."—who knows what would happen. To that end, I enjoyed it for the experience of the post-apocalyptic/post-alien invasion world. I mean, it's Earth, but After Earth. Pretty wicked, even in its predictability.

On the horizon, my brain has already been thinking about the April A-to-Z Blog Challenge. So, I put it to you, those few of you still coming by. Do I follow my original idea of teaching about Arthurian Legend? Or do I try to spend the next two months writing a 26 part series using the alphabet as a guide? Much more daunting an idea than speaking about King Arthur, Excaliber, Gawain, Lancelot, and Spamalot, to be sure, but maybe. Thoughts? Questions, concerns, queries, or conundrums?

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