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Sushi and Onigiri (Mostly Onigiri)

Sushi and Onigiri (Mostly Onigiri)

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So I’m not a big sushi fan.

There’s nothing wrong with sushi and millions of people like it, but it doesn’t do it for me for reasons that have nothing to do with Japanese cuisine (a lot of which I do like).

I don’t really like fish. Sorry. I know that’s a sweeping, general statement, but it’s more or less true. I like it better than squash, if that helps, but given two choices of protein for a meal, I want to choose the other one.

And sushi uses raw fish.

I’m good, thanks.

You can keep the seaweed, too. Tastes like fish.

But take that sushi rice and squish it into a ball with some tasty surprise in the middle and you have one of my favourite foods: onigiri.

Pretty awesome onigiri. Mine don’t look this good.

We discovered onigiri at Anime North last year. It was being billed as ‘Japanese Street Food’ on the sign of the restaurant in the con hotel and they were selling them 2 for $5 without having to go in and sit down. A little expensive, I’ve since discovered, but we were hungry and it was convenient.

We were also hooked. The girls liked the salmon ones best, but I found them better with chicken or beef inside.

The filling is really just for flavour. Most of what you’re getting is rice, but that’s good as long as you’re not eating a dozen of them at a sitting. Although I may have had as many as four that first time.

Yes, I was completely addicted.

ANd, knowing we’d never find them where we live, I decided to figure out how to make them myself. Turns out it’s not that hard.

  1. Cook the rice.
  2. Cool the rice a little.
  3. Squish the rice into the desired shape.
  4. Stick some stuff in the middle and squish some rice over top.
  5. Consume

Yes, it’s that easy.

Step 3 can be messy, if you let it. My oldest daughter (the Japanese food and culture addict) prefers the handmade balls. A little messy, but made with love. I like to keep my hands mostly rice free, and use a measuring cup, some plastic wrap, and a glass to squish them with.

Mine also don’t look this good. But they’re close.

Neater, and pre-wrapped for my lunch.

But they really are easy.

Oh, the filling might be a little work, but that’s up to you. Most of the time we do a miso paste, green onion, rice wine thing that’s absolutely delicious. The girls are quite fond of salmon inside, and we’ve done beef once or twice as well.

{picture of my onigiri}

They do tend to dry out very quickly, though. My experience is they degrade quickly into dryness after 24 hours and even near the end of that time they start to need a drink to go with. But, wrapped, if you make them in the evening, they should be fine for lunch the next day. Better still to make them in the morning if you want them for lunch. Waiting for the rice to cook is the longest part of the process.

Oldest daughter's hand made onigiri.
Oldest daughter’s hand made onigiri.
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My pre-wrapped onigiri. Not bad!

I think we make them about once a week lately. They’ve become a sort of comfort food and they’re popular with everyone in the family except for the teenage carnivore. Insufficient protein.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

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I don’t usually make a lot of resolutions. Those I do, I tend to keep simple. There are usually a lot of goals, and I talk about those all over the place. Several posts about my writing goals for 2014 will be appearing in the next few days, for example, so I don’t need to cover those here, and I have karate goals and financial goals and cleaning the house goals, among others.

But I’m doing a bit more for resolutions this year. Sort of.

There’s always one, and it’s the first one on the short list that follows, but for a change there are others. None of them are terribly specific, and they certainly don’t count as SMART goals by any means. They’re designed to keep me in a good state of mind, which isn’t always easy for any of us. As a matter of fact, it’s damned hard sometimes, but challenge makes us stronger, right? Giving up is the biggest failure.

Resolution #1: Be better at the husband and father thing.

Right, how vague is that? But it’s not, really. It just means keeping my family uppermost in my mind. With practice, that’s slowly become easier, though I still slip once in a while, or get distracted. That makes me human. The point of the matter, and many people are fond of saying it: family first. Play, talk, teach, enjoy.

Resolution #2: Be kind.

It’s easy to let your emotions rule, to snap when you’re irritable or sleep-deprived (ask me about the second one of those) or even just say what you’re thinking. It’s harder, sometimes, to take a moment and be kind when you’re responding, especially when you’re responding to something that’s not what you hoped/expected it to be. Consider what might be in the other person’s head and heart for just a brief instant, or what they might be going through, and you’ll probably come up with a better response that works for both sides of the equation.

Extend this beyond responses, into initial actions. Say hello. Smile. Pet the cat whenever you walk by. Hold doors open for people. In general, think about what other living creatures need and want and appreciate, and go just a little out of your way to provide some of that.

Resolution #3: Be polite.

This goes hand in hand with resolution #2. Manners cost nothing, and think about this: people remember if you’re nice to them just as much as they remember if you’re a jerk to them. Which of those two things is likely to make the world around you (including your own life part of it) better? Set the good example wherever you can and expect the same of the people around you. Call them on it when you don’t get it. Just be polite about it.

Resolution #4: Read more.

I used to read a lot more (see my note on reading challenges for 2014). I probably won’t get to pre-children levels ever again. Well, maybe when I’m retired, if ever. But this resolution is more to make me think about what I’m doing with downtime, not that I get much of it. Television is easy and mindless, and most of it is stupid and a waste of time. Not all of it, but most of it. A lot of the time, I’d be better off with a book and I want to remember that.

Resolution #5: Think more.

Douglas Adams famously observed this about people in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: “If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.” Less talk = more thought.

I think about things a lot, but I don’t see this as a bad thing even though it sometimes helps me dwell on things I can’t change in the past or worry about things that haven’t happened yet. The more you think about the possibilities that might come to pass, the more you’ll be prepared for the things that actually do happen.

Plus, while I may not be Vulcan, I firmly believe it’s better to control and channel your emotions than to be controlled by them.

2014, Here I Come

Another year begins today. It’s a marker on the calendar, nothing more. But that makes it a good place to take stock and set new benchmarks. I’ll turn 44 at the end of the year, and that’s a neat number and a good age.

But then, aren’t they all?

Be well, everyone.

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Introducing the ERQ

Introducing the ERQ

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The ERQ

There are times I just have to walk away from Facebook. Last night was one of those times.

I mostly like Facebook, really. Yes, I know that I’m the commodity as far as they’re concerned, but it’s become an important point of social contact. People find each other on Facebook and get to stay peripherally part of each other’s lives when they would naturally have drifted apart and never heard from each other again in a pre-internet era. You can decide if that’s a bad thing or not. Overall, I like it.

The problem I usually have with Facebook (when I have a problem with Facebook), as all the crackpot, idiotic, stupid bullshit people not only believe in the privacy of their own skulls, but now can post for other people to believe or plaster all over other people’s news feeds in an effort to make them believe it.

My current profile picture on FB is this:

Demand evidence and think critically

That probably tells you something about me. What it should tell you is that I believe everyone has a brain of some sort and should use it to the best of their ability. People should think for themselves and not just believe what they’re told. Demand evidence. Think critically. These are two very important things.

But most people don’t do either. I’m sorry. Don’t be offended, but in my experience, it’s true. Conduct your own experiment.

And start it this way: go through your Facebook news feed and see how many ridiculous things people in your friends list have posted in the past 24 hours.

Ignore the jokes and memes and “what I had for lunch” status updates and pictures of cats. Well, go ahead and look at the cats. They’re pretty cute, mostly.  Even Grumpy Cat.

Instead, tally posts that spout conspiracy theories, new age pronouncements, natural remedies completely unsupported by any science or evidence, urban legends, virtual chain letters, and hoaxes that have been floating around long enough that they’re obviously hoaxes. Depending on your religious persuasion, you may or may not leave out the religious pronouncements, if you like, unless they fall under some other category. I include them.

Sorry. I realize I’m asking you to do a little work here, having a look at your entire feed, comments included, for a 24 hour period, but it’s a worthwhile experiment. Trust me.

Count comments friends of friends have made on your friends’ posts. This might serve to inflate things a bit if you have a friend or two who attracts the flakier crowd, but it will give you a better representation of what you’re seeing. You’ll need to open up the comments list on posts with more than a couple.

Don’t count things on pages you’ve subscribed to. Most people don’t read more than a couple of those on the posts they really love and none at all on the rest unless Facebook draws their attention to them.

Got your number yet? Okay, now divide this number by the number of friends you have on Facebook. The resulting number is your current ERQ. Eye Roll Quotient.

I’ve just conducted this experiment myself, rolling my timeline back to as close to exactly twenty-four hours ago as I can. My current ERQ is 0.0892, which is actually better than I thought it would be, considering I had to step away from the Internet. Then I think about the handful of people I’ve hidden because I’ve gotten tired of the conspiracy theories, new age and/or religious pronouncements, natural remedies completely unsupported by any science or evidence, urban legends, virtual chain letters, and hoaxes that have been floating around long enough that they’re obviously hoaxes.

So, 0.0892. Sounds like a nice small number, right? What it means is that out of every hundred (non-page) posts in my news feed, Nine of them have at least a comment attached by someone who hasn’t demanded evidence or taken the time to think about what they’re about to post/comment.

Lower is better. It should, for most people, be a small fraction. If it’s a big fraction, and especially if it’s more than 1, you’re probably in trouble. Or maybe should look around a bit and figure out what universe you’re in.

Be well, everyone.

Also keep your eyes and minds open.

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Completely Smegging Ungripped

Completely Smegging Ungripped

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So bear with me for a minute. Red Dwarf, Series 4, episode 6, “Meltdown”.

The episode opens with three of the principle characters, Rimmer, Lister, and Cat, sitting in their quarters. Rimmer is describing in painful detail the dice throws of a Risk game played at age 17.

Things you need to know. Lister is slowly being driven crazy. Rimmer is completely oblivious. Smeg is a general purpose swear word you can substitute for any or all of the standards.

The actual scene lasts about three minutes. The whole episode appears to be available here and this is pulled from the first scene. After the first scene, things get exciting with wax robots and teleporters and wars and stuff.

Lister: What I want to know, is how the smeg can you remember what dice you threw at a game you played when you were seventeen?

Rimmer: I jotted it down in my Risk campaign book. I always used to do that so I could replay my moments of glory over a glass of brandy in the sleeping quarters. I ask you, what better way is there to spend a Saturday night?

Cat: You got me.

Rimmer: So a six and a three and he came back with a three and a two.

Lister: Rimmer, can’t you tell the story is not gripping me? I’m in a state of non-gripness, I am completely smegging ungripped. Shut the smeg up.

Rimmer: Don’t you want to hear the Risk story?

Lister: That’s what I’ve been saying for the last fifteen minutes.

Rimmer: But I thought that was because I hadn’t got to the really interesting bit.

Lister: What really interesting bit?

Rimmer: Ah well, that was about two hours later, after he’d thrown a three and a two and I’d thrown a four and a one. I picked up the dice–

Lister: Hang on Rimmer, hang on. The really interesting bit is exactly the same as the dull bit.

Rimmer: You don’t know what I did with the dice though, do you? For all you know, I could have jammed them up his nostrils, head butted him on the nose and they could have blasted out of his ears. That would’ve been quite interesting.

Lister: Okay, Rimmer. What did you do with the dice?

Rimmer: I threw a five and a two.

Lister: And that’s the really interesting bit?

Rimmer: Well it was interesting to me. It got me into Irkutsk.

Now, go back and read this again. (You don’t have to. I’m just illustrating a point.) This time substitute me for Lister. Then replace Rimmer with a random Poker player telling me about the tournament he was in a year ago last Thursday.

It’s a remarkable parallel.

You can probably find your own. It’s a wonderful thing that we can all find something to be completely obsessed with. It’s a sad and annoying thing to the people around us when we aren’t able to realize the whole world doesn’t share that obsession.

This wasn’t about work because I don’t talk about work away from work. However, there are times when I am completely smegging ungripped. I’m just too polite to say so.

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Data Lost and Found

Data Lost and Found

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So I had this sad but hopeful blog post written about how due to a set of unconnected events including a missing flash drive, a corrupt backup, and failure to also backup to my Google drive lately, I may have lost a great deal of work.

Initially, I thought this might be as much as 40 hours’ work, but reconstruction brought me to something far less than that: about 12,000 words on my current novel (out of a little over 44,000) about 5,000 words of a nearly complete 10,000 word novelette, 75% of a blog entry about Quinte Mini Con, and a bunch of research and scripting, mostly for Days of Geek.

Not everything, fortunately, but some. Too much, but I’d live.

And then, near the end of the shift today, my boss presented me with a small thing she’d found: the missing flash drive. Talk about a boost to my day. Under full camera coverage, in the middle of the gaming floor (I work in a casino), I hugged her. Twice.

So all I’ve really lost was an evening’s potential productivity while I tried to recover as much as I could of files I got back anyway. And I didn’t get several things done yesterday, but I’ll live.

What this will effect in my current month’s plan:

  1. The final draft of Ancient Runes will take a day longer. I can live with that.
  2. Days of Geek episode 6 will be late. Um, later. I wanted it on Thursday, but since I thought I’d lost my notes for the last two segments I had to record, I didn’t do any recording or editing last night. I’m probably two days behind. <sigh>
  3. By the time this posts, I’ve updated everything and made multiple redundant backups, saved in several places, including my Google Drive and an e-mail copy.

That’s all.

I feel much better now.

Be well, everyone.

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My Social Media Secret

My Social Media Secret

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Psst.

Come here. I need to tell you a secret. No, it’s okay. Really.

I suck at social media. Which is not okay.

There, it’s out there, and it’s true.

With three kids, a wife, a career, trying to launch a writing career, karate, and several hobbies with the previously mentioned kids, I’ve got a lot going on. I get wrapped up in the real world, or stuck in dealing with the thousand little twists and curves life tosses in our path, or I just get really, really busy and forget about social media.

Yes, there have been times when I’ve deliberately shut the world off to deal with things, and that’s really not good, or all that helpful if I’m honest with myself.

But sometimes I really just do forget. And that’s bad.

I’m probably best at Facebook, at least parts of it, because that’s how my daughters message me (my son texts me by phone), so I remember to skim my newsfeed because I want to keep in frequent contact with my kids.

But I have friends on Twitter (a few of whom I’ve even met in person), people I care about how they are and how they’re doing and whether their lies and dreams are going well. And yet I forget to log into Twitter on a regular basis, often for more than one day at a time (a week isn’t uncommon in recent months). Not exactly fair to them, is it?

I go in little spurts on Google+, logging in a few times in a short period and then ignoring it for weeks or months.

And I think I’ve been to my Linked In account twice since I created it. Including the day I created it.

Not exactly consistent, am I?

Never mind that if you buy into the whole personal brand mythology, from a certain viewpoint the gaps may, in a vacuum with other data absent, make me look either unstable or unreliable.

So I need to fix this, right? Although fix is the wrong word. Nothing is broken, I’m just not as good at something as I want to be. Improvement is needed. Self improvement.

So I’m falling back on one of my strengths: planning.

Yes, I’m going to plan a social media assault. Well, assault is probably the wrong word, and ‘plan’ is probably the wrong tense. I built the plan in the last couple of days of October and pressed go on November 1st. At this time, it covers 7 different social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linked In, Get Glue, Four Square, and Foodspotting.

Facebook and Twitter are the big ones. Daily stuff.

Google+ Linked In both need a brief study period, but will probably wind up on a weekly basis mostly. You can’t be everywhere because you wind up being nowhere.

Get Glue, Four Square, and Foodspotting are for specific purposes. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget Good Reads, though I use that more as a tracking system than a social network. It counts for many people, though.

Patterns will emerge quickly, but I’ll strive to make things appear normal and natural. They will be, for the most part, but with the understanding that I’m actually trying to force myself into habits. Hopefully, the requirement for structure won’t last too long, but I’ll accept it for as long as it takes.

Wish me luck. So far, I’m not where I want to be, but I’m an order of magnitude or two better than I have been.

Be well, everyone.

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Time to Get Serious

Time to Get Serious

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If you want to be a writer, you frequently see the advice that you need to build a huge platform, somewhere for people to come and find you, somewhere to interact with your potential fans, many somewheres all connected and tied together. A dominating social media presence, apparently, is critical. Look at <insert big name independent author here>. They built an awesome platform and sold a gazillion copies of their book.

This does happen.

But I think, if you do a little research, you’ll find it doesn’t happen all that often.

The other path, the one that I think a much larger number of people are finding success on, is production. Quite a few people make a living wage in publishing (independent or otherwise) by being prolific writers and putting out lots of good quality work.

I don’t want to get too deep into numbers at the moment, but my math says that at the 70% royalty model (taking Amazon as standard) pricing your novel at $4.99, if you publish 4 books per year and sell 300 copies of each per month, that takes you to a pre-tax income of a little over $50k. Sounds pretty awesome, but 300 copies per month is significant. Still, it’s a good benchmark. More on this another day.

And I can’t be the guy who’s online all the time in my social media accounts. Touch base, say hi, answer questions, absolutely. Fifty tweets and as many FB comments per day? Um, no.

Thinking about that simple math, if I really do want to try making a living at this writing thing, I’d rather be writing most of the time.

So, it’s time for a test to see if I can produce at something approaching that level. The initial test will be for six months, and it started on October 1st. Here’s the basic idea:

  • Limited, but daily when possible, social networking, mostly over breakfast.
  • Podcast listening cut in half, but I’m completely caught up on everything I listen to at the moment.
  • Dictation in the car for at least one direction of my commute.
  • Drafting on breaks at work.
  • Editing before bed but only when no one else is awake.
  • More of everything on my days off and especially when I’m on night-shift rotations.
  • No time may be stolen from my family or other obligations. Family, career, writing, in that order. (And karate, but that’s a whole different subject.)

The plan for each 3-month period:

  • Plotting 1 novel
  • Drafting 1 novel
  • Editing 1 novel
  • 10,000 words in short fiction per month

 

Craziness!

Not really. This, on average, needs 40,000 words per month, or just 1,333 per day. Plus editing. Two hours of dedicated time per day will do it most of the time, and I can get the bulk of that during my work day.

What this looks like for the six-month trial period:

Month

Plotting Writing Editing

Oct-13

Godhead Book 1 Manifest Destiny Graceland

Nov-13

Godhead Book 1 Manifest Destiny Ancient Runes

Dec-13

Godhead Book 2 Manifest Destiny Ancient Runes

Jan-14

Godhead Book 2 Godhead 1 Manifest Destiny

Feb-14

Godhead Book 3 Godhead 1 Manifest Destiny

Mar-14

Godhead Book 3 Godhead 1 Manifest Destiny

 

I’m projecting The Godhead Trilogy at 300,000 words of epic fantasy goodness. Manifest Destiny is a shorter military SF novel to get me in gear. Ancient Runes is a bit of a cheat because I’ve really only got the final draft to do, but I’m doing another pass through the Graceland stories first and I’ll edit a bunch of short fiction I should have taken care of a long time ago to get me through to the end of the year.

Deep breath.

The first 3-month period, the final 3 months of 2013, is really just to gear up. I’m rough plotting the first half of a trilogy, drafting a shorter novel, and doing some editing clean up. Q1 of 2014 will be the real test of multitasking.  Can I reach the pace I need while still keeping the rest of my life constant? Can I maintain it once I get there? Would that mean I have the strength to do it full time?

We’ll see, but I think it’s time for me to make a serious run at things.

If this trial period is a success, I’ve already projected out for 2014, finishing The Godhead and adding in a shorter YA novel that’s been in my head for a couple of years. And I have tentatively selected projects to fill the slots for 2015 and most of 2016. Okay, all of 2016, and that still leaves stories I want to tell.

And somehow, I’ll still need to find time to blog once or twice per week. Podcasting will be pretty much done on my weekends and there probably won’t be a second podcast any time soon. There’s a fair chance at some podcast fiction, though. My final draft is typically of the “read aloud” variety and I can’t let all that go to waste, now, can I? Of course, that audio will need to be edited.

And if I’m going the indie route, there’s the publishing and marketing part of things, too.

But let’s do this thing.

Be well, everyone.

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Star Trek Re-Watch

Star Trek Re-Watch

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As part of the Days of Geek podcast (which, yes, I know I’m supposed to release an episode of today, but I’m not nearly finished editing it yet), I’m doing a Star Trek re-watch. The Original Series. As in, the series that originally ran before I was born.

I grew up watching Trek. One of my earliest memories is sitting in my father’s lap in that old green chair watching “The Immunity Syndrome”. As a three-year-old, the idea of a giant space amoeba eating whole planets was hard to wrap my mind around, but it was pretty cool. I watched every episode of the show over and over as a kid. As a teenager, it came on about 5 minutes after I got home from school for most of my high school years. That started to shift after The Next Generation kicked in, but it didn’t make the move to only early Saturday mornings until just before my first year of university. I kept watching.

As an adult, with cable and a science fiction network, I made it my mission to capture all of the episodes in order on VHS (a mission I’d later extend to TNG as well).

With the exception of the very first one, I’ve seen all of the feature films first run in the theatre. I have seen Star Trek: the Motion Picture on the big screen, but it was many years later in a review theatre.

You might figure out that I love the show. Honestly, Star Trek was a huge influence in my watching and reading habits as a kid and teenager, and is certainly the reason I’m a geek. It’s also at least part of the reason I developed a brain as a teenager when a lot of people around me seemed to be actively trying to avoid using theirs.

I’ve never tried to force feed my own kids the things I love. There’s a lot of variety and I want them free to choose their own path in all things, and that has always included what to watch. I’ve been far more likely to watch what they’re into than watch what I want.

My son thinks I should have made him watch more Star Trek as a kid. However, he’s seen every Trek movie in the theatre that’s released in his lifetime. And he’s watching a fair bit with me lately.

My oldest daughter claims it’s too late. She likes Fantasy better than Science Fiction. But she’ll sit through episodes if we’re watching as a family.

My youngest doesn’t mind and is happy to watch with me. She likes some of the episodes and rolls her eyes at others. I think she likes TNG better.

Thinking about getting my daughters into Star Trek, I’m a little wary of the lack of strong women in the original series. They’re there, but only one on the regular cast and she’s underused a lot of the time. It’s better in TNG and Voyager. I should give DS9 another chance for the same reason. (Never got as far into it. I felt a lot of what was being done on the show, Babylon 5 covered better. With a little time and perspective, now I think I might have missed some good storytelling, especially in the later seasons.)

But if all of my kids aren’t Trekkies, they’ve all caught the spirit of Trek: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, and a bright future for the human race. What more could a dad hope for?

But the re-watch. That’s where I started, right? I’m less than half way through Season One watching things in order, but I’ve also handpicked episodes for the family to watch for Spocktoberfest. My success rate is high for those. That said, my son has requested “Spock’s Brain”.

Okay, so there are a few not so good episodes (although “Spock’s Brain” is interesting in its own way), but you can learn a lot from them too. Negative examples are still examples. But the good examples from the series tend to be really good, even 47 years on.

It’s all about the stories and the characters. Star Trek, The Original Series, did both of those very well.

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My Destiny Awaits

My Destiny Awaits

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So as I look back through my writing log, I find that there’s been about exactly 275 words of new fiction since I finished a flash piece on May 29th. Oh, I’ve written. Blog posts in the main, at least recently. Book reviews, scripting and show notes for Days of Geek. But not fiction.

The summer was weird, though it did have a fair bit of editing involved, most of it on a single project that’s now only a handful of days from being finished the third draft. I’ve got lots of other things to edit, too, but I suddenly, finally, desperately need to work on something new.

So I dusted off the fragment of an idea I had a while back and turned it into a super bare bones story kernel. Beginning, a handful of major plot points, and end. Stretching that out, I filled in a few phrases in between to get a very rough scene breakout. Voilà, a 255-word outline.

Okay, not exactly an outline, but the beginnings of one. I took a little time each day in the back half of September to turn that basic framework into a real outline. Over the course of the last two weeks, it’s grown from 24 Chapters to 26 and some of those will get broken up because I’ve settled out to 37 scenes and usually like those to be self contained chapters.

It’s now a 5200-word outline for a Science Fiction novel with a working title (Manifest Destiny) and I’m going to start writing it tomorrow. The catch: I want to finish the first draft by the end of the year.

My estimates show about a 60,000 word short novel. Based on past experience with my estimates, it should actually come in somewhere between 66 and 69k. So let’s assume the upper end of that 69,000 words / 92 days = 750 words per day. In the past, when I’m struggling to get the words out, that’s about 45 minutes. I think I can cover it.

I hope I can cover it.

Wish me luck, because I’m still doing the podcast thing while I’m at it and I have lots of editing to do. And plotting the next project. And a full time job, and three kids, and… well let’s just say a life.

But the next three months are a test. Can I get back into the groove, and can I get far enough into it that I go back to working on more than one project at a time? (Sooper Sekrit Projekt still a possibility).

The reason I need to know that is that I want to get to the point where I can replace some or all of my income through creative endeavors. Yes, I know that’s everyone’s goal, but I’m not getting any younger (who is?). Enough waiting, enough stalling, enough excuses. Time to get to work.

If the next three months are successful, I’ve got a serious year planned for 2014.

Manifest Destiny begins tomorrow.

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The Status of Status Bars

The Status of Status Bars

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If you’ve been here more than once, you might have noticed I have several status bars near the top right. These were supposed to be highlighting works in progress at any given moment.

Well, they haven’t really changed. For a couple of months. The first draft of “Listening Station” has been done longer than I’d like to think about, and I should really take it down, but it does make me feel like I’ve managed something this year. The third draft of Ancient Runes got about half an hour of attention over the summer. And I don’t want to think about the Sooper Seekrit Projekt at the moment, except I do want to.

While wrestling with life and in my own head over summer, I stopped being creative in a fiction direction. I think in several directions, really. But it’s starting to come back. I’m reading through Ancient Runes to get a feel for the story again and start to get back in the zone.

And I’m trying to blog way too much at the moment to get myself used to typing on a regular basis again. This will slow down very soon, especially since I’m using time that I really should be spending stitching together everything I’ve recorded for the next couple of episodes of Days of Geek.

So the status bars will change soon. One will come down and I’ll probably alter the arrangement a little to include a line for audio production.

And I really ought to spend a little more time on the DoG website, since the first episode is up by the time you read this. Or it’s supposed to be. I may have decided to push it back a week so I can actually do something with the website. Why? Because I’ve spent too much of my available spare time editing audio and absolutely none of it getting podcast art, a profile image, or putting any content on the website at all. <sigh>

Be well, everyone.

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