• Writing

    Writing Report for October 2016

    by So, on the surface of things, October was not a very good writing month. Actually, if you look below the surface, that’s still the case. There are reasons that boil down to “life is busy and unpredictable”. I had my first real cold in almost three years. It took a week and a half to kick, or so I thought. It came back a week later. I don’t write a lot when I’m sick and I don’t feel like editing – just keeping up with family and work usually drains all of the energy I’ve got. Family is always busy with three teenagers, and work has entered an extremely…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, September 2016

    by Welcome to the monthly writing report. As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve made a change in my overall writing strategy to incorporate more editing in general and little or no drafting on weekends. That decision, made in order to potentially keep a little balance and not get years ahead in drafting stories, colours everything that follows in this report.   Novel-Length Fiction Drafting: Hero’s Life, 16,699 words Finished on 28 September at 58,982 words. That said, there is a lot of cleanup necessary in the dictation this time. Not sure if it’s the new installation of Dragon, a crappier headset microphone, or excessive road noise in my tiny…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, August 2016

    by Focus was pretty good this month, at least going by the overall totals, but early in the month I took a few days off work to assist with a family issue. My assistance consisted of a few chores, some animal care, some driving, and a lot of waiting for information with a family member. So, really, I was there to lower stress levels and pretend my own wasn’t high. During those days, I kept my computer close and got a lot of words down.   Novel-Length Fiction Drafting: Hero’s Life, 29,246 words Admittedly, about three thousand of those were transcribed from paper and didn’t get counted in previous months.…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, July 2016

    by It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these (or a blog post at all, actually – I should fix that), but now that I’ve moved back into a writing groove, I remember these were a good way to keep me updated and honest. If no one else reads these posts, it doesn’t change anything, and it really doesn’t matter. My efforts are still a bit scattered, though I have definite targets, just a lot of them. The idea right now is that I’m mostly picking up stories and threads I’ve already started and finishing or polishing them. There are some new things intruding, especially in the short…

  • Movies

    Why Can’t Hollywood Tell New Stories Anymore?

    by It’s not a new idea, and it’s not the first time I’ve said so, but I wish Hollywood could produce new movies instead of remaking things they’ve made before. Most of the big releases in recent years seem to be sequels, reboots, or retellings. And it’s getting worse. Somehow, we seem to be approaching an event horizon, after which it will only be possible for a movie production company to produce a story we’ve already seen and liked, maybe with a few little twists and some names changed to protect the innocent. The thing is, I don’t subscribe to the idea that the only way to be successful is…

  • Announcement,  Writing

    2016 Writing Goals

    by In some respects, my writing took a huge nose dive this in 2015. While I completely destroyed my non-fiction writing goals, I didn’t do an awful lot of fiction at all. But 2015 is over now, and 2016 is a new year. Well, every day can be the first one of a new year, but I spent the last few weeks of 2015 planning and plotting, and I’m hitting the ground running, or at least staggering forward. There are daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and annual goals for 2016 in the creative field, but I’m going to stick with the broad strokes for this post and, once again,…

  • Announcement,  Life

    2016 Resolutions

    by I’m keeping last year’s resolutions in force, without feeling the need for new ones. I like the old ones, they still apply, and it’s hard being human sometimes, so I’ll continue to make mistakes. Resolution One: Get Better At The Husband And Father Thing This seems to get harder as the kids get older, as all of our lives get busier. We’re moving into the years where they’re slowly getting ready to leave home and lead completely independent lives. I have one in his last year of high school, one in her first, and one who turns thirteen in a short time. They’ve all got different needs and different things…

  • Announcement

    2016: The Year of Star Trek

    by The 8th of September, 2016 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the first time Star Trek was broadcast on television. This makes 2016 a special year. Fifty years of Star Trek. Unfortunately, the only thing Paramount has announced so far is the third in the mediocre reboot movies. (Yes, mediocre. At best. Discussion for another day.) I hope for more, and I’m sure there will be a flurry of books, mostly with subjects we’ve seen before, but some new stuff mixed in. A little original fiction would be nice, too. But I feel like it’s unlikely to be enough to pay tribute to the show that started a revolution…