• Podcast,  Podcasting

    It’s Time to Podcast

    by Probably long past time. I’ve been threatening to podcast my fiction for a while and about a year ago even added to one of the short versions of my writer’s bio that I’m “conspiring to commit a podcast” of some of my fiction. Well, it’s time to stop conspiring and commit that podcast. Or two podcasts. The one that will likely start first won’t be my fiction. Instead, it will be about my fiction – the process, the things I think about, the way I see writing and the activities that go into and are part of it. I’ll likely branch out into publishing and other related creative work.…

  • Writing

    Cut Doesn’t Mean Thrown Away

    by Writers may have run across the phrase that you need to “kill your darlings”. A sentence, scene, storyline, or character unnecessary to the plot needs to be removed for the sake of the overall story. For reference, this means to be objective when you edit. Make sure that everything in the final story needs to be there. It doesn’t mean to get rid of things just to make the story shorter, to fit some arbitrary word count, because it’s your favourite, or anything like that. It also doesn’t mean you just throw it away. Maybe it’s the germ of some other story. Maybe it can be fleshed out a…

  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    My Ko-Fi Shop

    by I’ve mentioned it here and there but haven’t made a big deal out of it. I don’t often make a big deal out of things, do I? Probably, I should make a bigger deal out of this. There are a lot of crowdfunding models available for creators now and a lot of different services to take advantage of them. While I likely will branch out to a couple of other things as well, I’ve picked Ko-Fi as a starting point for several reasons. Ko-Fi has been around for a couple of years and they seem fairly stable. How little they take in commission – nothing on tips/donations and 5%…

  • Writing

    Character Description – Try Not To Do It

    by Why do so many writers spend so much time and so many words on character description? Get to the story, already! Okay, there’s more to my feelings on the subject than just that irritable exclamation, and I mean more than just describing the POV character. Any character description falls into this bucket. And I’m trying to come at this from the perspective as a reader for enjoyment, not in any professional capacity, though some of my internal comments when I’m submission reading for Bards and Sages may relate to this. Specifically, I’m talking about is when a paragraph or more (sometimes a lot more) gives me every possible physical…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Something About Balance?

    by And then three months with no blog activity. Well, after reading week, things got busier and there’s a certain amount of pressure for me to perform at my absolute academic peak right now. Not that that will change when I manage to get my major shifted to Honours Physics (with a couple of additions on top of that) and when/if I manage to get accepted into an education program. Sure, I’ve put a lot of that pressure on myself, but that’s because I know making a change of this magnitude at my age doesn’t really give a lot of wiggle room to make mistakes and figure things out. So…

  • Life,  Writing

    590 Days in a Row

    by On the 20th of March of 2020, five days after almost everything else had shut down for COVID, a week after I’d had to have individual conversations with the 70+ staff in my department that the casino was shutting down for a few weeks while society got a grip on COVID (and no, we didn’t know exactly how long, but the indications we’d been given suggested we’d be open again before summer – look back on that now and choose your emotional reaction), upper management gave most of the rest of us the same speech, ultimately leaving just the General Managers and the site Maintenance Managers for our district,…

  • Writing

    The Plan

    by Or part of it, anyway. Because there is one. It’s reasonably detailed, too. The question that remains is how close I’ll stick to it. Well, and how much the universe and regular life events will interfere with me trying to stick to it. At a high level, the writing plan is relatively straight forward and consists of a target number of Flash pieces, Short Stories, Novels (just one of those), Poems, Journal entries, and Blog posts. There will still be a focus on editing this year, but I’m more caught up than I was when I started that focus, um, before COVID maybe? It’s been a while.  But I…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Change in Design Philosophy

    by I’ve recently undergone a bit of design philosophy change when it comes to e-books. Well, books in general, but e-books specifically. I’ve always enjoyed those few pages some publishers put in the back of the book giving you a taste of the sequel or another work by the author. The first couple of chapters or to the end of the scene that breaks 5,000-ish words. A glimpse of things to come. Love it. Not everyone does, and that’s fine. But I have seen a few notes here and there that it upsets some people to get to the end of the story before they’ve gotten to the end of…

  • Life,  Studying,  Writing

    Another Trip Around the Sun

    by I’m 51 today. If you’re keeping track, that means I was born in 1970. It also means I’ve spent the last few years growing more conscious of my age and the ages of the important people around me, particularly the ones who are significantly older. Strange how we grow more aware of our mortality in middle age. To go along with that, there’s the idea with deep roots in my head that I need to make the rest of my time in the universe as productive and meaningful as I can. In the neighbourhood of my 50th birthday last year, I significantly overestimated how productive I’d be on the…

  • Writing

    A Break from Serials, Among Other Things

    by Not a lot of blogging lately, hmm? And you may or may not have noticed that I’m taking a break from serials right now, having allowed both Heroes Inc and A Matter of Honour to run to completion without immediately starting another. Also, April is shaping up to be the lowest monthly word count since the pandemic started because I’ve pretty much only done editing this month, plus just a little blogging. The reason for all of these is the same: I’ve been nose to the grindstone, pedal to the metal, shoulder to the wheel working on getting my teaching ESL course done, or as done as possible before…