May 20, 2018

I have done it and I am happy. That was the most difficult writing task I've ever given myself. It left me beat and sore, as if I was physically doing something, but it's finished and I am equal parts relieved and happy.

Man, it feels good to have pounded this thing ou...

May 20, 2018

Today had begun with me flying. I got a ton of story down in about two and three quarter hours, but I must not have moved enough (this happens when I'm in the zone with anything), because when I stopped to workout, I did the first of the interval sets (jumping jacks) a...

May 19, 2018

Very good day. Words came easily and my brain had a bunch of surprises for me. Shame it came on a Friday (which is movie night in my neck of the universe).

If I get on a tear, it's possible I finish this tomorrow.

Friday:

10:15 AM - Woke up, breakfast (same again), gave c...

May 18, 2018

Today was tough. I know three or four steps ahead now and for me, that makes it tougher to write. I like when it's spilling and I'm completely surprised, which is how it gets working eventually when I know what's coming, but it's harder to get moving.

Was wiped all day....

May 17, 2018

Strange day. Started out strong, then fizzled some. But I'm still ahead of schedule and I can pretty well see where things need to go from here.

If numbers keep up, I'll finish on time. No way to tell now if it's going to be good enough to place, but I think it's a fun...

May 16, 2018

Today was the most difficult yet. I think I must've been really grinding my teeth in my sleep because I had one of those headaches that digs right into the bones. I took a bunch of Tylenol, but those headaches that become body aches drain me something awful. So, I was...

May 15, 2018

It was another slow morning. Then a slow afternoon. The words really only came easily after my workout. Something about sweating like crazy that clears the head and allows the creative subconscious to build up a ready outpouring.

I also noticed I've mentioned some of th...

May 14, 2018

The day started well enough. The words weren't as easy as the first day. I'd pretty well spent the brunt of the coming and going thoughts I'd had about the story, but once I got into it, things started rolling. 

Using a road and map is helping me gauge how far I ought t...

May 13, 2018

Unnerving and then outside editing and critiques have been swallowing much of my creative juices. I can give myself all the time I'd ever need, but if I'm working on somebody else's stuff, I'm screwing myself out of a word count. Other people's stuff, it just saps you.

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May 12, 2018

There are a number of things you can typically expect from self-published books thanks to an underachieving, or perhaps just impatient, majority (from the sampling that has come my way). It’s not only that the errors and irritating attributes are there, it’s that they’...

May 6, 2018

I’ve been working through the most recent stack of pocket paperback horror purchases and right now, I’m in the midst of Ghost House by Clare McNally. A perfectly professional publisher, Bantam, and a perfectly professional looking book.

However, I’m being beaten to deat...

May 5, 2018

Recently, I got a hold of one the bucket paperbacks I’d been keeping an eye out for over the last few years: The Elementals by Malcolm McDowell. It’s a very good book, I was not at all disappointed, but that’s not the point of this post.

It’s about the beginning and why...

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