Monday, July 21, 2014

Am I a serious writer now???

I splurged on a notebook computer to do my writing. I wanted to be able to write in the park areas where I work, at the local burger joints, in the break rooms, wherever. And I wanted a large touch screen system to write and test mobile games.

So I splurged and bought an ASUS X200M at Best Buy. When I bought it, it was on sale for $279! So far I love it; it's perfect for writing and learning all about touch screens and 8.1. It's small enough ( 12" X 8") to carry around in a soft case.

So now I have no excuses for not writing, anytime of day. For about a month, I've been taking it to a local burger joint, grabbing a salad and plinking away for 45 minutes. I've been very pleased with how much work I can get done in 45 minutes, when there are no other distractions.

I'm up to 27,000 words in book #3 of Arlo and Jake, and I've almost finished a short story/novelette that has been bugging me for months. I don't normally split my time between stories, but the characters in this one kept barging into my stream of consciousness, so I decided to breath life into them. Hopefully, they will leave me alone when I wrap up the story. ;-)

It's interesting to use both the keyboard and the touch screen to write. I find myself scanning up and down with a swipe to find that last passage or character name that I've already forgotten. Otherwise, I use the keyboard and built in mouse as always.

Anyone else out there use a notebook or laptop to write?

Let me know how it's going for you.

I am very interested to know if anyone is using 'cloud services' to keep their manuscripts. I'm 'this close' to trying it, I'm just paranoid I'll lose something in the ether. ;-)

Be cool
Keep writing!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Check out my interview with I.B. Nosey!

The ever wacky I.B. Nosey, winner of the coveted Pukelitzer Award and other highly questionable honors, interviews me on his site.

Follow along as I beam him aboard the ship and explain the plight of Arlo and Jake in my humorous SciFi adventure series.

Just click the following blurb from Mr. Nosey's site and follow the fun!

'Follow along with I.B. Nosey, your favorite intrepid internet reporter, as he interviews compelling guests, uncovers important truths, and embarks on harrowing, suspenseful adventures.'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

On a roll, Arlo and Jake 'Lost Partner' just passed 24000 words!

I know some (a lot?) of you can knock out whole books in a couple of months. I envy you. I just can't do that.

If I ever become a full time writer (hello literary agents looking for an up and comer... here I am! ;0), then I can dedicate most of the day to spilling my imaginary guts.

For those of us who have day jobs and family commitments that can't be pushed aside, it's a chore just to push our stories forward a few pages every night. And that's what I do. I sit my butt on the couch and try to write a couple of pages every day.

This 4th of July weekend was busy. Gardening, honey do stuff, guitar lessons and a granddaughter that will NOT be ignored (I wouldn't anyway). These last three days seemed to flash by. Here I am, late at night, trying to update my writing blog and do the social media bit.

But. I got several chances to focus on book 3 and damn if I didn't crank out some cool stuff. It's over 24,000 words now!

Arlo and Tia are trying to stay alive on the swamp planet. Jake and Pixie are trying to stay alive on the Triumph, in the middle of an interstellar battle. And I get to orchestrate it all!

Writing is a blast!

Sure I'd like to do it full time. But until then, I'm celebrating days like this.

You need to celebrate too. Any time you write, you are celebrating being alive.

Be happy for today. WRITE!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Busy day AND I still wrote 2 pages! Whoo Hoo!

To sum it up:
- Woke up early and walked around the block
- Drove to work, sipping on a spinach, kale, banana, milk and blueberry 'shake'. Yumm.
- Busy, productive day at work. Digging around in the guts of Winforms trying to find out why some of my buttons refused to respond to being set to 'visible'. Sheesh! As is usually the case, it was stupid user ( that would be me ;-) error. What used to work in the original code works slightly differently in C#. Live and learn. ;-)
- Drove home. You don't want to know about the crappy traffic. Does Texas EVER finish a highway?
- Paid bills
- Dealt with the mail
- Had a great dinner of seafood enchiladas and black beans
- Updated my blog (this post)
- Updated tweets, adding 5 new followers, thanking each for their interest
- Wrote about 800 words on a battle scene in book three of 'Arlo and Jake' SciFi series
- Wrote some notes on a short story I'm writing ('Etchings' if you're interested...;-). I think I've got the outline pretty well fleshed out now!
- Made a few notes on a game that's been brewing in my fevered noggin... Working title is 'Marching Martian Zombies'. Cool!
- Got in 30 minutes of practice on my classical guitar!

So what? Well, I just wanted to show that if you really think about it, there is PLENTY of time at night for you to get in a couple of pages on that novel you've always wanted to write!

The trick? Pay attention, folks. THERE IS NO TRICK! You knew that, didn't you.

Sit down and write.

It's good for you. It's fun. It exercises your mind and calms your nerves.

Relax and let yourself add a few minutes of writing every night.

By this time next month,  you could have a chapter written!

Be cool.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What a glorious, calm day...

Today was awesome.

No trips to the mall. No phones calls; NOT A SINGLE TELEMARKETER!!! No doctors appointments. Nothing that had to be done today. No honey-do list (thanks, Babe!).

And other than this entry, done while watching TV, on the couch and relaxing with a brew, no thought about all the writing I need to do.

Not a single word written on 'Arlo and Jake', book 3 or 'Etchings', another short story I'm working on.


What did I do? Glad you asked.

For the first time in ages, I spent all day on the patio, reading 'The Dream Map' by Jason Luthor. I started at about 9AM. I took my time, savoring the work of an author new to me. I love finding a new writer; it peaks my imagination to view a story through new eyes. You can see my review of Mr. Luthor's book on my 'Reviews' tab.

The day started perfectly; it was lightly raining when I woke. There is something about waking to raindrops and cool weather that just makes the world seem calm and peaceful.

Grabbing a fresh mug of coffee and the Sunday paper, I walked out on the patio, savoring the smells and sounds of a soft Texas drizzle. The coffee tasted extra bold, the Comics were extra funny and I even read the front section of the Dallas Morning News.

Then I grabbed my Android tablet and loaded up the Kindle App. I spent the rest of the day playing in a realm of Sword, Sorcery and Dragons. It was wonderful.

Next week is a new chance to write. A fresh set of moments to let my imagination roam and play. I'm looking forward to the challenge.

My wish for you is a fresh set of moments and the desire to embrace your challenges.

Be cool.
Be happy.
Just Be!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Now that's more like it!

I just passed 15,000 words on book 3 of my 'Arlo and Jake' SciFi series. Whoo Hoo!

I've been pushing myself nights to move this story forward. I really want to get book 3 published this month! But it's been a real struggle some nights.

Part of the problem is that I want this book to be better than the first two. I want a really satisfying, interesting plot, better dialog, more laughs and guffaws but with a great adventure story. Not too much to ask, is it? ;-)

The first book was short, meant to be an novelette to introduction the series and give readers a taste of what's to come.

Book two brought in some more characters, including a nasty antagonist with his own back story. Taash and the D'bak bring some evil interest into the story line.

In book three, I want to explore and enhance everything in this series!

Therein lies the rub! ;-) I've been pulling what little hair I have left going over and over the story and dialog, trying a plot twist here and a pun there. It's been a real challenge.

But this weekend I used the old backup trick that's got me past this 'problem' before. I read, re-read and re-read the story, out loud, from the beginning to the end, over and over. Each time I found the little glitches and fixed them. Until I made it all the way through without any major hiccups. I still have little places to improve but I just marked them with 'XXX need this there' comments and moved on.

It feels great! Now on to the mid-point of the story! Yaaahhhhhhh.....!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blog shuffle!

I just added 2 pages to the blog, 'Genome the novel' and 'Arlo and Jake the series'!

Now I can post when I'm getting Arlo or Jake into trouble! ;-) Which is my favorite thing to do, outside of sitting on the patio with a glass of 'Rodeo Red' and a plate of nachos! Of course, I could do both...

Book Three of the Arlo and Jake wacky SciFi series in nearing the halfway point! Whoo Hoo!

I've established lots of new characters and the plot is thickening nicely, even as I sip this fine red. Now you can follow the journey as I wrestle with new bad guys, new concepts and new ways to torture my heroes.

I'll post on the Genome page too, providing snippets of the story or dialog. It was my first real novel, so I'm always finding places where it could be improved. I'll try to keep you up to date on where I went wrong and how I'm going to change the story to make it better. Now if only Hollywood would get off it's lazy butt and call about that movie option... ;-)

Of course I'll continue to blog here about ePub, writing, reading, movies, scripts and other interesting stuff.

A popular new blog post series I'm going to continue is my 'interview' with Arlo. I have more interviews lined up with different characters from my book and maybe other cool authors!

Be cool, my friends.