Friday, October 31, 2014

Beamed Upon

So most of September and all of October have been lost. I've done so little writing it's embarrassing.

Which is why I'm calling myself out on it here. There have been distractions (baseball, work, more...) and I let them get the better of me. There was a lot of stress both professional and personal. It seems those bits are mostly gone. And there's doubt about my own abilities. That's constant.

But I was told something last night that encourages me. Now that the distractions and stress are less and less I'm diving back in. There are revisions to be done on a short story, a novella and the novel I've been shopping around. That's how I'm spending my November instead of NaNoWrimo, in revisions and editing. Yay.

That's how it's got to be done, though. That's how I'll get the writing groove back. The chair leg of truth has willed it to be so. It is wise and terrible and I fear it.

So watch for updates. I'm aiming at revising at least 7 pages a day. Or more. I'll let you know.

Thanks for staying tuned and being interested.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

No NaNo

I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

Settle down, settle down. The world is not going to end because I'm not trying to bang out 50K words in 30 days.

But here's why I'm not doing it:

I'm already elbow-deep in a new novel and I want to take my time with it so it's not a candidate for finishing during NaNo. In order for me to start up a new novel, I'd have to shelve the one I'm working on and also ignore the short story and novella I need to edit. I've got a lot on my plate right now and the day job has been sucking up my will to write. Well, also there's been a lot going on in my personal life too (nothing to get amped up about though, it's all normal stuff). PLUS my team is in the baseball World Series for the first time in 29 years. THAT'S pretty exciting and warrants my attention.

What I am going to do during November is edit. As noted above there are two things to edit and a novel to revise again. There's a lot of writing stuff to do besides the writing I actually need to get into.  Things will slow down a little in November and then in December I have to take a week long trip for work and oh yeah - the Holidays. Oh and I'll be at the Free State show this coming Saturday.

My writer's group is doing its usual thing and I will hang out with them as often as I can so I can focus on the things that need done. I will support the entire cohort however I can by exhorting them to contort themselves into writing. (I don't think that worked but I'm leaving it anyway. Eh.)

So I'm with your in spirit, fellow writers. I leave you with this directive:

And if that's not enough, here's Neil Gaiman with a special message just for you:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Where To Find Me 10/25

I'll be doing Velocity Readouts on commission and hanging around to chat. Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The KC Royals Are In The World Series

Back a while ago, I tweeted this:

Then I went to dinner with my family.

Later that night...

The next morning:

And ever since the Kansas City Royals have been on a tear, winning 8 games in a row and heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. As a long suffering supporter/fan of the team I'm over the moon about this wild ride. Even my wife and son are watching with me.

I dunno if my wish had anything to do with this, but here's hoping it's not over yet.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I Know It's Only...

So the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are announced:

Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day (1st year of eligibility)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Marvelettes
Nine Inch Nails (1st year of eligibility)
Lou Reed
Sting (1st year of eligibility)
The Smiths (1st year of eligibility)
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan (1st year of eligibility)
Bill Withers (1st time on the ballot)

Hm. I like all these acts. Gonna be a tough choice. Lou Reed and Sting are already in with their bands. Who's got the most influence, though? In that respect alone, SRV deserves to be in easily. The Rock Hall, though, likes to be very weird and take things besides influence and sales into account. That leads me to think that The Marvelettes will be in easily, too. That could knock The Spinnners out because the hall likes to have each class look diverse.

So that might allow Kraftwerk to slide in but I think Chic might trump them a little. They're higher profile, they're American and disco comes and goes in popularity. In addition Nile Rodgers is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. He's one helluva producer so that might give them a +1 in influence.

Green Day is interesting and they've been on the stage the last couple of years inducting people so that could work in their favor. I think NIN has a better chance. Trent is a darling in Hollywood (who'd'a thunk?) and he's really, really interesting as a musician if not on Twitter.

I would be pleased to see NWA get in even though I don't like their music that much. That said, Cube certainly has parlayed those early days into quite a career and that's definitely a +1 for influence. They've got sales on their side, too. Add in that Public Enemy is already in the hall and I think they have a terrific chance.

I'd love to see Paul Butterfield Blues Band get in but I believe it's a tossup between them and WAR and Bill Withers. Not for any other reason than that WAR is the most recognizable of the three but Withers has some cache too. I think one of them will make it in to keep the class diverse.

As much as it pains me, Joan Jett probably won't make it in. Neither will The Smiths.

Of course, I could be wrong. Really wrong. But my picks are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, NWA, The Marvelettes and Lou Reed. If I had my druthers, then Deep Purple would be in there somewhere.

Feel free to disagree with me.