In Cube Eight

My sci-fi story “In Cube Eight” is featured in Issue Four of THREE CROWS MAGAZINE e-zine, available now. Enjoy!

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Slouching Towards Halloween – Post-Mortem

Long time no see!

Well, if you followed along with this series of posts from last year, you’ve discovered that nothing else happened. I started to write about getting blocked and unproductive, but then I got blocked, became unproductive, and the whole enterprise went down in flames.

The bad news is, I met hardly any of my goals in the whole ‘Slouching Towards Halloween’ plan. However…

The good news is, I’ve got two finished novels for this coming Halloween. It’s just a matter of doing the cover art and HTML formatting, and they’ll be ready to go.

In unrelated good news, I’m attending a writing workshop in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to it quite a lot; it’s one I’ve wanted to attend for several years now, and finally got the stars aligned to permit it.

Did I learn anything from this whole process? I need to re-think how I challenge myself to get writing done. Breaking things down into smaller goals seems to be the way to go. Moving forward, I don’t know if I’ll be using this blog for much of anything except announcements of finished projects. I’ve tried the whole using-the-blog-to-spur-myself-on thing several times, and it’s never worked out.

So with that, I’m getting ready for the workshop, and figuring out what to write next.

I’ll be back at some point. See you in the funny papers!

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 76

Getting back to the novel with baby steps.

FACE AFTER FACE: 516 words today as I got back into the swing of things. I’ve seen a way to converge plotlines and begin working towards an ending; it’s just a matter of getting there in the time I’ve allotted myself for this project. Doing 500 words a day isn’t going to cut it. I think weekends are what will make this whole thing possible.

The next writing session should put me past 80K words. FACE AFTER FACE is the longest thing I’ve written, and might always remain that way.

Also, started thinking about other things that need doing, like revising all my existing ebooks, dealing with some old domain names, and such. The workload ever increases…!

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Onward!

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 77

Another piece completed, but there’s much more left to do…

FACE AFTER FACE: Finished reading through the work-in-progress. Deciding what to do next, as far as completing the novel. What I’m juggling: the story needs to be finished, but in a way that fits the pacing of the book so far. I can’t just rush to a conclusion. Also, I’ve got multiple POV characters, so I need to find a satisfying way to tie up all their individual arcs. I don’t know how long all this will take, time- or words-written-wise. I foresee several marathon writing sessions during upcoming weekends!

I started writing FACE AFTER FACE in 2014. Among the many now-outdated cultural references I’ll need to change during re-writing are such things as: Toys ‘R’ Us, Celebrity Name Game, the Nintendo Wii…can’t wait to replace them all with references that will themselves be dated another four years from now!

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 78

…And this post gets me caught up!

FACE AFTER FACE: Resting, puttering around, and napping after being up late for the concert the night before kept me from getting much done on the read-through. I’m going to say I’m 55% done now. Have found one gigantic continuity foul-up where I established a character as an I.T. support staff member, then later had him be a lawyer…! I’m reminded of the bit in one of Gilbert Gottfried’s podcasts where they discuss the Problem Child movies, and mention how Gilbert played the same character throughout the series, except in one movie he ran an adoption agency, in another he was a dentist, and so forth…

This should be the last time until Labor Day that real life interferes with this project (he said, just before contracting the Black Plague). Looking forward to finishing the read-through and getting to work completing FACE AFTER FACE. I’m shooting for the end of August to finish writing the book.

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 79

The first of two posts today as I play catch-up.

Didn’t get anything done on the project today. Went out of town (again!) and saw a concert (again!) In my defense, this was my first (and likely only) chance to see ELO. They were a big part of the soundtrack of my high school years, and it was a great show. No regrets!

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 80

Twenty percent done with the challenge, but am I twenty percent done with all the tasks it will require? Continuing on…

FACE AFTER FACE: 50% done with the re-familiarizing read-through. Getting better at curbing my urge to re-write as I go along. Not much else to report, other than I’m continuing to like the book. I’d forgotten a lot of it!

I may not get a whole bunch done tomorrow because of other real-life stuff, but we’ll see…

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 81

Slow progress, but it’s entirely my fault.

FACE AFTER FACE: 25% done with the re-familiarizing read-through. It’s going slower than I planned because, as I was worried I might, I’ve been pausing to re-write as I go along. I need to quit it and just read, but then there’s a little voice in the back of my head saying ‘but what if you skip over this bad part now and miss it when you do the official re-writing read-through?’

But all in all, I’m pleased with the book so far. It may not require much re-writing, other than my usual changing word choices and continuity fixes.

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish

Slouching Towards Halloween – Day 82

Not a lot to report today. Started re-familiarizing myself with the next book.

FACE AFTER FACE: Began re-reading what I’ve done so far. Got about 10% in. Hope to power through a lot more of it tomorrow. It’s rainy here in my part of Texas, so I’ve got an incentive to stay in and read!

Also, I remembered long ago I’d planned to make a Spotify playlist for VOIDVILLE, based on the book’s chapter titles. Added that to the to-do list.

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MUCH TO-DO ABOUT NOTHING

FACE AFTER FACE (Book 1) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
VOIDVILLE (Book 2) – Spotify playlist; Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
LANTERNS (Book 3) – Cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish
TAPEWORM (Book 4) – Finish writing; printout markup; rewrites; cover art; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; publish