Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sundry: Updates & Plans

More than ten days gone by with nary a word for my blog. You have my apologies.

As I am getting my school work into some semblence of order, I will return to regular updates - I'm hoping for two per week. Is that too much, too little?

Here are some of the things I intend on talking about very soon:

Geek & Sundry did another Story Board! The guests: Bradley Beaulieu, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Amber Benson. "Concerning Characters" - I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on this Board like I did the last one, and hearing yours!

I intend to, at the least, get back into the Friday Flash Fiction Challenge from Terrible Minds.

If I can get some other works underway, I will also be putting myself back into Six Sentence Sunday.

I encourage any of you to participate with these two little exercises - even if you only write "for fun" and have no intentions of being published. You can even use them as resources to find new authors to love (I think I've said that before).

I want to take a look at writer-organizational tools and talk about some of those as well. My friend, the Wayward Raconteur, has talked about mind mapping software and his excellent experience in using it already.

Also, if you are ever bored on the internet, go over and check out Geek & Sundry. No time for videos? I've compiled a list of Felicia Day's "Fave Five/Top Three" (whatever else they may've been called by now) links from her Flog episodes. You can find them HERE. They do need updated for the last couple of weeks, but there's still plenty of awesomeness to be had.

Are there topics you'd like to hear about in the realm of writing? (That's a big realm, don't think it applies only to novels.)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Head Colds!

Head colds are pretty miserable. I distinguish the location in this case because typically my colds move very definitively into my chest and reside there most uncomfortably. This one has stayed firmly in my sinuses and is about 4 days through the process. This could go on for another week on the average. I am afraid it might.

Short - I'm still alive, though I wish I could get decent sleep. Getting a better grip on school & work and how to wiggle in some REAL writing, including practice.This includes returning to regular blogging updates.

Finished reading Kushiel's Dart, about 200 pages from the end of Kushiel's Chosen. I've looked at the successive trilogies, but I'm not sure if I will read them. I enjoy these immensely, and am afraid of encountering the same story with (slightly) different characters and growing bitter. This has happened before with other authors.

My editing skills continue to get a work-out, through my employment. I proofed & edited 52 single-spaced pages of text today. On cold medicine. Oof.

How is the transition into the fall months treating you?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sundry: School & Reading

It's been quiet for a little bit, and while I like to keep things here oriented around my writing, there's a lot of non-writing things that impact that craziness (writing, the desire - no, need - to write is a kind of craziness, a madness that you may not realize has a hold on you until you try to imagine with all of your imagination what it would be like to never do it again; then it seeps into your bones and makes you hurt for not doing it, compels you), so here's a little random update.

The fall semester started. This is my third fall semester at a community college; yes, I am taking 3 years to finish my Associate of Arts. With my age and the programs I want to pursue, I need levels 211 and 212 of a Foreign Language. If they had offered Latin, I might've taken it (having done 3 years in High School), but I opted to take Japanese. Given that this is a community college (and grossly underfunded, being in Colorado), I could not start Japanese I until my second fall semester. And so - I will graduate in the Spring of 2013, and I will have exploited the entirety of my 90 credit allowance in which to finish my degree. (After that, onward and upward.) I am taking a 13 credit hour load, which qualifies as full-time. Astronomy 102 (beyond our Solar System), American Literature pre-1865, Philosophy of Death & Dying, and Japanese III. This might slow me down a little. I refuse to let it stop me.

I am also still taking a few free courses over at Coursera. I encourage you to take a look.

Somewhere in here I am figuring out how to also hold down a job, since I actually HAVE one for the first time in a few years. Sometimes I forget I have it, since it's at my school (so, I'm always "going to school" regardless of activities pursued).

I finished and polished up the ~750 flash fiction piece intended for a contest. The six sentences I had previously posted for it no longer exist within its boundaries. I tried a little bit of Vonnegut's advice  (#5) and started closer to the end. I think it works. I hope it works. The winners will be announced within "one to two months".

I am reading two books right now, though one was a mistake to pick up randomly as it was part of a series; rereading Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews. It's the second that is a part of a series (or is "sequence" the better word here?), though I haven't had too much trouble with it. There's enough information to go with the story without being confused, and the few references to past events or characters are couched in such a way that you get the idea of their importance and can recognize that they are from a previous story. I didn't pay attention when I picked it up, but it's okay. I mostly wanted to sample it and am now only 40 pages from the ending. Whoops?

I think I'll save "what sorts of blogs I read that have nothing to do with writing directly" for another time.

What bits of life keep you from writing? Or, even better, make you squeeze in the writing where you can? What are you reading?