Weekly Recap – November 27th, 2013 (Early Edition)

Yes, I’m sending this one out early because after 2:00PM PST, I will be M.I.A. until next Monday. Of course we have Thanksgiving this week, but I will be attending my first sci-fi convention, Loscon 40, Friday through Sunday. There will be fantastic panels and some of my favorite authors will be speaking. Really, really looking forward to that. First …

The Soul Hook - 50pct cover
The Soul Hook

NaNoWriMo Inspiration Creation

I’ve been stealing minutes throughout the week, cobbling together a cover for my NaNoWriMo 2013 WIP. As you can tell, the working title has changed from A Parting War to The Soul Hook. I can’t use this as an eventual cover because at least half of the elements are copyrighted, but I wanted to draw something up for a few reasons: It’s …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #3

Day five and 11,167 words down. I’m ahead of schedule, but I have a five-day getaway coming up this weekend, not to mention Thanksgiving later in the month. I’ll need to make up for things on the front end or back end. Maybe a little of both. Not helping the cause was the release of Battlefield 4 late last month. I’m an …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #2

Due to the family emergency, I took a week-long hiatus from NaNoWriMo 2013 planning. Bodies and spirits are much better now and I’ve spent the past couple of days catching up. I really want to tell you guys all about my story, but I’m one of those writers who likes to keep ideas close to his vest in the beginning stages. I find it harder …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #1

I ran through some free-association exercises yesterday, trying to come up with a premise that would grab me. I thought I had a good one until I reached the end of a brief outline and discovered I had plotted out: Oops. After talking it over with a friend, other interesting ideas grew from that, but we’ll see where things end …

Thoughts on Writing and NaNoWriMo

Last year, I lost at NaNoWriMo. I ended November, 2012 as the resentful little kid at the science fair, ready to throw my green participant ribbon in the toilet and sneer at those proud individuals bearing the blue. In all honesty, I really was happy for them but disappointed in myself. My write-up was a result of asking, “WTF (Water the Flowers) …