Weekly Recap – July 5th, 2013

I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed their Fourth of July. My ear infection seemed to be on its way out yesterday, so I was able to enjoy the fireworks without sandwiching my head between pillows.

I’ve you’ve ever ridden in a car and had the window down on only one side, than you likely understand the low frequency flutter effect that was hammering my head all day Wednesday. Boy, am I glad that’s over with.


The writing is going well. I’ve already begun another short story while my last one marinates in the desk drawer (aka my backpack). That piece is a bit of psychological and supernatural horror. The current one is more science fiction. I’ll probably return to the first story next week and begin revising. I like the tiered approach found here and will give it a go:

The idea is to start at the bottom and work your way up. I can already see substrata where one level ends and another begins, but I’ll be sure to give you guys an update on the process.


Concerning my novel, I’ve wrapped up my initial study of Tokugawa-era Japan. I want to understand this era and culture better because the story centers around a Japanese clan of outcasts. There’s always more to learn, but I don’t want to overdo it. After seeing the same topics discussed multiple times, I know I’ve begun to reach a point of diminishing returns.

Reading about Japan and its culture during that time has given me so much background detail for the characters, but the physical setting is actually in gold rush-era California. Now comes the next set of books, beginning with Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush.

I must say, the more I read and take notes, the more excited I get about writing this book. Of course, so many other interesting story ideas pop into my head as I learn more, but I capture those in Evernote and move on. The finished product may be awhile coming though, so I’m glad I have some short stories to work on in the meantime.


Taking all of the above into account, I’m hoping to achieve balance in my day-to-day “creative time” to ensure I stay productive. That means at any given moment, I’m doing at least one of the following:

  • Writing a short story
  • Revising a short story
  • Researching my novel

I’m looking forward to a weekend of writing! I hope y’all are doing just as well.

-Phillip

0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – July 5th, 2013

  1. Don’t forget to write something for my contest 🙂

    1. But of course! Forgot to mention that as item #4 I’m working on. 🙂

      Everyone else, go visit Oliver’s blog to get in on the fun!

  2. That pyramid makes me think of the American diet, and how both are more often than not turned upside down. Reading your progress is inspiring! Thank you 🙂

    1. Glad you’re inspired, Angel! It’s funny how pyramids show up so often… I guess those Egyptians were on to something.

  3. I had an enjoyable fourth. I’ll post something on the blog about that. Sending good thoughts your way as you climb Mt. Revision and your short stories! I’m researching more agents to query, working on freelance projects and a novel.

    1. Thanks for the good thoughts, Marie. 🙂 It sounds like you’re staying busy as well, so good luck on all of your projects. My apologies as I must have missed it, but what book are you querying?

  4. Just signed up with DIY MFA thanks to the pyramid you posted, and started my first writer igniter exercise – fun!

    1. Ooh, interesting! Let us know how that goes. I was curious about that.

  5. Good luck as you climb Mt. Revision, Phillip! I hope the altitude doesn’t make your ears pop! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thanks Jill! Hope you had a great 4th and an excellent weekend as well.

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