Do both every day.
I see variations on that with a degree of frequency. When I have a chance, I do my very best to edit Tesseract, write “The Mirror Of Tila,” and try really hard to be good to everyone.
The town I live in is one of the most conservative placed in the United States. I am not a conservative. Still, I have many local friends. There’s a warmth in my heart knowing that I have a diverse group of people I care about. Both genders, several religious affiliations, no less than four races. Continue reading
I need to write. I need to edit. I need to plan another book. I need to learn more about marketing.
Instead, I read, I play X-Wing and HeroClix. I finally finished a single playthrough of Dark Souls.
This is the literary equivalent of–SQUIRREL!
In 1997, I started college. Living away from home for the first time was a game-changer. As much as I enjoyed the time I spent with my new friends and neighbors, I wasn’t able to socialize all the time. That’s why I spent some time in the dorm computer lab, essentially a closet with a pair of ancient computers. Over the course of that year, I wrote a novel called Life Is Pain.
Eventually, I went to revise the novel, since I liked the story. My only copies were on 3.25″ disks and my computer died, leaving me without a way to look at the old version.
It was a scorched earth scenario.
I’ve had a world of crushing stress fall on me over the years, it’s what makes the writing good.
There’s an old saying about writing, that nothing is ever finished, just abandoned.
On July 6, 2012, I posted Vitamin F for sale on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It’s been an exciting experience just having an e-book available. I’ve even managed to get a number of sales without doing much on promotion.
I had another reason for holding back on promotion.
I recently got an email message about a submission. Any time I have material waiting for a response, these messages tend to come in, most of them rejections. This one was different, if only because of the length of time involved.
In editing mode, it’s often brought up that writers should kill their darlings. We should all just look at our prose and hack it to pieces, then forget about the junk we wrote before.
It’s an interesting idea, except it can only be used to refine a specific set of words. Killing darlings isn’t enough; we have to premeditate their murder.
Autumn is officially upon us, which means a lot of work is coming my way, whether I’m ready for it or not. Let’s take a look at what I’ve got planned so far.
In the past few days, I’ve had some fascinating discussions thanks to my search for people to read Mind & Machine. One of these fine people, Johannes Punkt, was kind enough to tell me about a flaw with the story.
My gender proportion is way off.