Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blogging in Bed

You know how it goes; the season makes a dramatic change and the bugs come out. It was only a matter of time before I caught wind of something myself, working at a hospital where all sorts of things are sure to float about. I don't think it's the flu, but it's something...

And how about that snow yesterday, huh? It's a full month early this year!

It may be for the best. Thank goodness for tiny little computers and wireless internet. Just the kind of thing for a slightly ADD writer who is confined to his bed. Doing so maintains body temperature and increases the likelihood of "nipping it in the bud" as my wife puts it. I bet you knew that. So, today, I am in bed, writing my blog, as well as other projects that need doing.

Updates: Nothing at all, really. Work has been incredibly pressing this month, so my allowed time to write has been slim to none. My apologies to my Alpha Readers. It's been over a month since I've given you new material, aside from that prologue. I intend to make up for lost time today by doing as much as I can, since I have nothing better to do than drink fluids and cough into my arm. It's weird feeling sick when there's no stuffy nose to go with it (knock on wood).

All Hollow's Eve is soon upon us. Hope you have enough goodies for those little ghouls who are going to run around outside in that freezing night air. I still have a pumpkin to carve too.

"Eww! Nasty medicine spoon!" - Bugs Bunny

Monday, October 19, 2009


Have any of you seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? That film was a riot and a half! If you haven't, you might as well. Good laughs and an all-around feel good movie. Just be sure to eat something before you go.

One thing I know is for certain. Great talent can appreciate great talent. Many aspiring writers have their doubts and their discouragements, but it is refreshing to see someone, just like you, reach for and acquire their dreams. If a film or other medium encourages growth and creativity in others, than that is something worth producing and sharing. Funny how a movie about falling Meatballs (Okay, it was more than that) could give me a boost to press on and reach your goals.

Speaking of which.

Updates: The current novel is redrafted, prologue through chapter 4 with 5 starting today. This is going to be a busy week for me, so I'm not sure how much I will get done, but I hope to have the first 9 chapters polished by the end of this week or next, and then get back to that messy chapter 10. Once there, I can draft new material again.
In a way, I'm glad that I'm editing now. It will save on time later.
No word yet on Forerunner. I better remind my readers that I need those back.

My critique group is running well and everyone involved is enjoying what I'm sharing, with minor suggestions or grammar issues. It makes me ecstatic. Also, I was pleasantly surprised with a gift from an old friend of mine, back in California. A Complete Grimm's Fairy tales. This way I can get back to the roots of fair tale lore and learn from the experts, or summon new inspiration for "retellings" and what-have-you. Thanks a Million, Jessica ^_^

Short post this time, but more to come.
Have a bowl of cereal. You know you want to.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Silver Lining

I got up and prepared myself for another fun filled day at my joyous work, but as I looked in my rear view minor, I noticed my neighbor's house and some kids walking to school. Well. That's what happens everyday, but this morning was different. We have a nice view of the mountain in the east and a huge cloud crept over it. The sun fought to rise above it. As a result, I was granted with the largest, most beautiful silver lining that I have ever seen.

You've heard the term "silver-lining" before, I'm sure. The first time I learned of this expression was from the last Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows. It means "A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty." Such a fitting way to say it. I took it as a reminder. As long as I hold onto hope, I can accomplishing anything that I have set my mind to.

And now it's October. My favorite month of the year. Plus it's cold enough to wear my totally rad blue/green plaid jacket. So cozy. It really helps bring out the best in my writing, for some reason.

Updates: Not too much to report. A short prologue has been added to the new novel, three pages at 1,370 words. The Committee felt that it would give the story a boost and introduce the magic/peril of the story sooner. That's always a better thing. My critique group ate it up with only a couple minor errors to point out. Awesome. I'm Still waiting on a few readers to send back their critiques on Forerunner too. If they say it's golden, than it'll be on it's way!

Oh yeah. I'll be 27 when I post again. Yay!

Start looking for pumpkins now. The big ones will be gone after this weekend.
You'll have summer squash to work with otherwise.
Boy I love October.