This probably isn't a sudden revelation for many of you, but my writing is officially (at least my GA writing) on hiatus until further notice. After chatting with Myr, I decided the best option was to close my forums and my site here until further notice. It doesn't make sense for me to steal bandwidth when I'm not actively contributing.
I'm not packing my bags and going anywhere, I simply feel that I don't want to string anyone (especially the ever huggable Myr) along when my priorities are
I've been searching for some manner to organize all my mountains of notes, timelines, character summaries...etc etc for quite a while now, and (thanks to Lugh) I think I've finally found something worthwhile called Liquid Story Binder. It's open-ended enough that it satisfies most of the niggling annoyances that have made me toss aside other similar programs.
Of course, Lugh just HAD to point it out right in the middle of my Nano writing when I had already thoroughly submerged myself under p
As of 11:59pm on Nov. 10th, my wordcount for Nano stood at: 52 998. Which puts me on track for ~158K. Unfortunately, I only have two and a half chapters left before the story ends...so I don't think it's entirely plausible that I'll break the ~168K that I did last year. I'll probably hit 75K by the 15th, then spend the rest of the month editing and rewriting for production.
I can't say I'm too upset about my work ethic. I'm off to go celebrate by slacking off for the rest of the day and giv
I conned one of the arts guys today to be my evil minion and make me a story icon. I'm so devious. bwahahaha
This should end up as a stand alone novella around 80K (possibly less) when finished.
Can't wait for november.
|A drabble I wrote this morning|
Tribute to my friend Shelby
When waking up after a night of inebriated excess, (that's 'getting shitfaced' for the rest of us urban plebs) one should ask oneself several very important questions in that first instance of consciousness that will dictate a course of action that may very well salvage an otherwise questionably questionable situation that m
This is Dio. See Dio write. Write Dio write! See Dio write on sugar/caffeine high and no sleep. Go Dio go! ---------------------------------------------------------
If I had thought yesterday was bad, I was wrong. Yesterday was a dream, and I had woken up this morning to a nightmare.
Yes, how very clich
Well. I recently attended a writing workshop where a guy from Ottawa was visiting a friend of my friend. During our writing prompt, while everyone was scribbling frantically away, this one kid just sat there staring out the window for the longest time. Five minutes before 'pens down', he scribbled something down on a scrap of paper. A lot of people began sharing what they wrote, but for some odd reason he was never called upon (probably because the organiser had seen his lack of writing.) Me, be
In a therapeutic effort to assuage the twitching muscle on my brow, I have compiled a helpful list of things to DO and NOT TO DO when writing that tricky beginning of a story. Not that any of the objects of my wrath will ever come in here and read the damn thing.
By request, I added an article to the system:
Things NOT to put into an introduction of a story:
Have you ever stumbled across something written in a story that was just so laughably wrong you didn't even have the heart to say anything? I've been mowing my way through some half-assed fan fiction of late, and here are a couple random ones I picked out:
"They grew angry and were about to retaliate when an error streamed threw the sky."
--and this is where I fall to the ground and cry. Damn those errors streaming threw the sky! And here I was thinking arrows were bad enough. But no, now w
And so it came to be that Dio got bored of studying for exams and wrote some complete nonesensical drivel. You can almost hear my mental constipation. Unedited:
And so it came to be in the summer of my nineteenth year, that I, one James Waters, a student in the biochemical and engineering arts, began my exhausting search for employment. For, as one might imagine, such vast schooling required equally vast yet elusive sums of money to satisfy
Dio's Erotic Sports Guide
So I was talking with a couple of my buddies and we were talking about random stupid things as per the usual when the topic switched to the erotic nature of sports. Naturally, I decided to make a blog post with some of my thoughts on various sports.
Okay, on paper this sport sounds so f**king erotic. Two guys (in thongs) run at each other, grab their opponent's thong and try to either throw each ot
Two hours, twenty-five minutes until Pegasus launch
Horus had crammed himself into a narrow supply closet, full of smelly chemical sanitizers. His nose had decided to take paid leave, and was staunchly refusing to smell anything anymore. He had his small transmitter close to his mouth, his shoulders hunched as he spoke angrily into the thing.
"What do you mean you can't find him? With all the people on this ship, you'd think one of them had seen where he'd got himself off to!" Ho
Haven't posted in a while...so I figured I'd just let yall know I'm not dead. -db-
Irene Nelson wasn't going to take no for an answer this morning. She had her arms crossed and her lips pursed, looking for all the world like she meant business. The tap-tap-tap of her foot on the kitchen floor completed her air of motherly fury.
Well, she almost pulled it off.
"Your glasses are about to fall off your head again, mom."
The square-framed spectacles slipped from her h
I made a deal with Kat to continue writing this story while she made dinner. Since I am shameless, I have decided to continue posting this ridiculous and nonsensical and unrealistic story. Enjoy...or don't. I don't really care!
Completely unedited and written in an hour and a half. Unfinished?
Today is bright and sunny. It's a cool and crisp august morning, with not a
Here's the continuation of that first writing prompt. I was just having fun. Nothing really serious. Unedited and typed up from the piece of scrap paper I had written it on.
The first entry, if you didn't read it, can be found here: Writing Prompt #1 Although, this is stand-alone in itself, if you prefer.
The northwest division finals were a big deal for the Tigers. This was the first time in recent history that we had act
It's time for another writing prompt!!!!!
This one I did today. I managed to convince a local author to come down and visit with our writing group. It was a lot of fun.
Imagine a scene and situation into which you could never picture yourself in, then write yourself into it. The goal here is to write 'in' character, through a situation you yourself have trouble imagining. Focus on characterization, leave the scene as secondary.
I decided to write mine in first person
Explain this to me, please. I really need some clarification on the issue.
Most gay men hate women?
Is this true? Have I been left out of the loop somewhere? Did I not get the office memo? Perhaps hate is to strong a word. Dislike? Hold some lingering resentment towards? Intimidated by? Are we so self-centered? The world does not revolve around us...or our dicks (no matter how much we wish it did). There is another race of human beings out there as well. They even drink f
Will be released soon. Someone in my campus writing group found a logical fallacy in one of my explanations, so I'm getting the third degree over msn >_> It'll be released as soon as the nitpicking ends.
I'm sorry this is taking so long. Thanks for being so patient.
p.s. One of my friends from my campus writing group (Shelby) will be posting his first ever story here at GA sometime soonish. Its reeeeaaaalllllllly good. Seriously. If you like gay fantasy be sure to check it
Recently, and I do mean in the near and not-so-near past, I have been woefully neglectful in my reading. I have many excuses on hand, real and invented, available to wipe my soul of the guilt that's been steadily festering since the end of exams. In this case I think I'll chomp the bit and remind myself you probably don't care enough to read about them! Suffice to say that a vacation and a long plane flight were the perfect excuse for some reading, and some contemplation...followed by a healthy
50min. till nanowrimo ends. My official wordcount: 167,943 words. yay! Now excuse me while I go pat myself on the back.
...and I'm back.
Exams coming up. Bad. Very Bad. Dio has been busy with other things than studying. Bad bad bad! Dio must now cram like that crazy pretzel guy who can fold himself into that tiny box.
Umm. Things on the home front? My Dad is taking me and Mike and my cousins to Paris for christmas. Very random. Very...my-Dad-like. Hell, last year it
The following is an accurate reproduction of my friend Matt (one of my first years that I'm TA'ing for) going to buy a cellphone. I'm tagging along because we're meeting the rest of the lab and going for beer after.
Matt walks up to the counter with me in tow.
"May I help you?" The lady behind the counter asks.
"I want a cellphone" Matt says firmly, in a very no-nonesense manner. Matt dislikes salespeople.
"Okay, well all the models are under the counter. What did you want your c
The following is a reproduction of a lecture I just walked out of two minutes ago.
Ah! Lectures! I love lectures! I love this lecture in particular!
Actually, I have no idea what class this is, I was just following Phil. I think this is one of my classes. Phil? Is this my class? Okay. Phil has confirmed that this is indeed one of my classes! Time for learning! I should probably get my notebook out now.
After much bag rummaging, it appear
As predicted, I broke the 50K mark this morning around 1am. Winner!
After much moping and whining to several hostile NaNoWriMo friends, I have reset my goal to 100,000 words by nov. 30th in the interest of continuing this writing splurge and having something to do at the write-in I'm organizing tomorrow.
Sigh...this seemed so difficult last year. At this rate I'll hit 150K by the 30th. rawr. My blog got highlighted, so my story can't be THAT crappy.
P.S. It seems that 'y
S.i.t.V. Chapter 2 is posted. Go and get it.
Thoughts on the NaNoWriMo process to date:
This year has been an exceptional learning experience. I have so many more people reading, commenting, e-mailing feedback this year that I'm motivated like never before. The act of just writing everyday (I'm doing about 5000 words in one sitting) has forced me to evolve and streamline my writing style as I go. As far as a first drafts go, these are some of the best I've ever written.