Hay Fever Sucks

…especially when you live in the great Northwest.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of the Northwest. The rivers, the mountains, the lakes. It’s truly a gorgeous part of the world.

The pollen, however, I could definitely do without. For the last couple of days I’ve been either sneezing with sinuses clogged to the rafters, or taking antihistamines that zonk me out (the non-drowsy kind just don’t cut this kind of attack for me).

On the other hand, I’ve had a good chance to work through some of the initial concepts for my new project, so I should be ready to start writing on Monday. 😀

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Dumb Mistakes from Supposedly “Professional” Writers

One thing that really bugs me is when I find an easily avoidable mistake from a writer who is supposedly a “pro.: Take, for instance, this flub from NBC Bay Area, speaking about young penguins relocating to their permanent home in the SF Zoo:

All five made it to the promise land and are now settling in to their new digs.

Earth to whatever nameless staffer wrote that… it’s promised land, not promise land. It originally referred to the land of Israel in Biblical times, because it was the land that God had promised to the Israelites. Hence, “promised land.”

Okay, end of rant… from me. But if you’ve seen an example of a writing error from someone who should have known better, drop it in the comments!

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I’m Back!

It’s been a long time, but I’m back to writing again.

I was, honestly, pretty down after realizing that Librarian wasn’t ready for prime time, and wouldn’t be until after an extensive rewrite. However, the time and effort spent writing it wasn’t wasted… it was good practice, and there are several concepts from it I want to borrow for my next, as yet untitled, project.

The new story will be a tale of redemption and forgiveness, along with the requisite magic and saving of the world that you expect from most fantasy novels.

Right now I’m still nailing down the details, I expect to start actually writing it early next week. Of course, I’ll also keep updating here as I do it. 😀

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The Way Plans Change

A lot has happened since my last post.

Still unable to find a job, I spent the better part of a week in Spokane, hitting the temporary agencies there. I’m still waiting to find out if it had any beneficial effects or not.

I also have come to a decision about the story I was working on. One of my pet peeves is books that are too “preachy,” and the story was looking like it was headed in that direction. I thought long and hard, but wasn’t able to come up with a method of saving it, so I’m shelving it in favor of another project which I hope will help me avoid the preachy tone.

My friends are working on editing Librarian, so I hope to have it ready for publication soon.

I do hope 2014 turns out to be a better year than 2013.

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Daily Accountability, Day 14

Another day of no writing. I am feeling better, though, so that’s a step in the right direction.

I’ve got a job interview tomorrow so I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done tomorrow, but on the other hand, a lot of my best ideas come when I’m driving and something — I don’t always know what — sparks my imagination. Could be a song on the radio (which is set to Christmas songs right now), could be something I see out the windshield, could be just about anything.

Speaking of where imagination comes from and sometimes takes us, you might enjoy reading this article from the writers of the online game Guild Wars 2 about where one idea started and went to… and might go from here. This is one of the things I love about online gaming in general, and GW2 in particular: the fact that the writers can create truly changeable and indeed changing worlds. GW2 certainly does change with time, which adds to the appeal.

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Daily Accountability, Day 13

Unlucky 13. No words today.

I seem to have picked up my annual case of the flu. Monday and Tuesday I spent a lot of time in the bathroom, and today I just had no energy.

Fortunately for a writer, this isn’t completely lost time. My brain still works, and I’ve been working out where to go next in the story. Those who’ve never tried to write a story and weave all the elements together really don’t know how hard it can be to do. I’ve actually encouraged several of my friends to give it a try on their own, but they haven’t started to my knowledge.

I guess maybe they do recognize that it’s a hard thing to do, but I still don’t think they realize how hard.

Or maybe I’m just grumpy cause I don’t feel good.

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Daily Accountability, Day 12

Another day, another nearly 1,700 words. Not a bad do if I do say so myself.

I figure it’s time to share a little about the work-in-progress (WIP). The basic idea is that wizards are being possessed by demons that are escaping their control a lot more than normal. It falls to a cleric to take up the job of banishing these demons and determining why the control spells aren’t working, and solve it if he can.

Honestly, part of the reason I wanted a cleric as the main character is because of the strain in fantasy literature that paints whatever church exists in the author’s world as the focus of evil. Religion has had a long and positive association with fantasy literature, from the Lord of the Rings to the Narnia books, and I think it’s time for a new infusion.

I may be losing some readers, but honestly, anything you write risks losing some readers, and I’m hoping I also pick up some readers who feel like I do.

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