2010-10-29

Writing on hold

Well I must put all writing on hold - at least for the next month or so.  We closed on our house on the 27th and that is now my #1 priority.  Yes I will think about writing (can't help that) but actually putting words into the computer will not happen.  I'm working 12 hour days (and a few nights) while also trying to get things set up in the new house.  Not enough time.  Anyway, I will eventually get back to writing.

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2010-10-23

Busy

I hate being too busy to write!  My wife and I are buying a new house and we have been so busy with that along with having to do the current house's yard work that writing has not been possible.  I have chapter one of Ishnef's revenge complete - turned out pretty good.  Chapter two has gotten off to a rough start.  I know what I want to do with this book but getting it started is proving to be difficult.  The reviewer who read my first book said she would liked to have seen more adventure and action.  She also said I was a bit predictable.  I'm going to try to avoid that this time around.  Oh well, I will write when I can write - that's all one can ask for.

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2010-10-16

Couldn't resist

I just could not resist the urge to write book 2 of Dragonverse.  I have a pretty good idea as to where I want to head and so I fired up OpenOffice and began writing.  Chapter one is complete.  I have to work tomorrow (Sunday) 12 hours and as long as I'm not busy doing other stuff I should have a few hours to devote to chapter two.

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2010-10-04

SFFWorld thread

Just started a new threat at SFFWorld concerning the creation of the main alien species in my next book - Phobia.  Let's see what the forum members can come up with concerning this new race.

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10-04-2010

It's just past 0230 (2:30am for those who don't use military time) and I'm staying up getting ready for a two week stint at night shift.  It's been a busy weekend: my mother-in-law is at University Hospital in Cleveland which is about a 45 minute drive from here; we are going through our house in preparation for moving into a new home; I have a ton of reading, scanning, and writing I want to do; and there are a million other things demanding my attention.  Such is life these days.

I've been working on Phobia even though the complete storyline is not yet solidified.  I have a general idea but I've been stymied by a few major points.  I must somehow disable the ship to the point that the crew are forced to abandon it yet it must be repairable by a civilization that has reached our current level of technology.  Then there is the alien race the crew contacts.  How will the crew learn their language?  I need to injure a few of them so they end up in an alien medical facility - how?  I want the crew to be involved in transforming the culture they've been forced to rely on for their safe return to human space - how?  I have some general ideas but no obvious solutions. 

Normally when this happens I just begin writing and the story tends to take care of itself.  I've actually thrown away several pages in the first draft (currently only 10 pages long) as things begin to shake themselves out.  Eventually the storyline will be clear and the words will flow into the hard drive.  But for now, I write a little here and there and spend the rest of the time just thinking.

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