2017-11-11

Snow

This has been a very busy week. It has not been a productive week for writing though. I had something to occupy my time every day. Yesterday (a day off), Cheryl and I just sort of lounged around the house. I never once fired up my writing computer and barely touched the cell phone. It was a day to just kick back, get some reading done, and relax. I had been working on a very complex piece of programming at work and I think my brain just needed a break.

Wednesday, I blew all the leaves out to the street. Thursday morning, the leaf sucker truck rolled by and made them go away. Unfortunately, my one remaining tree with leaves on it decided that Thursday morning was the time to drop its leaves--all of them! So, I spent Thursday blowing leaves again. Friday morning, it snowed for the first time this winter.

The good news is that the house and yard are now prepped for winter and I have a couple days left in the weekend. But now I must decide if I want to write or continue to learn more about the amazingly powerful jQuery programming language. It's a toss-up as to which I like more; writing or programming. Before I took up writing, I would sit and read programming books pretty much any chance I got. Then, I discovered the joy of self-publishing and writing became my new passion. But things are swinging back around.

One of the driving forces behind a writer is the knowledge that the stories he or she creates are going to be enjoyed by others. Our species developed language so we could pass on knowledge and experience to our fellow humans. We began doing so by telling stories and now it is deeply rooted in our behavior. What do you do when you go to a party or are just sitting with your friends? What activity can bring work on an important project to a halt as everyone gathers around the water cooler? Storytelling!

But, without an audience, even the most die-hard writer begins to question if spending hundreds of hours working on a story is worth their time. The itch to write will never go away, but when sales are low for weeks and months on end, the writer finds that the itch doesn't need to be scratched as often. I will eventually finish Collision Course, especially since I am more than half-way done with it. But I'm on the fence regarding whether or not I want to start another book after that. The odds are good that I will--but one never knows.

2017-11-05

Geek Expo 2017

I spent all day yesterday at the 2017 Geek Expo which was held at the Ashtabula Towne Square Mall here in Ohio. Last year, the event was only 1 day long and was held at the Spire Institute (an Olympic training center about 2 miles from my house). This year's event is two days and is in a closed department store at a slowly failing mall. The floor space this year for vendors is enormous and things are much more spread out and there was a large turnout.

I sold a few books and met a few fans. I chatted with lots of good-natured people and got to see all sorts of interesting costumes walk by including a fully functional Dalek. Dragons were well represented. I head back there today. Keep reading to see some pictures of the event.

A fellow author (Andi Lawencovna) shared the table with me for most of the event. She will also be there today. Even though we write vastly different material, we always find things in common to talk about. I'm looking forward to spending another day at the Expo.

I also managed to get some writing done. I finally finished revising one of the two timelines in Collision Course making the actions of the characters in that timeline more plausible. I then turned to the task of synching that timeline up with the other one. Using Aeon timeline, I plotted out the first point of convergence which occurs at the start of one of the chapters. There is a section near the end of that chapter that now carries a large note reading: THIS CANNOT BE HERE! THIS PARAGRAPH DESCRIBES AN EVENT THAT HAPPENS 9 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES LATER.

Today, I will be working on trying to fix that snafu. Word of advice to my future self: The next time I write a story, even if I don't think I will need a timeline -- make a timeline! Sure, it takes a little bit of time. But it will save a lot of time by keeping the sequencing of events clearly laid out and aligned.

As a side note, my best friend living in Minnesota texted me a picture of the 6 inches of new snow they had yesterday morning. As I write this, the temperature is on its way up to a high of 66, I can hear thunder approaching, and we are under a flash flood watch. This is not normal people!

Here are some pictures from the Geek Expo: