Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Well it's been over a week since I've written anything on this blog or written anything period that wasn't school related...but can I really be blamed? Finals and essays on top of a 42 hour work week on top of trying to remain a part of my family (consisting of a smoking hot wife and two boys).

But there I go making excuses....I HAVE TO WANT THIS, RIGHT?! Well I do. I have about three weeks between now and the start of my summer semester. In the downtime I want to read at least two books (Banewreaker and Prince of Thorns) and really attack this little writing challenge I've made for myself. 18 days, let's GET ER DONE!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

05/02/2012 Progress Update

Well if I learned anything today, it's to not wait until 9:30 at night to start the writing process. It's now 11:11 PM and I've written an impressive 249 words. Once again I find myself falling asleep at my desk. Is it that my writing is that boring? I dare hope not!! More like I wake up before 6 every morning and run around with two young boys and three dogs all day long....that sort of thing tends to wear a person out. At least that's what I tell myself.

So why did I wait 15 hours to start writing? Good question! For starters, it's just SO easy to do other stuff. I don't like to spend too much time on the computer when the boys are up and about..being a good parent and all that. Not to mention the 9 college credits I'm taking this semester (one more week THANK RAPTOR JESUS) and the chores that I usually take care of on my days off. That brings us to 7pm.

You're right. I should of started then. You know it, I know it, the voices in my head know what did I do instead? I pwned nubs in the multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of Newerth. So refreshingly mindless and familiar and....easy. 9:15pm roll around and I finally start the writing process.

What is my process, you ask? Well all 0 of you readers out there are in for a treat, I'll tell you!!

1) Chug 12oz of Pepsi.
2) Read for an hour. This time it was Micheal Sullivan's Theft of Swords, starting at Chapter 1.
3) Start writing. It's approximately 10:40pm.
4) First I read through yesterday's and edit/revise/correct.
5) I finally start...and manage to bang out all of 249 words before I decide to call it quits.

It's pretty safe to say that I'm failing miserably at this 5,000 word a day thing. I'm at approximately 5% of where I should be on Day #2 and I don't even want to do the math for the monthly goal of 155,000 words. Well hey, if I keep this pace up come June I'll have written 7,750 two whole chapters BAHAHAHHA. Definitely going to need to reassess my battle plan. More to come tomorrow. Night all!

Wed. Morning Update

At about 11:45PM last night I had typed up a little mini-prologue which consisted of 293 words. I had also been falling asleep at my desk for the last 15 minutes or so. I decided to call it and went upstairs to yeah nowhere near the 5,000 but that's alright. The important thing is I started.

And as the wise men say, today is a new day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Well crap......

Just a few nights back I was farting around with the idea of a cliche fantasy novel. And when I say cliche, I mean CLEE-SHAY. This story was to include a child of prophecy, the wise old mentor who dies but not before revealing something important, the childhood friend who comes into powers of her own, the evil foreign empire. The works. Sounds horribly awesome, right?

Well you see, I started playing around with the story. And I found that I liked it. Really liked it. As in I liked it more than the story I'm currently working on, which is noticeably cliche-free. POOP! What is a boy to do? Well, it's May 1st....for another couple hours anyway.

This morning I came across a blog (LINK HERE) by published author Stephen Deas. He is making May a sort of mini NANOWRIMO and his goal is to write 5,000 words a day. Inspired by his lofty goal, I pledged to do the same. I'd take some time away from the Angelstone Trilogy and work on my CLICHE FANTASY STORY (working title) and maybe have some fun in the process.

I think it was Brandon Sanderson that said the first book you write is usually crap. So maybe I shouldn't make my first book the one I want to be my best one :)

It's 10:05PM...I don't know where the rest of the day went butI have one hour and fifty five minutes left to knock out as close to 5,000 words as possible. Here goes nothing!!