• Still Going

    I didn’t die, in case I scared anyone with my sick entry, and then the lack of updates. I’m still getting headaches, tiny ones, but they’re inconsequential. I’m not writing any short stories right now, like I usually would be while people are critiquing my novel. I’m doing something I probably shouldn’t be doing — working on other novels. The thing is I’m just not a short story author. They’re asinine, hard to read, hard to get into, and hard to get right. And the fact is, no one much cares about short stories anymore. At least not commercially. So I’m doing pre-writing on two potential novels. No composition yet,…

  • writer's block

    Writer’s Block

    Writing is hard these days. With Merm-8 being peer reviewed, and all my short stories completed, I don’t have anything left to do but composition. And composition is hard. It’s made doubly hard by the fact that I don’t really have anything to write about. Oh sure, there are ideas. Ideas that I’ve kept in the backburner for just such an occasion where I needed some short story ideas. But those ideas are old, and I’m not very interested in them. I’m not even sure if I was interested in them to begin with. I’ve tried writing them, but my heart just isn’t in it. Instead of looking forward to…

  • I Have a Cold

    I have a cold. It’s not a bad cold, but between the DayQuil, the NyQuil, and all the little Quils, I feel like my head is floating in a dreamy haze. Instead of the normal sharp tacks it sits on, it’s sandwiched between a pillow and a bag of marshmallows. Or it is a marshmallow, I’m not quite sure. I can only taste about half my food. And man, I would love nothing more than to just take a nap the rest of the day. But no! I cannot! This novel needs to be written, no matter how much I’m sweating without exercising. My body’s physical condition doesn’t affect my…

  • More Whining About Short Stories

    I’m really going through a lot of emotions with this short story crap. It seems like no matter what I write, it’s crap. It’s too juvenile, or it has no ending, it just fizzles. But I have to keep pressing on to get writing cred. But no one’s gonna accept crap like this. I’m a novel writer, not a short story writer. I just have no desire to turn these out because I have no interest in the storylines. There’s no time for anything to develop. It’s like pulling teeth. No matter what, I can’t think of a non-cliche way to end Kaiju story. Everything’s been done before. I can’t…

  • More Writee

    No writee here = writee in novel The thing that’s sticking in my craw now is that Character B’s scenes are still too short. I had a big climactic confrontation with cops and explosions and people getting set on fire and everything, and it only clocked in at 2200 words. That’s small, even for Character B. I’ve only had one of his scenes with a 1 in the thousands column, but its been a struggle to keep it that way. The problem is, this is both a good thing and a bad thing. Currently the novel weighs in at 154,000 words. That’s hefty, and that’s because each of the character’s…

  • Slump = Official

    I think I can say I’m in official slump right now. Nothing about this story seems very exciting to me anymore. I stare at the page, and tap my fingers on the keyboard, hoping something comes back. It just doesn’t have the same zip and zeal that I had when I first started it. It’s like after I got done with the first part, it just fell off the excitement wagon, and it just became an allegory. Maybe it’s just too long. I’m now clocked in at 64,000 words. If I complete all the other scenes I’ve got planned (and just those scenes). I’ll end up at 88,000 words, and…

  • The Chase Scene

    Boy there’s nothing like a vacation to make you forget you’ve got a blog. I’ve been struggling with a chase scene lately. I don’t think there’s anything inherently difficult about a chase scene in writing, but the difficulty lies in a highly action-oriented sequence, which must be kept interesting. The only other chase scene I’ve done involved a lot of past plot elements, but I don’t have so much of that this time. He’s being chased by new characters he’s never seen before, in an environment he’s never been in before. So that’s leaves out some elements. I can’t make it like Indiana Jones or French Connection The hard part’s…