Writing Time: Everlasting #80

by on Aug.05, 2014, under Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 205
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 19,945

There was no actual writing session today. Or yesterday. Why is that, do you ask? Because I’m done. I finished the first draft of Everlasting, my very first novel. As of Sunday I wrote something like two hundred and fifty words and realized that there was nothing else left to write. I could have extended the epilogue I was writing to fill in the five hundred and fifty words per day I was up to but it would have been superfluous and forced.

So to celebrate I didn’t write yesterday, save to do a little bit of design work on Video Board Game. I didn’t write today, save to write this blog post. I wish I could say no writing left a great hole in my schedule but it really didn’t. Using The Magic Spreadsheet, I was writing five hundred and fifty or more words a day, usually more, and on a good day I could knock that out in twenty minutes.

So yeah. Yay me! I’ve wanted to feel some serious elation over this but honestly the moment came and hen it was past. I’ve gotten congratulations from friends and family but for the most part it was just another thing. My writing friends understand and my friends who don’t write are still encouraging. Each writer is different and I’ve known those who have finished three or four rough drafts of novels in the time it has taken me to finish this one.  So I didn’t have a party thrown in my honor when I finished.

Which is fine. I have a hard time celebrating it because I’m well aware that it is in no state to be called anything but a first and very rough draft. I even know major changes I would already make. Should I take up Everlasting again, I’d be doing much more search and taking time with my world building knowing where my story is going through the world.

Taking a vacation from writing the last two days also means I’ve lost my chain in The Magic Spreadsheet. But honestly I don’t mind. It was a tool to get my novel finished. I’ll use it again when I start in on a new novel, which probably won’t be till NaNoWriMo this year. The intervening time, after a small vacation, will be dedicated to working on short stories, editing what I have of Free Writings and other short stories, doing more design and prototyping of Video Board Game, and maybe working more on my MTG organizer.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 263,276 (+54,758) [Days: 119] [Avg. Wpd: 461]

So it has been a long while since I updated. Honestly writing doesn’t lend itself to updates without being forced. I supposed I could use a Magic Spreadsheet style to force myself to update weekly? Maybe yet I will do that. Regardless if you read above you know I finished the first draft of Everlasting. It has been four years, ten months, and two days since I decided to write a novel. Not all that time was focused on Everlasting. In fact I didn’t finish the first NaNoWriMo that started the entire thing and even that NaNoWriMo only produced a partially completed world bible. So it’s really only fair to say it has been two years or so. Maybe two and a half? The last year, or rather the last two hundred and twenty days or so has been the real push, doing the daily writing, a majority of it going towards this novel with only a few days to short stories or just ramblings.

So Everlasting will be trunked. I doubt the world will be. After all there is still Werewolf Zombie Steampunk, the prequel novel that should also never likely see the day, and Monster Hunters, which might be set in the same universe, if not the immediately same time period. I also could see some other stories focus on just Captain and Steampunk Sky Pirates or something similar. And there’s always the chance I’ll want to re-write Everlasting. Actually, I do feel like I want to re-write it. I know I shouldn’t. I should feel elation and being able to put it down, but I do think I want to revisit Everlasting sometime soon. So perhaps we’ll see.

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Video Board Game

Since I didn’t do any serious writing, I found myself adding to my design document several times over the last few days on this. The design document has gotten rather unwieldly and I might be discarding it here soon. And by that I mean starting a new one and copying over good ideas. I’m still having difficulty figuring out how best to mange my brain storming of this game and get the ideas down. Google Docs is great for access but not very good when I want to convey visual ideas or move things around. I could start a scrivener project for better modularity of organization but that doesn’t help my visual problems much either.

I may resort to pencil and paper. I lose the ability to easily edit and organize but I gain near infinite visual capability, limited mostly by my drawing skills, which aren’t stellar but I play on improving that as well. I seem to remember the creators of Scrivener released a brain storming tool. This might be a time to try it out…

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Other Works

Weird Words – Random.

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Video: John Oliver explains monopolies

by on Jun.04, 2014, under Articles, Computers, Culture, Information Technology, Internet, News, Politics, Technology, Videos, Visual Media

He also has sent up the call for people to tell the FCC how horrible of an idea their current attempts at smashing Net Neutrality really is.

Video Source

FCC’s Comment Page

 

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Kickstarter: Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere

by on May.28, 2014, under Articles, Books, Computers, Culture, Information Technology, News, Technology, Visual Media

Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere

LeVar Burton is attempting to raise funds to re-start Reading Rainbow as a multi-pronged internet venture, targeting tablets and the internet. Which seems incredibly smart to me. I’ve seen the recent upcoming generations and at least a good portion of them are being weaned on tablets. Being on the web will make it very accessible for schools to incorporate it in the classroom. Not that this campaign mentions it, but this could also be the step to getting it back on television.

Either way, look it over, and see what you can afford. This is definitely one of those projects worth donating to.

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Kickstarter: Muzzled the Musical

by on May.28, 2014, under Art, Entertainment, Music, Videos, Visual Media

Muzzled the Musical

Never mind the premise, which seems both silly and awesome, the music is super catchy and the cast list is full of amazingly talented and funny people. Kevin Sorbo (Yes, Hercules/Captain Hunt), Lisa Foiles, Ashly Burch (Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’), Jeff Lewis (The Guild), several actors from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which I’ve never seen but is supposedly hilarious and awesome, and many more.

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Net Neutrality Rap

by on May.27, 2014, under Articles, Computers, Culture, Entertainment, Information Technology, Internet, Technology, Videos, Visual Media

Video: Source

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LED Solar Paneled Roads, Driveways, Parking lots

by on May.23, 2014, under Articles, Culture, Design & Development, Science, Technology, Visual Media

So here is a hilarious video about a technology someone is developing that needs some financial support.

Crowd Funding Campaign

SolarRoadways.com

Personally I’d love to see this, or something like this, instituted. We are at a time where technology can solve a significant amount of our problems but we’re being held back by commercialism and the need to make a profit. For profit corporations, who have the capital do things like this, can’t because it wouldn’t be economically feasible, but we, as a society, can use crowdfunding to give money to the people who are willing to make today and tomorrow a better place, even if they don’t make a profit.

That isn’t’ to say I’m not hesitant myself. Their prototypes honestly look kinda ugly close up, and the LED idea is really neat but I’d like to see actual pictures of the LED system, in broad daylight, and up close. But when I think about it, asphalt really isn’t all that pretty either. And there are questions of maintenance. How often will streets need to be cleaned to keep them energy-efficient, for example? Plus there are people who staunchly feel solar technology is the savior people like to make it out to be.  What happens when newer technology comes out?

The best I can say is that these questions will be addressed, or this will never catch on, but we won’t find a perfect solution, nor any solution without trying. Solar panel technology been progressing steadily in both efficiency of energy gathering and efficiency of cost over the last decade. The proposed  hexagonal system appears modular enough to be upgradable as newer breakthroughs are made. Cleaning might be easily done with current street sweeping technology.

Ultimately I think this could be a significant investment in the future, and it is worth taking a gamble on.

 

 

 

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Protected Bicycle Intersections

by on May.05, 2014, under Articles, Culture, Design & Development, Videos, Visual Media

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What if, wherever you looked, you didn’t see anyone like you?

by on May.01, 2014, under Culture, Films, Trailers, Visual Media

This video is rather long, for an internet video, but well worth watching. It will help you understand an aspect of U.S. society you may or may not be aware of.

Miss Representation 8 min. Trailer 8/23/11 from The Representation Project on Vimeo.

Links to more information:
Missrepresentation.org
Facebook.com/missrepresentationcampaign
Twitter.com/representpledge

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Writing Time: Everlasting #79

by on Apr.08, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 365
Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 89
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 3,908

Been a while. Sorry about that. As you can see I’ve added two new metrics. Consecutive Daily Writing Count (CDWC) is how many days consecutively I’ve written at least two hundred and fifty words. It’s related to the Magic Spread Sheet I talked about last post. Which brings me to Magic Spreadsheet Points (MSP), which is how many points I’ve earned from the sheet. Like I Should Be Writing, the game is real but the points don’t matter, but I felt like reporting them anyway.

Today’s writing session has been relatively easy. I’m actually at writing group today for the first time in a few weeks. Sadly being able to write every day has lessened the value of going to a place to write with people but I was still looking forward to it all day. It is also good to connect with people who share a similar hobby at least.

One thing that has fallen to the wayside with the writing every day and not attending writing group is the Weird Words column. I apologize for that. It will likely make a return at some point but not this or next week, quiet likely.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 208,518 (+10,278) [Days: 28] [Avg. Wpd.: 367.07]

The end is in sight and it is amazing, and sucky at the same time. I’m so close to finishing and I’m still seeing problems and plot holes as I write out my outline. I’m following the outline closely, only deviating a little. At this point I’m only writing down inspiration notes which I think would make really good ideas but this story will require a significant rewrite.

Same old same old, I know.

A few characters have died and I have a better idea of how airship docks work in my world now, at least. Dead people is progress right?

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Video Board Game

I’ve been discussing it with some friends and ruminating in my head. I may do some writing on this after this post, actually.

Other Works

Weird Words – Temporary unexpected Hiatus

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Comic: とうちゃん “Daddy” by 真吉 “Shinkichi”

by on Mar.21, 2014, under Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment

A comic has been making the rounds in Tumblr that was is both sad and incredibly sweet. Translated from a Japanese comic, I highly recommend this for fans of the Pokemon series, I highly recommend reading it below. Warning, you may catch a few tears in your eyes.

とうちゃん by 真吉

Daddy by Shinkichi

Daddy-1

(continue reading…)

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