Wow. I’ve ignored this blog for way too long.
Well it’s a new year and I had a story published in the The 2019 Fark Fiction Anthology!
“Sparkle” was accepted by the editors and I get to see my name in print. Feels good.
Still writing. Working on some ideas. I’ll try not to ignore this space in 2020.
Oh yeah. I stayed up til midnight. I wrote just over 500 words. This is no mean feat for me and I’m paying so much for the lack of sleep today.
Totally worth it.
I’m gonna sneak in some more words at work and make sure to hit 2K before the day is done. Feels good so far. I’ll update the word count thingy later…after coffee and more words.
Oh I got myself a fancy book cover for this story:
I’ve got a slight case of the butterflies.
Tonight, we’ll take kiddo out in search of that sweet sweet Halloween swag (of which I will struggle not to partake, damn being diabetic). There are only so many of these evenings left as she is growing so damn fast!
After that…National Novel Writing Month!
Are you starting at the midnight hour? I’m going to try. Tradition and all.
How are your preparations going?
It’s been 19 days since I posted about my preparations. Turns out I don’t follow instructions (even my own) too well. I’ve been all over the place mentally, emotionally and physically. Thinking, taking notes and not really getting much done. I had (still do) high hopes this November would kickstart my writing, but I wasn’t feeling it.
As always, a conversation with my SO pointed out what I wasn’t seeing.
Woo! Tonight is the start of the writer’s workshop I signed up for.
I’m optimistic this will help me in many ways. My wife says that it’s impossible for it to be wasted since I’m already befitting from it in new ideas, renewed interest in writing and such.
I am lucky.
On the plus side, there’s a big slice of time between the end of my workday and when the class starts, so I’m charging up my eeePC and will spend that time working on my Capricornucopia script. The angst, stress and worries have finally kicked in. It’s only a matter of hours before my script becomes reality, judging by past experiences. Like I told my wife (who is always blown away by my procrastination skills), last year I wrote the damn thing the morning OF, and it was some of my best work! Here’s hoping for a repeat of those results!
Now to figure out where near Atwater street I can grab a coffee and type away quietly!
The Munchkin wishes all of you a Happy New Year! (As do I!)
First of all, I apologize for the lack of updates (since late November, yikes! Sorry!). There are more excuses than reasons for this I’m afraid. I can only say, the year starts anew and it’s a good time for a fresh start!
Read on for a recap of 2011 (the good, the bad, the ugly) and some non-resolutions!
How the hell did that happen?
September flew by. I haven’t even finished my latest short story yet! I’m still working on editting Revenant. Now I have to start brainstorming for November. I haven’t decided whether I will officially participate in NaNoWriMo, but no matter what I am starting a new novel in November. The goal is to have 2 first drafts and one completed work before the end of the year. I’ve got 2 down.
I have two promising ideas, we’ll see which one tickles me the most during the month.
One is a story idea that I’ve been trying on and off again since the late eighties and really, it’s about time it gets written properly. It’s an epic fantasy however and not easily written. There’s a lot of work that needs to be put in before I start and I wonder if a month is enough to flesh it out.
The other came to me while watching William Shatner’s Weird or What? with my lovely wife the other day. It’s a lighter story, somewhat paranormal with a nice twist and some funny bits. I have the makings of a few interesting characters, some nice settings and fun, but I do not have a plot at all yet.
What to do, what to do?
Welcome to the 100th post of The Basement Office!
It’s been a great ride and it’s only getting better. I’d like to welcome the new readers, I know it’s a bit slow in August (there’s writing to be done!) but I promise you, come September, we’ll be back on track with a lot of different stuff.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s the ACTUAL basement office:
On the left over here, we have the junk pile I call a desk, where most of my writing gets done. It’s actually a lot cleaner than it was when the Basement Office first began.
Over on the right here, we have the support equipment for the operation. The mini fridge was a christmas gift from my wife (ain’t she a peach? I love her) and the coffee maker, well, it’s a necessity. Caffeine fuels word count it seems.
So what have I learned? What’s been going on for 100 posts?
Oh not a whole lot…but it’s fun. Do read on.
It’s 6h40AM. Yes, I know it’s early.
We have a Canada Day BBQ scheduled for 11. I spent the better part of yesterday doing house work. We’re expecting about 15-20 people. The burgers are ready. The propane grill is fueled. The weather looks like it will hold. We’re good to go.
It’s also the very first day of my insane challenge, the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo.
I have 1031 words down.
I’m very happy with this start.
This means I’ll have 1000 words more to put down tonight after everyone is gone and I am full of grilled meat.
I’m ok with this.
Happy Canada Day everyone!
I always consider myself a pretty easy going guy. I try not to get too intense. I’m at the age where being laid back is definitely a good thing, especially when you have the extra pounds I do. Even when working on my writing goals this year, I’ve been calm, considered and rational.
I’m noticing that, historically speaking, calm, considered and rational isn’t when I get the best results.
Time to do something crazy.