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.
Argh. I’m doing the very first thing Nathan says not to do!
Revenant my WIP starts out like this. My main character wakes up. There’s a very good reason for this, in my opinion. It establishes something important about my main character.
I’ll give it some thought, but I doubt I’ll change it. I’ll just hope it falls into the area that Nathan Bransford’s thinking about when he says: “Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you can’t use one of these openings or that there aren’t good books that start this way.”
I will do what he says next:
“I am saying that you should think once, twice, and five thousand times about using these.”
I still doubt I’ll change it.
There was one interesting thing (it wasn’t the only interesting thing, but it’s the one that I’m writing about today.) I did this weekend, I signed up for an online writing course.
This is exciting! My heart is pounding!
I’ve just sent in my very first story submission to a publisher.
I’m not expecting much, as short stories are not my strong suit. I like my idea, and it follows the guidelines set forth in the anthology. Should I be accepted, I’m told to expect royalties, so it’s a paying gig.
If they reject it, it would be awesome if they had notes.
Either way…accepted or no, it’s really irrelevant. This is a SUCCESS! I have completed a project AND sent it to a publisher. In my post about goals here I mention that I intend to get five rejection letters this year. This might sound like a major downer to some, but let’s think about it for a minute. What does it mean if I have five rejection letters?
It means that I have completed five projects and sent them out to be sold.
The goal here is not just to write, but to submit, to get out there! Yes, it would be great if I sold something, and I DO have a good feeling about this short story, BUT the success part is that I’m doing it at all! I’m advancing my writing by leaps and bounds just be going this far.
Now…time to get back to work on two things I’ve neglected for this submission: My novel and The Expensive Universal Instrument serial.
Time for some FUN writing!
I’ve been playing around with a words a bit lately and having a lot of fun, but I’ve decided that it’s time to get to work!
I have a first draft finished. I’m confident in the story and I’m excited enough about it that I want to take it all the way. It’s been a while since I finished the first draft, so I’ve spent the last week or so getting back into my notes and re-reading.
There are a lot of problems. I see nothing that can’t be fixed, but it won’t fix itself. It needs a serious rewrite and here’s how I plan to get it done!