Tuesday, April 7, 2015

There's ALWAYS a Downside.

Apparently a lot of the traffic reaching my site is from Turkey these days.  I'm really thinking someone's using a VPN or TOR to look at my site.  I'm not sure if I should flattered or afraid.  Since the advice I've always received is "Be afraid!", I'm going to go with the latter.

Anyway, for anyone who got the reference in this post's title, way to go!  You just won an internet.

No sexism intended, that was just the picture that came up in a Google search.

Ahem.  Moving on.

So, to reference my title yet again, there's always a downside when it comes to a writer's choice of writing methods.  Mine makes me feel connected to the words, allows me to write virtually anywhere, and gives me near-stream-of-consciousness access to my inspiration/muse/etc.  That means my rough drafts are often rough, but in transcribing it to my computer's word processor I get the chance to edit on the fly.  So my first draft is significantly better, smoother, and often more inspired.

So...  The downside.  I'm basically writing things twice.  Writing longhand whenever the inspiration strikes me and continuing while the mood is upon me means I end up with a lot of pages needing typing.

A lot.

That's a lot of typing.  So much so that it's a little daunting, and I'm only talking about a single chapter.  I have a little over twenty-five pages to type up.  I realize that some of that will fall by the wayside (I knew it as I was writing it, but I refused to let that stop me from going with the flow.) as I'm editing it, but it's still a lot of work to do.  With that in mind, I'd best get back to it.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's the opposite of an update?

Sorry, but that just occurred to me.  And what would constitute said opposite, anyway?  Lying in an update?  Deflecting every question with noninformation?

Wait, the latter would make me a politician or CEO apologizing for, well, anything.

Okay, it was just a thought.  My brain does some odd things at weird times.

So, since this is the opposite of the opposite of an update, that makes this an update and someone might think at this point I'm just stalling.

STALLING!  Of course!  The opposite of an update is a stall, and not the cow/horse/engine kind.  In a sense, it's a shame pigs live in sties/pens, because then the comparison to politicians ends, though it's really not fair to domestic pigs because given a chance they live cleanly and take care of their young.

Well, I feel better.

Okay, update time.  Writing continues apace.  I'm doing a couple thousand words a day on average, though that's an estimation because I'm not counting what I'm writing longhand.  My word processor takes care of the actual word count when I'm typing, so I have a decent metric for said estimation...

Anyway.  Let's see how the editing goes once I get everything lined up.  I'm seriously not censoring myself when I'm writing because rough drafts are like that, but once I get into the first draft I may blood my axe until it needs some major sharpening.  We shall see, my friends.  Indeed we shall.

Oh, before I go, I have to say hello to the Aussie fan(s) who keep hitting my page from Google.com.au.  Hello!  I hope you have a pleasant winter.  It's still awesome to me that people a world away can see what I'm writing as soon as I'm done writing it, and have done so on more than one occasion!

Thanks for reading and, as always, thank you for your continued support!