Monday, July 14, 2014

Writing for Children Last Week

So I did actually write some last week! Crazy--I know. I had a four hour period in which I needed to watch students take a test but couldn't be on my phone/a computer. So I wrote by hand three childrens' books.

It was a really fun experience. I think after some editing I might try to shop them around some. Maybe even find an illustrator. We will see.

I thought about how it would be cool to have a series of childrens' books that would incorporate personal problems I had growing up. Things like racism, gender equality, and healthy friendships but told in an easy to approach way.

The series takes big problems and puts them in simplist terms to help young people relate to them. I wanted something like a surreal Winney the Pooh.

Writing them by hand was interesting. I usually write childrens' books in the format the illustrator will want them. Broken up by page the line will appear on. Then leave room for creative license. Writing by hand I have no way to know if that will work or not. The formatting will have to be caught in editing.

Also it was fun because I wrote it all with a fountain pen. It really felt like the words were justing flowing out onto the page.

The stories were simple but I feel like they can find an audience. One was about people discriminating against a member of the village for the way she looked. I think that is a meaningful theme whether you have body image problems or are a member of a minority.

So no new progress in any of my novel projects. Over the weekend it finally clicked into place how one of my worlds worked. Neverdark in that regard had a huge step forward but I didn't write any of it out.

I have excuses of course but they really aren't too important. I'm putting a lot of eggs into my house basket at the moment so maybe I can have some writing time when it finishes.

Till then--ta ta for now!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Updates from Summer-Town, Population Me

My head hasn't been in the right place at all. I haven't been able to really apply myself to my work. I keep missing deadlines. I don't even work on my fun projects. I'm stuck in Summer-Town. This awesome state of mind you get into when working in education fields where you have a hard time not taking a break like everyone else.

I'm getting better, and to be fair I have been putting in extra overtime hours at my house project. Working 8 hours at the college and then putting in 3 at the house (on top of studying for grad school and the video game startup) has drained me physically and mentally.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fear

Recently I have been looking back over my career in writing and trying to tie up old loose ends. One of those was ends was releasing material regularly on websites like Scribd. I know the site can be a little gimmicky but it is nice to have that backup file with built in social networking/analytics right there.

For example, one of my most popular pieces in digital and analog circles is the short story 'Fear' about needing to go to the bathroom. When I give live readings of this I usually get great crowd response but it is also heavily read online.

I know this from the stats I gleaned from Scribd. Reading through those stats reminded me that I had, at one time, wanted to publish a book of shorts. Thinking about that again made me excited for writing all over again. It gave me the little boost I needed today to keep on trucking.

So in honor of stats, here is a little piece I wrote a while back;


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Writer's Inferno

Recently I have felt somewhat tormented. Not in the discomfort sort of way but in the "OH MY GOD I NEED TO WRITE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SHOULD WORK ON OH SHINEY!" sort of way. It is almost like I am making a pilgrimage through the Inferno, passing all sorts of tests, and waiting to get back into mortal territory before I can concentrate again.

I think this is called grad school...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Quarter Century Blues

Welp, I made it. I am finally a quarter century old. I can finally start complaining about back pain, those darn kids on my lawn, and food that is too hard.

Something else I realized however was how I spent my time. Being an adult for a few years I knew that birthdays had lost some of their luster. Instead of a pizza party at Chuck E Cheese I was installing windows in my house Sunday. There isn't anything wrong with that--I actually enjoyed doing the windows much more than hanging around with that creepy animatronic rodent and his friends wafting the smell of pee away from my dinner.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Old Heroes Die Hard

My grandma waddle hunched over like something from a Jim Henson movie. She made delicate small motions like a crow looking for scraps in a parking lot. She asked who my hero was. I answered "the Red Baron."

I couldn't have said then why that was. He was just some handsome rogue who flew planes and had his face on those cheap pizzas from the tiny grocery store on the corner. God, I wish I could take that back.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Little Writing Homework that Went Too Far

So I had an assignment for a class to write out two examples of information technology I was hypothetically selling. I had a funny idea and maybe ran with it too far. After finishing I decided maybe I should do something else that would fit the assignment a little better.

Now I think I might use this in a future project (for maybe a short story) but for the time being it was a fun exercise. Hope you enjoy!