Monday, October 2, 2017

Hey all,

So I need to do some cleaning up. I've been writing over at my new website. I'll be moving data over to there soon. Catch up with me on Calculating Normals.



Monday, March 9, 2015

The Great Weight of Blankness

Today the campus I work at is being visited by Neil Gaiman. I tried thinking about all the things I could scribble out on a blank Q&A form for him. Thankfully no one will get to stand up awkwardly and ask questions into a microphone. This is always the part of any symposium where I try to see if I can shove myself completely inside my seat in the auditorium.

The only questions I could up with were either your generic "how do I get famous writing?" questions or "who is your favorite Game of Thrones character?" I've decided I'll go with the latter.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Semester Showdown

So... this semester... geez...

I got my backside kicked in with this semester. My grad courses had me writing 5 - 10 scholarly pages a week, I was trying to get a blog out for Nerds every week, work has been work, and the house is nearly move in ready. Plus one of my old projects for Sleepy Dev started back.... phew... it has been just a lot going on.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Update for September - 750 words a day

Hello! Things are coming to a head now; 1) school started, 2) house is (hopefully) moving from a construction loan to a mortgage, and 3) I'm trying to start writing every day again.

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


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;