Friday, October 30, 2015

NaNo 2105: The Madness Awakens

In 2 days, NaNoWriMo begins and 300,000+ people all over the world embark on the task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

Sometime in mid-October I decided to partake in the madness but I'm using it for my own nefarious purposes: I have KAT AND MOUSE episodes to write and I'm planning on getting drafts of at least two, maybe three, done by the end of November.

I'm looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 18,000 and 25,000 words in total, based on the current going word count of episodes.

Half the final NaNo goal but that's my goal.

And I've got my 1.9-pound bag of Swedish Fish ready to go.

Brain fuel, y'know.

It'll be madness, I tell ya. Maaaaadness.

But it'll be the fund kind of madness.

Drunk karaoke and puns madness.

(Image: Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This Is Why

While hanging out at my good ol' online watering hole (AW) the other day, someone in a thread linked to the I Write Like website. By analyzing a sample of your writing, the site will then tell you which writer, as its name suggests, you write like.

On a whim, I grabbed a goodly chunk of a KAT AND MOUSE episode and dropped it into the the input box.

The site looked over my words, did its thing, and told me

I write like
Raymond Chandler
I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Exactly what I was shooting for.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Speak Up: Yes or No

I've made no secret of it in previous posts on the blog.

After the events in Roseburg, OR, I saw Twitter and most of social media explode in reactions from both sides of the divide. And some of those reactions really got my goat.

Since then, I've been struggling with the decisions of whether or not to say something.

Of course, a lot of the "names" I follow were quick with their say. It was some of these responses that got my goat.

Here's the thing: many of these "names" are people I consider colleagues. Fellow writers. People I'd love to hang out with at cons and such.

But when one of them calls you a "soulless shitlord" or another agrees with an article that you need to have this happen to you, it's a little hard to stand by and not fire off a response.

And for nearly 3 weeks, I fought with myself on what I should do. Am I being a coward by not saying anything? Does this mean I'm compromising my beliefs? Am I letting them walk all over me? Will this let their view grow and flourish while mine withers on the vine?

Back and forth. Back and forth.

Inner battle, tooth and nail, knock down-drag out.

But then I happened on this post by Myke Cole on just that very topic. After reading that and after reminders from some Fellow Writers I trust, I have decided this blog is not the place for those responses.

Oh, I'll gladly discuss it with you in person.

But the blog and likely my Twitter feed are not the places for that.

Here, it's about sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, movies, and all the cool stuff that goes along with them.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The 7/7/7/7 Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, fellow writer and AW denizen Maggie Maxwell tagged me in the 7/7/7/7 Challenge.

I had no control over it, obviously.

There I was, in the Congo, when I felt the sharp sting on the side of my leg.

Looked, saw the dart protruding from my thigh, the attached tag reading: "I have tagged you thusly. Also, there may or may not be poison."

I huffed. "Thusly," indeed.

And then the jungle around me exploded in a symphony of noise and heaving earth and foilage. The shockwave catapulted me through the undergrowth, snapping vines and low-hanging branches, down a sixty-foot slope, and into a croc-infested lagoon.

Lucky for me, the crocs had already feasted on taquitos and chimichangas so I was safe for the next six moments whilst I recovered my wits which had washed up on the lagoon shoreline.

Whilst, indeed.

Now, onto the Challenge.

Here's how it works: The damned tagged pick their WIP, turn to the seventh page, count down to the seventh line, share the next seven sons lines, and then tag seven other unfortunate souls writers to share their own.

The current WIP is, of course, an upcoming KAT AND MOUSE episode called "Devil's Night."

And, lo! the excerpt:
"You're the one who--"

"Yeah, yeah. I know. Shut up."

"Fine," I said, fighting back a grin. "Now focus."

"Fine," said Mouse.


Five minutes later, at 20:00 on the dot, two pairs of SUV headlights rounded the corner of xx and xx and rolled east toward us. The first pair of headlights pulled to a stop in front of the salvage yard.
/end excerpt

Now, I will tag some peeps...


For the curious, the "xx" in the above excerpt are placeholders. At this point in the writing process, I don't know the names of the streets in question so I put those there to keep me writing instead of coming to a screeching halt just to go back through my notes and city map just to find street names.

I'll fix that during the first revision pass.

See? You learn mysterious Writery things! What fun!