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

New KAT AND MOUSE Episode Is Live!

The fun continues at KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE with "Shanghai Squeeze, Part 2" now live and on the site.

Head over yonder and join the Ladies as they dish out some derring-do.

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!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Serial Lives! No, Really! I Swear! It's True!

As I noted in this post, KAT AND MOUSE did resume with Season 3 back on September 7th. And in recent serial news updates, you can see the latest installments are posted.

But it looks like I didn't quite do my "due dilligence."

By chance the other day I happened to wander over to the Web Fiction Guide's listing for KAT AND MOUSE and discovered it had been tagged as "abandoned" and "unfinished."

Look at the red arrows!

What?! Unfinished? NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Abandoned?!? KHAAAAAAAANNNN!!!

Not true, KAT AND MOUSE Readers! Not true at all!

We are, in fact, back on.

Granted, we were on an extended hiatus due to extenuating circumstances.

But no longer.

I'll be contacting the fine folks over at WFG to let them know the Ladies are back.

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

New KAT AND MOUSE installment is live!

We've got a new episode and a new installment for you this week. Part 1 of "Shanghai Squeeze" is now live.

Props go out to fellow writer Regan Summers who gave me a "throwaway" suggestion that the Ladies take on the Triads.

And here's the result.

Head on over to the KAT AND MOUSE serial site to read. And feel free to leave comments.

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New KAT AND MOUSE Episode!

"Consequences," Part 2 is now live at the serial site. There's a big story reveal. Don't miss it!

Head on over to read then let me know your reaction in the comments.

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Progress Notes: Back In The Saddle, Y'all

We're back.

As you may already know, KAT AND MOUSE began Season 3 back on September 7th and five installments are now live at the serial site. Check the current archives to catch up on the story.

For those of you just joining us for "Progress Notes" this post explains what this series of posts is all about.

And now, to progress...

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #304
We are in the middle of drafting and are at:

2,510 / 6,000

The plan is to get the draft done in the next two weeks and the final version queued up by mid-November.

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #303
When I last did a Progress Notes post I mentioned this episode would be called "Kung Pao Killshot."

I've since changed the title to "Shanghai Squeeze" and it's now queued up ready to go live in about 2 weeks.

Still, a hat-tip goes out to fellow writer Regan Summers for the "throwaway suggestion" (read that last Progress Notes post for the details).

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

KAT AND MOUSE News and Updates Now Linked Here

For quite some time I've been posting updates on KAT AND MOUSE here on the blog. Usually anything to do with episodes, serial news, and so on.

But it only occurred to me recently that the folks who'd probably be really interested in hearing about that would actually be the folks who read the serial. And I don't post such things on the serial site because that's specifically for the serial story (not counting announcements of breaks and hiatuses [hiati?]).

So I've now set up a link on the serial site (desktop and mobile version) that sends folks to this blog and to the category/label for KAT AND MOUSE news.

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

New KAT AND MOUSE episode!

The latest episode, "Consequences,"  is up at the serial site.

Head over yonder to read it.