January 2015 (writing) recap

I figured I’d better put something up here so folks haven’t think I’ve died or otherwise slipped off the planet. While it may seem – from the non-existence of posts on this blog since the end of 2014 – that I haven’t been doing any writing, I’ve actually been doing a fair share of it, over on my other blog, The Highs, the Lows, and the In-Betweens, my ongoing chronicle of my 2014 NaNoWriMo story universe. Here are the post updates to prove it:

Jan 2015 Writing UpdatesI’m one of those fools who gets anxious when I haven’t updated a particular social media outlet or blog in a while, someone who thinks that makes me less of a person writer. But, seventeen story updates for January isn’t too shabby. (One of them doesn’t count, as it’s just a music video link.) It’s not a popular journey in terms of audience size, but I’m having too much fun with this story and these mostly-new characters to care much about that part of it.

Over the course of the last several weeks, I’ve also been working on a massive edit/rewrite of my homo-erotic space western opera story, From Hell: A Love Story. It’s been both interesting and enlightening to see this one evolve from a mishmash of sci-fi and romance ideas designed to cater to a fan fiction audience, to a tighter story of love and acceptance that satisfies my own inner reader. Through this process, I’ve come closer to understanding what my tastes really are, and where my stronger skills lie. I’m sure it will also affect my edits for my waiting-in-the-wings stories, “Finding Mister Wright” and Fearless, both of which I’d like to put through the same wringer starting this year. But, first, I’m working with Scrivener (finally!) to put From Hell: A Love Story together as a real book (courtesy CreateSpace, which awarded two free hardcopies of a book to each NaNo 2014 winner).

Of course, no writer – even a self-proclaimed one – should go too many days without reading something for the fun of it. I continue to enjoy Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer series of classic detective novels, in the hopes of someday writing my own detective story. But, that’s a post for another day.

Twitter friend Moyabomb asked if I’d share my experiences with my publishing exercise as regards Scrivener, CreateSpace, editing, and artistry, so I’ll have to do a post about that coming up. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying your own reading and writing journeys!

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10 thoughts on “January 2015 (writing) recap

    • Thanks, Vanessa. πŸ™‚
      I was told by another writer friend that that genre is so marginalized, the story could get play just for that! πŸ˜„

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  1. It’s great that you’re keeping up with your writing. I loved the Borderlands story. You flesh out the characters well for someone whose never played the game. I like the “Finding Mister Wright” stories because I can relate to the family theme. Look forward to reading more of your work.

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    • Thanks, George! That really means a lot to hear, especially about the FMW stories, since they are so close to my heart. πŸ™‚

      I look forward to reading more of your work, as well!

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    • Thanks, Kourtney. πŸ˜„ I will have to get back to this more serious blog again soon, though. I’ve missed interacting with all of my blogger buddies!

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    • Kate, I empathize completely with that statement. I miss a lot of my blogger buddies when you’re working on other projects, but reading those projects is more than worth the hiatus! Best for your writing, too!

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    • Thanks, shade. Axton’s story edit is just about done, and it was definitely a fun adventure. The original character follow-up has been a great ride, too. πŸ™‚

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