Monday, April 14, 2014

Keeping it Brief...

Just a quick note to the few readers out there. I have my book 'done' and two very awesome people are in the process I proofing it. They haven't fallen asleep yet so it must be halfway decent! Thank you guys for taking this on! You know who you are!

Monday, January 6, 2014

So Much to Say...

Yeah, I know. You're shaking your heads going 'I told ya so'! I said many a time that I would keep up with this blog, that I would be diligent in my work. Honestly, bigger priorities have come up in the past few months, and have taken me away from this task.
For one, my awesome son, Adam, was born back in October. Naturally, that took up a lot of free time I once had. The time I spend with him is wonderful. Sure, I still sit downstairs with the lad in my arms while I attempt to play video games. I may have that free time, but the only other change is that I'm much more exhausted that late at night. I actually find myself waking up mid-game after having dozed off. Pretty sure Mario was glaring at me once.
Still, I had one major accomplishment over the past week: I finished my book! Now I'm at the editing stage. As of a few minutes ago I have gotten through chapter 5 of 51. This is probably the most difficult part because I have to tie up any and all loose ends. This could be harder than writing the book itself!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Final (?) Countdown...

Here we are: October.  To me this will be a month to remember.  So many exciting things going on: Noah's birthday, Mandy's birthday, and our 2nd boy's birth (could be any day now). One other milestone I hope to achieve is finishing my book. 77,000 words in and feeling fine. Again I've been able to draw together two big chunks of the plot, putting my protagonist somewhere in the 2040's. I feel so attached to him and his colleagues that I truly WANT to write them through to the end. Any doubts about this book not fitting in with the readers out there is now hogwash in my opinion, so I will press on.
I've been pushing to write and work out every day until the book's done, then comes the first of a few final edits before printing and the sendoff. Sure, it may be 3 months until I hear something back, but at least it will be off my mind. I've had to hold off on other book ideas just because I don't want to get distracted (I'm prone to procrastination anyway, but we'll cover that more...someday). Wish me luck folks...I wouldn't be writing this at all if I didn't think that some small facet of it would appeal to you. Cheers for now.


Monday, September 23, 2013

75,000 and Beyond...

     It's a milestone to me; breaking 75 thousand words as I plunk away on my book.  It's provided such a good feeling because I seem to be making strides every week with this project.  Last week I was able to tie together two huge chunks of my story, basically allowing the protagonist to exit the 1940s and venture once again to the future and face any potential consequences.  Thanks to anyone out there who has been following along; even if you've never said anything.  I know people check out my ramblings once in a while, so yay!
     I've also been reading the book to my wife and son (who's in utero for about another month yet) and had some much appreciated editing done by them.  It reminds me of when I listened to Stephen King's autobiography, particularly the part about his wife reading his work before sending it out.  I really and truly appreciate the support they've given (Adam kicking about in approval) and have made corrections almost daily.  Maybe when all's said and done (and I get some free time in the future) I'll do my own version of an audio book of this.  Until then, away I write!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Dream...

We all have dreams; some vague and some vivid.  Many think that messages spring from the dreams we have to point us in one direction or the other.  I still think that they are the culmination of the day's events thrown into a blender for our subconscious to consume.  But I think we all can agree on one or two dreams that truly shook us one way or another.  Here's the one I had early this morning (at least what I remember):

I was sitting in my parents' house, in one corner of their family room, watching some complete strangers huddled around a small TV.  They were dressed in older looking clothes, like what my parents had worn when they were younger.   I felt as though I had just landed or jumped onto my current position, like I was out of place here.  I didn't know any of the people, but one person started talking to me and we got on the topic of playing the game King's Quest and how she had been unable to install it.  I remember saying that perhaps one of the disks was corrupted and she said she had checked them herself for imperfections.
Next thing I know I'm in my old room in the loft bed my father had made and was trying to fall asleep.
A few moments later I was riding in a car down the highway in the pouring rain.  It was late because it was dark and I distinctly remember it being 6:00PM.  I could also hear the chorus of 'We Built this City' on the radio and then I realized something.  I believed I had jumped back in time to the 1980s.  I also became afraid of not being able to return home.  I was missing my wife and son and felt alone and heartbroken that I wasn't there with them.
The last thing I remember is being at the local mall and seeing an arcade with this odd Nintendo game being played; it was called 'Reminder'.  Then I woke up.  I had chills because I thought I would never awaken from such an odd occurrence.  It shook me because I really thought I was in another time.  If anything I feel more grateful and more alive knowing how awesome things are right now.  Just thought I'd share this with you!  What crazy dreams have you had?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I Have to Write...

I'm getting closer and closer to my son's birth (due date is technically Halloween), and so I'm pushing myself to finish writing my book.  I have to admit that it's been tough to stay motivated because of all the preparation needed for baby #2.  Amidst that I tend to play a lot of video games to pass the time.  What I'm realizing more and more is that time is what I need to get my project finished.  I need that last hurrah to boost my confidence and finish it.  Here's hoping I can crank this out in the next month if I'm diligent.  Thanks to anyone and everyone for your support.  :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Never Gonna Give You Up...

So the saying goes, I am not giving up on this book.  I think I'm both excited and afraid to continue writing.  Perhaps other wannabe writers experience this...maybe even real authors too.  I finished a chapter and also broke past 72,000 words.  I'm less than 8,000 away from being eligible to submit to the publisher I want to get in with.  I'm thinking in another chapter or two I'll finally be tying together two big chunks of my novel, which will be a big milestone in itself.
I'd like to share my positive outlook with you all in some small, weird way.  SO, click and enjoy...