Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Taste of Burning Hot Fail

I’ve neglected all four of you who read this, and I’m sorry for that. A mix of new job, a dab of school, and a lot of procrastination are to blame. Either way, I’m still here and still attempting to write. I have been greatly discouraged though, and the writing has not come easily.

Anyway, I’m going to keep this short. I will be doing more updates and posts soon. Don’t quite look at this poorly designed blog as dead yet.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Trying the Nook



Well, it seems as though every writing blog out there has at least one entry on the subject of e-readers, so I might as well join in. A Nook has found its way into my home, and to be honest, I dig it. I really can’t understand why writers seem to be so afraid of new technology. The paper press industry isn’t going away for a long while anyway. Every other industry is modernizing, and the fact that we can blog about changes like e-books proves that we are adapting as well. This is simply the next step.

For starters, my house is terribly cluttered. I do love my books, and how magnificent they look on the shelf, but if that collection keeps growing, I might find myself assembling fiberboard bookcases until I run out of wall space. Being at an age where I move constantly, being able to store an entire collection of books on a chip smaller than a penny also appeals to me.

Perhaps the biggest reason I like it so far is purely an issue of my own. I like to read in bed, lying on my side, and I fumble with books in this position. Having the Nook has made for a really solid and simple way for me to read from here.

The next reason why I think writers should embrace this format is the inherit trait of human laziness. I know it doesn’t affect everyone, but I have found myself doing more impulse buying with the Nook. Not having to go anywhere to walk away with a stack of books for significantly cheaper is quite alluring.

Now, all of this doesn’t mean I am going to stop buying physical books or that I will stop being a patron of local bookstores. I simply find myself buying the books I would not have before. I have a major problem paying more than 15 dollars for any book, and thankfully this solves that problem. I know I will catch some flak for that last sentence, but hey, I’m not wealthy enough to buy a stack of premium hard backed books on a whim. I’m also a tech junkie, so let me continue to drool over my newest android based toy.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Renewal

Well, the March Report isn’t going to happen. I’d be a bit too ashamed to post those numbers. I am using this as an opportunity to start fresh and new, since I apparently dropped the ball and my writing habit almost entirely last month.

It is going to get quite busy though. I am starting a new job next week, one that I can only assume will be hectic, and not allow for any writing while at work. This is both good and bad. I find when my hands are busy I come up with the very best ideas. It’s when I am sitting at home trying to make words come out of nothing, which is when it all falls flat. It must be something to do with better understanding the human condition, or maybe escapism. Either way, I look forward to the new challenge.

It has also come to my attention that I am still looking for my first short story publication. This is a little unnerving considering I have been trying for three months, but I think I know why. I simply need more lines in the water. I have three short stories and a book that all need editing. Once those four hit the world, I will be receiving rejections at record breaking speeds, and then hopefully a couple will find homes.

Just so I can clarify this to myself, I am reestablishing my writing goals for the month of April:

1. Write 1,000 words a day minimum. Same as always.
2. Write in the morning before distractions tear me away from the keyboard.
3. Stumble Upon must not be pressed, unless I have hit at least 500 words. Even then, I must try not to. That little toolbar is destroying my productivity.
4. Try to get at least 30 minutes of editing in every day. Preferably more.
5. Read more.

Perhaps it is a bit much with my current schedule, but I think it will be doable. I have no real valid excuses for falling behind, but here is too a much better spring.
 
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