Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sick. Dadgummit.

I have gotten sick, and need to sleep before I get sick enough that I jeopardize this weekend's travel plans. More to come later. :-(

Word to the wise: artistic inspiration isn't a good enough reason to short yourself on sleep down to 4-ish hours a night for two weeks running. Oops.

-Rich

WIP, as Promised

Here's the work-in-progress excerpt, as promised.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Writing Group Ahoy!

I've found a writing group here in Birmingham! I'll post a link to them once I have a chance to attend my first meeting on February 1. I'm also moving from OpenOffice 3.3 to Microsoft Word 2010, for two reasons: A) the writing group does what it does with Word's change tracking mechanism, and OO Writer's change tracker is only mostly compatible, and B) Word, like it or not, is the industry standard, so using anything else is just asking for trouble later on. So: time to bite the bullet. I've installed Microsoft's Office Home 2010 60-day trial, to be purchased in full once I know all is well.

I've had various and sundry errands, obligations and projects to handle around the house lately, so writing progress isn't what I've been hoping for, but I've got some time to work tonight. I'll post a Work In Progress (WIP) excerpt later.

-Rich

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Drafting Continues

Been a tricky week for writing work. After overdoing it on the leg press machine this past Saturday, my back went out on Monday morning, and sitting for protracted periods was not-fun for a few days. Luckily I've healed up quickly, and have been making progress when I can. I've extended my target for Proxy Bloodsport (which might benefit from a rename) to 7,000 words, figuring I'll wind up editing back down to around 6,000 by the time I'm done, and in the quest to find or make a good place to sit properly, I managed to clear off my old computer desk: no more lap-desk drafting on the couch for me!

Anyhow, I'm off to bed. Onward!

-Rich

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Short Story: Proxy Bloodsport

This weekend I embarked on a rewrite of a short story I put together for the 2007 Dragon*Con Writers' Workshop, Proxy Bloodsport. What prompted me was making contact with a college friend who's been writing and submitting for a while now, and who was actually attending this year's Superstars Writing Seminars where some of my idols/models were in attendance.

Anyway, she immediately fired off an excellent sample of her writing (which had received mention in a national contest!) for me to peruse; when I looked at PB, hot and bothered to send it to her, well...it needed a rewrite, and badly: it no longer represented where I think I am as a writer.

So, I'm rewriting. Shan't post much here in the interim, because of course, writing time needs to be thrown at the work.

Ciao,

-Rich

Under Construction

This will be my blog. More to come...

-Rich