Writing Journal

Originally written on 02 January 2016

Picking a new title for Too Dimensional

Why does the old title bug me?

  • Too sci-fi, not enough fantasy
  • Relates to story mechanic, rather than the story itself.
  • Nikki would say I dislike it because she came up with it.
  • Doesn’t feel linked to the story.

Opening conflict – Coll being tortured by “Adam” and demon in his dreams.
Next layer out – Coll telling Julia about it.
Next layer out – Coll isn’t the only one, some of his friends are involved in the Weird Shit, too.

From Julia’s POV, this is supposed to be a paranormal mystery story.
From Adam’s POV, this is a superhero/antihero genesis story.
From Coll’s POV, this is a horror story.
From Zeke and Grace’s POV, this is the beginning of an adventure story.
From Seth’s POV, this is a paranormal romance(?) story.

Central conflict – Adam vs. Self
Secondary conflict – Adam vs. Walter

Many Aspects / Many Facets / Tunnel of Mirrors / Supporting Cast / Story Crafters / Regenesis / Neogenesis / Rebirth / Lost Story Found

Heart of the story – growth through suffering (? Really?)
Heart of the metastory – discovery

The two lines above were from 26 July 2014, and having just re-read the whole thing, I have to disagree. Not with the metastory, that still feels accurate. But the heart of this story, something I remember insisting was true to Emma in that Biggby’s, falls flat to me now.

None of the characters, except for maybe Seth, do any real growth due to suffering. The heart of this story is Adam’s awakening. In later stories, the focus and the heart will be in those around Adam, in this story he is as much catalyst as catalyzed.

Editor’s Note – I ended up going with¬†What No Eye Has Seen, rather than¬†Lost Story Found.

I’m making a note here, huge success!

Originally written on 20 November 2015

I’m really digging vlogging, and I’m pretty shocked about it. I considered it a couple years back, and for several reasons – not the least of which was trying not to step on my stepson’s toes – I decided against it.

I’ve since reversed that decision.

I haven’t committed to an update schedule or a limited subject matter yet; that may come with time (editor’s note – since then, I’ve committed to a schedule!). The same goes with ads and making money from it, if enough people want to watch my face and listen to my voice, I don’t mind making a little money from it.

All of the fiddly details aside, I am really, really enjoying it. I’m having fun recording my thoughts, making faces at the camera, and putting that goodness up for people to see. I feel like I’m letting people in, which is hard, without having to actually interact, so it’s easy. Yeah, I’m cheating.

Ah, well. There’s a link to my cheating in the upper-left of my writery page, so make with the clicky if you’re interested.

Review – Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a big read. The story of the time of King Arthur, as told from the point of view of the women of the time. It’s a familiar tale, but told with more depth and dimension than I’d experienced in any earlier telling.

There are cycles in the book in which I want to strangle pretty much every single character, but they are far and few between. If you’re interested in Arthurian legends, druids, pagans, post-Roman Christianity, and/or long form fiction, I recommend this book.

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Airplane Conversation

This is a text conversation with a friend of mine:

Me: On plane, 30 minute delay
Paul: Flap harder then
Me: FLAPPING MY F***ING HEART OUT IS IT WORKING
Me: GUY IN SEAT NEXT TO ME IS GETTING PISSED
Me: I MIGHT HAVE BROKEN HIS NOSE MAKE SACRIFICES F***ER IM TRYING TO GET US IN THE AIR
Paul: Lololol

Later, on IRC:

Paul: DAVE
Paul: HOW ARE YOUR ARMS DUDE
Me: SO F***ING TIRED AND COVERED IN THAT GUY’S BLOOD
Me: HE WAS SO PISSY ABOUT IT OMG
Paul: WHAT A JERK
Paul: NOT A TEAM PLAYER
Me: LOL