Archive | December 2013

Year End Writing Update

Vampire-FictionMy next release, an erotic short with a brain, “Vampire Fiction,” is on its final draft of editing. (I didn’t exactly hit my Halloween deadline.) Writing can often feel like treading water, but I’m finally growing as a writer, and this short proved it to me.

It became something more than erotica in the end. It’s sexy and edgy and a bit dangerous, but it also retains vulnerability.

Vulnerability is a quality I will continue to foster in my writing. I want to put it all on the line, for my characters and for me.

My other focus, House of Cabal: Episode One, is currently in the rewrite stages.

House of Cabal, the multi-part epic, has been a labor of love for me for the past thirteen years. That’s right, thirteen years. Each time I think I have it cracked, I have to rethink things. My current plan is dividing it into episodes.

writeCoincidentally I also started reading Write. Puplish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt, which advocates episodic releases. I’ll blog more about this once I finish reading their book, but the idea seems to be releasing a lot of books and using each book to sell the others.

While that may make sense from a business perspective, I’m choosing to cut up my novel for purely creative reasons. I divided the first House of Cabal novel into four smaller sections, a little over a hundred pages a piece, so I could strengthen the narrative structure of each section. The novel was feeling unfocused and limp. Focusing on smaller narrative arcs seems to be fixing these issues.

DaringI’m rereading Daring Greatly by Brené Brown to help strengthen the themes of the first episode. I’m also using some of the lessons I’ve learned from writing “Vampire Fiction” to help with narrative flow. I’m using this new discoveries to save House of Cabal from the fire.

I know rewriting old work is not always a good idea. Move on and just start something new. Your old work is just dragging you down. But old work can also be the scraps to create art. The limitations of unevolved stories can be inspiring.

I have many other projects on the back burner, but these are the two projects I’m focused on as we move into the New Year.

Happy holidays to all my readers, and happy writing.

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Old Computer -> New Computer

As the year rolls to a close, I’d like to get everything organized in my life. I want to hit the ground running this coming New Years, so December is my chance to get everything in place.

As a first step I replaced my dying laptop with a new touchscreen one running Windows 8 (thank you Black Friday lightning deal). Windows 8 takes a bit of Youtube explanation, but I think I’m liking it now. It seems like a major improvement.

There are a lot of things I need to move from my old computer, and I want to keep the new computer organized. This is a chance to remove the clutter in my digital life. I want to take my time and do it right.

phooky 2006

phooky 2006

My last computer ended up a mess with more than one copy of Windows 7 installed and only one copy partially working, with all the old files and versions mixing together. It was (and is) a nightmare, but now I can transfer over the files I need without worry too much I’ll lose everything if I don’t do it fast enough.

Only buying a new computer after your hard drive has started to crash can be traumatic. I still need to figure out cloud computing so I don’t have to worry so much about losing my work and play. I’m a little out of date when it comes to technology, but I hope to remedy this.

Bring on the new tools and let’s create some art!

Speaking of art. I am now drawing daily and learning guitar. I hope to draw the covers to all the episodes of House of Cabal, but we’ll see how I progress.

I’ll write more about my quest to organize my life in future updates.