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Journal Work in Progress

Novels versus the Internet

The other day I expressed my feelings about something on Twitter. This was, of course, met with the standard reactions one would expect from people online. My take on the situation was wrong, my feelings were wrong, I should just avoid the thing that’s bothering me. You can’t just say something out loud to get […]

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Media Work in Progress

Currently Listening to: Sovietwave

My preference is to write in silence. As I get older I have too many focus issues to have on any sort of background noise. I used to be able to put in a television or stream movies and ignore them. Now they’re distraction. Periodically I will put on music, mostly to cancel out other […]

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Journal Work in Progress

The Terrifying Reality of Fork People

My wife the elementary school art teacher used to do projects with kids involving ordinary objects. The point was to get them to look at everyday things from a different perspective. She’d hold up a fork, for example, and ask them what else it could be. They’d yell out things like “the devil’s pokey thing” […]

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Work in Progress Writing

Why I’m a Planner, Not a Pantser

Yesterday I wrote about completing the initial draft of the novel, and being unhappy with both the process and the result. I’m a planner, not a pantser, but I was trying to take a more freewheeling approach with this book. It was not fun, and the book is not good. Today I want to take a […]

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Work in Progress Writing

The First Draft is Complete: Learnings

With almost three weeks left to spare, I have reached the first milestone with the novel. The first draft is complete. That said, I kind of hate it and don’t expect much of it to survive revision. What’s important is that I managed to do it at all. I started writing it on 1 December […]