Eleven hours and 6000 words

Am I the only one who gets full stories in dreams? I dreamed a story last night. I only “saw” the last few scenes, but the whole thing – backstory, the beginning, all of it – was there in the dream.

I got up, fixed coffee, and started writing. Since I work second shift, my “morning” started at 2pm, but still. 🙂 It is now after 1am. I have almost six thousand words written and the only reason I am stopping is that I’m going to stop making sense pretty soon. Or possibly I already have. I’m close to writing the end scenes now – hahahaha – I say that, but I didn’t expect the beginning to be nearly so long… it will need a lot of editing. BUT. Writing.

Now, sleep.

Edit – I’m a little disappointed that I only have 6000 words. I wrote a thousand in half an hour once. This is like 500 words per hour. Sigh. Well, granted, I did have to google things, and I forgot I stopped to buy jewelry, and eat… but still. I need to increase my word count.

OH. I didn’t write an outline first. That’s what did it. I do much better with an outline. I had one in my head, but not on paper. Hmmmm.

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Be Yourself

Lesson for the day: never try to make yourself something you aren’t.

I wrote a story at the end of March. I was pretty sure it was the best story I had ever written. Why was that? Because it was nothing like MY writing. A little bit of my humor* got through, but since I have failed to get any stories published with my normal slightly “off” humor, I tried to force this story into a completely different mold. I fought it every sentence and paragraph. It came from a dream, and the story really, REALLY wanted to be the dream, but I decided NO, I needed to write something more modern than what my subconscious gave me.

Apparently that was a bad idea. It was rejected a record twelve hours after I submitted it, albeit with good feedback for the idea and other aspects, and I wrote nothing else until the end of April.

DON’T BE ME. I’m not talking about putting away the pen (or keyboard and mouse)** – for a few days after a rejection – everyone does that occasionally. I mean DON’T try to change your writing style just because you think if you do, a certain publisher or editor or agent will suddenly like what you’ve written. You have to be yourself. I knew that before I did it, and I convinced myself I was just “tweaking” my style a bit. But I wasn’t. I was full out butchering it.

I’m still revising that story – I’m attending a two week workshop this summer and I need three stories, and thanks to my month-long “I am horrible and will never succeed at anything and where’s the ice cream?” binge, I only have that story, one I wrote last October, and the “prequel” story to my novel. I have two others partly started (ie, random bad jokes and dialogue scribbled in my notebook but nothing in the computer yet), but there’s no way I can get them done and on the site for critique in the next eleven days…

HOLY CRAPKITTENS, BATMAN, I have to revise.

Carry on, my wayward internet.

 

*no judgments on whether my humor is *good* or not, you understand… it just is what it is.

**I did that for twenty-five years. Bad idea. THINK of all the horrible melodrama I could have produced*** while I was waiting for a sense of humor to develop… 😉

***if you’d read my poetry from the 90s, you’d understand.

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Social Media Sabbatical

Going to be off Twitter, Tumblr, etc for a couple of months. I need to spend this month reading, writing, and revising (thank goodness no ‘rithmatic!) and finishing up a critique that I really thought I was going to finish two weeks ago… Apparently I read a lot slower now than I used to. At least I only have two weeks left of my class. That class is killing me.

Have a good May, y’all. And June. And probably July and August, too.

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Mercury

Actually, I was right. Mercury IS retrograde. I’m hiding for a while.

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Accessory Failure

I am completely failing at accessing JMS content this week.

I got my set of B5 DVDs – “CNN Documents Babylon 5” – but my DVD player is a country length away from me, so I need to buy one next time I go to the store (no offense to anyone involved, but I only leave the apartment to go to work, and that, grudgingly).

I wanted to have the three Superman: Earth One comics on my Kindle Fire (the physical copies are currently in a box somewhere) so I could re-read them, so I bought them on Amazon tonight. I have no idea where my charger is. It was here two months ago. I tore the place apart. It is nowhere. Found my checkbook, though. Yay! I ordered a new charger.

I bought the back issues of Dream Police on the Image Comics site… and have no idea what format I need for my Fire even after searching for it (and it gave me a headache) so I don’t know what to download, so I just downloaded the pdfs to view on my computer. THEN I saw his tweet about buying them on comiXology, went to it, and HEY. You can get them on your Fire… SO, I’m just going to rebuy them all. Because, like, it’s just EASIER.

Is Mercury retrograde???? Ooh – possibly not – I was able to download issue one of Dream Police to my phone, and my phone hasn’t let me download an app or much of anything else for quite a while. So, there’s that.

Electronics don’t like me. Which is bad since I work in a lab.

 

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Favorite link from twenty years ago

Back many moons ago, I found a website called “Ask Kosh.” Like a magic 8 ball, only with Kosh quotes. I had something like that on my computer – back in the late 90s and early 00s I copied my favorite quotes from my VCR to my computer rather obsessively – soap opera quotes, sci-fi shows, whatever shows I really loved and whatever quote I thought would really work. Sadly, the tech outpaced my learning curve, so I haven’t done that for a long time (probably a good thing), but the ones I do have make for a rather hilarious magic 8 ball when I’m really bored.

Anyway. I discovered that the Ask Kosh site is still live! Tons of quotes from the always direct, straight to the point Vorlon Ambassador on Babylon 5.

Enjoy.

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Aeon 2.0

I just downloaded the new version of Aeon, the timeline software compatible with my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE software, Scrivener. I had the early version and gave up on it quickly, but that was my fault, not the fault of the software. The timeline was intended to be linear, as time most often is, and my series is about time travel and reincarnation. My character jumps around too much for a linear timeline.

However, when I looked at the tutorial, I realized that I hadn’t looked outside the box last time. Apparently, you do NOT have to give your various characters birth and death dates. I want to, but that’s the just the OCD in me. If I don’t give them birth or death dates, maybe the software won’t mind so much if they flit around in time. I won’t be able to use it to calculate their ages at each event, but I’ve used a calculator for that anyway, and I can always make a note at each event about how old each character is, if they happened to have been born or died at that point, and, you know, if it was in an alternate universe… Oh, and what book it’s in. Yes, I could make different timelines for each book, but the point of the software was for me to be able to see ALL THE THINGS in one timeline, without just painting a wall white and using sharpie on it.

Which I may still do.

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Yuri’s Night

Tonight is Yuri’s Night. Today is also my main character’s birthday. I gave Brandy this birthday because it is the day the first man went into space, and the day the space shuttle Columbia first launched. Since Brandy ends up a starship captain, I felt it was a fitting date for her birth.

I wanted to be a pilot and an astronaut from the time I could see the stars (glasses helped!), but it was not to be (glasses hurt). I do work in a scientific field, but I love writing much, much more, and I travel through time and space by reading and writing. I hope that someday someone else will travel to the stars through my books the way I have through others.

Happy day to all space cadets out there, whether you get to travel through space in reality, or only in your dreams. 🙂

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Western recommendations?

I saw the movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance last month. I missed the beginning, so I’ve been meaning to find it and watch all of it, but I can safely say that it has changed my opinion of Westerns. If I ever get caught up on life in general, I’m going to do a movie marathon of old Westerns. Any recommendations?

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Music is Life, Life is Music

The parking lot at work lately has been a lot like Hotel California – anyone can get in just fine, but you must have a parking permit to get OUT. Does that seem backwards to anyone but me? They’ve had the entrance gate open several days in a row, but the exit gate stays closed.*

Speaking of music, I saw the a Criminal Minds episode the other night which always makes me laugh despite the trigger-warning nature of the plot, because a key element in the story is the similarity between the songs “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” Both songs were written by Jim Steinman, and I heard a radio program (a Westwood One program, I thought – Flashback, maybe?) about Air Supply while driving cross-country once which discussed that exact thing. I love both songs, and the writers managed to do a fantastic job of lightning a cringe-worthy episode by having the criminal go through and point out the differences much as they had in the radio program.

And, since I’m on the topic of music, I am working (short-term) at a place I last worked three years ago. Many of the people I knew then are still here, but some have left. One who left was also a DJ. Last time I worked here, he proclaimed “Band on the Run” to be one of the best songs ever written. He gave reasons, too, but of course I don’t remember all of them. I do know that I have never listened to it the same way since. I didn’t think much of it before, but it is now one of my favorite songs, and I think of him and smile when I hear it.
*yes, technically one could leave through the entrance gate, but it was a week before I thought of that – not much of a rule-breaker here…

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