If you don’t succeed…

You know the rest. I didn't make last month's goal of 25,000 words. If you want excuses I have plenty; my computer dying, my own distractibility, and others. Honestly, the self destruction of my computer probably did more than anything else to stop me from reaching goal. My computer is one of the things that can destroy my concentration more than anything else. The silly thing died and I just couldn't focus on anything else until it was up and running again, which destroyed what would have been two of my best days of writing. This, boys and girls, is why I try and write away from home. Less distractions often leads to more productivity.

That being said, I'm starting another 25k word month, this time I'm getting started before the 10th of the month. With a good start, I should easily be able to reach goal and its going to be some very good writing. Edge is just about ready for a new chapter to be written, Impervious is right in the middle of an awesome action scene where the main protagonists finally meet (and possibly get in some really good fights). I've got a little momentum going again, so I should be able to jump right in and get to work.

In other news, big things are happening over at Edge of December as we're gearing up for our first Con's. Glenn's going to be going to Tuscon Comicon while I hold down the fort at Anime-Nebraskon. We're busy putting together various things to sell, new art, posters and biggest of all, new physical books! Though they aren't widespread, there is a physical, Edge of December Volume 1 that is full of pretty, wonderful art and extras that you just can't find on the site. Our goal, audacious as it is, is to hold a Kickstarter, get funded, and then get books two and three back from the printers before the Cons in November! Crazy! Ambitious! Perhaps undoable… but y'know what. Screw that undoable noise.

One of the reasons that I admire Glenn is because he dreams big, he thinks big. I tend to be more conservative in my goals, and that, perhaps, hampers what I am able to accomplish. So, though it'll be a ton of work, I'm dedicated to seeing Books 2 and 3 available to the fine people of the conventions by November. Just doing that will do more for Edge than most of our efforts over the last year or so since I started writing. Its scary, thinking of everything that we're going to have to do, but its also exciting as well. Its rather trite and and a cliché, but “Those who dare, do.” So, I'm off to dare, and in so doing, accomplishing what we set out to do. Away!


Writers Block and the smashing thereof

Bleh. So, here we are ten days into my 25k word writing challenge and I've barely gotten 2k written. The reason? First off, after not writing for so long its incredibly hard to put down the video game controller and actually get back to work. Half of why I was doing so well in previous months was that I was writing on an almost nightly basis, regular as clockwork. I had words and those words wanted to escape from my brain through my fingers. For the past couple months those words have been building up and have found their way out via other outlets…mostly though killing lots and lots of demons in Diablo 3. The words don't get out…exactly, but the brain is distracted through the gaining of levels and the finding of loot. Its one of the reasons that I've sworn off MMO's.

Another problem with taking such a long break is that most of the details and flow of story that used to be right at the front of my brain has faded completely into the background. I figured all I'd have to do is read the last few chapters that I'd written and I'd be able to just pick up where I left off, easy as falling down. Nope.

I realize now this is exactly what happened to City of the Sorcerers. I'd get an awesome idea, work like crazy and write a chapter or two. I'd burn through the words, excited that I was finally getting it done, but then I'd hit a block and stop. I'd stop for a week, or a month as I tried to figure something out. I wouldn't write, telling myself that I couldn't write until I'd figured things out and could go on. But by the time I'd figure things out, I'd lose the flow, or whatever you want to call it. And eventually, I just decided to put the story on hiatus until I could figure everything out, because I had more interesting projects to work on.

Was that a mistake? I don't know, maybe? Its hard to say it was because, until recently, Impervious was coming along so dang smooth. Until I stopped writing it. And now I've got that feeling that I felt so often with CoS. The difference this time is that I'm not going to table it. I've got sixteen chapters written so far; the first act of the story is almost done. There's too much done, to shelve it and say, move to a different project. There is but one thing to do. Ahem…

SETH SMASH!!!


Yeah…so about that…Mass Effect 3

So, it’s been much more than a week since I updated the ol’ blog here, and I apologize for that. All I can say in my defense is that things have been a little busy around here…and yes, I got Mass Effect 3. Look, there’s a galaxy in dire need of saving and I don’t have very good self-control when it comes to actually putting down the controller once it’s been picked up.

I’m thoroughly in love with the world of Mass Effect. Its just good sci fi. Well written, awesome characters and some real good emotional engagement. I’d pre-ordered the game, but I was committed to doing another play-through of 1 and 2 before I dug into 3, just so I was ready and had what I thought was the “correct” story progress when I started. I should never have opened the package. From that point on it was a lost cause and FemShep was on the job again, meaning that I was no longer on the job.

In non-video game related topics, I made it out of February with 23,000 words finished. While that fell a little short of my 25,000 word goal I still feel pretty good about myself. Impervious has 16 full chapters completed, which is more than I’ve ever written on one story before. Ok, I may have written way more words, in total, for City of the Sorcerers, but most of that was rewriting things that I’d already written. Impervious continues to make steady progress at a pace that makes me think that at least the 1st draft will be done by the end of the year.

Right now, I’m focusing most of my efforts on Edge of December. We’ve got a new chapter starting in a week or so, and a new Saga shortly there-after. We’re getting into material in the comic that’s been born completely in my fevered imagination, so I’m getting really excited to see it play out visually. Also, I’m working on a short story that will be exclusively available in the third eBook as an extra. That’s proving more of a challenge than I originally thought it would since its a story that’s following a character that is only secondary at this point. Keeping everything in canon, interesting, and leaving enough for future volumes is a huge challenge.