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To Tune a Violin

Project: The A&E Experiment
Genre: Science Fiction/Romance
New Words Written: 1943
Present Total Word Count: 5,079

Things Accomplished in Fiction: Our MC's have met! Yay! Also, we learned, in no uncertain terms, the reason for why they're in the setting they are, which was fun to write. We got to have a little bit of Asher's (the male lead) P.O.V in Chapter 2 (Which is part of this word count) and very little bit about his backstory.


Things Accomplished in Real Life: I think I tuned my violin!

Well, first I probably ought to tell you guys I got a violin. A purple Mendini I've been eyeing on Amazon for the last several months.

Now, I want to take this opportunity to say I have no idea whatsoever how to actually play it. Really, I've been just tooling around with it to see what I can figure out. I used to play when I was a kid, but apparently, nobody really tried to teach me how back then (no matter how aggravated they were getting at me for, apparently, not already k…

A Better Beginning

Okay, let me start this off by saying I know my last update was for a completely different project. Yes, I am aware. To be honest, as long as I'm making progress, I'm not sure if anyone cares what project it's on. But let me explain something about this one before we get to the update.

First of all, this is an important project. Not for any obvious reason, it just is. I had this whole project written start to finish at one point, done, complete, ready to be edited. Then I got hung up on the beginning. It was, frankly, pretty damn awful. Boring, and I kind of beat the reader with how quirky and unusual and-- shit, let's just sum it up okay? She was a manic pixie dream girl.

That wasn't her character. That beginning didn't work.

So I tried to re-do it from the start. I had some other stuff that could use some enhancing as well, though I imagined most of it would probably have stayed--- IF I HADN'T ACCIDENTALLY SAVED OVER THE FINISHED FILE WITH THIS NEW ONE TH…

Writing Updates and Renovations

Project: Sanctuary
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Steampunk
New Words Written:5375
Total Word Count: 37,108

Things Accomplished in Fiction: Quite a bit, actually. First, there was a huge leap forward (and then stumbling backward) of a relationship, then we had some character moments with who we met in this one, and at last we reached a new settlement only to realize that things may not be as nice as they seem like they would be.

I'm particularly proud of one scene I wrote tonight, which I can't talk about because it'll spoil it. But rest assured my fingers were flying across the keys and my mind was reeling with intense emotion over the situation. It's a scene where I considered moving something that happens later up to sooner, but had to restrain myself because where it's supposed to go is where it works best. To move it just because I'm eager to write that part will only ruin it. I considered just writing that scene now and saving it for when I get to that point, but I&…

Self-Publishing in Ten Years

Everyone has an opinion on how something will fare within a ten-year stretch. Back when Spongebob Squarepants first aired, my mom didn't think it would last. Now here we are almost twenty years later and it's on-par with the Simpsons in terms of lastability. There are several things on ABCFamily (now Freeform) that I can't believe are still running.

Now, we're not here to talk about shows. We're here to talk about self-publishing.

Ten years ago nobody thought it would last. Hell, there are still people who believe it's a fad only used by writers too terrible to actually get published for real.

But me? I don't think that.

I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of biased here. But in the interest of honesty, I really do think it's something that might overtake traditional publishing in the next ten years. So many more people are doing it, and with success stories such as John Dies at the End and The Martian  it's hard not to be attracted to the idea o…