November Twenty-Four: “Progress Is A Strong Word”

Word Count: 24,511
Pages Total: 61

Soooooo not a LOT of progress. 935 words added. The past week has had me remembering other projects, barely poking at THOSE, and generally just being a lazy clod. Some poker though, and I’ve just about broken even for the month, that’s good enough news. Hell, I even played right before writing this (for a net-negative, but still left with a few dollars in my pocket).

One of the projects has been my re-writing of an older post from my previous site, so far titled “Atheist on the Sabbath Redux”, which is a series of thoughts and reasons as to why I’m not a religious person (and a few reasons specifically as to why I don’t believe in a higher consciousness/”god”). I don’t really know why, but the thought has just been flooding my brain again as of late – more like the past few weeks – and having meant to dig deeper into that part of my thought process and life experience, it’s already ballooned to five single-spaced pages. I may just provide it as a PDF or something, so anybody (read: likely very, very, VERY few) interested in giving it a look-over can do so over however much time. Maybe, if it keeps growing, I’ll try self-publishing just for the hell of it. Might be interesting enough, who knows?

I’m going to get writing tonight, heading into Thanksgiving week. Work tomorrow, then probably stay home on the Day-’o-Turkey. Haven’t decided yet. But before I finish up here, a few little shout-outs: first, to my friend Lauren who’s been blasting away at NaNoWriMo for the world to see. You’ve been kicking ass, now cross that finish line!

And second to my buddy Stephen, who’s been kicking ass also, though I don’t know his word count. Keep it up!

Everybody else… you Stand Tall too, yeah?

November Sixteen: “Them Vidya Games!”

Update time! These seem to be getting slightly later and later every time I write them, but… no matter.

Word Count: 23,576
Page Count: 58

That’s a net-positive of 2,165 words and five pages to the manuscript. This kind of admittedly-pathetic progress is why people make fun of their friends when they ask “so… how’s your novel coming along” sarcastically. And sometimes, like it has been over the past week, it’s been well-deserved.

Still, progress is progress. And in my time not-writing I’ve had the ability to binge-watch some history classes through Crash Course, catch up on some games I’ve wanted to dig further into but haven’t had the time, do a little reading here and there, play a little poker.

I feel like I’ve been kicking back more lately, but feel both more and less pressure to get certain work done – I’m between reviews right now which is kind of nice. It gives me more time to think, to appreciate games I genuinely adore and haven’t given the attention they so rightfully deserve, and less time to play games I may end up despising for one reason or another.

If you would like an example of the latter, I direct you to my last review, which was bad enough to hurt my feelings.

I need to get my ass in gear, so as a goal, I’ll shoot for at MINIMUM five thousand words until my next update on either Sunday or Monday (my two regular days off). That would put me around the 28,500 mark, so while 5K is the minimum, I’ll shoot to break through 30K total. Maybe it’ll help to think about it as “as soon as THIS story is written I can start in on a new one”, but since I have multiple fully-realized concepts in my head (some of them mapped out either in the beginning stages or already laid out in some fashion) that’s enough of a challenge for another night.

Or maybe a punishment… if you can think of a worthwhile-yet-not-TOO-painful punishment for not having 5,000 words of fiction written in a week, do let me know in comments. If there’s a good one, I’ll shoot video and upload it to YouTube for your sadistic enjoyment.

Stand Tall, and hopefully your own writing is a bit more concrete and focused than mine has been!

The Remix Mini: “Between A Touchscreen And A Hard Disc”

A few months ago I supported a Kickstarter campaign for a small, underpowered computer based around the Android OS. The computer, the Remix Mini, is currently plugged into my TV and running… and, in fact, I’ve written the majority of this review ON my Remix Mini. Writing there, it seems like a good enough test while I have a YouTube video playing in a secondary window.

So what do I think so far, after about an hour and a half with the tiny titan? Let’s talk first impressions.

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November Eight: “Progress” Report

Word Count: 21,411

Also known as, NO PROGRESS WHATSOEVER. Because I am a big ball of suck.

I could make an “excuse” for this lack of development, for example working on a couple game reviews (one of which is up, one of which should be finished and published soon). I COULD SAY that working through these games for review, as well as performing stand-up last Tuesday and preparing a few jokes for my upcoming stand-up at Rooster T. Feathers on Wednesday the 11th (/shameless-plug), has taken up enough of my time that I simply haven’t been able to properly focus on my manuscript as I’ve meant to through the month of November.

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Accurate hoodie is accurate.

I COULD do those things. Or, I could also acknowledge that I’ve been reading – finished The Accidental Billionaires on the first and have plugged a bit between two other books – and that YouTube has all kinds of interesting content to peruse. Meaning, I’ve been both busy AND lazy. If nothing else, that should be an achievement in and of itself.

But Mondays are my day for catching up, so as this is being published in the wee hours of Monday morning, I will make an effort to get some time in writing fiction instead of just criticism, and… yeah. I’ll stop being such a busy-lazy ball of suck.

Stand Tall, and if you know any good insults for being lazy I can write on Post-Its and stick to my bathroom mirror, let me know ‘em yeah?

On Morality (And My Wife’s Ass)

I like thinking about the “big questions”, things like “does big-G-God-or-little-g-god exist” or “why do so many people accept that Naruto is a ninja when hiding is difficult in his orange MC Hammer pants” and the rest of what plagues the mental capacities of humankind. And one topic that consistently arises in a “big questions” discussion (which is does often enough in both faithful and secular circles, even more so when those two circles go all Venn Diagram on each other) is that of morality.

There’s a big misconception about morality and atheism/non-believers, and I think I’ve found a possible way of explaining my particular stance. That being, the discussion of my wife’s ass.

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November One: The Beginning Of NaNoWriMo

Today marks the beginning of what I’ve spoken about my last two posts: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In some form I’ve done NaNo every year over the past decade-plus, and I’ve talked about it enough before, so I’m not going to get too in-depth this time. Instead, I thought I’d mark down where I’m starting from on my current book, with the intent being to finish it by the end of this month.

According to a bet I made earlier this year to have the second draft finished by the end of December, this could be a good way of seeing my actual, tangible progress… at least word-wise. With NaNo the goal is 50,000. For me, it’s currently just finishing the thing, so while that goal is arbitrary and not important, I can tell you that I’m starting from… drum roll please

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21,411 words. Twenty-one thousand, four-hundred eleven words. 53 pages of fiction written mostly over the last few months, but this draft having begun around the beginning of last year.

So here, I’ll provide updates to how the book is progressing over the next few weeks, thinking about some concepts and possibly other projects out loud (whether previous or upcoming), and – who knows – if I’m able to complete this draft by the end of this month, I’ll start in on another idea I’ve been mulling around my brain in a few years. Maybe even share a sample or two of what comes from that.

And now – just for funzies – here’s something I wrote on a lark after attending a NaNoWriMo meet-up a few days ago, titled Wallflower, about an author. I wrote it on the train on my way home, and I think it’s amusing enough to share. So download if you like, and as always, Stand Tall my friends!