Busy Day + NaNoWriMo = CRAZY

Today is Wednesday November 13 2013 and I’m walking 4:30 in the morning trying to gather my thoughts. The wind is playing through trees and skating dry leaves along the ground with a scritching scratching sound. As the wind picks up and dies around me it almost sounds like the sea. Waves crashing on the shore distant. The weather is chilled in the wind makes it more so.

Yesterday I wrote nearly 2,000 words. Today I’m hoping to do the same thing. However today is a lot more busy than yesterday. I hope to be able to get the words and on my novel Linus today but I can only wait for inspiration to strike.

On other fronts, today is first Lego League at new springs school. I will have to be there this afternoon at 245 pm. So there goes my afternoon.

Also I have committed to completing a text broker tip for the description of the 2014 Dodge Charger. That assignment will probably take most of the morning with research and writing. Where the time for the 2000 words I have to put online this today are going to come from is going to, I don’t know.

Will have to see where my final word counts are the end of the day to see how things have gone .

Well, today was kinda suck in the writing department

Blog 214 words

Textbroker 600 words

Linus 924 words

Total for Wednesday — 1738 words.

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An amazing idea?

I’ve come across the novel idea. Interesting that it should happen today 11/11.  You see, for many years now,  I have an idea that something was going to happen on 11/11 or at 11:11 but I didn’t know what the sequence of numbers really meant.   I still don’t think it means anything other than the sequence of numbers, honestly, it is just an interesting coincidence that I should come upon the idea today.  Anyway on to the novel idea.

Today’s technology allows for voice to text very easily.  I can simply speak into my phone and the words are written down with very few errors.  So it further follows: that I could theoretically write as many words as I can speak in a day.

Thus begins a great experiment. Today we will see how many words in how many different venues I can write. If I can write, without having to sit in the keyboard mind you, in 3 or 4 different paying jobs at the same time, the possibilities are amazing -nay mind staggering.  As an opening experiment I shall attempt to write in four different venues today: my blog,  my NaNoWriMo book Linus,  a text broker article, and a piece for Mortiston.  I’ll be back with the final word count at the end of the day.  We’ll see how I did then.  :D

Final Word Counts:

Blog 220

Mortiston  245

NaNoWriMo  1066

Textbroker  4

Total = 1535 words on Monday.  While this is not overwhelming, it is still a pretty good number.  We will continue this experiment for the week and see where it gets us.

Tuesday seemed to be a great day for the novel, but crap for everything else.  Factor in a trip to the grocery store and one to the library and this is actually a pretty good day.  One to be proud of, maybe.

Final Word Counts:

Blog 51

Mortiston  0

NaNoWriMo  1941

Textbroker  0

Total = 1992 words on Tuesday.

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NaNoWriMo Blues


My NaNoWriMo Counter

Well this is day 8 of NaNoWriMo and as right now I am at 8721 words.  Those who are on par to finish by the end of the month will be at 13333 words (or 26% done) before midnight this evening.

Another NaNo Counter

So, as I’m sure you can understand I don’t have any time today to be blogging.  I really need to be writing my novel.  So I must go do that now.  Here I go.  I’m leaving.  Maybe I will just check my email 1 more time. . .

Students of professional writing take heed.  Finishing work on a  deadline is the difference between getting paid and not getting paid.  Discipline is required to be a professional writer.

Now, I really must away.  Linus awaits.

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Happy Halloween and Hello NaNoWriMo

It is October 31st, 2013, one day before NaNoWriMo and I am charged and excited! I can’t wait to begin work on my new novel, Linus.   Right now this is all that *I* know about the book –

The Cover for my NaNoWriMo novel

Lucy van Pelt is dying from cancer and her brother is distraught. As old school chums come together for a reunion in the fall, something darker is at work.   The friends have gathered to support Lucy and say goodbye, but Linus is going to make a bargain to save his sister.  How far is he willing he go?  Is he just crazy?  Everyone knows there’s no such thing as The Great Pumpkin Spirit . . . or is there?

As you can read, there isn’t much to go on right now.  Yet, for me, this is the fun part.  I sit on the edge of a great adventure, as I have no idea where the story will lead me or how it will finish.  We will all just have to be patient and see how it plays out.

NaNoWriMo is always an exciting and challenging writing experience because I never really know what is going to come out of it until it is all over.   In 2009, I wrote The Hunter during NaNoWriMo.  The book was about a young 17th Century English country girl who finds herself suddenly immersed in a world of demons, witches, and necromancers after she awakes to find her family has been slaughtered while she slept.  While technically The Hunter was a “win” (it was over 50,000 words), I was never happy with the ending.  So I have never really done anything with The Hunter.  I should remedy that someday.

While The Hunter is not yet a critical success, it did allow me to prove to myself that I can write a novel.  It is certainly what gave me the strength of will to believe that I could create Welcome to Mortiston, USA, which is a critical success.  Thus I have a lot of hope going into this year’s competition.

Most people probably don’t look at NaNoWriMo as a competition, but I do.  It is a competition against myself.  It is a competition against my lazy nature.  It is a competition against all of the negative, nay-saying, nincompoop attitudes that I try to force myself to believe about myself.  Beyond simply finishing, this year’s goal for NaNoWriMo:  Create a saleable book and sell it.

Most people would be happy just to finish NaNoWriMo, but I am far different from most.  I write daily, so I do have an advantage over those who don’t.  However, I rarely put out 1,666 words in a single day.  My totals are usually about half to three-quarters that number of words.  In addition, my subject matter is almost always chosen for me by someone else.  This experience will be quite liberating in that regard, but as we all know, freedom can be frightening.

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Regular Hours

One of the toughest things tasks facing a freelance writer is managing their time.  Working regular hours is easy at a normal job, you have a scheduled time to arrive at work and a scheduled time to leave.  This is precisely the standard that the freelancer must adopt.  Set aside a scheduled time to write everyday and allow yourself no interruptions!  Be a tough boss in this regard and your success as a freelancer will start to grow in no time.

Make Time For Writing

Too often freelance writers spend too much time looking for assignments, researching, leveraging social media sites, working on their webpage, or doing anything but writing.  Writing is the name of the game.  You must spend time writing everyday if you are going to succeed as a writer.  Be aware that you will have to do all of those other things mentioned before as well if you are a freelancer, but writing must be the most important.  Like any habit, you can train yourself to do it.

Having the self-discipline to sit down and write every day, even if what you are writing is complete crap, shows that you can be a successful writer.  How does that old axiom go?  ”Practice makes perfect.”

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The Demon of Self-Destruction

I’m going to reveal a painful secret about myself today.  For many years I suffered from severe depression.  Due to my natural mistrust of doctors, especially psychiatrists or psychologists, I never sought any treatment for this condition, but simply suffered along with it.  It was as if I had a voice inside my head that hated me; I mean it loathed my very existence.  It taunted my every step.  The voice was there to bully me every morning when I woke and there to wish me foul dreams when I lie down at night.  Why did I put up with it?  Believe me when I say I was powerless to fight back.

Well, I sometimes tried to fight back, but I learned that the tyrant in my head was much stronger than I was.  It knew every bad thing I’d ever done, and more importantly how to remind me of them in the most critical ways and at the most crucial times.  I hated this part of myself that wanted to torture my every waking moment, but I felt powerless to stop it.

Quite obviously this has affected my life.  I am not a social person.  I find social situations painful and frightening.  I have often abandoned dreams and ideas because “the voice” told me that I would fail if I tried them out.  In the end, I became so hemmed in by my own limiting beliefs that I became a recluse.  I shunned all contact so that I could wallow in my own misery.  I was convinced that I could do nothing to change my circumstances for the better.

Why did I tell you this tale of woe?  Because after decades of battling this self-destructive pattern – this seemingly unbeatable demon in my head, I have finally found a way to beat it.  Best of all, that way does not involve any drugs, doctors, or even paying a $19.95 surcharge with your Visa or Master Card.  It is easy, free and anyone can do it.  Do you want to know what the trick is?  If you do, then come back next time and I will tell you next time.

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Site Redesign

I recently have decided to change a great number of things in my life. One of the things that I will be changing in this quest to better myself is this website. Soon you will see changes to the main page and I will begin blogging daily. Ooooo Won’t that be a treat. :)

So today I will be picking a new theme for my webpage, but I will leave the zombie theme for the mortiston stuff, I’m just going to move it to some back page. Oh well, I’m off to redesign my online life. Wish me luck . . .

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New Review for Welcome to Mortiston, USA — 4 out of 5 Stars

Cedric C., a feature reviewer for RPGNow.com, has reviewed Welcome to Mortiston, USA.  He says, “Overall, Mortiston is an excellent post-apocalyptic campaign setting.”  He gives the supplement 4 out of 5 stars in his 1100+ word review.  You can read the full and detailed review here:

Welcome to Mortiston, USA review

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Welcome to Mortiston, USA wins a 2012 “A-Game” Award!

Welcome to Mortiston, USA has won the distinction of Best RPG Supplement in 2012 as awarded by Bring Your “A” Game.  I am thrilled to have won this award.  Check out all of the A-Game Award winners by going here.

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Welcome to Mortiston, USA is now available for Fiasco!

When I was writing W2MUSA, I was pretty much disconnected from everything.  If I wasn’t writing, then I was playing a zombie game or sleeping.  So I missed the wonder that is Fiasco, when it first came out.  The theme of a game of Fiasco really fits well with the desperation of the people and the chaos of the events in W2MUSA and when looking over the Bully Pulpit Games site I didn’t see a zombie apocalypse although The Fallout playset has some similar elements.  So I have had a lot of fun writing a Fiasco playset for Welcome to Mortiston, USA and I am thrilled to share it with you.  Enjoy.

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