My Favorite Legacy

There’s a store here that sells all sorts of second hand goods, from books to clothes, electronics and toys. I often go there when I’m in town because bargains can be amazing mood boosters, even though they do come with moral dilemmas often involving temporary joy and the need to eat precariously balanced on a scale with a fat sumo guy about to jump on one end of it. I can’t stop the fat sumo guy. He’s too big. I can direct his jump though. Today I chose the temporary joy/no food side when I saw my old buddy Raziel.

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Writing Wednesday: How to Publish by an Unpublished Author

Obviously, I am not entirely qualified to give advice on publishing since, as the title says, I haven’t published anything in the past. The future is another matter, but I don’t want to blow your tiny 3 dimensional minds with my advanced knowledge. So instead I’m going to make this a theoretical process post by discussing what I plan to do to publish my debut novel. You can tell me if you think it is a good idea and I will ignore you either way. Only joking, I’d love the attention and help. I’m dying over here.

Imagine Marvel NetFlix Ranking

Now that I’ve been through the latest Marvel Netflix installment of Iron Fist it’s time to put together my personal ranking of the now 5 seasons of shows (I’ve separated Daredevil season 1 and 2 because I think they differ wildly in quality). Also, please remember this is just my personal opinion, but you can also feel free to yell insults at me in the comments section because I don’t get many comments and I really want to get to know my fans. So, let’s get started shall we? Beginning with my least favorite….

The Trailer is the Movie

After seeing Kong: Skull Island yesterday, I had a thought that went beyond the usual trailer complaint : “they give away the ending in the trailer”. This isn’t precisely true, as they show clips from the scenes at the end of the movie, sure, but they don’t exactly show you how it turns out. Anyway, there’s a shot in the trailer where Brie Larson’s character gets knocked off a cliff into water and another when we see Kong reach in to pick her up. When it got to that point in the movie I thought, ‘ok, so I know Kong is going to save her, but that means he has about 20 seconds to beat this boss of a monster before she drowns’. Did the scene lose tension? A little, but instead of being annoyed that I knew how it would turn out, I was further engaged in the story by trying to figure out how Kong was going to win so quickly, because he wasn’t in the best of positions himself.

Writing Wednesday: Snip, Snip. That’s the sound of editing.

I know there is no ‘normal’, strictly speaking, but I get the impression that most people prefer to finish writing a draft of a document and then go back and edit it. That applies to me about as much as laws that prohibit fish from riding bicycles. I am not a fish, Arnold Rimmer, nor am I a bicycle.

I am a Passenger

Spoiler free! Until I clearly label them…. In short, I’m that guy in Watchmen that would sacrifice millions to save billions.

Title-ating 

You can see and vote in the poll here. Twitter doesn’t leave a lot of room for explanation, so allow me to burden you with some knowledge. I’ve given the one line pitch for the novel in the retweet, so you have some context to help pick from the options, but why those options?

Writing Wednesday: The Path to Plot

To be honest, there isn’t an easy answer to this question as I’ve been doing something different each time I write a story. So, I’ll breakdown each approach and we can look at the pros and cons of each. That’s a good idea, else I’ll just waffle off on tangents like a fat drunk penguin.

Writing Wednesday: Idea Farmer

No one knows where ideas come from. I like to think there is an immense galactic cow who spews out idea milk all over the universe as she floats across the skies and you can’t prove me wrong.

How to completely fail at editing your novel

I started a regular tweet feature called #AdventuresInEditing, where I tweet real and made up excuses why I didn’t get any work done today. I hope it amuses people and gets some aspiring not to be like me in that regard. I’m so great I can turn a bout of laziness into a motivational event.

Writing Wednesday: You Bloody Tool!

To be completely honest, I seem to try something new for every piece and every project, but I feel a pattern is cementing itself in place and this is what I use now. It’s by no means an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of my day to day process.