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29 November 2021

  Song mood: Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez. It’s been a just so day. I had today off. I started off with watching Doctor Who. Since I don’t have cable, I bought the season. Which means, that new episodes are released on Mondays on Amazon. On Sunday nights, when the show runs on BBC and BBC America, I scroll fast on certain social media feeds to avoid spoilers. Then I watched The Witch of Kings Cross , which is about the life and artwork of Rosaleen Norton. Who was this controversial artist in Sydney. My opinion of the documentary was that I think she would have gotten along with Jim Morrison. Anyway, it’s not a movie, or documentary, I would watch with a girlfriend or wife. If I read the signs right, I will work on a mystery. It will be a mystery in three parts, or, as I like to say in three crimes. Inspector Archibald Trevor and his future wife Phoebe. I think I will make her a middle height-ed miss. Which will make her an inch shorter than Trevor. I will call the unnamed project

24 November 2021

  Song mood: Never Going to Give You Up by Rick Astley. I’m listening to The Aeneid by Virgil translated by Robert Fagles. It’s a tough read, even though I’m listening to it. I thought, as I was walking the lake, I should be listening to a ghost story. The weather is perfect for a ghost story. Dark, bleak and windy. Wars of long past is more of a May read. Last night, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. So I lay curled up in bed with a tear or two in my eyes. I think I am stressing myself out on writing. I have possibly a thousand stories that I thought of, but never put on paper. I don’t know what story to write. I need to pick something and stay with it. It would be easier, if I knew I had a muse. I may have a muse. Because if I knew I had a muse, I could ask my muse what kind of story she wants me to write. What kind of story does she want to hear? A mystery, or a fantasy. I could write Marcus and Clive story. They are both wizards. Marcus is the head of the magical communit

20 November 2021

  Song mood: Breathless by the Corrs. It’s been an interesting weekend. The coldness has come back again. I’m not a huge fan of the cold. My temperature zone is usually moderate. Not too hot nor too cold. I got to hang out with my bestie from college. It was a different meeting than what I was expecting. It was good to catch up with him. I think this was the first time in over a year that we hung out, just the two of us. We talked about life and writing. We drank tea at the Tea Smith. I had the Lavandar Earl Grey. I think I always order this tea because I think that I’m switching it up. My friend knows that I usually drink Earl Grey. My default will always be Stash Earl Grey. But I probably order the Lavandar every time I go there thinking I’m switching things up. The one thing I forgot to ask him was: is there a way to stream Midnight Mass with the Pope on your phone? I usually watch Midnight Mass on NBC. This year, I will be at my mum’s. I’ll probably watch it on NBC. But if I c

16 November 2021

  Song mood: Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheehan. The writer’s group meeting on Saturday went as I expected. The moderator of the group said she wasn’t going to show up on a social media. I showed up and the other person who showed up didn’t see the post. It was a good meeting as I think we are in a similar situation, writing wise. We exchanged ideas about what we can do to improve our writing habits. I’m nearly finished watching Ted Lasso season 2. It was just as good as the first season. A little be more emotionally packed, but purely magic. I’m not crying, your crying type of episodes. I finished listening to Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I thought it was great. A good adventure/dystopian novel. I had to look up where it took place, I had a guess. Tally Youngblood, that was a hint that it was in North America. Then they mentioned that if they took a wrong turn, they would be heading up to Alaska. Google results says Seattle. Which was what I thought.

13 November 2021

  Song mood: When All the Stars Were Falling by Lisa Loeb. I went to the library to write because it’s a safe place. I haven’t been able to get any writing done in the last two days. I got both my flu shot and the COVID booster shot. So I’m not getting any writing done. My arm hurts from the shot. That is the only malaise that I’m feeling from the booster shot. So I probably won’t much done within the next week. I’m hoping to get some reading done. I’m not a huge fan of the time change. More light in the morning doesn’t enthuse me as much as more light during the evening. Tonight, I’ll possibly be meeting with other writers. Not sure if anyone else will show up but me. Tomorrow will be hiking and watching movies. I’m probably not get anything done on Monday or Tuesday. I should do a little trip because I know that I won’t be able to get much writing done.

11 November 2021

  Song mood: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. I’m listening to the Lifehouse cover of the song. I tried a tea called English Breakfast and realized that I didn’t care for it. Earl Grey has a mellow taste to it. English Breakfast is definitely a grandmother’s tea, or what I would think grandmother’s tea would be like. What I have learned about dictation: One, writing 5000 words an hours is actually a very slow pace compared to speaking. Two, many of the books I have been writing, is behind on technology. A person can use their mobile phone’s dictation software. Like on my iPhone, I can open up the Scrivener app and click on the microphone icon. I don’t really need dictation software. And if I’m speaking slowly, the phone will capture my words just as easily.  Now Dragon software is probably a good software to buy. Where you can just talk and not have to watch the words you speaking on the screen. It’s an option. Three, dictation speeds up the process through outlining and prewriti

Thoughts on Writing and Stories

I saw this interesting question posted. What is a book that is part of a universe but not in sequence to other books in the series called? Brilliant question. However, there is no simple answer. So I will list out three possible answers. One. Expanded or extended universe. This one gets used for comic books and Star Wars. As these companies like to change up the story a bit without following the original story line. In Star Wars, this ticked off a lot of fans when the new trilogy came out. Star Wars basically threw out all that was ‘canon.’ Where Han Solo and Princess Lia were married happily ever after and had a set of twins, Jacen and Jania. Jacen, the boy twin turns to the dark side, but much later than Kylo Ren in the movies. He is closer to Luke’s age in a New Hope when he turns to the dark side. Two. Mythos. Usually this when someone whose not the author writing a story in the universe made by a different author. More notably is the Cthulhu mythos. Though, I don’t recommend readi

3 November 2021

  Song mood: Rumble by Link Wray. Sometimes music is blaring. And at that time, I can’t watch television, read, make videos, write, or think. So I go to a different part of the house and still can’t tune it out. Then I put on the headphones and set Pandora to the ‘Rumble’ station. Sometimes when I’m working and need to tune things out, I play 60’s guitar music and for some really odd reason I become more productive. My ears usually hurt after using headphones for extended periods of time. Anyway. I have so many things that I’m trying to learn and try to do. I’ve downloaded Videoleap and iMovie. So I’m learning how to edit stuff on software on my phone. I will need to work out what type of stories that I want film. Then I want to do stuff with small special effects. For my writing, I’m doing a multiple attack approach. One, I’m reading The 8 Minute Writing Habit by Monica Leonelle. Doing the stuff that she recommends so that I can get at least eight minutes of writing done a day

1 November 2021

  Song mood: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Franki Valli. I sent myself out on a mission. To buy some boots. Though I knew the ones I wanted were not at the mall I went to. So I walked around the mall with my facemask. It’s cold outside, I just need to admit that I don’t want to be cold. I started listening to Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I’m liking it so far. It’s got a good dystopian vibe going with it. It’s a fun sci-fi novel. With all the talk about the surgery, I’m hoping that Tally doesn’t get the surgery. After my walk at the mall, I made a quick supper and just read books about either outlining or dictation. I think I’m going to write a mystery, but sometimes I get this urge to write fantasy. Three more days and I can get my booster shot. I should make the appointment now. I’m in wind down mode. I will read a little bit more about outlining. I may even pick up a Maigret novel. I’m hoping that I have a dream that will point me in the right direction about what to write n