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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope that doesn't offend your religious political correctness, but if it does... Get over it. I'm not religious. I don't put any religious spin on it when I say it. To me Christmas is just a time to get and give presents, share some good cheer with your fellow man, and help bolster the economy with the biggest shopping spree of the year. So again, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Now I've got to go get the kids out of bed, open some gifts, and get the house ready for the whole familys arrival. Later.

A Forgotten Holiday

I have one more floating holiday left. A floating holiday that must be used this week. Lucky me, I'm taking the day off tomorrow. That'll give me a whole extra day to do some writing.... I need it too, because I haven't done any more work on A Difficult Dinner. Bad Ronn.

Two Things

One; I have got to move the Xbox out of my office. It was okay when I could simply ignore it, but now Tasha is using it again for her Yoga DVDs and she's playing D&D Heroes on it. Both of these things make it very difficult to to ignore it and get to the writing. Two; Damn MMORPG. It's kinda fun, but really I find that I'm playing Anarchy Online for two reasons. So that I can level up my character, because heck.... I'm sure as hell not using the massive multiplayer aspect of it, and because Tasha is using the Xbox. Really, that's about it. It's not so great. But it is a HUGE timesink and one that I need to get away from. Needless to say the word count for last night was 0

Bad Waste of Good Writing Time

This weekend was bad. No writing at all. Friday: I don't remember what I did Friday after work. I know I started the 800 Mb download of Anarchy Online, but I'm sure I did something else. Anyway, I know I didn't write. Saturday: Put up some additional Christmas decorations in the AM, installed the free Anarchy Online client and got it running in the afternoon, and then played it until 3am. No writing. Bad Ronn Sunday: Cleaned the house a bit in the AM, Denis came over around 1:00ish and we played some video games, he left around 11:00 PM..... Yeah, no writing then either. The only thing writing related that I did this weekend was build a new Word Count spreadsheet for 2005. I've really got to get my head out of my ass and get serious about this writing. Also, wanted to send a Happy Birthday wish out to my step-father, Larry, who's birthday is today.

I Was Off To A Good Start

Left work yesterday and hit the keyboard as soon as I got home. I had my glass of ice water and a drive to get some writing done, I was hoping for 4,000 words. I went back to the part of chapter 11 where I pulled the 8,000 words out the other night and started pounding the keys. I managed to crank out 2,000 words before the wife came home. I talked with her and stuff, then went back to the writing while she made dinner. Then I had to stop to eat. Then the kids wanted someone to drive their friend home. By the time I got back I was pretty much out of the zone. I managed to push out another 500 words, giving me a total for the night of just over 2,500 words and pushing the manuscript up over 78,000 words. It was a good night, but I was hoping for more. I'll try it again tonight.

A Big Cut and a Hard Road To Go

I'm pretty sure that 'A Difficult Dinner' is going to come in right around 120,000 words. Last night I took the original story and folded it in with the new middle/ending that I've been working on. To do that I had to cut out two full chapters plus part of a third, more than 8,000 words. Now, I may be able to use some of that in the new ending and I might be able to get some in after Thane comes back from Atlanta, but I think most of it is gone. This puts me a bit behind. If the story is as long as I think it's going to be, I'm going to have to write 3,700 words a day to get it done by the deadline I've set for myself. This is completely my fault. I've given myself two months to do this and I've not written more days than I've written. So now if I'm going to really get this done I'm going to have to buckle down and put my fingers to the keyboard.

Winter Arrives

Yesterday was the first real snow fall. Most of the lawn was still snow covered when I locked the door and headed for bed last night. This morning has been windy and full of flurries. I think I can safely say that winter is finally here. Mom and Dad should be back for the Christmas holiday in two days. Not sure what's going on as far as the celebration. The only thing I know is that the boys will be coming over on Christmas day and probably stay through the New Year's eve. I had a less productive weekend than I had hoped to have, but yesterday was good. Friday I wrote just under 1000 words. Saturday I skipped the writing because Rachel and Denis came over and stay'd a good part of the day. Sunday I managed to crank out 4100 words in two seperate writing sessions. I litterally whipped the shit out of Thane and I plan on finishing the chapter with his escape tonight.

Possible Story Ideas

I thought I'd give a little summary of what some of the titles I listed in the previous post are about. So here are a few ideas I've had for novels. A Difficult Dinner A man who lost his wife and two children to vampires finds himself defending a woman and her son from two different groups of vampires. Crazy, Deadly, Cool Ex-cop/PI story about a guy with woman trouble. A crazy ex-wife. A partner who is deadly with a gun. And one cool bit of trouble in the form of a runaway girl on the lam. Sitting Duct What happens when you find a load of cash in the ductwork of an old furnace? Well, somebody tries to kill you to get it back of course. Blackmoon What if Star Wars wasn't in space? What if it had vampires and chainmail? A homage to this film wherein a pair of sisters, one good, one evil, battle to determain the fate of a fantasy realm. Outside Adamantine Gates After a failed assassination attempt on him results in the murder of his wife and child a man seeks vengence. Styx w

Word Count

I was just looking over HollyLisle.com and it got me thinking about word count. In particular, how much writing I should be able to get done in a year. I should be writing everyday, but with work, family, and friends that is a real struggle. Between the pull of family responsibilities, the drain of the typical work day, and the siren song of online gaming with my friends I have to cut myself a little slack. So let's say I write 5 days a week doing 2000 words a day, I can do that without too much trouble, that should give me 520,000 words a year. Now, I don't really think that's going to happen, Holly is a pro and she claims about 300,000 words a year, or two books a year. If I buckle down and really start putting some heart and soul into this there's no reason I shouldn't be able to get enough material written for 2 novels a year. Going by the numbers, I should be able to write three 150,000 word novels and still have 70,000 words started on a fourth. I don't re

National Novel Writing Month is Over, the Writing is Not

National Novel Writing Month is over and while I failed to get to the 50,000 word goal, I did manage to get almost 30,000 words added to the 'A Difficult Dinner' manuscript. As with the last two years I've decieded that November is perhaps one of the worst months to try and do this feat. A combination of Thanksgiving, gout, sickness, and overly busy schedule kept me from getting my word count. Well, all of those plus a good deal of procrastination. But not to worry. I've gotten a good start on the end of the novel and I plan on having its first draft finished by the first of the year. I'm expecting that it'll be closer to 120,000 words when it's all said and done.