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A Valuable Chart for Writers

The Keys to Bad Science

More Than Persistence

Get Off Your Butt

So Done

Don't Quit

Too Sexy For That

Quotable A. E. Newton

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity. We cherish books even if unread, there mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance." --A. E. Newton

Truckcast #97: Video Video Video

Rockin' the trip to Battle Creek, again. And then I get interrupted by, of all things, work... Ah well, what do you do. Let's roll with this episode of the little gift I like to give you twice a week... [powerpress]

On Returning Phone Calls

Tonight, I stopped at the home center and picked up plywood and foam board to finish the floor in the third basement bedroom. Then I did some stuff and then I recorded a video. The lighting was terrible, it started out okay but by the end it was bad. I tried to fix it in post production. And all I did was make it kinda weird looking. But here it is; a chat on returning phone calls. Enjoy.

Process

Crazy & Dumb

Truckcast #96: Dogs are not Chimps

Battle Creek was a flop, but apparently I have a lot to say about this dog book I listened too... [powerpress]

Hero

Let's Deal With That Elephant

I would like nothing better than to ignore the elephant in the room. But I can’t. As that would be an irresponsible and cowardly thing to do. So let me address it, because I sure as hell am not going to squeeze that big ass beast through the door and sneak it out of here before you notice it’s here. It is Wednesday. There is no Queens Wood chapter, again! I apologize. If you've been listening to the Truckcast, you know it was a crazy week last week and I was having difficulties getting my writing time in. That’s just a lack of discipline and sticktoitiveness on my part. But it was really quite distracting around here all last week. Which left me Mon, Tue, and tonight to get you your chapter. And I just couldn't do it. I've got no excuses for Monday or Tuesday, but tonight there was a school function right after work and I just got back in time to write this excuse. This next chapter is made up of three scenes, I've written two of them. One more to go. I was half tempted

Truckcast #95: Celebrating Our Union

So we had this meeting, right. And it lasted, like, three hours. And then, I thought, hey, I should tell you a little bit about it. And so you get, yet another, Truckcast... [powerpress]

Credit Card Fraud

It happened again, my credit card number has been stolen. And to make matters worse, my neighbors have cobbled together a fence out of scrap. Here, let me tell you about it; this time with extra hand motions. arohenTV, it's a thing. Really.

Communication

My Advice To You

Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday

Truckcast #94: The Parching Effects of Toilet Gas

Today's Truckcast is all about toilets... I don't know why, but it is... You should listen to me talk about toilets. Check it out. [powerpress]

Grab a Hat

Truckcast Is Now On iTunes

With a little help from my friend, Denis, the Truckcast has made it onto iTunes. I offer up this screen capture as proof that I do not lie. So if iTunes is your thing, subscribe to the Truckcast and never miss a minute of the fun.   If, however, iTunes is not your thing, I will continue to provide you with all the same delicious Truckcast goodness at the usual RSS feed,  http://arohen.com/feed/podcast  or at the unfiltered arohen.com feed, http:arohen.com/feed  where you will get all the goodness of the Truckcast and so very much more.

Whitecaps Season Opener

Opening day with Cam and Heidi.

Quotable Marshall Vandruff

"One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again." --Marshall Vandruff

arohenTV Minus the TV

Another Monday with nothing new on arohenTV. I really thought I would have more content than this, but I guess I'm not nearly as prolific as I imagine that I am. Oh Well, maybe next week. Back in the day we used a Super-8 camera. Now we have a bunch of old super8 cassettes and the camera doesn't work anymore and no way to transfer the movies to digital... anybody have any tips on that? Is there a particular company you use to transfer tapes to video? Do you do it yourself in some way that I'm unaware of? Should I stop asking you and get on Google? So many questions.

Then and Now

New Logo for the Truckcast

Here's the new logo to float above the media player. Still can't get the damn iTunes to accept my feed into their damn store.

We're Calling It an Act of God

I recorded an episode today, but it was CRAZY windy on the road today and all that noise made it into the recording. The level of background noise was like nothing I've experienced before. I gave it to the crew and crossed my fingers. But the guys here at Truckcast Studios were unable to clean it up enough to make it bearable, so I made the executive decision to not put it up. I'm calling the canceling of this episode an act of god.

Perfect Numbers

If the internet has taught me anything, it’s that somebody out there has already done the work and made it public. This pretty much goes for everything. You need a picture of a Newfoundland Dog sitting on a boat; Google it, you’ll find it. Are you looking for a map of 15 th century England; yeah, that’s there too. Somebody has scanned it, cleaned it up, probably provided some details about it, and put it online. This seems to go for just about anything, no matter how weird or “out-there” you might think it is. I tell, Lady Ronn, all the time to “Google it”, and while I admit she is less tech/internet savvy than I am, she is constantly amazed at what’s there to find. So it comes as no surprise to me that someone, or a group of someone’s, have taken the time to determine the ideal length for everything you put online. All backed by studies and all that, but we’re just going to touch on the results. You can go more in-depth with your research if you want more. Me, I just want the numbers

Queens Wood Stats

I don't have any story for you, mainly, because I'm not as good at time management and discipline as I think I am. But just so you know that I'm still working my tail off on getting it done, here's what things are looking like. There are 506 words in the Preface The Prelude is two scenes of 1,925 and 3,252 words respectively, for a total count of 5,177 words. Part One, Chapter One is two scenes (maybe three), but we'll only count the first because the second isn't done; so 1,482 words. So to this point, I'm sitting at something north of 7,200 words. Which given the amount of time I've been working on this seems like a paltry sum. Perhaps I should get my but in the chair and get those numbers up. It's kind of disappointing when I put it down like that.

April Fools Day

Truckcast #93: Post Writers Conference

I've come back from the Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference with a whole truckload of wisdom, advice, and thoughts on life and living... Check out the Truckcast. [powerpress]

Quotable Chuck Wendig

"When in doubt, the rule of threes is a rule that plays well with all of storytelling. When describing a thing? No more than three details. A character’s arc? Three beats. A story? Three acts. An act? Three sequences. A plot point culminating in a mystery of a twist? At least three mentions throughout the tale. This is an old rule, and a good one. It’s not universal — but it’s a good place to start. – " --Chuck Wendig