Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!

May you get what you want and not what you deserve. :)

Whatever holiday you observe at this time of year, I wish you the best.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Abort, Retry, Fail?

The turning of the year is the traditional time for reflection and planning. Looking back on 2004, I see a lot of progress. Looking forward, I see a lot more. Looking around at where I am, I see some changes that I need to make.

Sometimes, you have to move back before you can move forward again. I find myself in that situation with Washed in the Blood. Over the past 6 months, working on this novel has taken a lot of thought and effort. I have been introduced to plotting and outlining, character building, and novel structure.

With close to 20,000 words written, I find that the story has now taken a major turn away from my original conception. My newly gained knowledge and experience tell me that this is an extremely positive move. Though the core of the story remains the same, the plot and some of the characters must change dramatically.

That means that about 10,000 words must be ripped out from the beginning and replaced. That's scary. I know it's necessary, but it still hurts my heart. I will keep a backup of this version before doing that, so that will help a little bit. I can keep the body around until it starts to stink the place up.

Ultimately, this means that WITB will be on hiatus for a while while I actually finish the pre-writing work that I should have done long ago. If I take a month or 6 weeks to establish a solid foundation, I could have a first draft completed sometime in the Fall. If it takes longer, then so be it. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." In the meantime, I have lots of short stories that need finishing and new ideas to develop.

A more appropriate message should be: Abort, Retry, Succeed!


Monday, December 20, 2004

'Tis the season

The Christmas Crazies devoured my weekend and are threatening the rest of the week. My writing goals are in the toilet. I'm holed below the waterline and sinking fast. Oh well, better luck next year.

Just finished reading (actually re-reading) Emotional Blackmail by Dr. Susan Forward. This book gives some excellent insight into the ways that people use Fear, Obligation, and/or Guilt (FOG) to blind and confuse us and convince us to let them have their way. It also points out the ways that we cooperate with and enable the blackmailers. "It takes 2 to Tango", as they say. Anyone who finds themselves giving in to friends, family, or even strangers because of FOG would benefit from this book.

This headline on the AP wire a little after 5pm Eastern:

Iraq PM: Rebels Want to Cause Civil War

Ain't no flies on this guy! Look, dumbass, if they're "rebels", you already GOT a civil war! It looks to me like there are organized Iraqi forces fighting with forces of the government that the U.S. backs. Looks an awful lot like civil war to me!

How about this? Vioxx, Celebrex, now naproxen. If the disease doesn't kill you, the medicine might! Who's minding the store up there at the FDA?

Enough! Craziness begone! I banish thee!

Hey! Wait! Where did everything go...