August Writing Update + New story concepts

Tis the middle of a busy summer. Lots of social outings to choose from; so many that I feel FOMO. Been spending far more time with people than usual. Add in a large handful of 90 degree days and you have a season that doesn’t slow its stride.

But its been worth it. I think summer should be that way. Always something exciting to do. Last Saturday, I drove to a renaissance faire. Never went to one in high school nor in college. When I found out about it, I absolutely had to go. Besides, I wasn’t interested in the time period as a kid. Nothing but Industrial Revolutions, Medieval times, and two World Wars were all I was fascinated by. A few games I’ve played are set in them. The only story I’ve written like those is a forty page fantasy one.

Now for what I wrote in June:

  • The beginning ten pages of Chapter 8.
  • New story concepts.

And thats it. Yeah, not a lot. Chunks of it writing dialogue. A character tuning in to radio talk through earbuds, a few angry words, and confrontations. Stuff of drama. I wanted to write more, but I got too busy with the real world to focus any better.

New story concepts though! Recent inspiration has led to five brand new ideas. Amped up by random things taking place in life, I had to keep them for later. One came as a combination of a previous idea, a picture of my baby nephew, and the Roaring 20s. They’re safely stored in my ideas document on my PC. Two of them I already had in mind, honestly; they don’t count as much. But I still am! For the sake of this update.

Two are plays. Ive never tried writing a short play. I dont know if I’d enjoy it. Different in format, voice, and structure than prose. Formatting one can have similarities to script writing. Dialogue, character names, maybe stage direction and narration. I think placing stage direction is the hardest part. Does it need to be explained? The answer lies in trying. And yes, they would be adaptable for theatre. I’ll make sure one character is Shakespearean, one is straight out of Fiddler on the Roof, and another wears attire from Nazi-occupied France.

In other words, the only plays I have read or watched; barely any Shakespeare. He’s a tough read.

The next new idea is a fantasy story. Not the one mentioned earlier. While writing the novel, I started spontaneously daydreaming of scenes. My mind thought here is this weird scene, and here’s a location, and here’s a couple of characters.

Was it a short story? Novel? Trilogy of some kind? I want to write one. Personally, I’m leaning toward books. Writing an own epic tale ala JRR Tolkien. However, short stories are easier to gain first time publishing credits from. You can even apply to videogame writing jobs with them!

The last two are, in line with the above, videogames. One may be a powerful drama. Another a short, fun, click-based game. Neither are solidified.

Life Events

I am close to a month into working my new temp assignment. I run the front desk for a homeowners association company. Work is good. Pay is good. I was going to apply for the USPS this past weekend. Long story short, I didn’t. I’m staying at this company for now. And while I do that, I look for videogame writing positions. I did apply for a Junior Writer role last week, in fact. An uncommon opening. I spent three evenings after work tweaking my application. Was not letting this one out of my sight!

I don’t remember writing it last time, so I will say it now: I am moving out. By September 1st I will be in a new room somewhere else in Portland. As much as I want to leave Oregon, I don’t have a compelling direction. No career opportunity solidified, no relationship, nor for a friend and not yet for family. Any of those are incentive. I could always be adventurous – just make one up. Pack my Pontiac Vibe and head out. But I dont see that as wise yet.

Alright, thats it for July. See you next month!

Writing Update #21

It is time for the next update on all things prose.

My rhythm is coming back. It took not paying close attention to the war, as well as sorting current and upcoming ideas for the book. Even if I wanted to keep up with the fighting, there is lots of misinformation I am told. Typical of people in power, right? That brings me to what I paid attention to this past week.

What I wrote this week:

  • Some of the last third of Chapter V.
  • Edited my next Love Thy Nerd article.

Chapter V is coming right along! This part of it that Ellexis is in with her squad has action while investigating something. As I wrote, I knew that I needed to amp up the tension between her, her brother Nolan, and the coming chapter. It flows into more action in Chapter VI. More a combination of growing stress with her, action, and other plot threads. Come to realize that I might be stuffing too much into that chapter. If it comes to that, I will have to make more adjustments.

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It ought to be done by next Friday at the latest. As for this next LTN article, I received edits from the editor last week. Worked on those concurrently with Just as Human. Without spoiling it, it is about large-budget videogames. Not sure when that one will be published. When it is, I will definitely share it!

Check out a few sentences from what I wrote in Ch. V. Thanks for reading!

The more she thought of it, the longer she got a weird look from the two guys, and she inadvertently stepped back. But she didn’t have the time to be introspective all day. It had to be some locked away anger, pent-up frustration that had brewed like magma, and just now caused surface cracks. Breaks from long-festering exhaustion finally showing from making choices someone wouldn’t like. An answer was there. Ellexis knew it. For all her pride with the service, and all the time she and her military family dealt with interplanetary conflicts, it was not often that she contemplated her reasoning. One decision that was made having future implications was an obvious thing to think about. At least for society as a whole. For her relationship with her brother, it didn’t hit her like this before. And it made her wonder what the soldiers who they took down thought. Whether or not they truly understood what their purpose was. A twang of regret rose within her. It disappeared the next moment.

Inaugural Writing Update

I saw you through my digital window before your knuckles rapped on the door. Allow me to welcome you to my writers’ website! I will have to find photos to spruce this place up, moreso for long updates.

Every week that I write fiction or about fiction – near every weekend at the present time – I want to share my word count, takeaways from the writing, and overall progress! Other ideas are floating in my mind that I may try, like making update videos instead of typing them, or an attempt at teaching you writing.

Hah… well, it could work!

Anyway, I will try not to miss posting updates. Life has a way of annoyingly stepping in the way. I can holler beforehand as long as I remember.

My first update of word counts is for the second draft of my first novel! It is a science fiction adventure set in the 25th Century, tentatively titled Just as Human. It features a female lead character and her older brother: Irish soldiers Ellexis and Nolan. Still, lots to write in it, so I shall tease you with a synopsis another time.

Though, at least you read this teaser of a teaser…

Cumulative word count is now at 22,390 words. Word Count for August 7th: 2,038. I started the draft in September of 2020.

At the end of a month, I will summarize my word count, any takeaways, and a sort of “review” for a video game, movie, or book that a) I enjoy, b) influences or inspires my writing, and c) you can add to your list of stories to consume. Going to start with video games. Later, after those are finished, I will think of something else to publish. Again, perhaps in video form eventually, so you can see my messy morning hairdo!


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