October 23, 2014

Grammar Gone Wild!

I haven't done a writing update since nigh on three weeks ago yesterday, so I thought for today it would be nice gesture on my part to articulate precisely what it is that I have been doing with all of the nouns/verbs/adjectives/adverbs/superlatives/subjects/predicates/conjunctions/phrases/clauses that have been rattling around my brain stem for those past three weeks.

On the book front, specifically, the one you see just to the right of this paragraph, my latest is now at the formatters being prepared for a November release via CreateSpace, which I found surprisingly easy to set up and use.

On the writing front, after doing a lot of waffling (aka deep contemplation) for the past week or so, I switched gears and returned to the slushie shelf my monster rewriting project. The primary reason as to why it got returned was time. As in, precious little time to put in the required due diligence in order to create something worthy of me. I learned quite a while that to put a crappy product just to have something out can ultimately do a lot more damage than good.

So....I went to some seriously old files on my old XP computer and found roughly three short stories that I could have some fun with. Why? Because I already have one in the can (1st draft only) and I'm looking to create another thematic short story trilogy, just like I did with Broken Promises.

The first story I'm rewriting (seems like all I do is re-write these days), is called "Rain", and the most interesting thing about this is that I'm rewriting it the old fashioned way: my hands. It seems that my Dragon software was creating way more aggravation than creating words on paper, so I finally relegated it to the land where old programs go to be ignored: my C drive. And because I'm using Dragon at work (v. 12) the hand fatigue has dissipated to the point where I can do some relatively normal typing at home. Which means that I'm making steady and slow progress on the story, which features a couple of humanoids and good old fashioned sexual fun.

And finally, a little promo work for good blogger friend Kim Talon. Kim, who has a fantastic poetry/prose/photo blog called appropriately enough, Talon, has just released her debut mystery novel called Strings And Bones, published by Mundania Press and available in print and the major e-book formats.

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  1. I got all excited -- I thought you said "waffles."

  2. Guess I should rewrite my only completed manuscript only it is typewritten from 1981 and getting the whole thing on computer would truly be a massive labor of "not" love. Maybe I should start rewrites with a short story. LOL

  3. Debra: Subliminal man strikes again!

    G.A.: If you have a scanner, perhaps you can scan it to your computer. But starting with a short story, I find, is a heck of lot easier than trying to do a novel.

  4. Sometimes it's all rewriting because we have some good stuff waiting for it.

  5. Good to know that your brain has not gone into "sleep mode" now that autumn is here. :-) Thanks for the updates and fo ryour comment on my latest post. Much appreciated.

    Greetings from London.

  6. ACiL: Not totally into sleep mode but more like a holding pattern until something good comes along.

    And you're more than welcome for the comment.

  7. That's very cool that you can type some!!

  8. M: It is indeed. A lot of it has to do with using the software at work, which in turn has negated roughly 75% of the hand fatigue that I used to suffer through.


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