I’ve been off the grid a bit lately. Summer school is getting to me and I haven’t had a ton of time to dick around with WordPress, but I’ve been reading. And writing. A lot. And I’m very pleased with what I’ve been writing. There are many ideas that have stuck with me for years, but I’ve never had the courage to put something I’m passionate about on paper. Recently I did exactly that, and it felt exquisite. Truthfully, my enthusiasm for one idea in particular has reignited such that it is rather seriously affecting my ability to get said idea onto the page, but I’m trying. I’m posting a bit of it tomorrow evening, and I don’t want to spoil it by explaining everything like a poorly-timed joke. I find what I’ve written to be rather cinematic and speak for itself, but I’m also painfully aware that I’m most likely not communicating what I think I am through the page. Hopefully you fine folks will check it out. The support has been wonderful, especially feedback on the first bit of fiction I posted.
I’ve also managed to not post any articles as of late; I blame my excitement over the fiction I’ve been working on. Someone messaged me to request that I cover some comic book stories, which is something near and dear to my heart, and will most assuredly pop up in the “Articles” section soon. If anyone else wants a special article, shoot me a request, as I need ideas at the moment.
This post is a few days late. Sure enough, I broke my posting streak after only five days. I’m not too concerned or upset, though. This weekend was very busy, with a host of family events and my online classes in full swing. Only 10 weeks until I’m done with college! That is more exciting to me than anything else in my life right now. I enjoyed college, but the urge to move forward with my life and build something fo myself has grown too strong to sit around posting to discussion boards for 6 hours a day. This blog is hopefully a manageable first step in a writing career.
Even though I haven’t had time to sit and type up blog posts for a few days, my head is buzzing with ideas I can’t wait to get up. My first bit of longer fiction is going far better than I dared hope as well. I plan on posting a small fiction “snapshot” tonight and another article tomorrow. These “snapshots” will most likely be around 500 words and explore a small story idea to see if it’s worth putting into a longer story.
To those of you messaging me and offering such positive, motivational feedback, thank you! The blog has already been a tremendous motivator for my writing and you are the cherry on top.
WOW. Two big posts down. I have more than met my word requirements goals for the first two days, but the regularity is still something that intimidates me. I never thought having a blog would encourage me to write so much. I have around 1,200 words down on my first big story – already exceeding my goal for something due more than a week out. I can comfortably say the writing portion of the blog is going well.
The blogging portion, however, is much harder than I expected. I realized that I didn’t remember nearly as much CSS as I thought I would, so here I am stuck using the basic themes, formats, and tools of WordPress – which aren’t bad by any means, but I can’t wait to get up to speed and make my site and posts really sparkle. Time to get back on Youtube and re-earn my unofficial web design certification.
In other news, I finished most of the short stories from Steven King’s Different Seasons, and I think I finally understand what it means to be a horror fan. In his stories, things are mostly okay until something is just a little bit too off, but that something can be grisly and terrifying, and it definitely won’t make enough sense to brush off. You’ll be shifting uncomfortably while rehashing the story in your head for at least a few days after you finish. I highly recommend “The Breathing Method”.
I’m also wanting to go on a little self-improvement kick as I start this blog off; I’m thinking of reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Let me know if you have any recommendations for similar books.
I hope to publish some actual story writing of mine in the next few days and I’m excited to get some feedback. Thank you to all who have tuned in so far, I hope to keep seeing your faces (gravatars?)! And happy Friday.
If an experience’s worth is measured in how much one learns, I’m about to have the worthiest experience of my life. Not only am I going to be learning how to write – how to write proper, that is – but I get to figure out how the hell WordPress works. To anyone who visits this site, feel free to shoot a message through the contact page if something isn’t working right or just looks lame.
At this time my goal is to write 500 words per day and post them in little snapshots. They might be lame but I need to figure out what and how my writing voice works. I hope to increase this number to 1,000 within a few months. While this is ongoing, my goal is to plot out a longer story, maybe 5,000 words, and publish it in 1,000 word blocks every couple of weeks. These will be edited and hopefully of higher quality. Once I complete my first serial, I hope to start a new, longer one, ad nauseam, until I have a novel.
In the words of Bilbo Baggins, Middle-earth’s premier adventurer: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door… You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Fortunately, I’m not going out the door for this adventure. I don’t even have to get off my ass.