Archive for December 2014

Squeaky Chair Interviews – Josh Luukkonen

Josh Luukkonen Head ShotI had a chance to interview Josh after his success with NaNo. He is set to be a writer as he waits to become a teacher once more. NaNo is no easy feat and I certainly wish him luck in being a writer. Check out the interview of who he is, what he writes about, and lessons learned this year.

 

 

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Happy 1 year Anniversay

balloonsToday’s in an important day for me. It is the day that I celebrate my 1 year anniversay as being a writer. This time last year, after the success of NaNo and finishing up my novel that year, I decided that I must be an author again.

After that, I set myself to a five year plan. I got myself a blog and started using twitter to market myself. I signed up for a lot of blogs and social media sites. In that time I have learned and accomplished many things.

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Character and Plot Assassination — Oblivion

When I heard a film was being made called Oblivion, then nerd in me thought it was going to be an Elder Scrolls film. I was a bit disappointed and a bit relieved. I recently watched this film and was again blown away by Tom Cruise.

As I’ve mentioned in my Jack Reacher review, I am not a big fan of the man Tom Cruise but am a huge fan of the actor. Very few films have I not liked with him as an actor. This film is no exception.

What I like about this film is several things. First is that there are many hints of there being deception in all of this right from the beginning. But it is not being drilled into you as, “It’s so obvious there is something happening you idiot”, but a subconscious thought of “something seems off, but I don’t know what”. I think this called into question of some of the panning in America that often times, as with a lot of sci-fi, it required viewers to think. Many people disliked the Matrix films for the same reasons.

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Official NaNoWriMo Winner

 

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On November 16th, 2014, I officially over 50,000 words. My story, which will be turned into five books, was Daygar Legacy #1 – Templar Five. The story is about Vampires in the 14th century spreading a disease that is killing humans at an alarming rate and five knights of the former Templar Knights attempt to make a deal with the devil to try to win the war.

This was a challenging time. Mostly because of my disability, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I aimed to finish by the 14th like I did last year. I came close, but I was shy 2 days. I think that is still very impressive. Also, given that I am a science fiction writer and I am doing Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, it was hard at times for me to write. Completely out of my comfort zone. As I wrote, I had to do additional research on the time period to get key facts correct.

I want to thank the creators of Write Monkey, as with their software, I was able to write my story despite my sensitivity to light. I dedicate my success this year to all those with disabilities, whether with Post-Concussion Syndrome, those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other disabilities that prevents someone from living they life they want. Writing was very hard for me, and the only way I did it was by forcing myself to do it, even if my brain wanted to give up. My reward is the next two weeks off.

With Thanksgiving coming up, and a few other special projects I am currently engaged in, I am taking a break from this blog. I will come back in December, hopefully to finish up my rivers on the worldbuilding tutorial. However, I will be limited in December. I plan to come back in full force in January.

Special thanks to Nicohle Christopherson for giving me emotional support during NaNo.

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NaNoWriMo – End of the First Week & Tips

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNaNoWriMo brings out the writers in all of us. All of us dream big and want to do something fantastic. Some is to show what we can do, others want to make something of work. Whatever the reason, we get together for the month of November and compete against ourselves to get 50,000 words within 30 days.

My progress? By Day 5, I got 21,173. I took the day off yesterday, as my disability got the best of me. Even now, I am still 6 days ahead. I intend to start up again and do 5k days until I get 57,204.

One of the most disheartening things I see, is people quitting early. Often, it is due to people putting a lot of stress on themselves, often over thinking their story or worrying about the wrong thing. I want people to succeed. Give my success last year and my probable success this year, I made a video that will reveal to anyone who wants to do better what I did to be so accomplished. Maybe my advice is for you, maybe it is not. I do believe it is worth a listen.

Countdown to NaNo – On Writing

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileOne of the unfortunate things about my disability is that it affects my ability to read. I can read words just fine, it is reading books that takes a bit out of me. Which is why I spent two days looking at Stephen King’s On Writing.

On Writing is an autobiography by Stephen King, but not in the tradition sense. It is a book dedicated to what made him a writer and what writing means to him. While he does go off on a tangent here and there, for the most part, it has a lot of good insight into the man and the craft.

 

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New Book – Pocket Sized Yarns

a1442603db30bf5976af032fe712ccd2a58e2ed7-thumbA few months back, I got invited by a friend of mine, who helped me edit Terran Psychosis to do a special project. At the time it was more of an idea and to generate who was interested. The basic idea was to write a short story in 540 words (or less). When I say story, as was stipulated in the rules, is that it had to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Me, I am a novelist. Tell me to give you a full story, I’ll request 54,000 words. How do I cram that into 540 words? Then again, I managed to tell a whole story with Terran Psychosis, and that was 10,000 words, and Scrapping By, which was 8,000 words. Also, back in April, I tried my hand at a few Drabbles, which is just 100 word stories.

So why not try it?

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Countdown to NaNo – Stranger Than Fiction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileIn preparation for NaNo, I need to get back into a writer mindset. In the past I just read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and I was set. Due to my disability, I have to do a lot more work to do it. I actually did this yesterday, but ran out of time to write it up.

Stranger Than Fiction is one of my five favorite films of all time. It is a great movie that really explores writing, not a practical sense, but a mechanical one. It demonstrates a lot of the processes that we writers deal with, and some of the moral questions as well.

 

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Countdown to NaNo — Introduction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNovember 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.

It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.

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NaNoWriMo Brings you: Fantasy Pet Peeves

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is soon upon us and the forums are buzzing with posts about ideas people have, help others, discussing the written language, or sharing of their fears.

For me, NaNo is like the Little League World Series. Countries all over the world coming together to compete, except it is more like Golf, since this is more of an individual achievement than a team achievement. For some, it is a pathway to becoming a writer, others it is a hobby that is fun and challenging.

 

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