Sunday, April 13, 2014

Will I eat bugs for blogging purposes?

Last year, I read and reviewed a cookbook featuring insects in every recipe.  Yesterday, someone from a commercial insect farm read it and invited me to try some of their sample packs of spicy crickets and worms.  Of course, I took them up on it.  When I get them in the mail, I shall devour them and blog about the experience.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo - Day 7

Camp did not start well.  I wrote 1000 words on the first day before deciding I hadn't done nearly enough prep for the story I had in my head.  I pulled the plug.  However...

... I dusted off Between Hell and a Hard Place and have been furiously editing it for the past few days.  I took out one supporting cast member, added another, and switched some locations around.  I've also got another suspect, which is going to make the story veer off into Parts Unknown fairly soon.  Oh, and I'm changing the vaguely Russian drug dealers into redneck meth dealers.  I'm flying high at 40k, which sounds like a lot but only 10k are actually new words.  Since I don't plan on claiming any prize goodies, I'm counting myself as a participant anyway.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last photos of March

Final Countdown

Camp NaNoWriMo kicks off tomorrow.  Tonight, I plan on watching TV while doing some last minute research.  I still need to think about the monastic society Simon comes from and come up with my emergency list.  Since I'm telling the story in a non-linear fashion, I can actually hold off on some of the research.

The ideas are still coming, which is good.  However, the big blurry bit called The Middle is still unclear.  Fortunately, my unorthodox structure will make for some nice workarounds until I get things where I want them.

In other news, I bought a Groupon this morning for getting a photo printed on a piece of slate.  Now I have to figure out which one I want printed on it and who I want to give it to.

Friday, March 28, 2014


So a friend of mine just left work for the last time as he starts a different job on Monday.  We've worked together for twelve years.  It doesn't seem like very long in the grand scheme of things but it's the equivalent of starting school with someone in first grade and seeing them most days until graduating high school.  It's a depressing day.

In not as depressing news, I'm feeling pretty confident about April's NaNoWriMo prospects.  I need to take a few minutes between now and Tuesday to make my emergency idea list but I'm feeling pretty confident about things early on.  I've got the beginning and the end and I know how the frame story is going to work.  Some of the middle is still murky, though.

I'm toying with the idea of releasing it for free on a dedicated blog several chapters at a time over the course of a month or so.  After editing, of course.

If I do NaNo in July, I'll either do the Mysterium sequel or do the steampunk vs. kaiju thing I've been kicking around.