Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Got my second short story featured on Anathema Magazine

I'm happy. Happy because I got a second short story published. The first time (which was on Wild Musette) I thought was luck, but with the second one, it feels like I'm doing something right (I hope).

It's good motivation to keep on doing this, but I think writing will never leave me. It is something that I have to do, so it won't stop.

Anyway, here's the link to my short story called "A House with a Home". The title was based on that song from Luther VanDross - A House is not a Home, which I didn't get to listen to until that episode in Glee with Kristin Chenowith.

You can also read up on other short stories in Anathema Magazine, which is awesome, by the way.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 2019 Update

Still writing, but this time I'm writing my first draft with pen and paper. I feel that I get distracted so easily on the sentence level that I can't help but revise and delete and fix and agonize at them to get it right. I know that first draft should be shitty, but my brain just can't let it be.

So, I'm tricking my brain into writing by hand. It's working so far. 25 minutes in, and I've written about 400 words (and a percentage of that is crap, but workable).

Oh, I know that revision will be a bitch, but at least I'll have a completed story. You can't fix something if it doesn't exist, so they say.

I'm ambivalent with posting copywork content now. I copy four pages to keep it small and digestible, but it is too short for me, personally. There are moments where I want to copy the whole scene, so it would be eight pages long. And I am also wary of possible copyright strike if I do so. At this moment, I am putting a hold on posting copywork content.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Copywork #3 - The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi


Hey folks, this week's copywork is The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi. I've heard of Scalzi before, and I've been enjoying his posts in Twitter. Finally got to read The Collapsing Empire, and I really enjoyed it.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Narrative Q&A

I've always been curious on how scenes were constructed and made memorable. Think of Vader's reveal that he is Luke's father, or think of Brad Pitt's character in Seven finding out that his wife is in the box. Scenes are not only made to be memorable, but they are used to sustain audience interest throughout the story

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 2019 Update (What happened to May?)

Still writing although a bit slow. I'm starting the third novel about "worlds" or "realities."

Speaking of realities...

The month of May was dedicated to Virtual Reality, which is why there was a huge hole in the blog for that month. The Oculus Rift S came out on May 21, and I've been having a blast. My gaming time has toned down a bit, but at least I have some sort of "escape" apart from the escapism afforded by novels.

Copywork exercise is back on track, and I am also drafting a post regarding scene questions, which I believe is the foundation of every scene in a story. We'll get into more details once I finish the draft.

That's what I have so far, but the writing continues.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Copywork #2 - Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins


Hey folks, this week's copywork is Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins. I had picked this book up because I like odd and weird fiction, and this book delivered.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

April 2019 Update

So I had my short story published in Wild Musette Journal issue #1901. Very happy with that! And it was my very first paid gig, too. (Get it here folks!

The second draft to No Villains is finally complete. I'm letting it simmer for a while before I start on the third draft. After I'm done with No Villains, I will close out the series as I'm refocusing my efforts to traditional publishing. Main reason? I actually don't like doing things on my own.

I self-published No Heroes because I wanted to see if treating this thing as a business would click with me. No Heroes did not have any editors except for a few beta readers. I had looked into hiring an editor, but the problem with that is they may not bring the story to its full potential. I'm also averse in dropping serious cash only to be presented with bad development.

Another reason is time management. If I commit to self-publishing, I would need to invest time and money on advertising, marketing, social media, rebranding and so on. I have a day job. Self-publishing would become my third job on top of my second job which is writing. Three jobs is too much. So I need to axe one of them, and I chose self-publishing.

Does this mean No Villains is kaput? Nope. I still plan on self-publishing it this year just to close the series off (although it ends with a cliffhanger, but not egregious that things are left unanswered).

In other news, I am psyched at how I'm developing my outlines. Hopefully it will help in producing short stories and novels quicker and better. I am wary of sharing how I do my outlines since it's a jumbled mess. Once my method is proven to be effective, then maybe I'll share.

Finally, my copywork exercises are all updated with a bar graph that shows the rhythm between abstract beats and concrete beats. Also, I've found the best workflow for me to get copywork exercise content out more consistently.

Thanks for reading and keep writing!

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