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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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Copywork #1 - Grendel, by John Gardner

Here’s the latest entry for my copywork exercises: Grendel, by John Gardner. I wanted to copy Grendel because it’s told in first person POV. Also, I like unreliable narrators, especially the dramatic and primadonna kind (Grendel is one in this fine retelling). Despite his histrionics, he is still and will always be a monster.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

March 2019 Update

The LGBT short story is finished, but missed the due date and word count. Not bummed out, though. It was a nice story to write, and I'm going to shop it around.

Oh, if you get a chance, buy the anthology from Wild Musette ( You will see that I'm a contributor there. So happy about this! I ordered a physical copy for myself.

The second novel is back on track. Had some kinks that I needed to work out, and it's looking good. I am really aiming to finish it this month.

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