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Changing Gears

Yesterday I worked entirely too much on this website. So last night, in preparation to write today, I:

  • closed all browser windows (I’m a tabaholic)
  • opened my story folder
  • turned my laptop off
  • tried to get a good night’s rest (I love sleep and need eight hours to function)

I’ve found the lure of the Interwebs is strong, so usually when I know I’m going to write, I keep Chrome closed to avoid the distraction. Then while I’m writing, the only time I’ll allow myself to open a broswer is to look up a word in the dictionary.

The last few weeks, I had been working on the subplot of my current project, The Ageless, which you can see on my calendar notes.

However, last week I wrote a chunk of the main plot and finished that part this week. It’s a relatively boring scene (to me as the writer), in which the characters are just moving through the world. But it’s also the first scene with Nyr as the viewpoint character, which made it fun to write and, hopefully, to read.

On Thursday, I wrote about 900 words on that plot line and realized I wouldn’t be able to go any further until I knew what happened in the other plotline. So that’s what I started on today.

To get into the mindset after all my random activities this morning, I tried to listen to an episode of Writing Excuses. That didn’t work out (crazy router / internet connection), so I just dove in and got started. I can do that, but only sometimes.

Got through about 1,200 words on the subplot today, but I was feeling drowsy from a mixture of not sleeping well last night, medicine for my cold, and sitting in the sun, so I had to stop there. I did do a little research and setup for the next part whenever I take up the quill next week. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t go any further, but when I read the same sentence three times, I knew it was definitely quitting time.

So, overall, not too shabby this week. Completed my goal of writing twice (Thursday and today). Came to around 2,100 words.

In other news, if you look around, you’ll see the website is finally past its “first draft” and is starting to look somewhat professional, if I do say so myself. I’ve never worked with CSS before, and it is quite interesting! So much easier to maintain consistency compared to back in the day when I used to handcode the HTML for my old Geocities sites.

I definitely enjoy experimenting and learning through trial and error. In the past couple decades, I’ve taught myself HTML, VBA, and now a smattering of CSS. They are useful skills to have.

Announcement: It’s official! The new name is Worldbinding, with a subtitle of Binding science fiction and fantasy worlds to the page with words.

I wanted to convey the sense of discovery I feel when I’m creating a world or character and it almost seems to already exist, just waiting to be bound into book format. I oftentimes don’t feel so much like a worldbuilder as a worldbinder.

Naturally, I did a couple of weeks’ worth of research before settling on the name. Other possibilities involved the mind’s eye, quills, chronicles, and other ideas revolving around worlds. But there’s not much SEO competition on worldbinding, and as my brother said, it just seems more original. Thanks to all those who provided feedback, advice, and suggestions via personal channels. I promise your names will appear in my first book, even if it’s self-published!

Post-Thanksgiving

So, as expected, Thanksgiving wrecked last week’s writing goals. However, the word count for last week wasn’t too shabby even though I only wrote one day. Finished the week at a little over 2,500 words.

My natural tendency is to berate myself for my failings last week and become disheartened, thereby spiraling into another couple months without writing anything. Still trying to tell myself otherwise. Everyone needs a break, and Thanksgiving is kind of an unavoidable one.


I was in Charlotte on Thanksgiving Day at a friend’s house then drove up to my homeland Friday and stayed through Sunday, going to various family gatherings. And since Sunday is the last day of my writing week and traffic was horrible, that didn’t help much. So, no reason to fret. Or so half of me keeps saying. The other half says the sky is falling.

As for this week, it’s going slow so far. Only 600 or so words on Tuesday. But currently my true goal is to write twice a week, not to hit any particular word count. Which means I just need to write either today or tomorrow to maintain my current weight err, writing goals. As long as I keep myself from freaking out, I hope to avoid stepping off the path of consistent writing.

In other news, I am still trying to decide what to call this blog and have been soliciting suggestions from family and friends. Currently, Seeking the Path seems fitting because that’s what I’m doing: take a machete and chopping my way through daily life, trying to stay on the path and keep writing. That’s the current name. But it sounds quasi-religious and most people looking at it won’t know it’s a writing or science fiction / fantasy blog.

So I’ve been looking out for other good blog names with either a writing theme or speculative fiction theme. I think I came up with a good one this morning and the domain name is available… But as with anything you create, you have that “It’s brilliant!” glow immediately afterwards, which is dangerous, because after a few days you may look back and realize it really wasn’t. So, we’ll see what happens.

Today’s word of the day seems appropriate: operose
adjective

  1. Done with or involving much labor
  2. Industrious, as a person
The winter solstice approaches! I just realized that Dec. 22 falls right on the middle day of the week, and since my goals are weekly, that kind of confuses things, doesn’t it? It’s also my birth week, so I’ll shoot for writing twice that week and start the thrice-weekly writing the following week.