Sometimes I think there are probably only a few thousand living people in the world, and the rest are tantamount to automatons that fill in as background dressing.
Seems the latest version of the theme I’ve been using has corrupted several parts of the site. Annoying. I specifically chose to use stock WordPress because I didn’t want to have to do any custom coding for it — I do enough of that for work, so when I write I want to just write, not be distracted by technical stuff constantly.
I guess I do need to just break down, learn karate, er WordPress, and code my own custom theme. Only way to be somewhat sure nothing breaks, or if it does I can fix it pronto.
While I’m at it, intrafoundation.com could use a clean port over to laravel 4. ;-)
weary i watch the sky fall
and peak then faint above the cold horizon
come brief morning
to changing weather
and the flow of days passing
tired of waiting
for the warmth of dimly remembered summer
i wander off
Copyright (c) 2014, Lewis A. Sellers. All Rights Reserved.
Well, I have several partially completed posts sitting there ever so patiently waiting for me to finish them. I’ll have to see about getting to one or two this week. First up, one about “thread heat” (that is, in story fiction, not the bolts that keep the tires on your car at 120kph). Then a sort of introspection on my wife’s first horror series and how it came about. (Note: She’s working on the 3rd one in tandem with #nanowrimo. It wasn’t exactly planned that way, but there was a 1 out of 12 chance the months would coincide. ;))
In the meantime, I’m kind of hanging out on twitter these days if you want to say hi.
*Yes, I had to double check the plural of me is in fact, mes. I suppose that’s something you don’t even think about unless you’re a fiction writer. ;)
I think this weekend I aught to neo-up “advanced wordpress” into my brain and get around to making my blog as nice as my wife’s–but, you know, with aliens, androids, nukes and endless firefights. Maybe some loud deathmetal playing when you first visit the site. Well, ok, skip the death metal. But it needs some work. :)
The short scifi/military story Out into the Void has been revised. The update corrects minor issues with spelling, grammar and formatting. Additionally, a few scenes were rewritten or expanded upon. As to that, I had been experimenting with writing the story in a somewhat terse manner — but that confused more than a few people, so now some of the conversation and dialog are more … explicit.
While I was at it, I made a few minor corrections on Balance.
Updates are now making their way slowly through the publishing/distribution systems at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and should be available within a few days at most.
As far as the upcoming novel goes, have about another hundred pages to work through atm. The wife and I are now in a sort of race to see who gets done first — she’s trying to complete the entire series of Gorgon Star Books before Halloween, while I’m only aiming at getting one book done. Mine is longer though. :-)
Random trivia about me: I carry a moleskin and a pen in my back pocket wherever I go. Just in case. :)
Spending the morning working on setting up the formatting for the master copy of my wife’s first novel Skein. And doing a bit of final line editing/proofreading as I go along. Should be live on Amazon as early as monday or tuesday. :)
#anwriting #amproofing ssh.
Hmm. It is 4am… and I find myself up, working on the novel and glancing through writing forums. Hmm. Wearing the #amauthor tag is tiring at times. :)
There is a final revision of “Out into the Void” making it’s way across the internet. This addresses some grammar issues that arose from last minute editing of the short story. Also a few parts were slightly rewritten to — hopefully — have clearer characterization and/or description.
In any event, unless someone points out some issues with it, this is probably the last revision for a very long time.
Damn typos. Well, that aside (which will be fixed by weekend) my second short story is making its way across the internet today. And has just made an appearance on Amazon for Kindle. :)
Ok, fiddly bits and revisions aside, I’m done with the Short Stories for now. Next up, the novel I’ve been working on.
So the short science fiction story “Out into the Void” is making its way to the various venues today/tonight/soon. I really want to go and tweak it some more here and there, but at some point you just have to push it out the door. Most likely, after a bit of feed-back there will be a revised edition correcting a few typos or grammar nazi issues, and maybe a bit of re-characterization here and there. And polishing it where changes to the story have left a few odd discrepancies I didn’t noticed on tenth reading. But for the most part, that aside, it’s done now.
And like “Balance” before it, I can envision it being fleshed out into a proper novel at some twisty point along this road I’m taking.
I have been practicing illustrating bookcovers with these last two short stories. My thinking is and has always been to release two or three “free-ish” short stories and use the entire experience so things go more smoothly and professionally when I start releasing full novels for sale. :)
Not entirely happy with the way Out’s cover turned out. It was close to what I had envisioned but I got to the point where I was spending more time on it than I had budgeted for a “short” story. Good enough. For now. Maybe I’ll revise it a bit down the road.
In any event, the wife was not so happy about my choice of font so she grabbed my cover project and re-imagined it with different fonts. That’s the version I ended up using.
But here are both of them. This is the original….
The science fiction short story Out into the Void is done. Well, for clarity, at 13k it’s not all that short. And by done I mean I still have to do the artwork, and do a bit more proofing. But done in the sense that it should be out within the day or three.
Almost done with “Out into the Void”. Arg. Will be glad to get it out. :)
Saw superman today, which I mostly liked. But as a writer I must say that ending was awful. There wasn’t any resolution or reflection at all of what happening during the climatic battle. It just segues into a tired, boring set of traditional imagery that felt very flat and emotionally unsatisfying.