This year I changed my approach to NaNoWriMo, hoping to remove any remaining stress and end with a proper collection of rough draft words.
During this year’s NaNoWriMo I conceived a plan for releasing my writing projects, and now I’m working out how to put this plan into effect. Essentially, it is this: Use Dr.Occulari as my pen name.Release everything under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license (Redistribution and derivative works are OK as long as you attribute the original … Continue reading My Plan for Releasing Projects
Oh, hey. How about an example? (I just made this up. It’s not good.) EXT. SOMEWHERE IN SPACE - NIGHT (Obviously)1 Prickly stars are strewn about in the haphazard way stars distribute themselves. A teeny-tiny virtual speck of the universe becomes real, blooms, and pops—POIT!—spitting out a stubby egg-shaped canister. The canister is beaten up, … Continue reading How I’ve Been Writing Lately—Part 2
This is not advice. If it were advice it would be bad advice. It’s what I’ve been doing lately. I started writing stories in the present tense. Changing, he said, she said, they said to, she says, they say, he says feels clumsy. I like the way script dialogue seems to more naturally inhabit now. … Continue reading How I’ve Been Writing Lately
My current novel project is called, Forgotten Memories: A Fantasy, of Sorts.As I'm discovering the shape of the story, I'm dumping the progress into this PDF file on SugarSync. (I'm not using SugarSync anymore. For now, I'm not making the PDF available.) If you want to follow along, you can check it now and then, … Continue reading How to Follow My Current Project
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It's a challenge to authors to get off their feet and onto their butts and write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.The challange started small, grew, and became international. International or not, since almost everyone shortens the name to NaNoWriMo, it looks like they're stuck … Continue reading After NaNoWriMo 2012
Years ago, back in the dimly remembered (nineteen) Eighties, I read and delighted in Norman Spinrad's science-fiction novel, Child of Fortune. Two years ago, for the 2010 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) thirty day dash, I desperately grabbed ideas from Spinrad's book to get something---anything---started, and ended up with a collection of hacked together chunks of plot and bits of … Continue reading I Guess, I’ll Have to Write It
I like to work under the illusion that my ideas are original. Really though, I assume many people have had the same ideas, and I assume some of them have already done something with them, but I doubt they used them to tell the exact same story I'm telling, and most certainly not in the … Continue reading On Originality
Movies based on good books, even when they are themselves good, are never more than shadows of the original work.I bought and downloaded the Kindle version of Never Let Me Go, and read it over the weekend, finishing it Tuesday morning. My reaction was even stronger than to the movie. I put the book down … Continue reading Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro, How Could You?
One of the latest Internet viral have-you-seens is the author who had a comment meltdown on a book reviewer's blog after he reviewed her book. (You can Google for it if you want.) I thought it was a fair review, even generous. Her reaction was insane, irrational, and out-of-place doesn't even begin to describe how … Continue reading The Author Who Fell From Grace With the Mob