Tag: conan the barbarian

Something Something Dark Side. Something something something complete.

Hey, kids! Book is coming along nicely. Current draft is done, and I am looking for feedback on the first three chapters. Going to be soliciting for CPs on Twitter shortly. Let me know if you’re interested in being a beta reader. Comment below.

Beta readers read as much of the book as they’d like and send me their initial impressions. CPs, I expect some more in-depth, writerly guidance. That’s why I ask other writers to be CPs. We can’t help ourselves. Try to resist the urge to edit as you go! I don’t want anyone editing and not getting paid for it. If you’re good at something, never do it for free. Ha ha! Been guilty of that myself.

In other news, I’m thinking of converting this blog to twice a month or monthly, and then doing a weekly video rather than weekly blog posts. That way you get more bang for your buck, and I don’t have to write something captivating every freakin’ week.

Of course, I could do both. Weekly blog and weekly vlog. That could be fun. Hm…What do you think? Comments welcome!

Book Update: 4/15/20

Good news, everyone! Book is still on the way. I’m in the midst of final edits as well as reworking the ending. Got some great stuff on the way. Working on character arcs and having some actual meaning behind the words. Sounds fancy, I know, and hopefully I can pull it off. We’ll see. If not, no worries. You write one book. You go write another.

Some people may be wondering what inspires someone like me? Well, I find inspiration everywhere. In the trees, in the sunlight, in the mountains, and the sea. And of course good books.

Some of my favorite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut, and Octavia Butler. I derived a ton of inspiration from Star Wars. In some ways, my story is a mix of Return of the Jedi and Conan the Barbarian. Does that make any sense? Maybe not. That’s ok. Fantasy doesn’t always make sense.

I’m just writing stream of consciousness now while I listen to the 7th Annual On Cinema Oscar Special. What is that? Well, that is another long story.

In other fantasy news, I did see Dracula this past winter on Netflix. It was amazing! Yes, even episode 3. I don’t get why people are talking about a season 2. They said they’d adapt the novel, and they did. Is it a precise adaptation? No. But neither is the Lugosi version. Frankly, I found the Netflix version to be closest to Stoker’s original text, second only to the Coppola film.

Yes, even with Keanu Reeves’s attempt at a British accent (It’s ok, Keanu. We still love you. You’re the One, after all.)

Now, you may be wondering: During this pandemic, have I been keeping busy with my writing? Of course! Lots of writing is getting done.

Have I made any new LEGO videos?

Of course I have.

Writing Down the Bones

So, I got my edits back over a month ago, and I still haven’t gone through them all. I have a lot of fear. Fear of rejection, fear my writing won’t be good enough. But it’s more than that. I realize now the reason so much of my writing has fallen flat is that I haven’t really been editing, just spewing story. Even when I make corrections, it’s all spew.

I need to sit down and do the work of polishing the spew. Intentionally using all the tools of the trade, crafting the story in other words.

And I’m afraid I won’t be able to.

So if you see me not writing, will you remind me that I need to just suck it up? Thanks.

Today’s post title is taken from a famous writers’ book called “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. Check it out if you have a moment. I got my copy somewhere around here. She offers some practical advice on the writer’s process and craft. Good stuff.