A Writing Update

Posted by Rob on 4th September 2016 in Coding, Other Stuff, Writing |

Well, folks, it’s been a while! But in the time between then and now, things have been afoot. My third short story, pending for quite some time, is inching closer to publication, and I have — as ever — a couple out there that seem to be lingering with markets (and at least one that’s in the later stages of consideration with its market). I’ve finished my novel outline, I’ve written the opening chunks of it, and I’m still enjoying it.

Also, there’s this, which has nothing to do with me, but which is clearly fantastic:

Scrap Dragon
A scrap dragon, made from recycled car parts.

A friend of mine sent me that picture, and I loved it at once. However, it’s not directly keyed into some of the other things I’m writing about today. This’ll be brief, but hey, at least it’s something!

Game and App Development
Not at all related to writing, but it’s something I’m doing in my spare time now–teaching myself XCode for Mac development of iOS apps, and Unity C# development for games (hands up anyone who can guess which one of those is more fun). I had started working through a tutorial for Unity, but I’ve always been bad at just learning to learn, so I’ve pushed it aside and begun making a game I want to make — a word game, nothing mindblowing — and then I’m teaching myself how to make the thing I actually want to make. It’s how I learn best, in the end.

Writers of the Future!
Yes, it’s that time again — where I look at the incomplete projects I planned to write for WotF, realise I’ll never get them finished and sufficiently polished in time to submit, and end up picking a different one to go with instead. It’s worked out surprisingly well for me so far, with 3 honourable mentions from 3 submissions, though I figure that streak’ll end eventually. But I’m not working on it solidly, because —

I’m Writing My Novel
And it has been going surprisingly well. It’s a more serious project than most of my longer-form writing has been in the past, thanks to having its roots in one of my darker short stories, and I’ve completed the outline for it some time ago now.

I recently realised, however, that I wanted to change the setting, which led to a restart and a rewrite — and then more recently still, I realised that I want to expand one of the viewpoints. That means more writing, but I don’t lose anything this time, so that’s good. I’m about twenty thousand words in, which is less than I lost when I changed the setting, but it’s going really smoothly. My goal now is to finish the first draft this year (with the firm expectation that it’ll be complete garbage, but that I’ll be able to take that and turn it into something solid). Fingers crossed!

And, well, that’s the lot for today. No embedded music videos (though I have pre-ordered another Devin Townsend album, which releases in about a week — hurrah!) and no other oddities — just a wish for you all to be well, and hopes that your lives are variously meandering in what you consider to be a positive direction. Toodle-pip!

(Oh, and P.S. — today, I will be mostly eating pressure-cooker risotto and roast chicken. Yum!)

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