Archive for 2019 Writing Journal

Dishes, Dishes, and More Dishes

Tonight I didn’t get to write as much as I would have liked due to the pile of dishes in our double sink. I washed everything while watching the final episode of The Innocent Man on Netflix (3/5 bananas), and then catching up on some of my way-too-long Watch Later list on YouTube.

But I washed everything with a purpose – so that tomorrow I’ll be free to work on other things, including some writing.

I did write tonight, though (other than this post, though I’d say it still counts). I worked on my read-along record book production script – polishing it up so that I can hopefully record the narration and some sound effects this weekend. I’m getting pretty excited about this one. I’ve sound designed the first page, which basically sets the mood for the rest of the book, and so far I’m really happy with it. I’m a little nervous going into the dialog, because the actors weren’t in the same recording space, so here’s hoping the sound discrepancies can be masked with a little ambient background noise and some sweeping musical cues. I’ll find out soon enough.

While it’s not writing, I also checked out a kid’s book from the library tonight that seems to operate in a similar vein as the kid’s novella I’ve been writing for the last few years (and that I’d like to finish this year). I’ve always wondered if what I was writing was too mature for the age group I’m shooting for (10-12) or if it was in the ballpark, so I’m hoping this will give me a good idea of the complexity of language I can use. I’m excited to read it.

And with that, it’s now after midnight and I have garbage to take to the curb. So, until tomorrow…

2019: The Blog Strikes Back

Over the last few years, this website has pretty much sat vacant. I post every once in a while, but, quite honestly, not often enough to justify the $4 per month I spend to host the site. In fact, at the beginning of December, I decided that would end it’s nearly 20 year run at the end of 2018.

Obviously, I had a change of heart.

In fact, I’ve decided that 2019 is going to be the year that I write more. I’ve set a daily goal for myself to write something of substance – whether it be a blog post that I share here, work on one of the dozens of stories I have squirreled away in the cloud, write a little more of an overly-long podcast episode, or maybe just take some notes for a board game idea I’m working on. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but it’s going to be something.

Ya see, I miss writing. I miss the feeling of the words flowing out of me as fast as my fingers can glide across the keyboard. Actually, the words flow much faster than my stubby little nubbins could ever glide anywhere, but you get the idea.

Thankfully, I have plenty of projects to work on.

I’m actively working on another read-along record book in the same vein as The Thing. It’s been sitting idle for nearly two years and I’ve just recently made some great headway on it, so that process is already started.

I also have a long-gestating series of stories that I’ve been sitting on for far too long. This is a sprawling, pulp fiction-inspired series that I’ve been compiling images and story ideas about for years. I actually have an old Word document that starts like this:

January 10, 2007
I’ve been kicking this story idea around again…

So clearly this has been a long time coming. I just need to write the first novella to get the ball rolling and then I think I’ll be in business.

On top of that, I have a podcast series that I’ve been slowly, but surely working on since about August that I’d love to introduce in 2019. I have the first two episodes written and I’m about 1/3 of the way through the third, but unlike in the past, I want to have a bunch of these written before I record and release. I’m hoping that will be the best way to keep my momentum going so there won’t be long gaps between episodes. Hoping.

I haven’t even mentioned the story idea my daughter and I have been kicking around for a few years about a horror novella for kids. We also have our fanfic Hellboy 3 sequel that I’d love for us to actually sit down and write instead of just jotting down ideas and discussing it during early morning car trips to school.

So as you can see, I have enough to write this year that I shouldn’t have any problem fulfilling my daily goal. I just have to carve out time to make it happen.

And so, this is my first official “Write Something Every Day” entry. I know it’s technically January 2nd, but this is a goal I just decided for myself today. Close enough for jazz, as the old saying goes.

In fact, I think I’m going to keep writing on my website every day, even if it’s just to say, “Hey, I worked on [insert writing project here] today!” Maybe I can kill two or more birds with one stone by getting my allotted writing done, as well as justifying the $4 per month I pay to host this antiquated relic of the early-2000s internet.

So follow along and see how I do! Words of encouragement (and showering of gifts) are always welcome.