Sunday, 27 May 2012

Art: Anubis by Kishari

Commission - Anubis by *Kishari on deviantART

Another Next to Godliness commission, this time of Anubis, done by the talented Kishari.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Next to Godliness update

Back in March I wrote a blog post commemorating Next to Godliness hitting the 50k word count. Back then I estimated that the ending was about 5k-10k away. Less than 2 months later and I've hit the 61k mark. And it's still not done.

Oh, I'm close. I'm very close to the end. But at this point I dare not guesstimate my word count. I'll be mildly shocked however, if the final count is higher than that of Project C.

A few weeks ago I set a deadline for myself, which was May 19th. Unfortunately I don't think I'm gonna have it done by then because I've been thinking, rethinking, over-analyzing parts of the climax and ...not doubting myself exactly, but I am skeptical about certain things, like how characters would act, react and what they would say in this situation or how they would say it.

Or maybe I just get squirrely near the end, but I don't remember being like this when finishing Project C or Blood in the Water.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm a horrible judge of my own word count?

I'll let you know what the final tally is.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Skip, Skip, Skip...

I learned something about myself today.

I was complaining to a friend that I'm having a temporary bout of writer's block*. I am 99 words away from hitting the 61,000 word mark and I was stuck.  So I said to him "writer's block again!"

Then he asked me a strange question: "ever picture it as a monster?"

So of course, that made me inadvertently picture writer's block.

It's like a DVD skipping because of dust. There's a scene, then it stops, pauses, then replays the last few seconds before stopping again. Then it skips ahead to the next scene. But there are holes.

And I stare at the skipping DVD as if willing it to continue. Then I realize that it's not skipping due to dust, but that the DVD player is out of power and it needs to be recharged. So I go, or do, or think about something else. This recharges me, and the writer's block corrects itself. Eventually I'm once again inspired or the story itself is good and ready to progress. Until then I have to be patient.


*There's a school of thought that states "there's no such thing as writer's block". I don't want to discuss whether or not Writer's Block exists. I don't care to debate the point. I'm stuck, accept it.

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