kaasirpent: (WriteWright)
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 04:46 pm

There’s this challenge going around. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Bloggers do it every day in April. But this one is for short story writers, and instead of daily, it’s weekly.

For a year.

What is this challenge? It’s the A to Z Story Challenge. I’m not sure who came up with it, or why, or why that matters. The point is, some writer-friends of mine were talking about it, and it sounded like something I should do, so I asked to be included, and now I’m in the Facebook group for the challenge.

I figure, if nothing else, I’ll get a few blog posts out of it. :)

The idea is that, each week beginning June 1, you have 7 days to complete a story inspired by each successive letter of the alphabet. “A” is due on the 7th, “B” on the 14th, “C” on the 21st, “D” on the 28th, and so on. Since there are 26 letters of the alphabet and ~52 weeks in a year, the letters will recycle starting November 30, and “A” will be due again on December 6th, “B” on the 13th, etc. Finishing up with a second “Z” story being due on May 30th, 2018.

You may remember — because you hang on my every syllable — that in 2011, I did something very similar to this, self-imposed, and for NaNoWriMo, wrote (or began) 26 short stories, but with a new letter each day, and ended up with 122000+ words written in one month. It remains the most productive writing period of my life, and one of those stories got me into Viable Paradise XVI in 2012.

But none of those stories ever went anywhere. They’re still sitting, in various stages of completion, on my hard drive.

Mocking me.

And then here came this. I suddenly realized this could be a “kick in the pants” to finally start editing those stories with the goal of getting them finished to a submittable state. Given how long it’s been since I even looked at many of those stories, it’ll present challenges of its own. But I think it’s a good idea, so that’s what I’m going to do. The core concept of each story will, I think, remain the same. But a lot of them went off the rails and either failed to meet my own expectations or veered off into territory where I couldn’t even see the original path from where they went. Now’s the time to at least attempt to address those issues.

Beginning with “A Is for Anchor.” I liked the original idea, but I spent 12,000 words (!!) meandering along the “idea river” instead of pursuing an “idea highway” that goes a bit straighter.

Wow. That metaphor, huh? Gotta love my brain. :)

Anywho . . . I’m 1000 words in or so and I definitely think there’s an ending up there somewhere ahead. Now to get to it. By land, not by river.

I don’t know if there will be a post per week, but we’ll see.

Mirrored from WriteWright.

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kaasirpent: (Meme)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 07:08 pm
Which Button?

So this meme is going around. You're presented with these eight buttons of various colors, and I assume you can pick one to press and it bestows upon you the power described thereunder.

I saw it and thought that rather than give a one-word + one-sentence answer, I'd blather on for several paragraphs and treat it seriously. Because apparently I have nothing better to do right this second. :) And I'm going to tag it 'writing' because one of my characters has a couple of these abilities, and quite of bit of who he is is based on the ability and the problems it causes in his life.

But I will hide it so you don't have to scroll if you're reading this on your friends page. Because that's the kind of great person I am. )
Yeah, I'mma go with Blue. Because flying. But my hand would hover over Green for a long time before pressing Blue. :)
kaasirpent: (Pimpin')
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 05:43 pm
Greetings! I have been spreading my love for this particular Kickstarter campaign around on Teh Social Mediaz today (and earlier) because it's a little short and needs more backers. I thought I'd push it in one more place to get more eyes on it. :)

It's for a science fiction and fantasy anthology called Unidentified Funny Objects 2. I read the first volume, Unidentified Funny Objects, not too long ago, and it was extremely good. You could read my Goodreads review of it, if you were so inclined. And then maybe you'll understand why I'd like to see this one get funded.

Do you have $20 to spare for a book chock full of funny science fiction and fantasy stories written by some of the most recognizable names in the genre? Robert Silverberg! Mike Resnick! Ken Liu! Tim Pratt! Jody Lynn Nye! Jim C. Hines! Esther Friesner! And more! All in one volume!

At least click over there and look. And if you find it in your power to give a little something, maybe do that, too.

Funny. Science Fiction. And Fantasy.

[That userpic is one you don't see often. It's my pimp hat. I took that picture MYSELF for just such an occasion as this. I found a pimp hat, and I took a picture of it. Don't make it for nothing.]
kaasirpent: (Input!)
Friday, January 25th, 2013 10:45 pm
Not just any word. A specific word to describe a type of distortion I hear in podcasts from time to time.

It typically happens during an interview, when, say, two or more people are recording a podcast and at least one of them is using Skype. When the computer gets a little busy, the audio processing can't seem to keep up, so there's a momentary "stretching" of the syllable the person is saying and it comes out sounding like the audio equivalent of a pixellated image.

The person might be saying "I visited Spain as a high school senior," but the processor gets a little overburdened during 'Spain' and it comes through as "I visited Spaaaaaaaaain as a high school senior."

Another time I hear it is when watching satellite TV and there's weather, the same thing happens in video as well as audio. The image will freeze on one kind of pixellated image and the sound will do that same thing.

It's so hard to find an audio clip to give you an example when I don't know the stupid word to use to look up said clip to get said word.

This, however, is what I was able to find because it's the one case I remember from a movie where the effect was used on purpose. This is a clip from The Matrix just as Neo starts to fall down the rabbit hole.



I have it cued up right to the point where the voice distortion happens. Stupid thing. It claimed to be cued up at the point. Fast forward to 54 seconds, or just before that.

So. What do you call that? Is there jargon for it?
kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012Winner)
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 02:34 am
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012Winner)
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 11:59 pm
Lucy

Lucy Disdains the Need to Write for NaNoWriMo

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012Winner)
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Sunday, November 25th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Sunday, November 25th, 2012 03:35 am
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 03:30 am

<more crickets chirping>

In truth, I can’t seem to write while at my mother’s house, this year. I’m falling way behind what I wanted, but . . . honestly, why do they put NaNoWriMo in November, anyway? there are five days when you can’t do jack.

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 02:42 am
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Monday, November 19th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (WriteWright)
Monday, November 19th, 2012 12:43 am

It dawned on me earlier tonight what I’m basically doing with this NaNoWriMo project. For each of these magical powers that I write about, I’m creating scenarios, characters, conflicts, mysteries to be solved, and an investigative method that cracked the cases.

These are ideas for short stories set in my universe, The PCIU Case Files. Each story is a self-contained little glimpse into some aspect of my world, usually revolving around an interesting use of a power to solve or commit a crime (or both). Once this thing is done, I’ll have to expand some of them out to see where they go.

Also, this morning in the shower I got hit broad-side by an idea that’s been sneaking up on me for some time. The bad guy from novel 3 (formerly novel 1) is going to have a bit part in novel 1 (formerly novel 2) and novel 2 (formerly novel 3).

Novel 4 is starting to take shape in my head, and I have the first glimmerings of ideas for novel 5. It would really help if my brain would stop that. :)

Each of my characters now has a multi-book arc and there is an arc tying together novels 1 through 3.

Geesh. I hope I can keep all this in my head and juggle it. Otherwise, I’m going to end up with an unwieldy mess on my hands.

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

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kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Sunday, November 18th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Friday, November 16th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

kaasirpent: (NaNoWriMo2012)
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 11:59 pm
National Novel Writing Month, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :) Read more by clicking here! )

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.