Update October 2013

So here I am.

Yep, I’m actually here writing on this blog.

No, you aren’t just seeing things, I’m actually writing this…

Why has it taken so long for an update? Anything? …because I’ve been busy with life, that’s why.

So on with the update…

I’ve made some incredible progress, despite the slow nature of writing, working, moving, and attending school. I just finished outlining an important scene yesterday, that will bring a major twist to the plot of the story.

I’ve mostly been working on structure and outline the last few months. Due to the nature of writing a large saga, you must consider later installments in the first book. At least, in my case you do. I have the ending all planned, but to get there and keep things flowing in a realistic manner, I must keep things correlated. Some times I envy the seat-of-the-pants style writers…

Poll: What would you do?

Please pick two answers. 

Liebster Award

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I have been nominated for the Leibster Award! Thanks to fellow author Vanessa Wester for the nomination. (http://vanessawesterwriter.wordpress.com/)

As required by the Liebster nominee, I’ve pasted the Liebster award in my blog post and will provide a link back to the nominator’s blog. Next, I need to list 11 random facts about me, then answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me.

Once that’s done, I then proceed to nominate 11 bloggers to follow after me and come up with 11 new questions for them. I post everything on my blog with the hope of bringing new readers to it.

Ok, so now I give 11 facts about myself. Here we go:

1. I’m a dork! –No really, my wife says so all the time. 🙂

2. I love to write and share my ideas, except by hand. I hate writing by hand…go figure.

3. I am a big fan of Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series. R.I.P. Mr. Jordan.

4. I love fantasy, science fiction, and even some paranormal stuff; I haven’t read the twilight series.

5. I love rock climbing. (although I haven’t done it for so long I’d fail at it now)

6. I like some of the classic manly things like fishing, hunting, and boating.

7. I commute 150 miles, round-trip, to work 40+ hours each week, and I’m also a student pursuing my degree. I almost have no time to sleep. 😉

8. I dream of writing an epic fantasy on par with Tolkien, Jordan, and others.

9. I read scientific periodicals.

10. I love sushi.

11. I don’t like big crowds.

Vanessa’s Questions:

1. What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement would be: Somehow, getting my wife to agree to marry me. I still don’t know how that one worked.

2. Do you think family is important?

Yes, I think the family is one of the most important aspects to any society, in fact I would say that the family is the foundation on which society is built.

3. When you were a teenager, what was your ideal job?

When I was a teenager, my ideal job would have been to be a video game tester or race car driver.

4. Who is your role model?

My dad really, is one of my biggest role models.

5. Do you think being competitive is a good quality?

People need competition to stretch and grow, it is part of life. If competition is fair then yes I think being competitive is a good quality.

6. Where would you like to live if given the choice?

This one is hard, but if money were no issue than I’d take a tropical island.

7. Is money important?

Money is important as a medium of exchange, but otherwise no.

8. Music, TV or theatre?

I’ll take music please.

9. Do you feel strongly about anything?

Yes I feel very strongly about many things. I.E. Love, evil people, stupid politicians (oxymoron LOL), real accomplishment, and beautiful landscapes are just a few things I am passionate about.

10. Do you give up your time for others, i.e. volunteer?

Yes I do, although lately I have had almost no extra time to spend – full time work and school makes for very little. What’s this thing you call time?

11. Name an important historic event that means something to you.

The moon landing is huge in terms of dreams and accomplishment. It tells me that if I pursue with everything I have, that I may very well  hit my target goals. “Aim for the stars and you may hit the moon.”

Now to nominate 11 blogs:

http://missscarlettflame.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.vincejconsidine.com/

http://kingtaff.wordpress.com/

http://peggybechko.com/

http://www.kseniaanske.com/

http://emmameade.com/

http://thegrumblinggargoyle.blogspot.co.uk/

http://rachelintheoc.com/

http://sparklyknickers.wordpress.com/

http://mchanson714.blogspot.com/

http://autumnmarkus.com/

My Questions:

1. Who’s the most important person in your life and why?

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

3. Are you a little crazy?

4. What’s the worst thing you’ve done?

5. What’s the best?

6. Classical, rock, pop, country, or rap?

7. What are your thoughts on ghost writing?

8. How do you eat a lollipop?

9. Do you like little children?

10. Where would you hide treasure?

11. What is the absolute most important object in your life?

Bonus question: What’s your favorite food?

Update:

It’s been quite some time since my last post, but I am still alive and kicking. My friends on twitter keep asking me where I’m at in my story, and when will I be finished. My first response is “I don’t know”, but I usually give some explanation of where I’m at. The problem is, that while I have been writing and making progress, it’s been in places of the story that are near or at the end.

Here is a list of things I’ve accomplished:

  • I’ve written the ending! Yes, that’s what I said, the ending…the problem is that I’m still struggling with the beginning. I’m not quite sure where to begin. Do I start by introducing Daelan’s (Primary Character) personality in a sports or similar format, or do I launch directly into one of his “missions” with some of the other main characters? Decisions, decisions…
  • I’ve discovered that this story is long…like really long! It will have to be a series of books just to tell it. I’m both excited and horrified by this giant prospect. I’ve never written a book yet, and the magnitude of this undertaking is a bit overwhelming.
  • This is one of  the most important discoveries I’ve made so far. I’ve decided to make the story, especially its characters, as real as possible. This means tons of scientific and psychological research are needed for many parts of the books. It’s beyond all the research and notes I’ve already taken. The task is a bit daunting if you ask me. 🙂

So there you have it folks, an update on where I’m at. Hopefully this answers most of the questions. If any of you want more, just ask. I’ll make sure you get an answer…even if it’s one you won’t like. Now, having said that with a smirk on my face, I’ll take my leave.

Bye bye!

 

 

This is where I am on the first book.

 

Progress update:

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give all those asking an update to my progress. Things have been crazy, and the epiphanies that I’ve had recently are awesome (at least I think so)! Let me give you the rundown of my latest thought process:

So there I was, writing away, when I discovered that my main character was missing part of his personality…

Ok, so I need to work on him a bit. Well, with some of the personality changes I made the plot line needs altering, and so does some of the world….

…no, a whole bunch of the world needs changed…

…woah it really needs a revamp, because the story won’t work the way I had it…sigh…back to the drawing board…

Wow, now it works for that scene… 

…omg, this makes it so much better, this story is becoming a tale on epic proportions…the history itself is staggering!

There you have it,  I’ve taken a step back on the narrative to work on characters and world building again, but scenes are now flying at me even when I am busy at work. I have to get myself organized and keep notebooks everywhere. This writing thing is starting to become fun.