Sunday, November 4, 2012
Ranty, Updatey Bloggity-Blog
This isn't a real post, but I've tried to put in a few useful bits at the end.
As you can probably note, I'm working on posting weekly to this blog, updating every Sunday or Monday. Eventually I hope to add to this with guest blogs and book reviews, but for now I'm stoked to be doing the weekly thing.
November is NaNoWriMo. And if you are wondering, the only part of that I see is the "No"part. It might as well say NoNoNoNo because that's my answer to that. Not that there's anything wrong with NaNoWriMo, I don't see the problem with typing 50,000 words in a month, or typing that many in a month on one project. I just can't do it right now, and that's it. Maybe someday. But not now.
I've been working full time hours six days a week in a crazy inconsistent part-time schedule. I was pounding away at Matilda's first book but that has trickled into tapping and tinkering away, though I still hope to have the book out by the end of February. Then I have a non-fiction book I will delve into and begin the transition of making my AJ name geared primarily toward non-fiction and sociology writing. I'm kind of nervous about said transition, since 19 Years is a fun PC historical time-travel.
But A) it's only been a week since the first book signing, I have some time and B) I can blog about the experience here! Hooray!
I have some posts in the works about composing and writing, so I suppose I will try to be helpful to my fellow writers who are NaNo-ing and post them in the next few weeks. I also want to look at reading behavior and since I've been helping run a Writer's Roundtable, editing has been heavy on my mind as well. So stay tuned, won't you?
All right, I'll close it up now. Here are some good quotes. Everyone loves good quotes.
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.
I don't have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.
If every library is in some sense a reflection of its readers, it is also an image of that which we are not, and cannot be.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
And lastly, a personal favorite of mine,
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.