Future plans

I seem to write a lot about my future. I have plans. I am going places. Well…  Not physically going places, but my career is. My plan is to become a full-time author and I do have a plan. The plan is simple on paper. I could almost explain it in steps. Step One. Write a novel. Status: Done. Step Two. Write a second novel. Status: Done. Okay. I’ll stop being funny and I’ll be serious. The real plan, simply put, is to write and publish enough novels to earn a living from the sale of the books. I plan on publishing my books on Amazon as an indie publisher. To break it down, it means that in order to generate enough sales is to write and publish a book every two to three months. That is a tall order. Most people write a single book a year and I must write between 6 to 10 books each year. To do

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Story Ideas: How to use an idea and turn it into something your own.

Youtube sucks. More importantly, it is a time suck. I get stuck on it and I watch videos. I lose track of time and then nothing gets done. But sometimes I find inspiration in the piles of videos. So I came across this:   I am a fan of the show. I own a couple seasons, but I haven’t found the time to finish watching all of them. I do watch some of the battle scenes on Youtube as they tend to be well done and are fairly close to historically accurate for TV/ Movies. For those that aren’t familiar with the show, the story of the series is the one of Ragnar Lodbrok. Ragnar was a Norse Chieftain and then king in the 9th Century. He was the father of historical figures like Ivar the Boneless, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba. I am not going to go into too many details about the series, but I will

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Update: Writing, life and the family

I know that it has been a bit and my posts have dropped off. I apologize for that. My day job has gone nuts and I have spent a couple weeks doing 10 hr days. The pay will be great. After the greedy governments takes there cut. Anyways. That has taken a lot of time from my writing and other thing time. I have pushed some things aside so that I have time to think. I am only working on one writing project a day at the moment. The others will be there once I get more time. I am also wanting to work on the house more. I need to get it done. I am tired of living in reno-land. It is not pretty and there is no cookies. I was promised cookies. Anyways. The family is going good. My 5 yr old girl is singing and dancing to everything. We have to be careful to what we put

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Futurism: Part Two

In part one, I talked about how the first colonists got off of the Earth and some of the reason’s behind it. In this post, I am going to talk about more specifics on how a corporation could make money sending people to space. The first question the inevitably comes up is the extraordinary cost of getting anything into space. I’ll leave the politics out, but that basics of it is that it will cost approximately $10,000 per kg to send anything into Low Earth Orbit and approximately $30,000 per kg to send anything into Geosynchronous Orbit. Please note that LEO is anything around 160km to 2000km above the surface of the earth, while Geosynchronous Orbit is 35,786km above the surface of the earth. That means that it currently costs $75,000 to send an average human into LEO and 2.25 million to send one to Geosynchronous Orbit. That price tag is huge. Impossibly huge. It is a huge barrier to human

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Rambling: Encouraging others to write.

In many ways I am an enabler. I enjoy having others find enjoyment in things that I find enjoyment in. That I have passion in. I enjoy it so much that I don’t shut up about it. I have been criticized for obsessing about my passions and my interests. Is that criticism justified? Warranted? Probably. I know that I obsess over things. It is how I am able to write about my books. Fix my house. Go to work or get out of bed. By obsessing over things, I am able to focus on something long enough to see results in that avenue. Even if I wish that I can hit the snooze button again and go back to sleep. My obsessions is what gets me into trouble and out of trouble. (Like watching 18 hours of a game on Let’s play and then buying it for way too much money.) I obsess with keeping a roof over my kids

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The Horror! The Torture! The College Students!

Well. It’s been a while since I talked to you all. Today I am going to talk to you about perspective and beginner writers. There are many different people that will have there own opinion and knowledge on the subject. Many of whom are much smarter than I am and are much better writers as well. But today I am going to give my opinion on the subject as I am an opinionated S.O.B. and I feel like standing on the soap box. You see, yesterday I wrote the majority of this blog post in a tiny note book as I was being tortured by an unspeakable horror. I was taken captive by my wife to go to listen to her college creative writing class read portions of there ‘manuscripts’. (Please note that I did find about four of the story exerts enjoyable. My wife’s was included in that number.) I use the term manuscript lightly. In there defense, they

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Four Books

Wow. I mean wow. After I did the blog about productivity and stuff, I started to think about the projects that I have on the go. I have my ‘When the Lights Go Out’, ‘Culture Shock’, ‘Space Courier’, and ‘Felix the Swift Part One’. But that is nothing that I haven’t  blogged about before. I have been talking about them since I have started this blog. Here is the wow. Before a day ago, I had three of those books in some part of editing. Some needing more edits than others. One in particular might not get published. After I started think about my projects and the discussion on the Dead Robots Society Podcast about publishing series of books as the way to make money. Also about how there is a trend for shorter length work. Which I am not against writing. I came to a conclusion. My Felix the Swift book. Originally started as a single novel with bits

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Productivity

I have a dream. (Enter rest of song from Tangled here.) Anyways. My 5 year goal consists of me making my living from writing novels and other creative pursuits. To do that I have a plan. And you have to have a plan. There is no way to get a to a goal other than to have a plan. So what is my plan. Easy. Well. Kinda. It is to be able to write six novels a year. That means writing everyday. No stopping. No days off. No fun. Kidding. Kinda. Days off are fine. As long as the work gets done. As long as the projects get completed and published. The way to do that is to vary the length of the projects. I have ideas for longer works as well as shorter works. By varying lengths I am able to complete more publishable works than if  I did one long work. Writing a 500k word novel is good

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Outline vs Discovery Writing: The Battle Continues

It is time to enter the battle. The epic battle between Outliners and Discovery Writers. Both sides are frothing at the mouth and ready to fight it out. Ink will fly. Paper will ripe. Okay that metaphor died on arrival. My thoughts on Outliners and Discovery writers. Notice that I called it Discovery Writing and not Pantsers. I find that the term Pantsers doesn’t do the writing method justice. I think that it is a little bit of a low blow in the epic fight. Well. It makes you think that you have no idea what you are doing. That you are just winging it and have no idea what you are doing. That your inability to want to create an outline means that you are somehow incompetent in writing. The discovery writers, however, don’t like to feel confined in an outline. They don’t want to miss the spontaniousness that comes with discovery writing. What does this mean for me and

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Update

Good news everybody. Well, news. Well… how do you start these blogs anyways. Anyways. Last night I managed to finish the first draft of the my middle-grade sci-fi book. Well book 1 of it. It is going to be one book of six. Of many many season’s if my son has any say on it. So I have ‘When the lights go out’ in the beta readers. I am editing ‘Culture Shock’ right now and Book 1 of ‘Space Courier’ is now marinating. That means that I am now working on editing my ‘Culture Shock’ book and I still have to finish my ‘Felix the Swift’ book. My wife dug out a large pile of my note books. The note books have bits and pieces of different stories and story ideas. I have a problem. I am going to spend some time to organize them and sort them out. I am hoping to find some half finished stuff that I

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