jasonandrew: (Rome)
The people that know me in person usually find me to be a confident person. Some of that is just a persona. I'm the sort of people that doesn't like to express doubts. I'm a private person in my real life and sharing some things just make me uncomfortable.

All of that said, this story scares me the living crap out of me. I worry that I am not a good enough writer to effectively draft this story. I feel like I am making occasional moves forward as a writer, but that every inch hurts like the last mile of a marathon.

My struggles with this story include:

There is a ton of research involved that captures the feeling of this time in history. How do I get the various historical details and nuances across without info dumps? The Roman culture was fascinating, but should I care of the reader understands every cultural difference?

The Roman era was a harsh time. This story involves some ruthless people. I worry that my main characters are not likeable enough. The three noble characters are pure evil bastards. The slaves are the most sympathetic ones. I need to make sure I can make these characters likeable enough that the reader wants to come along with condoning their actions.

I need to solidify and polish my writing style. The flow should be more lyrical. I want it be easily read and yet feel like an epic poem without being cheesy.

I did very little this weekend on the writing front, but I did daydream a great deal. I figured out how to structure the opening chapters. My weakness in the last two books was a slow first chapter. Ten years ago, I think you were allowed to have slower openings, but the trend these days is more action in the very beginning. I think I have this now.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
The people that know me in person usually find me to be a confident person. Some of that is just a persona. I'm the sort of people that doesn't like to express doubts. I'm a private person in my real life and sharing some things just make me uncomfortable.

All of that said, this story scares me the living crap out of me. I worry that I am not a good enough writer to effectively draft this story. I feel like I am making occasional moves forward as a writer, but that every inch hurts like the last mile of a marathon.

My struggles with this story include:

There is a ton of research involved that captures the feeling of this time in history. How do I get the various historical details and nuances across without info dumps? The Roman culture was fascinating, but should I care of the reader understands every cultural difference?

The Roman era was a harsh time. This story involves some ruthless people. I worry that my main characters are not likeable enough. The three noble characters are pure evil bastards. The slaves are the most sympathetic ones. I need to make sure I can make these characters likeable enough that the reader wants to come along with condoning their actions.

I need to solidify and polish my writing style. The flow should be more lyrical. I want it be easily read and yet feel like an epic poem without being cheesy.

I did very little this weekend on the writing front, but I did daydream a great deal. I figured out how to structure the opening chapters. My weakness in the last two books was a slow first chapter. Ten years ago, I think you were allowed to have slower openings, but the trend these days is more action in the very beginning. I think I have this now.

I am alive

Sep. 9th, 2010 12:16 am
jasonandrew: (Default)
I took a two week vacation from writing, the world, and stress after my last technical writing contract ended. The plan was to start again this week.

I've been sick the last few days. It seems many of my friends from PAX also caught the flu.

I did manage to complete my first draft of "The Doom That Fell Upon the Villa Diodati" and I have been very happy about that. I am letting it lie a day or so and then I will revise.

I also started "Asenath” and I am really enjoying it.

I've revisited the opening to the Mystical Rome novel and I finally think I have the first chapter right.

I am taking another vacation at the end of the month so I am hoping to get through as much work as I can before then.

I am alive

Sep. 9th, 2010 12:16 am
jasonandrew: (Default)
I took a two week vacation from writing, the world, and stress after my last technical writing contract ended. The plan was to start again this week.

I've been sick the last few days. It seems many of my friends from PAX also caught the flu.

I did manage to complete my first draft of "The Doom That Fell Upon the Villa Diodati" and I have been very happy about that. I am letting it lie a day or so and then I will revise.

I also started "Asenath” and I am really enjoying it.

I've revisited the opening to the Mystical Rome novel and I finally think I have the first chapter right.

I am taking another vacation at the end of the month so I am hoping to get through as much work as I can before then.
jasonandrew: (Default)
My mini-vacation is over.

I started reviewing a couple of potential freelance contracts. I might one day actually make a living at this.

I need to upgrade my homepage. I have been putting it off because of the ease of the wiki. I like certain aspects of it very well and I expect that I shall keep some of it around for my own use. However, I need a more presentable face to take that next step.

I am a little disappointed. Two stories I had on hold for several months were rejected. However, I did manage to make a big sale.

My novel has been progressing. I started and restarted the opening several times. I had to let go of some ideas that wouldn't go away. I think it works now.
jasonandrew: (Default)
My mini-vacation is over.

I started reviewing a couple of potential freelance contracts. I might one day actually make a living at this.

I need to upgrade my homepage. I have been putting it off because of the ease of the wiki. I like certain aspects of it very well and I expect that I shall keep some of it around for my own use. However, I need a more presentable face to take that next step.

I am a little disappointed. Two stories I had on hold for several months were rejected. However, I did manage to make a big sale.

My novel has been progressing. I started and restarted the opening several times. I had to let go of some ideas that wouldn't go away. I think it works now.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
All hail to the three day weekend.

I finished the draft of "Daughter of the Sky God" this afternoon. I really like the story. I am going to let it sit this weekend and then edit it next week.

I've been concentrating on short stories a great deal in the past months. However, I outlined a way to divide up the story for Mystical Rome into three parts for a single novel. However, I really seem to be growing with each short story. I'm really regrowing my love for words. I'm OK on holding it off for a little while. The Mystical Rome story is eventually going to be a real door stopper and honestly I'm having a lot of fun with short fiction.

I will restart my novel in August. That is when the anthology market always dries up and I will have more time to devote to it.

I made a little bit of progress on "Wooden Swords Made From Busted Grape Crates." I suspect writing this story will be a slow boil and I am OK with that.

I started "The Horses'Thunder Down in the Valley Below" for a magical southern anthology. This is the first of my new revamped Highway West series. I am liking this concept.

I've spent some time researching old vans from the 70s. There is a style I am thinking of that I can't quite identify. Edit: I found it. The 1977 Dodge Tradesman!!!!

I am also revamping a plot I had thought of for a Doctor Who anthology. I think the plot is too fun to wait until there is a new Doctor Who anthology coming out.
jasonandrew: (Default)
All hail to the three day weekend.

I finished the draft of "Daughter of the Sky God" this afternoon. I really like the story. I am going to let it sit this weekend and then edit it next week.

I've been concentrating on short stories a great deal in the past months. However, I outlined a way to divide up the story for Mystical Rome into three parts for a single novel. However, I really seem to be growing with each short story. I'm really regrowing my love for words. I'm OK on holding it off for a little while. The Mystical Rome story is eventually going to be a real door stopper and honestly I'm having a lot of fun with short fiction.

I will restart my novel in August. That is when the anthology market always dries up and I will have more time to devote to it.

I made a little bit of progress on "Wooden Swords Made From Busted Grape Crates." I suspect writing this story will be a slow boil and I am OK with that.

I started "The Horses'Thunder Down in the Valley Below" for a magical southern anthology. This is the first of my new revamped Highway West series. I am liking this concept.

I've spent some time researching old vans from the 70s. There is a style I am thinking of that I can't quite identify. Edit: I found it. The 1977 Dodge Tradesman!!!!

I am also revamping a plot I had thought of for a Doctor Who anthology. I think the plot is too fun to wait until there is a new Doctor Who anthology coming out.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
I started writing Chapter Two of my Mystical Rome novel this morning before work. I very much love this universe. Today was the first Mystical Rome game in two months.

My plan to slow down to enjoy the writing has ironically lead to an increased output.

I think "Dreaming in Dark Waters" has reached a word count around 3,000. [livejournal.com profile] insatia observed last week that my style is improving. That's high praise from her.

I sent out a number of submissions this week and so my fingers are officially crossed.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I started writing Chapter Two of my Mystical Rome novel this morning before work. I very much love this universe. Today was the first Mystical Rome game in two months.

My plan to slow down to enjoy the writing has ironically lead to an increased output.

I think "Dreaming in Dark Waters" has reached a word count around 3,000. [livejournal.com profile] insatia observed last week that my style is improving. That's high praise from her.

I sent out a number of submissions this week and so my fingers are officially crossed.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
I still do not yet have a proper title for the overall novel.

I did figure out how the story needs to be told. I was fighting this method because I had been afraid of falling into a mental trap. I have a habit of leasurely starts for my novels, which in the current environment will simply not do.

However, I think I hve assembled the proper pieces.

The novel will be divided into three books.

Book I: Seeds of the Eternal City
Book II: Sands of Infinity
Book III: The Soothsayer's Stratgem
jasonandrew: (Default)
I still do not yet have a proper title for the overall novel.

I did figure out how the story needs to be told. I was fighting this method because I had been afraid of falling into a mental trap. I have a habit of leasurely starts for my novels, which in the current environment will simply not do.

However, I think I hve assembled the proper pieces.

The novel will be divided into three books.

Book I: Seeds of the Eternal City
Book II: Sands of Infinity
Book III: The Soothsayer's Stratgem
jasonandrew: (Rome)
Last weekend, I attended NWRE. It was awesome. Most of the weekend will be chronicled in the next Tales of the Miscreant Monkey Crew article.

However, there was a special occurrence that I wanted to discuss here. I was asked by the NWRE staff to assist with a writer's panel. I have thus far avoided writer's panels when invited as I've always felt "like an egg" to quote Stranger in a Strange Land.

The panel seemed to go very well and those that attended seemed to appreciate what I had to say. The other guests were Jason Carl (who wrote a lot of the Mind's Eye Theater material for White Wolf) and novelist Ree Soesbee. I am not too proud to admit that I learned a great deal from my fellow panelists.

This weekend, I needed a break. Four days of wild parties, hard-core gaming, and late nights wore on my constitution. This week at work I felt exhausted. I went to bed early all week.

Friday, I watched Stargate Universe and then napped. I've really started to enjoy this series. It is everything that Star Trek Voyager could have been.

I woke early on Saturday and then visited the Half-Price Books Warehouse Sale. I secured a number of paperbacks and history books that I have been craving. And then I had lunch with Mario.

I returned home and spent the next six hours writing. I managed to make some progress on my magical pirate story titled "The Elixir of Tears."

And then, completely by surprise, I started my next novel I had been having trouble figuring out to tell the story in the universe I've been working on for almost a year and a half. Once I decided that I could simply split the novel into books ala The Lord of the Rings, everything else fell into place.

And so, I'm very glad that I've finally started my Mystical Rome novel. I think the title might be The Soothsayer's Stratagem. I'm not certain if that works or not.
jasonandrew: (Default)
Last weekend, I attended NWRE. It was awesome. Most of the weekend will be chronicled in the next Tales of the Miscreant Monkey Crew article.

However, there was a special occurrence that I wanted to discuss here. I was asked by the NWRE staff to assist with a writer's panel. I have thus far avoided writer's panels when invited as I've always felt "like an egg" to quote Stranger in a Strange Land.

The panel seemed to go very well and those that attended seemed to appreciate what I had to say. The other guests were Jason Carl (who wrote a lot of the Mind's Eye Theater material for White Wolf) and novelist Ree Soesbee. I am not too proud to admit that I learned a great deal from my fellow panelists.

This weekend, I needed a break. Four days of wild parties, hard-core gaming, and late nights wore on my constitution. This week at work I felt exhausted. I went to bed early all week.

Friday, I watched Stargate Universe and then napped. I've really started to enjoy this series. It is everything that Star Trek Voyager could have been.

I woke early on Saturday and then visited the Half-Price Books Warehouse Sale. I secured a number of paperbacks and history books that I have been craving. And then I had lunch with Mario.

I returned home and spent the next six hours writing. I managed to make some progress on my magical pirate story titled "The Elixir of Tears."

And then, completely by surprise, I started my next novel I had been having trouble figuring out to tell the story in the universe I've been working on for almost a year and a half. Once I decided that I could simply split the novel into books ala The Lord of the Rings, everything else fell into place.

And so, I'm very glad that I've finally started my Mystical Rome novel. I think the title might be The Soothsayer's Stratagem. I'm not certain if that works or not.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
"The Three Gates to Agony" is turning into a full fledged novella.

I think it will be about 15,000 words or so. This is far too large for the anthology in which it was intended, but I am very much enjoying discovering the story.

I started a mini-prequel of this novella featuring the character Valeria Valerius Terza, the vestial virgins, and some of the more political aspects of the universe. The working title is "The Business of Rome" or "Upon the Backs of Your Children."

The deadline for this anthology is three weeks away so I need to buckle down and finish this.

I have another invite to an anthology in which another Mystical Rome character may get to appear. This story will feature the slave Ian. I am very excited about this.
jasonandrew: (Default)
"The Three Gates to Agony" is turning into a full fledged novella.

I think it will be about 15,000 words or so. This is far too large for the anthology in which it was intended, but I am very much enjoying discovering the story.

I started a mini-prequel of this novella featuring the character Valeria Valerius Terza, the vestial virgins, and some of the more political aspects of the universe. The working title is "The Business of Rome" or "Upon the Backs of Your Children."

The deadline for this anthology is three weeks away so I need to buckle down and finish this.

I have another invite to an anthology in which another Mystical Rome character may get to appear. This story will feature the slave Ian. I am very excited about this.
jasonandrew: (Cleopatra)
Are there any good D&D 4.0 books about ancient civilizations?

It would be keen to not have to make up everything. And to be able to plug in some random creative equipment that seems right for the era.

I've been expanding the Mystical Rome based on my notes and changes in the campaign. I really love the players involved. I think this group has the best mix of players I've had in a while.

http://jasonbandrew.wikidot.com/mystical-rome
jasonandrew: (Default)
Are there any good D&D 4.0 books about ancient civilizations?

It would be keen to not have to make up everything. And to be able to plug in some random creative equipment that seems right for the era.

I've been expanding the Mystical Rome based on my notes and changes in the campaign. I really love the players involved. I think this group has the best mix of players I've had in a while.

http://jasonbandrew.wikidot.com/mystical-rome

Life Update

Jul. 1st, 2009 09:18 am
jasonandrew: (Love)
Blue Writer needs sleep badly.

My lovely wife has been out of town for almost two weeks. I don't think I've gotten a decent night's sleep since then.

We've lived together for almost ten years now. And while we fight and bicker, we always have each other. And, I needz my wife in my bed to sleep right.

Mystical Rome went decent last night. The players took neither of the options, but went their own course. This time it did not involve the gratuitous abuse of beggars. And when they discovered that mighty Caesar was bringing roman legions across the Rubicon, they were properly outraged.

A friend Dave McGrath pointed out an old Victorian game that would be perfect for the setting of the Doom That Fell Upon the Villa Diodat. Here is a link so I can find it later. http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/snapdragon.html

Life Update

Jul. 1st, 2009 09:18 am
jasonandrew: (Default)
Blue Writer needs sleep badly.

My lovely wife has been out of town for almost two weeks. I don't think I've gotten a decent night's sleep since then.

We've lived together for almost ten years now. And while we fight and bicker, we always have each other. And, I needz my wife in my bed to sleep right.

Mystical Rome went decent last night. The players took neither of the options, but went their own course. This time it did not involve the gratuitous abuse of beggars. And when they discovered that mighty Caesar was bringing roman legions across the Rubicon, they were properly outraged.

A friend Dave McGrath pointed out an old Victorian game that would be perfect for the setting of the Doom That Fell Upon the Villa Diodat. Here is a link so I can find it later. http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/snapdragon.html

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