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Daily Log: 2018-10-15

Hey Crew,

My apologies for a short post tonight. Still a bit tired from the drive back from Ensenada and doing a number of small things yesterday. Couldn’t get the old brain kickstarted today. I will do better tomorrow.

I did get a few hundred words written. On that, I’ll also do better tomorrow. But progress is progress and I’m happy that I’m getting even a little done every day. It’s a few words closer than I was at the start of the day.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

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Daily Log: 2018-10-14

Hey Crew,

Wow, am I tired. A good tired, though. I’m about to go to bed and sleep hard. Tomorrow will be back to the regular early schedule.

So this weekend we spent south of the border down in Ensenada. Great fun going down there. My father-in-law has a house down there and we go down there semi-regularly. It’s quiet. There are lots of great places to eat, and it is so inexpensive. It’s not too far of a drive (actual driving is about an hour and there’s always wait times at the border and wait times at the toll booths). Still, a nice drive. We got down there before the rains started so that was a plus.

While there, I experimented with writing on my phone since I’d brought my thumb drive with my writing on it, yet forgot my writing computer. I’m glad I just started V&A3 so I wasn’t too deep in the book. I still know where Chapter 1 is going. After that, it’s all up in the air. We’ll find out together what happened to B.T. Justice since they last met. We’ll get to find out what adventure awaits the crew. I know they’ll be leaving the galaxy on a delivery that will take them to a nearby cluster. I’ve got many plans for what’ll happen to them, but not sure exactly when things will occur, or even if what I have planned will occur. Again, we’ll find out together.

As for the writing on my phone. Hated it. Didn’t like it at all. I got around 750 words written over the two days. I did that tonight also without really trying. I would do more, but my brain is screaming sleep!

I’m going to listen to it and get to bed early.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-13

Hey Crew,

No blog word for tonight. Typing on the phone is hard, but I got a few hundred words in last night and today again. We are off to dinner so here are a few pictures of the view and the sunset.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-12

Hey Crew,

Short post tonight. Why? I’m nowhere near my writing computer. It’s an hour and a half away. No, I’m not in Disneyland, though my Favorite Daughter was last night.

We took an impromptu trip down to Ensenada. So I’m typing this up on my phone

I still plan to try and write even though I forgot the computer. I won’t rack up big numbers because I’m used to typing on a real keyboard and not this phone keypad thing.

Just typing up this post is painful. Ah well. Keeping the writing streak alive. I’m off to write a couple hundred words at least πŸ™‚

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-11

Hey Crew,

Wow, I’d forgotten just how much I enjoy the banter with the crew of the SS Acid Rat. It’s so easy and flows as if I’d never left the bunch behind. Already the crew is arguing as they’re trying to get off their home base to keep from being blown up with it.

I am, however, having to circle back into V&A2 to pick up descriptions of a couple of characters and to remember a little bit of what happened at the end of book 2. Besides that, it’s flowing well. I need to be able to type faster than normal because this one is starting out with a bang. πŸ™‚

I’m writing into the dark on this book. Somewhat. I have a very vague idea what I want to happen, but very vague. Beyond that, this entire book is a mystery for me. As I’d said before, I think that’s what made getting to the end of Almost-Super Heroes 2 so difficult and so painful. It’s not that I didn’t like the characters. It’s that I already knew the ending and was just trying to get there. Yes, I had a couple of surprises along the way. I just knew where the end was at and wrote to it.

This one? As I said, I know a couple basic events.Β  That’s about it. ASH2 set up VA3 nicely with a lot of backstory that’ll be important in VA3, but you won’t need to read ASH2 for VA3 to make sense.

Perhaps I should explain.

V&A Shipping and Giant Robot Planetary Competition are two different series in the same universe that takes place in the far, distant future. Almost-Super Heroes takes place in present day. Roughly a decade after Joey left the planet and became the Stowaway in V&A1. So all three are in the same universe.

My plan is to write all three series as a set you can read alone. Each book will tell a full story with some threads that carry to the next book. Not truly episodic. You’d still need to read them in order, but each series can be read without knowledge of the others.

If you choose to read all the books in each series, you’ll get a much bigger picture of the universe as a whole. Lots of little hints dropped across each book that will tie everything together.

And if you’re following along, once I get through the 4th book in each series (12 books total), I will be writing a Military Sci-Fi Trilogy. Yes, all 12 books will lead up to an Epic war on a scale I’m not 100% certain of yet. I won’t know until I write all the other books. I don’t want to plan too far ahead because if I do, I’ll get bored and stop writing. I’d rather not know what’s going to happen until I write into it. Keeps it exciting for me as well and I tend to write faster when I’m excited.

Long story short, I’m having fun and hope this book flies from my fingers to the page. I’d love to get it done so I can jump into GRPC3 also. I’m having fun writing again. That’s the biggest takeaway from today. Tomorrow, there’ll be more words.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-10

Hey Crew,

Great day today. Took the puppies for a morning walk (and my knees complained all day, dang it. Did the day job, went to the weekly writer’s meeting, my favorite daughter got an award from school…

That’s more interesting than anything I’ll say. πŸ™‚

She was one of 20 students out of the 500 new students who started in the past year, to get an excellence award based on their academic progress and the work they’ve done on projects. How can she not be My Favorite Daughter?

She’s awesome. #justsaying

Back around to me. Getting done with Almost-Super Heroes 2 last night felt great. I rode that high and after a number of home-related events, got to working on V&A Shipping 3.

I’m excited to be back in this series. I love the characters. June, Joey, Vic, Dexter, Argmon, all the pesky AIs, and robots. Random crew members that Vic picks up from time-to-time. It’s great fun. I haven’t even gotten to Sheriff B.T. Justice and Junior. I can’t wait to get into their heads once more.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the characters in ASH and GRPC. Those characters are great in their own right. V&A Shipping was the second series of books I ever started writing. Of Gnomes and Dwarves being the first. It was the first book I brought to life by podcasting it. These voices are personal to me. Each character. Everything they do. It’s weird to think I have a history with all of them.

Then I start to think what I’ve done and what I’m doing. It can be a little overwhelming. I’m writing 3 different series. I’ll be adding a fourth once I get 4 books in each series done. I’ll be doing fifteen books. Each series has its own cast. Not small casts either. Each has dozens of characters even if there are only a few POV characters. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to keep straight.

How? How does someone keep all these characters from getting all mixed up?

Honestly, for me, it’s simple. I’ve read more than one book at a time (and comics). I didn’t get the characters mixed up. I watched more than one TV show over a period of time. Didn’t bother me in the slightest and I’d remember the characters. Why would writing be any different? I guessΒ  I’ve got a spot inside my head for each character and each voice, each personality. Little tics and quirks. Things that make every character special.

To me, that’s the fun of writing. Exploring a story from a different way of thinking than my own. It makes it more challenging. Exciting. I enjoy sitting down to write and making worlds come to life.

If it weren’t fun, I’d find something else to occupy my time. Really, it’d be that simple. I wouldn’t torture myself doing something I wasn’t enjoying.

Right now, I’m off to enjoy some sleep. It’s been a LONG day. Tomorrow is another LONG day.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-09

Hey Crew,

This will be the last really short post. I promise.

First book of the year is complete!

Tonight, finally, hit ‘the end’ on Almost-Super Heroes 2. The book, currently, weighs in around 100,000 words (100,068 to be exact). I’m sure there will be some that will hit the cutting room floor as part of what I wrote was me finding my way to the story. I’ll weigh the pros and cons of each chapter before taking the ax out.

But it’s done. I’m excited tomorrow to be jumping into V&A Shipping 3. I’ve had that first chapter nagging my brain for a month now and I’m pretty sure that’s a large part of what was slowing me down on ASH2. Now that I’ve gotten one task out of the way, it’s time to tackle another.

I had wanted to be done with ASH2 and V&A 3 prior to NaNoWriMo, but hey, I’m still going to try and write 3 more books before the end of the year. I discovered one step, turning off the darn TV.

It’s a big step and I’m still finding myself itchy and reaching for the remote, but the more I stay away, the more words I’ll get done. The country will solve the problems without me. Doesn’t mean I won’t stay informed and won’t vote. Those are things that are very important to me.

So it writing. And I can do something about my writing right now. I can’t fix the country until it’s time to vote.

On that note, 4am will get here too early. I’m off to bed.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-08

Hey Crew,

Another long, tiring day. Up too late the night before. Up too early this morning. I’m going to change that by going to bed as soon as I write this short post (sorry, short yet again).

I did, however, take a nap in the middle of the day. I’m not used to that, but I was so drained, I didn’t have a choice.

I only got, roughly, 500 words in. I had hoped to be done with ASH2. This is the final chapter I’m in and probably 1500 words from ‘the end’. I WILL get this done tomorrow. I won’t confront my writing group without a completed book on Wednesday πŸ™‚

This one is taking way too long for me to finish. I know what. I understand what happened. I plan to make corrections for V&A3 which I’m VERY excited to jump into as soon as I can ASH2 completed.

I hope to have a better progress report for you tomorrow.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-07

Hey Crew,

Another later night (for me) and another short post. Longer posts will resume tomorrow.

Got nearly 750 words done today despite a busy day. I’m one chapter away from ‘the end’ and I’ll knock that out in the morning. I was going to try and do it tonight but, 1) I’m tired and 2) I need to get up at 4am. So best for me to go to bed and hit it first thing in the morning and I’ll start on V&A 3 in the evening.

We had a great time at my niece’s 1st birthday party. Always a wonderful time spent with family. She is a very happy little baby and so much fun. We had gotten her a little wooden stroller for her dolls and she was holding onto it and cruising all over the party hall. So adorable.

We had a little excitement seeing the SpaceX launch up in the sky over San Diego. if you follow me on any social media, I got a great picture of it.

My eyes are burning from being open too long. I’m off to bed. More tomorrow.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Daily Log: 2018-10-06

Hey Crew,

Short blog post tonight. As I said, going to be a busy weekend.

I did, however, get nearly 2000 words done today. If all goes right, I’ll be done with ASH2 tomorrow before we need to go to the birthday party. So it was a good day.

Need to get up early (but not too early) tomorrow.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!