Now I'm at the opposite end of the writer's dilemma. It's not that I'm not having an idea on what to write about, but so many ideas keep flooding my head, I'm finding it hard to sort through the thoughts and capture them down. First there's the sequel for the Fallen and the Elect. Then there's the sequel for North of Elysium (that still needs to be proofed now that its had its first edit run. A whole new story line is building as well from a short story I had developed years ago. Its going to be based on "The House Xrion". More to come on that. Hmmm...I'll figure it out.
It's strange, you'd think with me liking to write, that blogging would be easy. It's just the opposite. When I write, a story is in my head where I can spew words onto the electronic page, jot down ideas and concepts on a scratch pad, or napkins, and then come back to them and maybe mosh it up a bit. I can then develop them or build it into the plot, casting off the chaff along the way. Here's where characters are born, or they continue to take shape; scenes can be crafted and plot lines fashioned from my story outline.
Blogging seems to be the presentation of a mini-essay quilted with different concepts and thoughts that hit the brain at a given moment, expounded upon, typed up, reviewed and then pushed into the world on the blog site. Yes, some of the same basic principles are used as if writing; a blog idea pops into my stream of consciousness, captured on whatever medium is around at the time, and then edited and posted. There's no true overall development enjoyment as if writing a short story, novella, or novel.
The positive of blogging though is I can begin to use it as mini-writing excursions. As I think about it, even just capturing fragments of thoughts and blogging them will keep me writing.
My nephew embarked a couple of months back on a trip across Europe to spend time on various organic farms. It's in support of an group/organization called WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming.
His updates are quite entertaining, insightful, and enlightening. I'd be remiss if I didn't share them. (I just wished he'd send some pictures to associate with the emails I'll be posting.) And he's fully aware I'll be posting these. :-) When you get to the "German Country Side", some context noted is concerning his birthplace. My nephew was born in Germany being an Army Brat.
Well, I'm taking these days off since being impacted by the shutdown of the Federal Government catching up on sorting through my recent mail, reviewing notes for a couple of story ideas I'm working on, and reviewing the edits recently completed by an editor I hired to work on "The Fallen and the Elect". She put a lot of work into project, and from what I had time to review so far, its been pretty good.
Now I have to also work on the Family Reunion site with this extra time. Just got a bunch of stuff from a cousin to peruse and post, so I definitely need to make the most of this free time. And by free, I just realized, I'm not getting paid for today. Ouch. I could go into a political tirade as to who I believe is right or left of being correct, but the fact of the matter is, what is the true impact to the day to day operation of other areas of country.
Yowza, I just remember I have a couple of other errands I need to run: oil change for the car, dry cleaning pick up, and grocery shopping.
A blog is born, barring the cliché from a would be author using a cliché. My focus is to provide information concerning works in progress, news on future projects, and a cross platform for interesting information and topics. These can actually spawn excellent background for new projects or enhancing those in progress. I definitely don't want this to be a place where I discuss what I ate for breakfast, how my day at work is going, or how's the weather. BTW, just for info, I live in Southern California so as most know, its generally warm. Enough said.
I also want to use the site and discuss the writing of other aspiring authors. One whose work I enjoyed, though it took a bit to understand at first, is called Alcener. It's a science fiction novel written by Cynthia Cordell. She initially started working on short stories and is working on another full novel.
Another aspiring author is Perry Covington. I hope his current project is going well and will post more when it’s available.