Thursday, 4 July 2013

Random Chatter and Exploding Computers

Hey all,

Fair warning, this post meanders about a fair bit. If you’re expecting a cohesive analysis of my writing, turn back now; most of what I talk about today is outside the book.

So, right off the bat, I’ve done pretty much no writing since I posted my last blog. My GPU went on Monday and I wasn’t able to boot up my computer without getting a blue screen and all sorts of artifacts. What this means is that I really had no access to the current version of my book; so all I was left to do was putter about in my journal and try to find a new video card using my phone. It was also about a billion degrees, so, not the most productive week as you might imagine. The good news, though, is that I fixed my computer, and will be back to my writing tomorrow—yay.

One of the more annoying aspects of not being able to write was that, as I had discussed on Monday, I’d had a ‘eureka’ moment in regards to my plotlines. I really wanted to get back into my work and punch away at the newly streamlined story. But alas, I was stuck with a journal that was filled with terribly recent ideas. I tend to only use my journal as reference material, or as a place to fiddle with things that are giving me issues in the actual book. I’ve not been able to work, and so I had a distinct lack of new book problems to work through.

In other news, the final impact of the last free day on Amazon seems to have come about now. Whenever I have a free day, I sell a few extra copies. I’m not sure why, as they seem to take a couple days to roll in—maybe people tell their friends? I don’t know.

Also, I’m once again registering for the Three Day Novel Contest. Their website is, I believe, in the ‘things I like’ section of my site. The pre-registration (cheaper) time is nearly up, so if you plan on participating, now would be the time to get your entry in. It’s a fun contest, even for people who have never written anything before. Having that three day deadline really makes you just sit down and get to it—it sets your brain on fire, and even if you don’t finish as well as you’d like, you still have the core of a solid novel.

And on another, entirely unrelated topic, my delightful girlfriend, Charlotte, bought tickets to see Neil Gaiman read from his new book in August. They added a few shows to the tour, one of which was in Vancouver. She noticed, and thought that it would make for a mighty fine birthday present. I’m on the verge of being ecstatic, as Neil Gaiman is one of my, if not my most, favorite authors. I do believe I get to have a book signed as well, which will of course be my copy of American Gods (Charlotte is bringing Coraline), since it’s my favorite book ever. It should be fun.


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