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  1. Chapter Sixteen

    I got a slow start on Chapter Sixteen. It was strangely like my report on Thirteen. I knew a lot about what should happen in Sixteen, but a lot of it was more relaxed activity than the last two chapters, which were full of tense action.

    I finally got started mid-afternoon, and by early evening I had a thousand words. My wife taunted me with the conclusion I wouldn't get a full chapter in, but this chapter came in thousand word segments, and I got in three more, finally finding another ...
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  2. Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen

    I got started writing at about one in the afternoon. As I flirted with my morning's thoughts: after a short paragraph of exposition I launched into dialogue. Chapter Fourteen emerged, but I filled up my quota for the chapter long before I ran out of the ideas that were supposed to be included. Somewhere around 4100 words I wrote a line which needed to end a chapter. So I wrote the line "Chapter Fifteen" and kept going.

    4400 words later I wrote another line that needed to end ...
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  3. Chapter Thirteen

    After writing twelve pretty easy chapters, and bragging to everyone in sight at my incredible productivity on this WIP, I came to Chapter Thirteen. Being a lifelong contrarian, it's a number I don't fear.

    And as opposed to the last few chapters where I typed the chapter heading and had nothing specific in mind for 'what happens next', I knew a lot about what should happen next in Chapter Thirteen. It's possible I knew too much. I sat, and I sat. Then I took a nap. In fairness, I hadn't ...
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  4. The Mystery Project

    [duplicated from a post in "What are you doing now?]

    Just put the finishing touches on Chapter 12 of my WIP, which was a totally unexpected project, and may have zero chance of being marketable.

    About 50 years ago I read a book by a famous author, and it was written about 16 years before that. I've always been dissatisfied in the conclusion to the book, because it left a young character's future completely open, with his primary aspiration unfulfilled. Here's problem ...
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  5. Making Music

    Although I was unable to complete the NaPo this year, I have been managing to find time to make music. I recently finished composing all the rhythm tracks for a seven song EP, culminating in my magnum opus "Flight of the Reaper" which has been burried in the music forum.

    Sigh.



    Anyway, this song marks the beginning of my second compositional effort, an LP. The first of maybe 10 or 11 songs I will compile together. ...
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  6. The lows of High Book Pricing

    A thousand pardons if I come off like a rant. I'm a mashup between J.A. Konrath and Harlan Ellison. I'm a writer advocate and defender of the written word. I also watch the industry like a stealthy Sasquatch. These articles are always meant for Guerrilla Warfare for Writers, my down and dirty blog. There is no BS here. Maybe some inaccuracies. I don't even like posting these articles to my YA website--no one reads me there anyway. I hope you suffer me well.

    First and foremost, ...
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  7. a mother sized hole

    i donít have much to say today. motherís day is a hard day for me to be okay with. my mother has borderline and narcissistic personality disorder. the former causes her moods to be unstable, as well as her relationships. the latter results in emotional abuse of her family.

    as such, itís hard for me to be thankful today. rather than being a day dedicated to recognizing the past and what sheís taught me, it quickly becomes a day of rumination and sadness.
    my mother refused to eat ...
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  8. Bluebells

    There is a small wood near where I live, close by my town, which is steeped in history. At the northern edge of the wood, there's a walk along an earthen dyke, which formed part of the pre-Roman defence system. A few hundred yards to the east there is a barrow, a large mound of earth, housing the remains of some long-forgotten Bronze Age Chieftain.

    I may well be wrong, but it feels like this small piece of woodland is a remnant of the ancient forests that covered most of Britain at ...
  9. grey clouds

    been a bit since i updated on here. i feel a little rusty, but weíll give it a go. since my last post, iíve been working from home.
    with that, however, my room has become my office on top of general chill out and live area.

    so iíll wake up, turn on my computer and be at work. cool. 10 hours later, iím done workingÖbut still at work.
    itís a weird ocean for me to navigate, i tend to need separation of work and home.

    except iíve been working on it. i wake up
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  10. INIQUITY: BACH FROM HELL


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    Iniquity is one of those bands that on paper sounds almost too good to be true. They're a tech death band, famed for their elaborate and highly indulgent solos, yet they still somehow manage to have that vicious blood-splattered, puke-stinking quality that so often evades the more technical side of the scene. That's probably because they aren't scared to just be brutal--crushing riffs and back-breaking drums are the meat-and-potatoes of this band, ...
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