I've been wanting to blog about this for a while, but I've held back 'cause I wanted to post the link to it.
I have my own column!
And yes, I'm having too much fun with the Smuggler puns and metaphors.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of writing style I develop as I write these columns. That's been one of the largest reasons I've wanted a column. Most columnists I enjoy reading tend to have a very relaxed, yet still professional style and voice, and it remains consistent throughout each column. That's kind of what I want. I want to have fun, but at the same time, be informative. I think I pulled it off in the first one. It was fun to write.
Now to attempt to get an audience. That's a beast all of its own!
In other news, I have an interesting FORCE Junkies article recently up, as well as a Rift Junkies article.
In the fiction world, I've been attempting to write at least 500 fiction words a day, even if it's just a little blip that I may or may not use for a story or novel later on. It's basically an exercise in getting creative juices flowing daily, which is something that I do need work on. Years ago, I used to write every day, without fail, but in these past years, it's been increasingly difficult. I know that if I can find that magical plateau again, where the words flow as easily as they once did, I'll be able to really get some major short story and novel work done, and thus out into the publishing circuit. But until then... it's slow.
I keep trying to figure out why exactly it's so much harder than it once was, and I come up with a lot of random reasons: I don't live by myself anymore, I have much more to worry about besides just schoolwork, I don't have a working laptop at the moment (that one I plan on remedying for sure), and yeah, I have other things I need to write, that usually end up taking priority. I still get distracted pretty easily, too, which never helps. I think I may just need to work on balancing my time a little better, and uh, get distracted less.
The exercise has been pretty successful so far. Some nights I end up doing more of a free write, but that's fine. I ended up getting a short story idea out of it, and have been slowly making progress on that. This story's a bit of an experiment for me. We'll see how it ends up.
I've also been starting to edit my novel from last year's NaNoWriMo. It's still unfinished, unfortunately, since I kind of chucked it into a dark corner after last November was finished. It's at exactly 50k words too, go figure. At the time of its chucking, I thought it all kinds of terrible things wrong with it, but you know, after reading it a year later-- it doesn't seem too bad. Isn't that how it always is? A chapter or two need some serious tweaking, but other than that, most of it's quite solid. I was debating whether or not I liked it in its 1st person point of view, but you know, I think I pull it off rather well. I'll keep it that way for now. Hopefully it'll start seeing progress. I'd love to finish it.
One of these days I'll get in the habit of blogging more often. Maybe!