Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Writing Wednesday: Mind Your Own Biscuits and Life Will Be Gravy

After being away for nearly a month, it's time for a new WRITING WEDNESDAY!

What I'm Reading
Image from Amazon.com

I just finished Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Cresent Moon. At first, I liked it a lot. And then, about halfway through, it went from, "I'm really enjoying this," to "OMG I MUST FINISH PUT THIS BOOK IN MY BRAINHOLES AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH YYEEEEEEEESSSSS."

The book is amazing, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the sequel.

In the meantime, I've just started Myke Cole's Shadow Ops: Control Point. I'm really enjoying that one as well.

What I'm Writing

I am currently about 400 words shy of 30,000 words in Werewolf Bar Mitzvah: SPOOKY, SCARY! Just like this blog, I took a bit of unintentional time off because while I love my new job, it's also very stressful and very busy and the schedule isn't always predictable. When I did actually have a few days off in a row, I was out of town celebrating my wife's birthday.

As I'm writing, I'm already aware of some big flaws. I don't think it's the young writer "omg, this is poo poo Imma quit" type of thing. But I have two plots going, and while plot B is interesting, dynamic, messy, and human, plot A feels like it's very by the numbers, doing things to advance the plot. For now, I'm just rolling with it because I'm afraid to go back and revise before I finish. I've never gotten this far in writing something before, so I'm committed to getting to the end. But I'm already coming up with ways I can improve the book on my second draft.

What Works For Me

Being happy? I'm working at a job that, for the first time in my working career, doesn't make me miserable. Even though I'm making way less money than I was at my old job, I'm actually happy. I like the environment, and I like the job.

It's interesting how significantly your mood can improve when you're not spending your days hating every single moment you're not at home. It takes a significant psychic toll.

It's also possible my mood has improved because I've been getting a bit of exercise in by biking to work. I've learned that, of all the land-based exercises, biking is the one I like the most. I hate running with a fiery passion and doing it felt like the worst kind of masochism. But biking? Maybe it's because I get to go farther, faster, and see more, but it's just infinitely more enjoyable to me.

I mean, don't get me wrong, my baseline self is still "couch slug." But it's nice that I've found some exercise that doesn't make me want to set myself on fire to avoid it.

What Else I've Been Up To

We're currently still plugging away at Friday Night Lights which I really enjoy. I think my wife thinks I don't enjoy it because I have very passionate emotional responses to things happening on screen, but I do really, really enjoy it. Don't really like Coach Taylor, though. I mean...I guess he's okay, but he's pretty much constantly putting football over things that it seems most normal humans would say were more important.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.
That said, if you ever want to know what it was like living where I did growing up, especially my outside-the-US friend, just watch Friday Night Lights. I didn't live in Texas, but that show is like a snapshot of my adolescent years. Sometimes it's so accurate, it's a little scary.

Beyond that, I've been semi-forcing my wife to watch Dragon Ball Z Kai. I recognize that, honestly, Dragon Ball Z is kind of a terrible show. But I love it so much. And I don't know if I could ever watch the original again--not just because the pacing is horrible, but because it would take waaaay too long. But Kai? Dude, that show almost moves at a bullet's pace. Fights feel like they have actual weight and stakes. The dialogue isn't so much filler and bullshit. It actually gets to the point--at least, better than the original. There are still some things about it where the pacing is a tad off, and a few places where cutting the B-story actually hurt the show.

Example: they cut the Z-Fighters training with Kami and Mr. Popo while Goku ran snake way. They just cut to them every now and then for about ten seconds. Because of that, we don't get to know those characters in this show. So when some of those characters start dying in the fight against Vegeta and Nappa, my wife didn't really care because she hadn't seen the previous show, so she didn't know diddly shit about these characters.

Also, about a week and a half ago, we went to go see Kacey Musgraves in concert in St. Louis at The Pageant for my wife's birthday. My wife love Kacey Musgraves, and finding out there was a concert on her birthday? Well, hell, we had to go, y'know? And it was awesome. She puts on an amazing show. Here's one of my favorite songs by her below if you're interested:


And that's really all that's going on at Casa de Nerdish this week. Maybe I'll post something special once I top 30,000 words. Or maybe I'll wait until I hit 50k. That's a pretty awesome milestone.

Til next time!