Monday, January 17, 2011

A Tempest

I've learned some stuff in the last couple of days as I've been keeping to the full-time writing schedule.

1. I feel much, much better when I write a lot. I'll feel even better when I unleash myself and regularly write out five stories a week.

2. There is no stupid goal I can't achieve, if it's made by me.

3. I'm still taking 10 hours to write a short story, 500 words per hour (at best). I intend to tune that down to 5 hours/1000 words per hour using Writing Science.

4. People will apparently buy my writing. Good to know.

5. Cover art is not only fun, it gets me tramping around outside to get the requisite materials. Win-win.

6. Daily blogging is also fun.

Now, if you'll excuse me, real life inebriated me and I'll have to take a well-deserved rest. Tomorrow, I'm back in action to finish up this story and start/outline a few more for Speed.


Collation of announcements:

New Fiction: "City Muse, Country Muse" An Alan Story
Halted by the Figure at the crossroads, Alan struggles to choose between a free life in the city and a full life in the countryside. An Alan Story, magical realism set in small-town Thailand.

New Fiction: "OstraconMesolithic Errantry
In this tale of a fantastic mesolithic era, one warrior and one trader set out to find a mysterious Grove. Will they survive the perilous journey and find adventure and trade, or will they find something more...primitive? A fantasy short story.

New Fiction: "Timpani the Ostrich Rancher"
Led by a gentlemen aviator and financed by his lover, the respectable citizens of the Kingdom of Kenya decide to take a preemptive approach to threats against the London Confederation by liberating Reichland Africa. Meanwhile, a lowly rose-quartz man fights his own, more personal, battle. The thrilling tale of love, war, and the search for freedom in another Africa. A steampunk short story.

Speaking of a tempest, this is kinda steampunk, right?

Wait, what?

Words? Yes
Short Story "Bitsy Pollo Save Us!" - half, not yet outlined
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Reading - ?



  1. 500 words an hour? Do you edit and ponder a lot while you write?

    And wowza on the writing monster you've created. It's like productivity on LSD.

  2. Good job on getting stories up. Is than an Alan short story collection coming any time soon?

  3. Charlie: I don't edit, and I don't begrudge myself pondering time if it develops into a solid bracket outline, but I spend a lot of time just...wasting time. And all the while I'm thinking "I'm wasting time, why aren't I writing." It's quite odd, and merits study.

    Jeff: The next two Alan stories are bracket outlined and in my queue. Once those are done and up I'll collect these first five into a "Volume I". When I have ten, I'll make a "Series I", to distinguish the two 5-packs from the 10-pack, and so forth from there.

  4. That's great news! I LOVED "The Language of Ice Cubes." Can't wait to read more!

  5. And yes, I know, there are two other stories out. They're in my queue to read.

  6. OK, one more comment.

    Just curious: Are you trying to emulate Hemingway's "Nick Adams" stories. I've thought about doing something similar myself.

  7. Jeff: While it's not a conscious effort to emulate them, I have read them and take a lot of cues from Hemingway overall. It's a good outlet for especially literary experiences to keep them from overwhelming my other stories. Thanks to that, I see no reason why there couldn't be two dozen Alan stories eventually, but I can't know where he'll end up...

    (by the way, shoot me an e-mail - DavidalBarron at - and I'll set up a coupon code on Smashwords for you to get the other two.)


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