I have switched to a new template today, because I was getting sick of the old one. Do you like it (I didn’t design it)? Do you prefer the old template. I am curious to hear your thoughts on the new look.
Here are a few writing links for you:
- Paperback Writer – a nice blog about writing. I particularly liked the entry about Building Series Novels.
- Writers Store – Expert Series – there were some excellent articles here
- Trish Wylie – she had a helpful post about character setup in the first chapter of a book
- Fake Name Generator – generates a name, address, phone number, etc. for a potential character (found on Paperback Writer)
Today was a tough day. This morning I had to drop off my daughter (now 2 1/2 months old) at daycare. I knew it was going to be tough, and I was right. It isn’t that I don’t trust the daycare. What gets to me is that someone other than my wife or I will be witnessing all of her “firsts”. Someone else will get to see her smiles and hear her coos and change her diapers (hey, they aren’t that bad!). I guess we will have to just shower her with more attention in the evenings and on weekends. I’m sure it will get a little easier, but right now it is rough.
I have found another writing contest. This time, the contest is with Glimmer Train Press, Inc. They are looking for “… all writers, all themes, all lengths, so have at it! (We don’t publish stories for children and we don’t publish works longer than 20,000 words, I’m sorry.)”. There is a “reading fee” of $15 per submission and first prize is $2000, publication, and twenty copies of their publication. Here is a link to the contest site.
I came across this today on boingboing.net. The original manuscript of author Daniel Pinkwater’s next novel The Neddiad is being offered chapter by chapter every Tuesday on the web. I have read the first chapter and I really enjoyed it. I am curious to see where things are going to proceed. I particularly liked the protagnonist’s father in the story, who is described as eccentric. Read the first chapter and decide for yourself if you would like to continue with the story.
I had a pretty nice weekend, I hope you all did as well. Yesterday, I had our 2 month old daughter in my parent’s swimming pool. I held her and dipped her feet into the water. She loves her baths and we were interested to see how she liked the pool. She seemed confused but I think she enjoyed it once she got used to it. We only had her in for 5 minutes because it was too hot and sunny outside. This will probably be the last time she gets to wear her “bikini”, as she is now too big for it.
I came across this clip of Graham Chapman’s memorial service on YouTube last week. John Cleese gives a pretty funny speech and at the end the Monty Python crew sings “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. There is a little bit of foul language in the clip, so watch out while viewing at work. I found it pretty funny.
Today I was walking in town on my lunch our, touring one of the annual art festivals. The festival is quite popular with many sights to be seen. As I was walking, I passes a mother pushing a stroller. Strapped to the stoller was a portable DVD player. The poor little girl in the stroller seemed almost comatose. I will give you that it was pretty hot and humid today. However, something seemed wrong about a kid on a summer day with all of this nice art to see and people about to be allowed to just vegetate in front of the TV. I have negative feelings about DVD players in cars (we kept ourselves entertained when I was young by singing with each other in the car dangit!). A stroller with a DVD player takes the cheese, though.
Just a quick link to something I found today. On wikipedia there is a list of fictional expletives. By that I mean words that were used in place of swear words in fictional works, such as books, movies, and television. The list is pretty entertaining and thorough. If you need a good laugh and something to kill some time, check it out. Frazen mellonfarmers!
Though I haven’t been able to write lately due to time constraints, I was able to read a “book”. I put book in quotes because I read it online at Project Gutenberg. The book I read was The Time Machine written by H. G. Wells. First of all, how cool is something like Project Gutenberg? What a great time we live in where we can read classic works for free whenever we choose? We don’t even have to walk to the library! It is amazing how much information we truly have at our fingertips via the Internet. Thanks Al Gore 🙂 .
As far as The Time Machine goes, it was an interesting story. The novel was published in 1895, which is amazing to me. In the story, the protagonist, referred to only as The Time Traveller, invents a time machine and visits the distant future (802,701 A.D.). According to Wikipedia, “the novel is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively”. Where would Science Fiction be without this?
The story is truly timeless (no pun intended). This could have been written today as easily as in 1895. I recommend The Time Machine to anyone who has an interest in Science Fiction, Time Travel, or just good stories.
I found out about a new writing contest via the excellent blog All Kinds of Writing. The length of submissions is to be between 2,000 and 10,000 words and the deadline is September 30. The winning entries will be sold at Amazon.com for $.49 a piece! Another interesting aspect of the contest is that each entry will be live on the site for 14 days, which could be amazing exposure for a writer’s work.