What I’m Up To

I haven’t seen any new writing contests or advice today, so I guess I will just give you a little update about myself.

  • I think I’m developing some tendinitis in my right arm stemming from shoveling snow (thanks for plowing me in Mr. Plow), picking up 20 pound babies, and playing hockey. It’s one of those things that will improve with rest, something I will not get any time soon.
  • My daughter is doing great (now 9 months old), though she still isn’t sleeping much. Her favorite activity is walking around the house, supported by us holding her under her arms, as evidenced by the developing holes in the knees of my pants. She can also stand for a few seconds on her own, though she gets brave and lunges back, causing her to lose her balance. We are there for her, though.
  • I just finished Good Omens, and the ending did not disappoint. This has become one of my new, all-time favorite books and a rare one that I will surely read over and over again. A bonus of the copy I have is that there is a section called “Gaiman on Pratchett” and “Pratchett on Gaiman” in which each author talks about the other. Cool stuff. Gaiman describes how when Pratchett was first starting out, he had a full-time job and wrote 400 words every night no matter what. When he completed his first novel he still had 100 words remaining, so he started his second novel.
  • I have three writing projects I am currently working on or am thinking about. First, I am taking part in a local short story competition with my local newspaper. They start the story, then the readers finish. I have been won this a few times in the past, and have a lot of fun with there. Secondly, I need to finish my pirate story for Shimmer and submit it inner critic be damned. Lastly, I have been brainstorming and jotting down ideas for my submission for The Machine of Death. That one I am really excited about.

Anyhow, that is me. What are you up to?

16 thoughts on “What I’m Up To

  1. You just had to ask didn’t you?

    I’m still in the process of writing the two stories that I’ve been writing (see the blog) and starting another story prompted by a dream and Final Fantasy.


    Oh, and I’m getting over the flu of death, digging my car out, digging my friend’s car out, trying to jump his car, pulling off the jumper cables when they began to melt onto his car, listening to my wonderful little iPod and staying warm.


  2. Paperback Writer – thanks for stopping by and commenting. I read your blog every day, too, though I don’t get to comment all the time. I have seen your story posts on your site, though I haven’t been able to read them yet.

    I hope you feel better soon and there are no more major snow storms. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I forgot to mention that I read American Gods over our little vacation and loved it. You should check that one out soon if you haven’t already read it. I can’t remember the last time I liked a main character quite that much.

  4. I used to laugh at people with wasteful snow-blowers. But I injured my back in December playing tennis, and I’m seriously thinking about getting one next year, or forcing my son to shovel the snow. He’ll be ten by then. He’s big for his age. . . .

    I loved Good Omens. Isn’t that scene with the angels at the management retreat worth the whole price of the book? My copy didn’t come with the interview sections. Sounds interesting. I liked American Gods, too. But I liked the sequel to it even better.

    I’m wishing I had a few more weeks for this pirate story that refuses to become fascinating like it needs to be. Oh, well.

  5. Oh, man I can’t believe your copy of Good Omens has the Pratchett on Gaiman, Gaiman on Pratchett. I will have to look for that. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. I finally got my copy of Good Omens with the extra bits! Boy it took a long time, which must mean that lots of people are reading it, right! The “Writer on Writer” interview was a lot of fun to read. I love the idea that they thought the story had a mind of its own.

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