Monthly Archives: January 2011

Novel Dilemma

Two weeks since my last post and the crime novel I have been working on has been usurped by the alternate history novel I started sometime last year and stalled on at around 40,000 words. My wife had me read the prologue to a novel she was reading and it gave me an idea on reworking my novel. I’ve written the new prologue and it looks somewhat lackluster to me, but it has potential. What I am in a quandary about is whether or not to continue with this novel or go back to the crime novel, or even to just leave novels out altogether and just concentrate on short stories, at least until I build up a portfolio…

I definitely need to think about it some more, possibly a lot more.

Starting at the beginning of February I will also be including reviews of books I have been reading, Starting with Clive Cussler’s Sacred Stone. There will be no spoilers for those of you haven’t read the book.

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New Year, New Novel

I seem to be in a never ending loop of coming up with ideas and then working on it for a little while, coming up with another idea and abandoning the one before. I’m going to try, this year, to not do that. I will write down any ideas that come to me and then just get back to working on the novel.

This year is different however, since I won’t be working a science fiction novel, but a crime novel in the hopes that it more suits my writing style. We shall see.

As for short stories, I’m not sure whether i’ll be writing crime or science fiction, or a blend of the two. Only time will tell.

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2011 Resolutions

This is my first post of the new year and I should have done it 12 days ago.

My new year’s resolutions are as follows:

1: Lose weight. This is very important since I am morbidly obese and I have several health issues which will be greatly diminished by reducing my excessive weight. Since the beginning of December I have already lost 13lbs. I’m now exercising as well as reducing my calorie intake. My goal is to be 180lbs by December 15th 2011.

2: Write a novel (or as much of one as I can). This is also important because I need to write a lot more than I am. Even if my Star Trek fan fiction suffers, what I am currently working on (more about that later) will hopefully earn me money in the long run and that can only be a good thing. I’ll be 29 this year and I’m not exactly close to getting published.

3: Write short stories. This is for the short term. I am aiming to have written six short stories this year and have them in the process of being published by the end of the year.

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