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Coorlim’s Guide to NaNoWriMo 1: Plotting

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The end of October is upon us, and what does that mean? No, besides the ever encroaching cacophony of saccharine holiday music.

November is National Novel Writing Month, when hopeful writers pick up their pens or keyboards or clay tablets or whatever and try to whip out 50,000 words in a single month. I’m not participating in it this month because I’m already well into a novel, but I aim for at least 50,000 words every month, so I know of what I speak.

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Ghosts of Shaolin marketing blurb

Here’s the marketing blurb for the upcoming Galvanic Century novel, Ghosts of Shaolin.

James Wainwright always considered himself a working-class engineer playing at detective, never taking the vocation for more than an idle hobby and opportunity to test some of his steampunk inventions. His investigations have always been more of a means of humoring his business partner, idle toff Alton Bartleby.

That was before his adopted daughter Xin Yan was taken.

Never comfortable in social situations, James finds himself tracking his daughter’s kidnappers from London’s Limehouse to the gritty streets of Hong Kong, down paths where his mechanical know-how won’t serve him. Searching a foreign land, he’ll find that his greatest challenges aren’t those who have taken from him what is most dear, but letting go of his most treasured preconceptions about the world.

If this piques your interest, Ghosts of Shaolin will be released this coming winter. Sign up for my mailing list and you’ll get an alert when it’s out.

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2014 Readathon – The Crawl

Just finished reading Alyson Grauer’s Isle of Sound and Wonder. It was an excellent use of seven hours, minus the time taken to clean the apartment in anticipation of tomorrow’s kickstarter video shoot.

I’ll give the book a full review on Book Nouveau sometime next week. For now it will suffice to say that the review will be a positive one.

Next up: The Crawl, by Nikki M. Pill.

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An Average Workday

Ever wonder what it’s like to live the swingin’ life of a full-time author? Here’s how my typical workday goes.

9ish

I get up around nine, whenever the cat wants to be fed. He’s peristant, and will stalk around me on the bed, yowling, chewing on my hair, whatever he thinks is going to work. I have to sleep with a shoe in the doorway because he’s learned that slamming it is effective, but I refuse to give him the satisfaction of getting up earlier.

After I acknowledge defeat and the return to consciousness, I put on a pot of coffee, eat breakfast, take care of whatever else needs to be done.

Around 10:00 probably

I start writing.

I write in two-hour blocks. Anything less and I find it hard to get into a proper authorial groove. I time myself, and manage around a thousand words an hour. My first drafts are written sparse; I like to get the bones of the story down before I layer on the meat.

Revisions take more or less time depending on what I’m emphasizing in a given story.

1:00 maybe

I break for lunch.

5:00 I guess

I stop writing after six hours. My first and last 2-hour block have been working on my primary project – currently Ghosts of Shaolin – and my middle block is writing something else. A short story, Hero Historia chapter, blog posts for the week, whatever else I’ve got going on.

I’m a morning person. Or, at least, not a night person. The later it gets, the less cohesively I write. After I’ve got my writing done, I see to the other business of writing. Social media, responding to reader emails, administrative miscellania. This goes on as long as it needs to.

Midnight if I’m lucky

The cat doesn’t have a snooze button, so I try to wrap everything up and get to bed early enough to get the sleep I need. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I have insomnia.

A regular schedule

And that’s it. Five days a week, every week. Not always the same five days; I’ve got other obligations. The normal day to day living stuff – shopping, cleaning, assorted errands – and tasks related to the film production company I co-own.

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OnTheIsleOfSoundAndWonder

Readathon 2014 – Intro

I woke up early today, and was browsing Ello when I ran across this Readathon thing that’s apparently starting right now. Basically: Read all day.

Since my reading list is embarrassingly long I’ll go ahead and get in on that. First book I have is an ARC of Aly Grauer’s “On the Isle of Sound and Wonder” that I keep meaning to dig into.

Questions? You are invited to either leave a comment below, or ask directly through the comment form.
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Literary Influences

Last month I posted some movies that had influenced me as a filmmaker. Here’s a list of books that had a powerful impact on me as a reader, and that helped sculpt me into the writer I am today. Some of these are book-books, a few are comic books, but whatever. They’re stories. Read them.

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Kickstarter: Elegy for a Dead World

Elegy for a Dead World is a game about fiction and writing prompts. You’re an explorer, last survivor of a doomed mission, writing about the relics of dead worlds and sharing your work with others. It looks cool, has 9 days to go, and is at the 70% funded mark.

Check it out, and it it does it for you, go ahead and donate a couple bucks to it.

Questions? You are invited to either leave a comment below, or ask directly through the comment form.