Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sunday Night Music: Mary Did You Know PTX version

No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. That being said, here’s the first entry of the Christmas season. (Minor keys, smaller quieter songs… and probably a Pagan few if I can find them.)

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November 30, 2014 · 3:47 pm

Sunday Night Music: Sweet Child O Mine Nawlins Jazz Cover

I have eclectic musical tastes, but I will always fall for blues and jazz. (Buzzfeed is sure I ran a Speakeasy in a past life. I’m pretty sure I ran more than that. *evil grin*)

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Nano, Deadlines, and Discipline

I am only at 8.5K words for NaNoWriMo right now.

I should be at 35K by the end of the day.

So, right, that’s not happening today. I need to kick out about 4K per day to catch up. Four sessions a day at 1K each will do that. (Please imagine that in a cheerful tone with an overly bright smile.)

I haven’t lost a Nano in a few years, but it used to happen all the time. I am an excellent sprint writer. I can write 40K or more in a weekend. I am not particularly good about daily discipline. But I generally do hit deadlines, barring catastrophes. (I once lost 8K words right before the end of November. I was nearly in tears.)

The project I’m working on has a turn in date of late November of next year, to go into production in January. And when I’m doing sprints with my friends, I have actually managed to work on it consistently. It’s just that it’s not the project I really want to be working on right now. Give me a deadline and I will show you fifteen other projects that are just *so much more shiny*.

I’ve never forced myself to not work on a project though. As long as I hit my deadlines, I am always let myself also work on a new shiny. I’ve started a short story, worked on a chapter of a new series possibility, and worked on editing the project that’s got a January turn in. Standard wisdom is that you should focus only on your NaNo project during the month. December is for editing. Great idea.

I have deadlines to hit though. I have a January turn in for my next novel (which needs massive edits). I’ve got 2 books to edit for other people and I have a short story to edit for a friend. I’ve got a 9 to 5. I’ve got 2 businesses to monitor and pay for. And I’ve got a marketing campaign to manage.

I’m glad and I am stressed and I am happier than I’ve ever been. If I could simply add in a little more travel, I’d be a completely happy person. There’s only one way to do that: lose the 9 to 5. That means making a minimum of at least $5,000 a month. (I live in an expensive area. One of the businesses pays most of its own bills now, but the other does not.) This blog is probably going to start including a few more posts on how to drag money out of on-line sources and advertising as well as kvetching about writing deadlines and random music videos.

I will be adding Alice in Wonderland items in the future. There’s a book on collectables coming at some point. (When I get off my rear and actually write it and take photos for it.)

I’ve also been learning JavaScript.

Um, discipline. That’s right, this was about discipline and hitting your marks and never, ever letting the bastards see you sweat.

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Sunday Night Music: Minor Key Star Spangled Banner

I’ve decided to start a regular feature here with music. I’ll warn you, my taste in music is… eclectic. (I feel this is being kind. My iPod is cruel enough to pop from Beethoven to Green Day with nothing in between.) Your mileage may vary, but everything’s worth a shot.

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November 16, 2014 · 1:02 am

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

These are priceless. 🙂
Most of them are true too.

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A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist.

Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” Gertrude Stein received a cruel rejection letter that mocked her style. Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way earned him a sprawling rejection letter regarding the reasons he should simply give up writing all together. Tim Burton’s first illustrated book, The Giant Zlig, got the thumbs down from Walt Disney Productions, and even Jack Kerouac’s perennial On the Road received a particularly blunt…

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Sunday Night Music: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

I’ve decided to start a regular feature here with music. I’ll warn you, my taste in music is… eclectic. (I feel this is being kind. My iPod is cruel enough to pop from Beethoven to Green Day with nothing in between.) Your mileage may vary, but everything’s worth a shot.

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November 9, 2014 · 11:57 pm

Sunday Night Music: Expanded “Animaniacs” capital song

I’ve decided to start a regular feature here with music. I’ll warn you, my taste in music is… eclectic. (I feel this is being kind. My iPod is cruel enough to pop from Beethoven to Green Day with nothing in between.) Your mileage may vary, but everything’s worth a shot.

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November 2, 2014 · 5:47 pm