March 2016 Summary

Writing

Where did March go? I only wrote 3560 words!

Dispossessed is a Battletech short story going through a second draft.

Drone Syndicate is on hold.

I did a little world-building in my post-apocalypse world.

I started another first draft story called Crimson Eyes based on a prompt at a writer’s group I attend.

Reading

I read CTRL ALT REVOLT! by Nick Cole.

I’m reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

Over spring break I started Dust by Hugh Howey.

I haven’t made much progress in either Stephen King’s On Writing nor Organized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia by Robert M. Lombardo both of which I had started in January (or earlier).

Film and Television

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead.

I saw Mockingjay, Part 2. Both episodes of Mockingjay seemed rushed, even though they had two episodes to tell the final book. I wish there had been more background involved. I haven’t read the book, so I can’t speak to what was or was not left out.

February 2016 Summary

Writing

I wrote a pathetic 5581 words in February; a paltry 192 words a day.

Dispossessed is a Battletech short story going through a second draft. Of anything I wrote, this had the most done.

Drone Syndicate, still in first draft, is giving me plot trouble.

I have a post-apocalypse novel idea I’m world-building in right now.

Reading

It’s the end of the first month of 2016, and I haven’t finished a single book yet. I have several in progress, but as far as my goal of 24 books this year, I’m behind schedule.

I finished Deathlands: Devil’s Vortex by James Axler on the first of February. Deathlands is a pulp men’s fiction series set in the post-nuclear war United States.

I read Daemon by Daniel Suarez (my Daemon review here).

I haven’t made much progress in either Stephen King’s On Writing nor Organized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia by Robert M. Lombardo both of which I had started in January (or earlier).

Film and Television

Deadpool

My wife and I took our son (13) to see Deadpool. It’s not for kids (Rated R), so we’re probably bad parents. It was sarcastic, violent, and everything I expected from an R-rated Deadpool movie.

The Expanse

I haven’t gotten any further in watching The Expanse on SyFy. I need to, before SyFy pulls the old episodes of their site.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is back! This is my favorite show and one of the few I keep up with in real time.

January 2016 Summary

Writing

I wrote just over 13,000 words in January with an average of 435 words per day. My focus has been on my work-in-progress novel as well as a short story.

Dispossessed is a Battletech short story (still) going through a second draft.

Drone Syndicate (working title) is the novel. I’ve revamped the first act significantly, starting the story even earlier than my original first scene. It’s still in first draft.

I have a post-apocalypse novel idea I’m world-building in right now.

Reading

It’s the end of the first month of 2016, and I haven’t finished a single book yet. I have several in progress, but as far as my goal of 24 books this year, I’m behind schedule.

Deathlands: Devil’s Vortex by James Axler is a pulp men’s fiction series set in the post-nuclear war United States. I’ve been reading (on and off) this series since it debuted in 1986, so it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Rumor has it, this novel is the last in the series as Gold Eagle (an imprint of Harlequin) has folded.

I have Stephen King’s On Writing in my nightstand, slowly reading it as the mood strikes. It’s great advice for writing fiction and I’m savoring the advice given by Mr. King.

Organized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia by Robert M. Lombardo is a book I’m reading as research for Drone Syndicate. Since Drone Syndicate involves Organized Crime in Chicago… whelp, you know. Research.

Didn’t Finish

I stopped reading Deathlands: Polestar Omega by James Axler. The tricky thing about the Deathlands series is that James Axler is a house name. That means a number of writers pen these novels to varying degrees of skill. Devil’s Vortex has its quirks, but at the helm of Victor Milan, it is solidly written. Polestar Omega was written by Alan Philipson. Unfortunately for Mr. Philipson, his work was not given a good edit, and the frequent typos bothered me. But when a lab-coat-wearing scientist kneed the bad-ass Ryan Cawdor in the genitals “just because” (IMHO), I was no longer able to suspend my disbelief for the story and decided not to read any further.

Film and Television

Hunger Games

My wife and I watched Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Part 1 to catch up on the series. Both were pretty good, although each felt incomplete in their own ways. We’re looking forward to watching Mockingjay, Part 2 soon.

The Expanse

SyFy is going out of its way to create some good content. As much fun as Sharnado was, it wasn’t filling the hole for smart science fiction television.

The Expanse, based on the novel series by James S.A. Corey, is smart. The story is set between Earth, Mars, and mining colonies in our solar system. What I love about this series is its focus on more realistic needs in space. People are affected by growing up in low gravity, they wear magnetic boots to walk in zero-g and the technology they use seems to have been extrapolated in a realistic manner.

I’m excited they’ve renewed the series for a second season already. Nothing worse than the great shows that get canceled after a single season.

August 2015 Summary

I thought I would create a monthly summary of my writing, reading, (and some films) to give you an idea about where my thoughts and progress are.

Writing

In August, I wrote 11,078 words, not including show notes for our Typehammer podcast.

I currently have three pieces of work in progress.

  • Stonelair is a short story. I am working on the second draft.
  • Dispossessed is another short story. It is set in the Battletech universe and I plan to submit it to them for publishing. I’m working on the first draft.
  • Working title: hobo is a novel. I am writing the first draft.

Reading

You can also follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m reading.