Category Archives: IRL

So much for a good start

Currently Listening To: Nightmare, by Avenged Sevenfold

I was going to start writing yesterday.

Too bad my wallet went missing. As in it was nowhere to be found in my house.

The day before yesterday, I knew I had it before the bus ride home.

I made a call to the lost and found for the buses and waited for a call back. None came.

At that point, I told my managers I had to work from home. No way I could get around without any ID. I was beginning to yell at every little thing wrong.

Eventually I calmed down and focused on what to do.

I called the banks to cancel my debit and credit cards. I then called other credit card companies I have cards with and canceled those.

I worked for a few hours then got a ride to the DMV to get a new license. Then I went to my bank to get a debit card so I could have access to my funds.

I then filed a police report…well more like a cop came to my house and took my information.

Finally, I notified the big 3 credit bureaus and they placed a fraud alert. This way, if some punk tries to take out a loan in my name, they’ll have to produce some legit ID (and they’ll call me to verify I am actually applying for credit).

Most stressful day I’ve had in a while (it doesn’t help I panic easily). Fortunately the initial shock has worn off and everyone I called was very, very helpful.

I still have some things left to do, but the major items I took care of. It’s important to minimize damage done!

Hopefully I can get to writing! Also, make sure to do all the things I listed in case you ever have to go through this ordeal!

How NOT to say hello to an old friend

When you see an old friend on the train, it’s best not to draw attention to yourself. Example: by not dropping your iPod on the ground, breaking its case in half, and have everyone near you look at you as you pick up the pieces with out looking anyone in the eye. That said, it can get your old buddy’s attention.

Now, how does this apply to writing?

This is a way of showing, not telling. I could easily have written:

I was nervous when I saw my best friend on the train this morning.

But that’s not very exciting is it? Show how that character was nervous. It’s a technique that took me a while to become a habit.

And yes, that incident above actually happened this morning!

Productive Weekend (no writing though)

Currently Listening To: An episode of Spongebob Squarepants playing through my iPod.

Ever had any of those weekends where you have a lot to get done, and you actually manage to get all of those chores done?

Chores included:

  • Reorganizing my room.
  • Cleaning out the computer.
  • Car work.
  • Laundry.
  • Vacuuming.
  • Dishes.

I didn’t get much done in terms of writing done though. But since I got these chores out of the way, there will be less distractions!

I’ve been working on my plot though. I have an overall big picture drawn out for the plot, but the details are still hazy. Well, more like two thirds of the plot is pretty solid, but one third is still very shaky.

One method that has been helping me is drawing a cause and effect diagram. Remember that what you include in the story must drive the plot in some way. So any plot point I include in the story must cause a future conflict.

So for example, let’s say I have my MC spend all night playing video games and snacking on junk food, despite knowing there’s a big battle the next day. His arrogance  leads him to believe that it will be a quick fight.

Seems insignificant right? But this causes problems in the next chapter, because the MC isn’t operating at 100% and his opponents are fresh and ready for battle.

Remember, you have to get to Point A to Point B somehow.

What Happens When You Have No Internet

Currently Listening To: Panic Switch, by Silversun Pickups.

Don’t worry, I’m not panicking…yet.

On Wednesday, I was going to make a post on here. However, my housemate notified me that our internet and TV had been cut…literally! Turns out landscapers accidentally cut right through the fiber optic cables.

So with nothing to do, we went out for burgers. What did I order?

A 1lb turkey burger.

1lb of sheer deliciousness. I regret nothing!

That’s 1lb (after cooking) turkey burger with pepper jack, sauteed onions, bacon and a fried egg. How did I feel afterwards? Let’s just say I had nothing but salad the next day.

It’s funny what you find time to do when the Internet isn’t around to distract you.

Took time to get some writing done. I caught up with an old friend. Enjoyed some delicious food.

How am I posting this you ask? I’m down at my favorite writing spot again and decided to swing by a Starbucks and keep my readers up to date.

Being Sick

Currently Listening To: Nothing

I hate being ill. Fortunately, a big steaming bowl of Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup hit the spot!

Posts to come when I’m at 100%. Right now my bed looks really cozy…

 

Zombies

Currently Listening To: The Wolf Is Loose, by Mastodon

It’s a sunny day outside, it’s the weekend and Spongebob Squarepants is on. Life is good.

I then get a message from some comrades.

A zombie has been spotted in a town a fair distance away. It catches humans who stray from their groups and infects them. The town must be secure.

I realize what I must do. I must aid my comrades.

I must arm myself:

Nerf Blasters

A primary weapon and a secondary weapon.

My primary weapon is the Rayven CS-18. It’s a semi-automatic blaster with a big clip. Its range is pretty good so I can have some room between myself and brain-hungry zombies. So long as the batteries keep running, this blaster keeps firing!

In the event of empty clips, I carry a Maverick REV-6. A reliable sidearm, it has decent range and can hold six darts.

It’s also important to carry supplies!

Bag and socks

Lightweight and useful!

I carry a state-of-the-art drawstring bag with extra ammo and emergency supplies (bottle of Gatorade, for example). Also, I stock rolled-up socks, in case I need an emergency long range weapon.

With missions like collecting keys, passcodes to antidotes, etc, teamwork is especially important. We must stay focused!

Wish me luck!

Me holding a Nerf Blaster

Disclaimer: I'm not that good.

 

Back and Ready To Rumble

Currently Listening To: 19-2000, by Gorillaz

I moved into my new place a few weeks back. Been working hard to set up my desk, etc.

I also wrote a poem for a poetry contest. Let’s see how I do!

Pictures to come!

Pardon The Cyber-Dust

You think I have given up on writing?

Don’t be crazy!

I’m moving to a new place (in real life) soon. Once I have everything set up, it’s back to a more consistent posting schedule!

And remember! SOPA is “sopa” lame!

Please Pardon The Interruption

Currently Listening To: Highway Star, by Deep Purple

Sorry for not posting in a long time. Lots of things going on around me:

  • Family and the holidays
  • Preparing for vacation
  • Planning for move-out

Haven’t gotten much time to write or do anything, but I am almost done with world-building!

Hopefully once I settle into my new home (living with a friend), I can develop a much more fluid writing/blogging schedule.

And so we end NaNoWriMo…

Day 30

Currently Listening To: Bladecatcher, by Mastodon (wild song, by the way…)

Final Word Count: 53189

To all my readers, give yourselves a pat on the back.

NaNoWriMo is a new adventure every year. You come up with ideas that you never thought you could imagine. You plan each day right down to the minute. You figure out innovate ways to stay productive.

Most of all, you attempted to reach a goal…and hopefully you had fun doing it!

Everyone’s a winner in my opinion.

I'm a winner!