A Very Quick Update.

Just finished my 50,000th word for NaNoWriMo 2014!   I’ll post on the experience this Tuesday.

To everyone else out there still wrapping up: good luck!

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Excerpt Six

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This past November, I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

This is my last excerpt update: as of  next Tuesday (likely sooner) I will be done.  I’m currently at 41,000 words and still going strong!  In this excerpt the gang deals with distilling all of human nature down into ten books.

Discussion point: if you had to choose ten books to describe humanity, what would you choose?

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Excerpt Five

For the next four weeks two weeks holy shit five days, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

An unexpected roadblock in the world of novel-writing: my first draft is fairly skeletal, consisting mostly of “tell-don’t-show” scenes and sketches of the things I actually want to write.  This means my characters are running into a lot of situational drama, just to stretch out the word count.


Fek spent a lot of late nights on the bridge. Most of them didn’t have a lot of work during the months to and from their sites. For example, you didn’t usually have a lot of demolitions to do in space, but the work Zilp did on their planets was vital. Fek and Zork were the exceptions to that rule: Zork was the pilot and took the controls manually whenever they hit something tricky, and Fek was the one who looking out for the somethings tricky.

He sat at his chair. His chair was surrounded by a small space: his computers and his desk space. The whole thing was somewhat facetiously called his “office”. None of them had ever been office men. He was pretty sure they’d have exploded stuck behind a desk somewhere. Nevertheless, Fek had an office. It was vitally important.

It was as much his space as his own room. The computer was linked to Fek’s personal screen in his little suite if the instruments picked up something really weird. Woe be to anyone who messed with his chair’s height or the little back support cushion. The color balance of the screens were tinted so as not to hurt his eyes, and every program and file was in a certain everything-in-its-place order. There were a series of stickers on the sides of the monitors and a picture of his husband laminated to the desk. He loved it. And he made it clear: nobody touched his stuff. Someone touched his stuff, people might die: the consequences of Fek losing something somewhere were pretty dire.

Anyway, he saw something weird.

Writing Humor and Why I’m Really Not That Funny.

Surprise Thursday post!

As followers of this blog will know, I’ve taken a break from blogging for this month to work on NaNoWriMo.  Writing a novel is a lot of work, so I’ve been posting teasers of my work every week until I finish it.  Before I say anything else, let me say this. This book is good: I’m really, really excited to get it published.

But writing this book has given me a weird insight, one that every comedian and funny writer in the world will probably want to slap me for.  Guys, humor is hard.

I don’t really consider myself a funny person.  I did go through a period in fourth grade where I wanted to be a comedian, but that baffled most of my friends and family: I was an incredibly serious child.  Even now, my humor is mainly self-depreciating or founded deeply in absurdity, of which there is no shortage in my life.  So when I sit down to write a funny book, I come up blank.   I don’t know how to put in gags like “What’s wrong with being drunk?/You ask a glass of water!” or “Bring me a shrubbery” or any of the classics.  I’m convinced I’m already at a disadvantage: I’m not British.

What challenges are you all facing in your novels?  What’s the hardest part of whatever you’re writing right now?

NaNoWriMo 2014: Excerpt Four

For the next four weeks two weeks, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

I’m having a lot of fun writing combat at the moment, but this scene was just too silly not to throw in there…

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Excerpt Three

For the next four weeks, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

This passage is what happens when I run out of ideas, had a tough day at a somewhat unfriendly school, and frankly just want to write something silly.  

The heroes have just returned from R&R on an alien planet to find their spaceship missing.

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NaNoWriMo 2014, Excerpt Two

For the next four weeks, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.  The following is an excerpt from my project, The Thrilling Adventures of Clara Delaney; or, the Misfortunes of Isaac Rowe.

I’m about 15,000 words in as of writing this; by the time it’s published I should be over halfway done.  So far it’s been an amazingly fun write.  I’ve been learning exactly how hard it is to write funny stuff, and currently have a whole (completely useless) chapter where all the characters do is throw a kegger and get drunk. 

Safe to say, I’m enjoying myself.

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