Short Story Quandaries

Today I woke up very early—4 a.m. to be exact—and when I did I was hit by a small surge of creativity. I decided to finally, finally, get cracking on that short story I’ve had in my head for years. Much of the first half was already written down, although in dire need of a rewrite, and the rest was reasonably sketched out already. So there will be little problem in that department. However, I am not quite sure as to the best way of posting it on this here blog. The story is divided in to a fair number of scenes, and some of them are very short indeed. The most logical thing to me would be to simply post each scene separately. But that would make for some very paltry parts being posted. The first scene is less than 400 words, for example. And then we have the problem with indentations. How the hell do you get proper indentations on this? If anyone has any tips or suggestions, they would be most welcome.

Progress Update: Week #3

Crikey! I almost forgot all about my weekly update. I have been a very naughty boy of late in my constant neglect of this blog. I really should make an effort to come around for a visit more often. Don’t want it to feel too lonely. Oh well. So how was the writing the past week? Not great, but not too bad. I am a very slow and meticulous writer, so even pounding out just a few hundred words in an evening is often a success in my book. Get it? Book? Oh, never mind. As we can see, the number of works in progress has also grown. There’s that focus problem again. As for now, I am letting that be. In time I will have to start pouring my energy into one story at a time, but that time is not now. Not just yet.

Victorian Horror: 4,733 words (+1,041 words)
Urban Supernatural: 4,999 words (+864 words)
Dystopian SciFi: 1,671 words (±0)
Urban Horror: 257 words (+257 words)
Epic Fantasy: 3,109 words (+3,109 words)

Total: 14,769 words (+5,271 words)

Progress Update: Week #2

It is time for another progress update. Please, please. Settle down everyone. So how has the past week fared in regards to my writing? Well, not too bad at all actually. Some sporadic writing earlier in the week, with a more focused spurt during the weekend. I even managed to get sidetracked enough to start one of my science fiction stories. This lack of focus is definitely going to be the death of me. But enough jibber jabber. Let’s find out just how big a progress we made:

Victorian Horror: 3,692 words (+1,847 words)
Urban Supernatural: 4,135 words (+1,683 words)
Dystopian SciFi: 1,671 words (+1,671 words)

Total: 9,498 words (+5,201 words)

The Wrongness of Social Media

This morning I woke up at 6 a.m. Which is of course not too bad, but a rather reasonable hour to most. Perhaps a wee bit earlyit certainly is early for yours trulybut all in all nothing to make a fuss about. That is before you take into account that the last time I looked at the clock before falling asleep, it was well after 4 a.m. That quickly sets the stage for a more than usual grumpy swede.

With my grumpy glasses on, I had a little gander at twitter. I often do this in the morning, looking through international news stories that happened during the night, as well as tweets posted by those unfortunate enough to be living in strange time zones. And that was when it hit me. People are remarkably often wrong. To be honest, it was hardly the first time it hit me, but usually it is simply noticed, followed by some silent judgement, and then quickly forgotten. This time, to everyone’s immense joy, I decided to ramble on about it in this here blog post.

This would probably be the time to clarify that I am not talking about the spreading of fake news and the such, nor am I lamenting over typos and poor grammar. I am sure all that has been lambasted quite enough without my help. No, I am talking about the small, often inconsequential, things. Like the other day I saw someone on twitter talking about why they had chosen a specific name for the main character in their story. But the problem was that what they thought the name meant, was not at all what etymology sites stated as the name’s meaning. And today someone completely butchered the meaning of a common phrase, and a whole bunch of people took it as fact, commenting how interesting it was to learn that. Oh, and the plural form of ellipsis is ellipses, but I guess that falls under grammar.

Before anyone comments, I am fully aware of how petty and pedantic all of this sounds. Nothing of this really makes any difference. At least not in grand scheme of things. But it does make you look stupid. Sure, it is not on the level of “the moon is made out of cheese” stupid, but it is stupid nonetheless. And it is so easily remedied. A simple google search is all it takes. I do it many times each day, and that is only counting the times checking the veracity of what others state as fact. I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would even want to claim something as fact without being at least somewhat certain of its truthfulness. This sloppiness with facts is a most unattractive trait in my eyes. Nothing epitomises this more than the many so-called fact accounts; social media accounts that regularly post what could at best be described as half truths.

But I think I have been standing on this soapbox long enough by now. I best take my grumpy self elsewhere to pursue more productive escapades. Thank you for your time, and in the future, please make an effort to thwart the spreading of falsehoods in all its forms.

Progress Update: Week #1

I think it would be a rather good idea to have a weekly update on my literary progress. That way I (and anyone else who happens to be interested) can easily see how far along I have come. Mondays seem like a good choice, as most of the writing will take place during the weekends. This weekend I have been writing on my urban supernatural/horror novel, and earlier in the week I also wrote a little on my Victorian horror/mystery, so those two are the first to be listed. Since I have a penchant for jumping from idea to idea, I am sure more works will be added to the list with time.

Victorian Horror: 1,845 words (+1,845 words)
Urban Supernatural: 2,452 words (+2,452 words)

Total: 4,297 words (+4,297 words)

Post Weekend Update

This past weekend I finally did manage to start writing some. The story chosen was one that has been on my mind for many years, namely a horror adventure story set in Victorian times. Sort of a Sherlock Holmes meets Indiana Jones kind of deal, with a sprinkle of Lovecraft. The tally ended up being 1767 words, not an impressive number in any way, but at least it is a start. Though it was mostly a rewrite of an existing work, so I suppose that makes the feat even less impressive. But still better than nothing. All that is needed now is to get into some sort of routine. Waiting for inspiration is the death of a writer.