I would like to wish everyone a Happy Victoria Day to those of my readers in Canada! I hope you all are having a safe and happy long weekend!
Although I’ve been thinking maybe it’s time we renamed this holiday? Stop celebrating the birthday of a dead queen, and instead maybe celebrate the monarchy instead as a whole? Monarchy Day sounds just as good, and it would put some more meaning into today. If you still wanted to celebrate the monarch’s birthday, we could always celebrate the official birthday of the current reigning monarch, who is currently Queen Elizabeth II.
I’ve decided that the only way I will ever completely kick my lazy rear end in gear permanently when it comes to my writing is to schedule it like it was a job. If I do this, maybe I’ll be able to complete some of my in-progress stories sooner which will allow me to turn other ideas I have into stories as well. It’s also about time I finished the first chapter of “Soaring to Victory” and got it published to Unlimted Fan Fiction.
It’s time I posted a review of my Fosmon Slim Fit Faux Leather Carrying Case with Built-In USB Keyboard, Stylus and Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter for Google Nexus 7 (Black). If you want to charge the battery while using the keyboard, this isn’t the case for you for starters as their is no pass-through for the charging cable. Oh and forget using this case on your lap, it’s kick stand isn’t wide enough for that. The keyboard is slightly cramped as well, and the stylus doesn’t work at all. It does work good as a protective case however, and as a stand in my bedroom so that I can see the time when I’m in bed, it works fine like that as well. All in all, it’s a very good case with a few flaws that could be fixed in a future generation.
Time for me to go finish that chapter of “Soaring to Victory” so until next time, stay safe!
In this episode, I talk about karaoke and my writing.
I had a good, long think yesterday (I’m scheduling this post for the next day so I won’t have such a hectic day tomorrow, laundry will make hectic enough! ) about why I get so lazy about my writing and I came to the simple conclusion: I don’t treat it the way I should.
I treat my writing (and my website creation for that matter) as a hobby when really I should be treating it more like work. All the sites I publish my writing to (be it fan fiction or just plain fiction (adult or not adult) ) are run by the company I founded and run as the President and CEO. I can’t keep treating it like a hobby or it will go nowhere fast anytime soon. If I was this lazy elsewhere, my rear end would have been fired a long time ago (even with a union)!
If I ever want Leet Link Enterprises Inc. to be my sole paying job (and right now it’s not even paying me), I have to treat it like I do my work for Superstore as a part-time Maintenance worker – seriously and with a more professional attitude. No more putting off for tomorrow what I can do today. If I’m stuck on one project, I should switch to another one so that I always am doing something productive.
If I follow this, I’m certain my company will take off soon. Already one of my sites has somewhat decent traffic (at least according to the Alexa ranking last time I checked), but that was for the fan fiction archive more than the main site, so once I get the plugin needed developed, that traffic should theoretically switch to the main site.
I’ll let you all go now and have a good day.
I’ll admit it, I’m very lazy when I want to be. I should have completed the first chapter of “Soaring to Victory” and had it posted by today, but I was extremely lazy over the weekend even though I had it completely off work. Of course I slept in late both days after staying up late the previous nights, unlike today when I got up relatively early at eight in the morning. (It’s the main reason I’m able to post this before I work at one this afternoon.)
All I can say is that I’ve been reading books by S. M. Stirling specifically “Island in the Sea of Time” and now “Against the Tide of Years”. Both are excellent books about what happens after the island of Nantucket (it’s off the coast of Maine for those of you who don’t know) gets sent back to the Bronze Age along with a ship from the Coast Guard. They are very interesting reads and are quite interesting and a little thought provoking.
I have managed to wash most of the dishes that were stacking up, which is a good thing. At least I’m not so lazy as to forget about washing them! Add on the fact that my main floor neighbors are moving out in under two weeks makes me one happy guy here.
I just saw that I have secured the domain for my new BuddyPress-powered site for Canadian writers for the next two years, and now I have to wait until that is pointing at the server I rent from JaguarPC – they have some great hosting plans – before I can start installing WordPress or doing anything else for that site.
That’s all for now, until next time, take care.
I’d like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all have a great day today on your special day!
Now I will share with you all a poem about mothers that I have composed for this holiday. Please enjoy.
Mothers are a wonderful thing,
A true gift that makes one want to sing
They gave us our life,
And put up with our strife,
They set us straight when we go wrong,
Their wrath is worse than facing King Kong!
A mother is a blessing from above,
For they treat their children with love.
They keep us fed,
And remind us to make the bed.
We need to treat them with respect and care,
For their wisdom they do share.
On this Sunday in May,
For them we ought to pray,
Thanking God for them every day,
For they led the way.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there one again!
In this episode, I talk about the app on my tablet I use to record this podcast with, Fan Fiction (and an interview of a fellow author in the future), new websites that are coming soon, Swagnilla Ice, and I finish off with the separation of church and state and what I believe it should mean in our society.
I’ve finally come up with a good idea for a WordPress and BuddyPress powered site. I haven’t yet registered the domain I want (because I don’t have enough cash yet in my account) but it is available. My idea is to set up a general purpose site for all Canadian writers, whether they write fiction, fan fiction, or poetry. Thanks to a new BuddyPress privacy plugin, members will be able to control who sees their activity stream updates when they post each one.
I haven’t gotten any more work done on “Soaring to Victory” and I blame my lazy self. I could have worked on it yesterday, as I worked a morning shift, but instead I read all day. Not the type of attitude towards my writing I need to have if I plan to complete “Time’s Changes” before the end of the year. I’d work on it tonight, but I promised my fans that I’d show up at karaoke tonight, and a promise is a sacred bond to me so I will be going.
Time for me to get ready and leave for that, so take care until next time!
I decided that my blog here needed a new theme. Goodbye Elbee Elgee. Hello F2! The part I like most about this new theme? When you click on the author’s name, it shows you all of their previous posts here. If I ever decide to allow guest posting, that will be useful.
With today being a day off work, I’m hoping to get more work done on “Soaring to Victory” and maybe even complete the first chapter. When I do complete the first chapter, I will be publishing to both Unlimited Fan Fiction and the Bulbapedia Forums. It will be my first story to be published to the latter site, so I’ll see how that goes.
I’ve been considering going for a Bachelor of Arts minoring in Creative Writing from the local University of Alberta. I’d probably have to do it via correspondence as I don’t live in Edmonton and don’t feel like moving there. Courses are not cheap either at $600 to $1,200 each, depending on how many credits they are. I’m thinking I will have to save up money for a few years (if I don’t win the lottery or my company takes off soon and I rarely play the former often) before I start. In the meantime, I can improve my writing by keeping on doing it, and start learning to be less lazy. I don’t get any writing done unless I do it after all.
I’ve found a cheaper option – a WordPress plugin – for my dating site, so I’m going to be using WordPress and that plugin instead of Skadate for my new dating site when I have the money to afford it. It will save me $200, which is what my friend Justin will charge me to make custom forum rank icons for my five sites that use SMF.
That’s all for now, so until next time, take care.
I know I need to improve my writing (it’s a major reason I’m so grateful to my Beta-readers)’ so I’ve been thinking about looking for and taking some courses. Specifically courses in creative writing, script writing, and maybe some history, especially modern history.
I know I could and can improve my writing if I just keep at it, but it doesn’t hurt to look for help to deal with my weaker areas. I’m the first to admit I’m terrible at writing confrontations most of the time, and I generally can’t write that well about emotions either. Writing emotions well I know can draw my readers into my stories, and they will be more interested in the characters and plot.
I haven’t done any research yet so I do not know what is out there for me to study. With it being almost summer, schools are almost out, so I have until late August to do the research and decide which course(s) I’ll be doing. It will also allow me time to save some money for the cost of the schooling.
I’ll be sure to let you know what I decide when I do so. Meanwhile, I’ve started the first chapter of “Soaring to Victory” and hope to have it done in a few days.