Behind the Veil

Somebody asked me what the vHalee#1eil was, and I struggled to explain. It’s one of those metaphorical items that separates what humans see from what is really out there. It’s one of those things that keeps humanity safe because they remain to blind to see what is really out there hunting them. The veil has many purposes, making victims easier to reach and keeping the humans from hiding in their houses from the monsters that go bump in the night.

Behind the veil is a world with multiple stand alone stories of varying lengths set within it. The world is set up so that the characters can interact and that we can learn more about each character even when they only play minor parts in other short stories/novellas/novels.

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Procrastination at it’s finest…

I guess I would have to say that it’s all about that. I’m a procrastinator, that’s just what I do. The truth is, and I dearly hate to admit this, is that I haven’t gotten a lot of work done on any of the projects that have been rattling around in my head.

This sounds bad, I know, but I’m going to tell the truth and would hope that you all would share the truth with me as well. I don’t exactly have an easy life and that gives me a lot of opportunities to make excuses as to why I don’t want to work. “I’m to tired” is an old staple, as well as, “the kids are being to loud” and “I don’t have a place to work.” It makes it easy to avoid these things, so I’ve come up with a plan to combat this. I’m going to start small.

That brings me to my announcement. It certainly excites me, even if you all are just reading this to help yourselves procrastinate <wink, wink>. I have been working on a short story the past few days. I should have it ready for publishing within a day or two. Keep in mind that it is only a short story, but it might give you an idea as to what is going on in the world that I am creating.

I’m hoping that starting with a short story, might help me get over the overwhelming impossibility of everything and would get me a lot more comfortable with the process. I’m experimenting, but I’m in college as a scientist, so that’s what I’m supposed to do. We experiment on a small scale to see how it’s going to work. I’m studying to process and I’m going to learn it so I don’t have to be quite as scared of it.

Anyway, that’s enough news for now. I know that there is a lot more that I can share with you, but winter break has just started and I’m sure that I’ll have plenty of time and plenty of posts to tell you all everything that there is to tell.

Starting over, once again.

Starting over is hard. I’ve been working hard at starting over on my novel. I was only about ten thousand words in, so it’s not a big loss, but I was finding that I didn’t have enough story to last through the novel. 

This is one of those things that happen, sometimes you have to rework your masterpiece in order to get it right. It isn’t something that any one relishes, but it’s totally worth all of the work. I look forward to getting my work back on track. I’m also renaming some characters, hoping that it will make them make a little more sense to me. While the major plot points aren’t changing there are a lot of things that are. I’m adding new characters, a group that will both help and hinder my protagonists at different points in the story. 

 

It’s been a while, I know, I’m sorry.

I don’t know what to say other than the fact that I’m sorry that it’s been so long. My keyboard finally gave out and it’s not exactly easy to write on a tablet, not like this anyway. 

I wanted to note that there has been a lot of controversy going on lately. I’ve had my ups and downs trying to form an opinion about it, and I’ve realized what it all boils down to. Having a computer that I can’t type with has given me a lot of time to think, the no money to replace it right away helped with that as well. 

This is what I figured out, politics aren’t my thing on here, I’ll save that for my personal Facebook page, not for my public forum, and I have decided that I needed to make some major revisions to my novel, adding new characters and giving more action. I am right back to where I started. I’ll get my mind put back together and am hoping to be able to share a sample chapter for you all to get excited about. (hopefully), and you all can critique and conversate about to your hearts content. 

Confession…

I have a confession to make. Everyone who has read my blog knows that I’ve been ghostwriting as while I work on my own novel, trying to get finances sorted out. I have a confession to make in that regard. While I’ve signed the confidentiality agreements about the books that I have written and I’m not allowed to talk about the specific work that I’ve done, suffice it to say they have done fairly well.

Now I know that they have done fairly well, but it’s not because my employer told me. I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve looked up the work I’ve been doing. I’ve seen the listing on Amazon and read the reviews, even leaving a review on one of them secretly (under a pen name). I buy the books that I’ve written, the ones that I can find anyway and I read them, seeing how the editing has changed them.

It’s easy to take criticism when nobody knows your name. When it’s not your reputation at risk, but rather some nameless company that makes all of the profit off of your work, but I still pay attention to it. I read the reviews, especially the low ones and use it to improve myself. I read them and am a little insulted by the trolls that seem to litter the world of the internet, but there are some people who have honest complaints, and I pay attention to those.

A great example is that I had a complaint in the first novel I churned out for the company that the relationship moved to fast and another one that the couple spent to much time travelling. I’ve had other complaints that the sentences sometimes made very little sense and I noticed that. All of these things I paid attention to and took into account on my other stories. I’ve changed the things that needed to be changed, especially if there are several complaints outlining the same thing. I’ve tried to better my craft, but sometimes it feels like I’m losing a part of myself doing that. Some changes I understand, especially after I go back over my work, but other’s I don’t get. I follow the ones I can verify and make changes.

Dyslexic Writers, learning disabilities in the arts.

As a dyslexic writer I was hoping to start a conversation about it. It’s quite a struggle to write when I can’t spell the words right. I do have some tools to help me though. I have a great spellchecker that makes sure that my ‘and’s don’t constantly stay ‘nad’s and my words stay in the right order. Maybe someday I’ll turn it off and write a post without and see what everyone thinks about it. 

Dyslexia doesn’t mean stupid, a lot of people think that. It doesn’t mean that you can’t learn, it just makes learning harder. I fight to read and I fight to write, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy them. Sometimes, when I am tired, I find that I just can’t make my brain process words. I can’t make my mind work right. When I am tired I can’t read and have to slowly decipher every word that I am trying to ingest. It’s a struggle, but worth it. 

Right now my mind is tired. I’m having to double check every word that goes onto the screen. Everything that I see feels slightly fuzzy and I have to pause a lot to make sure that I’m doing it right, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I can envision things in three dimensions because of this problem. Reading is more difficult, but I can picture the shape of a molecule easily. I can’t tell my left from my right but I can watch a TV show and not tell whether it is in 3-D or not because my mind naturally makes shadows and shading do the job they were supposed to. In some ways I have a challenge, but in others I am blessed and for that I am always thankful. I wouldn’t change dyslexia for the world, not for a dang thing. I see the world a little differently for it, and that makes me stand out. 

I have a question for everyone reading this. What challenges do you face when you write? Feel free to tell me because I would love to know.