A side track
I know this is a blog about writing, but I need to take a moment to let you know something.
I’m starting dialysis Monday.
I’m waffling between “This is a death sentence” and “I’m going to fight like the dickens and live a long life with this.” 15 hours a week at a dialysis center, and working 40 hours a week won’t leave me much time for fun and games.
However, on the bright side, I’ll have time to write. Somewhere I have a Bluetooth keyboard and I can hopefully type using my iPad. I’m working on the next novel, the sci-fi one I explained in the previous blog. I’m doing it in Word this time around, not Scrivener.
I’ll have time to read, to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and do fill-it-ins (they’re like crossword puzzles but you’re given the word and have to fit it in puzzle). If I had a laptop I would probably game, but I don’t have one.
I also have time to pester people, do my calls and emails. Go ahead, tell me my on hold time is an hour. I’ll wait.
Back in the saddle?
I was in the hospital for two weeks due to a mental health issue, and realized while I was there that I missed writing.
I was into the game, and work, and other things known as Life, that I didn’t want to write. I didn’t have time or the energy.
So when I got out of the hospital, I let my publisher know that I was going to write something. But I wanted to write a different genre, something that I hadn’t done before.
While cleaning cat puke off a notebook, I realized that this notebook had my notes from a hard science fiction novel I had written in my 20’s. It was very similar to Dune in that it had to do with an alien race finding a mythical person to lead them. However, it took place on Earth.
I hadn’t written hard sci-fi since then and wondered “Why not?” My plan is to write the first chapter, present it to the publisher with a very rough outline of the rest of the book, and see what he thinks.
Thinking is writing, too
Just because you’re not putting anything on the page, it doesn’t mean that you’re not writing if you’re thinking about your work in progress.
I’m looking for inspiration to write something. City of Heroes’ characters are deep in that lore, so pulling Maximillian out will make things weird. A few people I talked to mentioned a children’s book, something upbeat and fluffy. All week I’ve been trying to think of “fluffy” and it always turns into something dark.
It’s a whole different mindset to think of something positive, when all you can think of is the negative. But I’m still thinking, trying to twist the negative into the positive.
I guess i need to watch more Star Trek.
It’s been two or three weeks since I’ve updated this blog. I sincerely apologize because my head has been in City of Heroes nearly constantly.
It’s good to see it back, to play the old missions. Arachnos, Warriors, Council, Sky Raiders, the maps, the missions and contacts – it brought back old memories. Fighting in caves, warehouses, offices…different than Champions Online. I found out some ways to get different perks.
This is OCD in full-bloom. I need to ease up.
- I plan on stepping away from the game, attempting to just get on during the weekends.
- I need to write again. Something upbeat and fluffy, as something different. It’ll probably never see the light of day, though.
- I can grab a couple of characters and write stories about them from CoX. Personally I like Maximillian (Leader of “The Maximum Ride Gang”)–he’s a villain.
- I have other characters that I can work on. My writing depends on characters, not settings or plots.
This week, Maxwell Thomas has a book coming out, the omnibus of Brothers of the Zodiac. It’s eBook only, so available on Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, etc.
I finally finished Real Magic for Writers. I just need to take a few pictures so that we can have them in the book for illustrations. I just finished sending back the first editorial pass.
The publisher liked the book and is happy with how it turned out. It will be published under Water Dragon Publishing, probably in September, or maybe August if we get everything straight before then.
Meanwhile, I’m coming up with characters in City of Heroes. There’s Maximillian, in charge of a gang called “Maximum Carnage” (Mastermind/Kinetics).
A spider who was able to get his armor off and get out of the network of Arachnos. (No Quarter – spider soldier).
Grimaulkin, of course. (Dark/Fire “sentinel” aka “striker”)
I have 18 characters. Most are level 20 and below, and I have them divided into role-playing, sometimes role-playing, and concept characters.
Come join me on the “homecoming” servers (Yes, I found that amusing). I’m @Grimaulkin