I love that feeling. When I get in the zone while I’m doing anything, I feel like I’m invincible. You know what I mean?
Earlier this week, I was able to write about 1000 words of Journey to Ariadne on paper with a pen in 40 minutes. It was mostly dialogue, and it just flowed. It came out of my mind and onto paper with such ease, I couldn’t believe it. Today, I typed it all out onto my computer, then finished writing that chapter. More than 1800 words for that chapter (I know, it’s short. But I’m not going for a long book with this.). It’s going to be up for critiques next week, so I’m excited about that.
What next? Well, the next part is calling out to me. But I don’t think I’ll have much time to do it today, because my daughter’s nap is going to finish soon. She’ll be up, and she’ll want to play with me. I’ll see what I can do. In the meantime, I can also work on the Ariadne Encyclopedia with any information that I can provide now. I’ll have to see about that, too.
As for one other thing about being in the zone, although I’ve missed posting one day this month, I made up for it by posting twice yesterday. I still feel like I can continue posting every day more or less. But as the holiday season approaches, and I spend a few days with the in-laws, I may not be able to post at that time. No writing, either. But that’s still more than 3 weeks away.
The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion is the second part of the first book in the Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Both parts are available as one book in the Tor edition.
This book continues just as part 1 left off. The familiar characters are all back to continue their rather perilous-looking adventures. It continues to be gritty and is becoming darker now. What’s impressed me about the story is that there are many threads, and they’re all starting to converge into one point. In the beginning, they all seemed unrelated, but now they all have the same purpose, to try to figure out how to stop the expansion of this invasion into the world of the living. Not only is this science fiction, it also has elements of horror. This isn’t about zombies, but more like possession (don’t worry, this is all on the cover of the book).
The characters are incredible. They consist mainly of the Edenists, those that are capable of a kind of telepathic communication with each other and their living spaceships and habitats, and the Adamists, who are more like regular humans. This book focuses far more on Joshua Calvert, as well as one small group of unaffected humans on Lalonde lead by Father Horst Elwes, and Ione Saldana. Syrinx is in this book far less than part 1, but I expect a big return in future books. I’m really liking the pair of Joshua and Ione. They’re both young and rich, Joshua is a bit reckless and daring, while Ione has a lot of responsibility and seems to handle it well. Father Horst has to take many children under his wing and protect them from the invading dead. There are many more characters, but these three stand out the most for me. I must say that Joshua is showing quite a bit of depth.
Hamilton’s style of writing is very descriptive. He uses a lot of technical terminology, but doesn’t make it difficult to understand. He makes it easy to create an image in the mind of what is happening. Lalonde itself is very much alive in my mind, as is Tranquillity. I continue to be very impressed with this.
I have a big recommendation. When reading this book, make sure you read it right after you finish part 1. It was difficult to get back into the story after several months, as I’d forgotten who was who. The cast of characters is so vast that it can be difficult to keep them all straight. But after a bit, it was no trouble.
By the end of this book, some loose ends were tied up, but the main problem still exists. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds. As with part 1, I recommend this very much to fans of science fiction and space operas. I’d give this 5 out of 5 stars. Great stuff!
I came across this interesting article about self-publishing this morning when it was shared on Facebook. It made me think about my priorities and expectations for writing.
Page 1 talks about the priorities of both self-published and traditionally published authors, as well as aspiring authors and hybrid authors. I’m in the aspiring author category at this moment, so I’ll see how I compare. One of my biggest priorities has been to achieve a lifelong ambition (more like a 14 year ambition). I’ve been wanting to write a novel for 14 years, and finally started this year. I don’t expect to make a living writing. A lot of aspiring authors want that. It would be nice, but I just want to get my story out there. If I get picked up by a major publisher, great. If not, I’ll be happy with self-publishing.
Page 2 shows the median number of published and unpublished manuscripts per author type. It shows that aspiring authors tend to have around 4 unpublished manuscripts. I have none finished, but 3 started. One is for a non-fiction book I’d like to write, but is on the back-burner. One is for a story I started during NaNoWriMo last year and found I had no time to write. I’ll go back to it eventually. It’s another story I’ve had planned for quite some time. And the other one I’m currently working on and hope to have the next part ready for critiquing tomorrow.
Page 3 shows the income for each type of writer. Interesting how even traditionally published authors often don’t have much income from writing. I’m in the lowest group, having no income at all from writing. But then, I haven’t published. Well, technically, I am published, but for a travel magazine’s blog. It’s unpaid, though.
So, why am I doing all of this if I don’t expect to get much money from it? Well, I enjoy the process of writing stories, and I want to give people an interesting story to read. I love creating. For those of you who are writing, why do you write? Do you want to make a living off of it, do you write just because you like it, or some other reason? Please leave a comment.
Normally, when I’m writing, I use my computer. But today, while I had some time before I started working, I wrote part of Journey to Ariadne on paper with a pen. Occasionally, I’ll write notes in my notebook, but rarely have I written part of the actual story that I’ll end up typing up.
One of the pros of writing on paper is that I could do it anywhere. It’s easy to pull out my notebook and pen and write something. But for me, I think it’s also quite slow. I can’t write that quickly, and when I do, it looks like a mess.
Writing on the computer is much, much faster. I used to do data entry while I was in university, and my typing speed improved from around 80 words per minute to more than 100. My typing speed has slowed somewhat, but I still type quickly. This allows me to get my thoughts down on my computer far faster than if I’m writing on paper.
Some people say they feel pen and paper is more intimate or personal when they write. I can see that. But I find it so inefficient that I prefer typing. What I’m writing is going up on my website in the end, anyway. And it’ll be an eBook, too. So, why take so much time with pen and paper? Well, my computer stays at home. I can’t bring it with me everywhere, as it’s a rather large desktop replacement laptop. It’s not easy to take with me. So, the only alternative is to use pen and paper. Or I could try typing on my iPhone, but that’s even slower than writing.
What do you prefer when writing?
Thank you everyone for following me through November. It was a very quick month, and I successfully posted every day this month. This is the final post of the month.
So, what did I learn?
In the beginning, I started a series about how to establish a colony on another planet. I did some research to find out what’s feasible and what’s not. I found it to be an interesting and useful exercise, especially for my own writing.
I also went through a marketing discovery. I knew all about these websites, but I found that Reddit is extremely valuable, as long as you don’t flood them with links to your own blog. But honestly, you’re limited as to how much you can submit there. StumbleUpon is good, though doesn’t generate as many visits as Reddit does. But you can submit as much as you want. But the big thing is that as long as I’m posting regularly, I get regularly higher views. But that’s not exactly rocket science, is it? This has been my best month in terms of readership by far. The last time I had a jump in readers was when I did another post a day month. This month, I’ve had nearly as many view as I had in all of August, September, and October put together. Best of all, it keeps growing! The past week has been my best ever.
So, what does this mean for the next month? I’m going to continue posting at least 5 times a week. I will be getting back to posting reviews, now that The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience is starting. I will be posting new interviews. And over on my official website, I’ll start writing the Ariadne Encyclopedia.
Just one other thing. This is a very odd statistic that I noticed. Ever since I wrote the post about population growth in a colony, I’ve been getting an increase in the number of people reading from South Korea. The numbers coincide every day. Is there a Korean search engine that picked that up and ranked it high?
Anyway, thank you very much for reading. My readers are part of the reason I write (the other reason being because I want to). Most of all, I enjoy engagement in the comments. So, please comment whenever you see something interesting. Let’s keep writing!