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Exploring Úr’Dan: The Arrowhead

I’ve managed to fall into a monthly rhythm with this series without even trying. However, I may do an extra one this month in honor of NaNo.

For today’s journey, I’d like to take you to a small region that wields significant influence in the Uplands — some might even say disproportionate influence. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: The Arrowhead

How to Get into the Rhythm of Writing

Hear that stuttered beat? It’s intriguing, hopeful.

You don’t quite know where the song is going until after the 8-measure intro, and the full beat kicks in (after another mini intro).

That’s what writing is like sometimes. It’s difficult to sit down and just start typing or scribbling away all the time. That’s what NaNo has been like for me so far this month. Continue reading How to Get into the Rhythm of Writing

Haiku Sunday NaNo 2017 Edition – Name

“Name”

Is your connection

to your ancestors defined

only by your name?

I completely forgot to announce the NaNo 2017 edition of Haiku Sunday! Just as I’ve done for NaNo 2015 and NaNo 2016, my weekly haiku throughout this November will be based on themes from my NaNo project, The Warden of Everfeld: Legacy. Continue reading Haiku Sunday NaNo 2017 Edition – Name

A Hundred Thousand Souls: PVRIS’s Second Album Elevates their Sound

All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, PVRIS’s second album, is perhaps my favorite new album this year. While it feels less emo-core and more electronic than White Noise, PVRIS still delivers hard-hitting music with even more piercing lyrics. Continue reading A Hundred Thousand Souls: PVRIS’s Second Album Elevates their Sound

Making Time to Write

I intended to have an album review prepared for today. Instead, I fell asleep on the couch in front of Monday Night Football.

This time, at least, I can blame it on my new job. I’m still getting used to the idea of not working a set shift, so I left the office pretty late on Monday. This new schedule where it’s totally up to me when I show up, when I eat lunch, and when I leave has thrown off my entire day-to-day schedule.

I’m trying to iron out the kinks. For instance, how do I maintain a regular gym schedule (we have a gym at the office) when I may have meetings at varying times between 10am and 2pm every day?

The short answer is, go when I have time. But this is harder than it sounds.

Anyway, I’m not here to gripe. This is just an adjustment period for me. I don’t think I’ll need to adjust my blogging schedule once settle in, but I’m keeping my options open.

I’m sending a new batch of chapters to my editor tonight. She will reach a critical turning point in my story, so I’m asking to meet up and discuss her overall thoughts in person.

Hopefully, we’ll also be able to wrap our heads around a timeline for her revisions to the rest of the book.

Steve D