Uh Oh.. My month of NanoWrimo preparation is almost 1/2 completed and I have been 5 days since my last daily post. Life and work intervened. Thursday I went to a concert by Deborah Linden and Leslie Hudson aka Sinderella. Friday we hooked up our trailer to go spend Thanksgiving at Bass Lake Provincial Park. Unfortunately Bass Lake closed for the season on September 23. We ended up at McRae Point Provincial Park southeast of Orillia and it was wonderful. We had a fantastic camping weekend.
Nano preparations: I spent a couple hours reworking some of my timelines and plots in Freemind. I did alot of headwork on my story. SJ and I spent alot of time walking through the woods at the campground and talking about the ins and outs of her story… but I’ll leave her to write about that.
Last week I bought the Humble Mobile Bundle 2, a collection of indie games for my android tablet. One of the bonus games was the android edition of Karateka, a 1984 Apple II game that I had never heard of. It also included an ebook called The Making of Karateka. This ebook is the journal of Jordan Mechner from 1982-84, from when he was a 17 year old Yale Freshman with an idea for a karate game on the apple II which was waay ahead of his time to 1984 when the completed game was published. This book is much more than the story of how the game came to be. It is a time capsule into the history of early gaming, and 1980s movies. It also shows the transformation of the author from a brilliant, lazy, socially awkward computer nerd freshman, into manhood and into a confident game designer, budding filmmaker, and author. Another great pre-wrimo read. (Oops– over my self imposed 100 words for these daily updates).
Unfortunately, life consists of more than just writing time. It can be challenging to use your time well, but fear not! Today, participant Daniela McVicker shares some great practical tools to help with effective time management: We all face the issue of spending too much time on straightforward tasks, which is why time management is such […]
Diversity makes stories better, plain and simple. This year, we’ve partnered with the good folks at Writing With Color to get some advice on how to write stories populated with people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the second part of her sub-series “Properly Coded,” Alexa White discusses how to create backstories for characters of […]