Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cheers Everyone!

I hope that everyone is doing well. I am doing Ok tonight. Been taking a breather from writing for the past couple of days. Doing some extra over time leads to a tired writer and so I rest

I am going to get some rest tonight as well because I have a date with the MRI machine tomorrow. Looking forward to that…Not! But it must be done! Wish me luck.

The Cheerios Spoonful of Stories is down. I can only guess that they are getting it ready for another contest. At least I hope so. There have been past years where they did not have the contest. I hope they have it this year.

Well I have to go now… So until next time…William out!.

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It is late in the evening…

and here I am typing away on the iPad. I have been working on the sci-fi story, writing scenes that are approaching plot point two. Plot point two being the point where the protagonist changes from being reactive to proactive. I have rewritten about 5000 words so far. I plan to close in on ten thousand by the next Wellington Critique group meeting.

I also want to write a couple os children’s stories and have them ready for submission. At least that is what the plan is for now. Now on a different note, today is my mothers birthday and she 86 years young! We had the family get together yesterday at the local Longhorns. We sure did have fun!

Sorry about the multiple updates. I just updated the app and I am still getting used to it! Well I have to go now. I have more writing to do and I have a comment to look at. So until next time…William out!

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Writing is sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse, but always fun and interesting!

The title of this post does say it all. Hello fellow writers. I hope that your Friday evening is going well. My day started real early this morning when I arrived at my neural ophthalmologist. 7:30 am. Yeah I’m not a morning person! My sister drove me to the office and I managed to drag myself into the place drinking as much caffeine as I could. I didn’t get much sleep the night before.

I had to go to this place because my cataract surgeon saw something and recommended I see the ophthalmologist before she does any surgery to remove scar tissue on the left eye. We tested my vision and the tests showed that it has been stabilized for the past 6 months. The doctor said I could go ahead and have the surgery to clear up the scar tissue in the eye and keep watch over a small problem that was detected. So blood work was done and I am going to do another MRI. I hate doing MRI’s. Now don’t get me wrong. I know they are an important diagnostic tool. I just hate the noise , having to lie still for 60 minutes, and having the head enclosed in steel. Other than that I’m fine! Oh well life is a bitch and I have to deal with this. Enough about me and on to the writing!

I posted a Mark Twain quote on my Cool Quotes Famous Quotes blog. This quote has to about acknowledging fault…

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
Mark Twain
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 – 1910)

I thought it is pretty cool! I have been and after this post will continue to work on my sci-fi and how to projects. Also I have been looking at the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories site to see when the new contest will start. Once it does start I will let you guys know here on the blog.

I am approaching plot point two in my sci-fi story. Plot point two is usually the second reveal of information that helps the protagonist in his, her, or it’s goal to beat the antagonists plans. Plot point two is when the protagonist learns something that is vital about the antagonist that allows the protagonist to shift from being reactive to pro-active. Before this the protagonist knew what had to be done, but had no clue how to do it. This plot point reveal helps to change that.

Well that’s it for me this week and so until next time…William out!

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Bad Weather Day!

I was going to go to the Wellington critique group meeting today, but my ride canceled due to adverse weather conditions. You see a strong cold front is going through the West Palm Beach area causing several tornado watches and warnings to be issued. So I agreed with my friend Lisa that we should not be out in this weather. Besides it gives me more time to write anyway.

I’,m going to meet with my new cataract surgeon, tomorrow. It will be a get to know each other session. She will be doing laser surgery on my left eye in order to get rid of some left over scar tissue from the cataract surgery I had done last year. One question I will certainly ask is how many times has she done this procedure? Another question I will ask is her training background. What degrees she has etc… A third question would be the cost. To tell you the truth, that last question is a mute point as I must have the surgery anyway. In any case it should be interesting.

Now on to writing. This month I have been working on my sci-fi story “A Change in Time”. I am working towards plot point two in the story. Now plot point two is the stage in the story where new information is revealed to the protagonist that would enable he, she or it to change from being reactive to proactive. A good example of this comes froms Star Wars where the message in R2D2 is displayed showing how to destroy the Death Star. At least Luke and the rebels now have a plan to act on. And that is what U am drawing up now.

It seems like whenever I reach that plateau of 6000 words or so, I hit the wall , so to speak, it’s just like the wall a runner hits while running a marathon. You have to have to tough it out and get through it, in order to finish. And thats what I plan on doing. So with that in mind I’m going to bid you guys farewell! So until next time…William out!

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Good Afternoon fellow writers!

I hope that your afternoon is going well. I am having a wonderful afternoon myself. Just finished off half of a Russo’s small tuna sub. Russo’s is a small locally owned sub shop business located in suburban West Palm Beach area. They make really good subs. If you are in this area, on vacation, you may want to check them out!

Just thought I would let you guys know that my father is getting better each week. Today the therapist came in and made him stand up more. He has a bit of a hard time straightening himself up. But given some time it’s hoped that he will improve in this area. Knowing my dad, he will achieve that goal.

I have been reworking the “inciting incident” of my sci-fi story “A Change in Time”. As of this posting I have rewritten close to 4000 words on the story since the last critique group meeting in Wellington, Florida. I seem to average about 5000 words a month and given the time constraints regarding the job and other things, I think that is not too bad.

I still need to research the Writer’s Markrt so I can submit to various markets and contests. It would be nice to get something going there. Since I have been working story, the “how to” project has seen the backburner. Don’t worry though. Ideas are being roasted on the backburner.

I thought AI would talk about the third plot point which is “Pinch Point One.” This plot point is firmly nestled between Plot point one and Plot Point two. Now you may want ask yourself, what dosed pinch point one do? Well other than move the story along, pinch point one gives the reader a hint of what the Antagonist is capable of doing. Which also gives the reader a glimpse as to how big the challenge may be for the protagonist.

In my story, I kind of blew through pinch point one, because I showed the antagonist’s capability directly instead of indirectly, which is how this plot point is normally shown. It’s like the protagonist comes on home only to find his or her pet cat dead and skewered to the front door by a 6 inch knife. Grisly, but it gets the point across about what the antognist’s just might do in the story. At least that is my definition of pinch point one.

Next week is my critique group meeting in Wellington and, with that in mind, I had better tend to my other writing duties. So until next time…William out!

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