4 February 2009 - 10:26Feed Change Accomplished

The migration of the account did indeed disrupt the feed (and I’m sorry — I screwed up — but then that’s why I warned you). However, we are now back up and running.  You will probably need to delete your old feed and click on the subscribe button to get it back.

I’m going to try to post more in the next couple weeks (starting Friday).  However, since my goal is paying for my own “fellowship”, I’ll probably write more about money than about writing.  Still, I think money is an issue of interest to all writers.

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10 January 2009 - 13:34Goal for 2009? Roll My Own Fellowship

I have been in hibernation for a while.  No writing, no reading, no posting, just dealing with a really draining situation at the Day Job, which I believe I have now put behind me.  More or less.  I hope.

One thing I have realized, as I found myself drowning in crap, is that to get a fellowship (you know, that big goal I talked about last year?  Winning a Nicholl Fellowship?) you pretty much have to already have a fellowship. That is, you need the time and mindspace to really concentrate on your writing.  And a week or two ain’t gonna do it.

Due to the fact that I am very good at managing my money, and that I live very frugally in a state that has been depressed for so long that the cost of living is minimal, and because I’ve been lucky, I should be able to swing an unpaid leave over the summer.  (That’s the advantage of working in education. Most colleges are more than willing to forego your services over summer. It’s also a disadvantage of working in education.)

But even before summer comes along, my work life has improved to the point that I can resume my writing-related activities now.  And I intend to do so.

One way to get your productivity up is to post your progress publicly.  This is the theory behind Novel Dares and things like NaNoWriMo.  So expect me to post more often for a while.  Not only goals and updates, but postings about process and about financial matters and about whipping life into shape so you can get on with the story.

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10 December 2007 - 19:03Talk about under construction!

The dust has not only not settled, it has barely risen. Expect radical changes through all of December. (And beyond.)

This blog will be about writing. I expect mainly to fill it with three things:

Commentary tracks: a close study, scene-by-scene, of various movies. I’m doing this for myself — as a method of getting to the next level. I’ll probably do them in seven parts, depending on each flick. I don’t know if I will continue this pattern, but for now, I am picking a mediocre movie, and a great movie that speaks to the same issues. Right now I’m analyzing “The Contract” a direct to video thriller with excellent talent, no particular mistakes, yet not a lot of oomph. I will then go on to Hitchcock’s first version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” which conquered similar problems with a lot of panache. However, since I am distractable, I will not begin posting a Commentary Track series until I’ve finished writing it.

Reviews and resources: I come across a lot of books, podcasts, websites, so I’ll be posting info about them — some short, some long. Some of these resources will be about screenwriting, but some of them will be about marketing and productivity and business. I’ve found a lot of such resources to be extremely useful to me as a writer. (Disclaimer: I will sometimes add purchase links for items that are sold at Amazon. I will recieve small kickbacks from Amazon if you buy anything after entering the store though one of my links.)

Learning Experiences and Opinion Pieces: I don’t know how often I will post these, I’m sure I will sometimes come across a learning experience I want to share, or have a pet-peeve I want to vent.

As for the Pitchlady synopsis service, you can find that Right Here.

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