Posted in Fantasy, Miscellaneous, The Mechanical Man, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Sunday, rest-day

It has been a couple of dull days. Weather-wise that is. Been cold and very windy. Today the rain is pouring down and the wind is dancing rock’n’roll with the trees. or at least rumba or something. Also pretty cold. To be at the end of May. But the weather forecast says it will be sunny in the afternoon. Hope so. Wouldn’t mind a biking tour after lunch.

I have been writing today though. Thought I would go back and work on “The Solar Eclipse”. Instead, Andrew showed up again; after landing in the middle of the desert on that hot, sunny planet.  And Kaila disappeared. Where to? How? Did she vanish straight out into thin air? Well, I know. But I won’t tell. I have planned to integrate Andrew Millbourne in that story anyway, so maybe I was working on the Eclipse after all. 😀

Friday my best friend was here. He helped me with what was left of that computer-desk-work. I.E. the Two-factor- something. (Whatever it is called.) Apple security matters anyhow. I just got extremely nervous when I tried to do that myself some time ago. He also made sure everything is connected as it should be.

It was really nice having him here for a couple of hours catching up.  Eating, chatting, laughing, having coffee an so on. We have seen each other briefly, but he hasn’t been here in this flat since I moved in  half a year ago. Nowadays we live too far away from each other. 120 kilometres instead of 40 as we used to have + we worked in the same city, and even at the same workplace for a couple of years.  We do keep in touch though. Always.

And since he is the only one I really trust when it comes to my Apple devices. MacBook, iPad, iPhone… So… nothing will be done with them unless he does it. I don’t even trust myself meddling with the technique matters. But I DID change my AppleID and the password. And deleted the google/gmail – account. All by myself. Now he is going to buy a new battery for my MacBook. It’s high time for that… It’s 6,5 years old, has been in the Mac since the beginning…

When using the devices, though – I’m completely confident.

And now I want lunch.

Posted in Fantasy, The Mechanical Man, Writing

Finally the final

It has taken me several days to write the last part of “The Mechanical Man”. I kind of struggled. Wrote about 450 words, like I was dragging Winnie the Pooh out from his home after he had eaten too much honey.

I knew something was wrong, but what?

Yesterday morning, finally, while eating breakfast I pondered what and why and how, and there it came! I had not awaited my inner spirit but instead tried to write from my head only. Now, I got the hints I needed, the smile finally reached me and I began writing.

The result wasn’t particularly good. The voice inside me then reminded me of a couple of things I had forgotten. Kept on writing – and ended up with 1766 words.

Satisfying, but still not good enough. Too clumsy. Brain-tired though – and I had other tasks to perform in the afternoon anyway – so no more writing yesterday.

Today! What should I do with the text? Nothing wrong – per se. But still! Something was wrong! At lunch, it finally began to loosen up. I moved the entire first paragraph, which was rather long, to a totally different place. Scrambled it, and deleted a couple of sentences.

That made a HUGE difference!

Then the normal editing routine. Deleting unnecessary words. Killing a couple of darlings. Actually adding a couple of words here and there. Deleting more unnecessary words. You know…

The odd thing was, when finished had this editing I still had 1710 words! Must have added more than I thought I did. But now I felt satisfied without a lot of doubts.

Later on, of course, I have to more thoroughly go through all parts as a whole story. But before I begin that desk work, I have a lot of other writings to do.

Posted in The Mechanical Man, Writing

Desk work

Today I have read the entire story about The Mechanical Man (7 422 words). There is one last part to write. At least I think it is only one left to be written. Therefore I felt I needed to read it all, to see how it began, and get some hints about what I have to write now. Generally, I know how the story will end, but I also have to tie the beginning and the ending together.

What I noticed – and that is not uncommon at all, on the contrary – is that the beginning does not fit with the rest of the story. On the whole – Yes! But there are details… I am in good company, though. After Stephen King had finished his story about the Dark Tower, seven volumes, he had to rewrite the first volume. I think he wrote “The wind through the keyhole” after doing that revision. Am I right?

(I actually have a copy of that first one. The Gunslinger. In Swedish translation. Lucky me. Yey! 😀 But I have not cross-examined it against the revised one. Too bone-idle to do that.)

I don’t think I have to change much though, in Part One. I would not reveal too much of the story already in the first pages, would I? But here and there, either add something, change something, or delete something.

So! A good deal of desk-work in front of me. Though I have begun to write on the ninth and, probably, the last part.

Apropos desk-work! Last week I deleted my gmail/google account and instead bought a host/domain for my emails. Perhaps I someday will create a homepage there too, but not now. But I will also use it as a storage place for my writings.
I also changed as well the username as the password to my AppleID, and all this took a lot of time and effort. Let me just say – that is not something I long to do. But once in a while, one has to.

Today I have been working with writing and sending a couple of invoices. Not mine, I don’t have that need, No, I help my daughter with those things. I also created a new template from scratch on Excel. Have so far been using one of the templates offered by Excel, and been more and more fed up with irritation over how it is to work with.

Okay! It took me a couple of hours, but when finished I felt really good about it!

And now my stomach tells me to have dinner. I thought I now should keep on writing about Andrew Millbourne. But okey, okey! A bit of new energy first.

Posted in Images, Odd poetry, Writing

Future

There was a time, when I took a lot of photos,
then edited them, into either this or that.
Now, when I see them, I begin to wonder:
Where did that time go?
How did I come to this?

There was also a time, when I wrote poems
I don’t seem to do that either, any more
Or?

the future is now
when you’re laying you’re puzzle
chunks, bits and pieces
in the choice of your own.

so don’t even think
of gluing them together
in a malicious pattern
you don’t even adore

an old poem of mine

 

Posted in Books & Reading

A handful of books…

A handful of the books on my virtual bookshelf… quite multifaceted…

It’s really awesome to be able to choose whether to listen to a book or read it. For the time being, I prefer to listen – you can be almost anywhere or do almost anything while listening – but you can’t get them all as audio. 😦

Posted in Blogging, Writing

Just an ordinary post

Earlier today I tried to write an ordinary blog post. Nothing happened. My mind had slammed the writing door shut.

For a while, I pondered whether to write about the burnout or not. But naah. Why indulge in negative issues? There are better ones to put energy in. But I can tell you this, just shortly.
– From been living in constant fatigue, not being able to write, read nor even listen to music; to now once again being able both to read and listen to music (if I chose to) AND – since only a short while ago – I WRITE AGAIN!!!!

You can’t believe, how much I have longed for that, so now I live in awe, and are soooo grateful for all the pep talk I’ve got from you wonderful people here on WP!!! Getting likes, and reading your comments, have really helped me get going with the words again. And even in a better style, than before the burnout, I think. I was also a little bit afraid when writing in another language than my own, that I wouldn’t find my own voice again. But, actually, I think I have! It all seems to Be Goooood!

And of course! The Writing-prompts, Ninny Rhino and CampWriMo have been a huge help on the way!

I’m not on the safe side yet, though. Meaning having the routine of writing daily; and easily, naturally just sit down to work without thinking much of it! Just doing it!
I now do a lot of pacing around (mentally mostly) before I finally manage to sit down in front of the Mac and begin writing. I still have to force myself to do it. Especially since I haven’t got a clue of what to write. But then! When only the first words are written, I usually enter the flow.

Except for yesterday.

The day before yesterday, I had written a long text that was meant to be the continuing on “Andrew Millbourne’s big secret”. It turned out to be crap. It was supposed to deal with why the people at that planet have all these metal implants. Why, how and from when.
I ended up with a text where the first circa 350 words is quite good, but the remaining 700-something words, is nothing but a tiring, boring, wordy, telling, verbiage, blä-blä… blä-blä…

In a way, not bad. I can certainly use the information as a background for myself while writing. Getting to know one’s characters, you know. But letting a reader actually read this!!! Oh no! No! No! NO!

Then yesterday, I thought I could use those 700-something words after all. BUT! Edit the text hard! Use what is usable, and make it into a dialogue. So I copied the text and pasted it to a new document. Dated it May 5th.

Oh my god!!! It was good thinking, but a disaster to work with. So hard! Seemed impossible to get some word at all, onto the document. Not until I only used the first sentence and deleted all the rests, I finally managed to write a text where Andrew and one of the spokesmen are talking together, and Andrew asks about those implants, its origin and usage.
And he realizes a lot more, what he hadn’t been informed about beforehand. Kind of Surpriiiiise!!!!

That text is not finished yet, though. Not to my own surprise – my writing-time are evenings. Just about from now (8PM), as a matter of fact, and for a couple of hours onward.

May Speculative Fiction #Writingprompt

Finally May, and a new Challenge. 😀

Myths of the Mirror

Pixabay image by Brigitte Werner

For visually challenged writers, this is an image of a man who is part human and part machine. Behind him are gears and wires as well as a hint of fire or electricity.

Yay! It’s that time again, finally. Thank you to everyone who responded to March’s prompt (we skipped April due to my travels). Now, we’re heading in a new direction once again! Steampunk!

Above is May’s image. If interested, you have until May 23rd to submit a response. Happy Writing!

Here’s how it works:

On the first of every month, I’ll post a speculative fiction prompt from Pixabay. These images are attribution free so you can use them on your blog without worrying about copyright restrictions.

Throughout the month, in order of receipt, I’ll reblog as many of your prompt-inspired creations as I can. And on the last day of each month…

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