Saturday, August 22, 2015

I just realize I needed to sell this by writing more things....

    I know that a full fledged story about a wolf through a wolf's perspective is probably going to a bit difficult for some.  It's why I like the challenge to myself to write a story like this.  

    I know that this crowd is a tad bit different than the Transformer crowd (come on Kindleworld...)  so it seems to me that perhaps I should write a regular Joe story. 

   Trouble is, I don't much of Joe outside of the 80's cartoon and the insanely awesome IDW Transformers vs GI Joe that is happening.    Okay, blatant plug seriously....

    I have to create a new Joe story, for which I will be developing and outlining as well.

Timber will not be waiting on the way side, as well you know many proficient writers can't sit and just plan one thing.

   Speaking of my wolf friend, I was going for a more GI Joe Military title to bring people in...

Skip that....I'm just calling my book GI Joe: Timber.

Or just Timber.

Long live the wolf....

Now to restart that first paragraph ...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hi Kids....sorry about the wait

Well, as you've realized that I haven't posted on here for at least once a month.

I almost wish it was my apathy, that may be easier to handle. 

I became a Grandpa (happier news indeed), and other issues got some not so good news(earlier posts explain those)

I wanted to get back to that horrific start....

This is probably what you never see.   The starting lines that are thrown away by authors.

So, I gave that to you guys.

But hey, I promised you would see the process and you still will.   Unfortunately, I can't hold to my once a month promise here...

I will try my best to update, and to write this, because I want to do so.

Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know this isn't a dropped project.    Hopefully it will be done before KindleWorlds is whisked away (I shouldn't jinx myself).

If that happens, I just may turn it into a fan fiction story.    

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

First lines

     The small two legs smelled of marked territory.   Its weird white replacement fur seemed easily peeled and thrown away by the female alpha.   The two legs with a trees face turned his nose up to the potent mark odor. Timber wondered why tree face did this when he frequently marked his own inner fur.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Little update on my writing....and other things.

     April is going to be my writing month for the first chapter.    Starting on April Fools (And just to let people know, it won't be a joke chapter...), I will start writing the first book of the chapter.   Let me give you a breakdown of how this is going to work.

    I will start writing something during the day, when I stop editing, and I'm done for that day, it will remain as the post for that day.     I will copy paste what I did, and continue the process for the next day whether writing more, or editing more.   I may not be able to do every single day for real life stuff reasons (explained below)   I had an idea about putting my thoughts during the whole process, but then I may go back and redo that after the book is officially completely out.       Now, this is to give people the great insight into seeing an author write a book short of youtubing the process (I might want to patent that...or something).

Now for the the other real life stuff.

    All though the rhymes and reasons for my mom's health going down are still in question, it's not a continual downward spiral at this point.. It's a bit more difficult not being in the know of exactly what's going on, she's in a safe, relatively stable environment at the moment.     Whether things can be reversed, is unsure at the moment.   It depends on the diagnosis.    All hope for the best though. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Importance of proper environment to a writer....

This is going to be a rather somber post.    One of the many things that's important to a writer is to have an environment where we can relatively seclude ourselves to concentrate on the story.

  I was only set to write something every day for February, spreading the "love" of Timber as it were, a grassroots way for people to almost literally see an author type the first chapter of their book (I'm sure it's been done at some point, on some other blog type deal).   

But, that didn't come to pass.

Instead, my mother's health took an unexpected 180, and as of this moment the VA hospital is attempting to ascertain the rhymes and reasons.    Her family history is one that needless to say not something that is working for her.    Dementia and Alzheimer's are prevalent in the family "male" genes (usually it's the males of the family that tend to pass stuff on to their kids), at least there's more of a chance for passing on stuff (note I'm not a doctor.).  The signs and symptoms seem to be pointing to a potential for family history to come to pass, however unlike dementia and alzheimers they pretty much came like a rapid punch.    That is something not associated with either of those issues.

   So,in a weird way that I'm glad that Timber is a pet project (sorry...) of mine and not something that will make bread and butter like the writers that turn out stuff on a regular basis.

   See, I wanted to make writing my "part time" gig, and not my full time one.   Kindleworlds provided me an opportunity to write at my own pace, to write my own words with out needing to change my story to match a "general audience", and well, there's no deadline pressure from an editor.

 As far as Timber goes, well, I still will maintain my monthly posts for now.     I'm sure at some point, that I will get to that writing the first chapter for every day of the month (I was trying to be a lazy arse by choosing February I admit...).      Obviously, writing is passion of mine that I was trying to reignite by making myself post here monthly then do the first chapter bit...

  For now, I have to focus on other things, but I will keep all in the loop.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I guess I should do the "what the heck is this all about" bit...

              This kind of one of those hidden gem blogs that eventually I'll release to the world like a DVD/Blu-ray bonus.   
              Naturally, it's also an outlet to kind of keep my thought processes on the story.   People can see the little nuances inside my clicking wheels.    

   The thing about Timber's story is really there is no way to present this without giving something that's counter to a true behavior of a wolf.       Yes, they can be trained, but to a point.    From all the reading I've done, their training makes them eventually as trainable as a cat.      Yes, they can still interact, but they get bored with repetitive tasks (I think the wolf may be my spirit animal in that way).    Timber being  Snake Eye's effectively "trained" K-9 in the original cartoon was probably the worst offender.     The more recent shows are at least somewhat more leaning towards a whole Dances With Wolves bit condensed in cartoon/comic time (without the bad ending of said movie).

   I thought long about the process of an "out" without seeming horrifically cliche or something that felt forced on Timber's predatory nature.      Queue the irony of the last sentiment as the thought process behind developing an "out" is essentially forcing an element unto Timber's origin.   I wanted to be able to setup a story that can give Timber a "pass" on having his adventures with Snake Eyes as well as any other potential Joe animals (Polly, Order, Junkyard, Freedom, Sandstorm...etc, etc) without feeling any predatory instincts...or at least the compulsion to act upon them.      

The thing is that that element of the story is ultimately going to be a background thing.    It will be presented by humans, who like me, are not complete experts in veterinary medicine, wolf behaviors, or combinations thereof.

I'd like to talk to real experts, but honestly I don't think I know any that could spare their time to talk to me (and have the patience to put their knowledge in layman's terms).    I am an extremely detailed guy who wants to know correct things to say.    So, I have to do what I can do best. 

In all honesty, I plan on putting in a foreword to the book about even though some of the subject material may not completely match the true world of wolf behavior and the world of veterinary medicine and to review the reality of subjects through various books and sites that ofter straight forward information.     And, that I hope to contain at least the spirit of the animal that I'm writing about, and properly present some aspects that defy common stereotypes.

Speaking of writing, I am putting myself more out there so I'm going to be getting to the first Chapter of the story.      The policy is that I can present 20% of my book on a blog...

Well, my next few updates will be quite literally me writing my first chapter for all to see.

Note, that as I type, I will come back and edit the chapter as much as I feel like it.    I will also do a "director's comments" style of writing as I do any changes to a chapter.    I may effectively wipe stuff out and put it in quotes as I go.  It will be annoying frustrating, but perhaps I can give people a little snippet inside the insanity of my writing...emphasis on the insanity part.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Location, Location, Location....

       One of the most daunting tasks of my thinking process (I tend to overthink...a lot) is that I need to be pretty precise in how I describe things.    I learned a long time ago through honing my writing craft that description should be organically and weaved within the story.     You don't stop and smell the roses, you continue to walk and breathe in the fragrant aroma of your mom's flower garden.    I also have a bit of an issue with the fact that I can't really travel and see the locales that I write about.

        Take the High Sierras (which seems to be the most common place for Timber to have trouble...) for instance.    As an overzealous writer, I just don't want to stick with vague descriptions of flora and fauna.   It's not that I want my readers to develop a degree in botany, it's just I don't want someone with a degree in botany to chuckle if I happen to describe a tree that belongs more in the central region of the Americas rather than the Northwest region.    The same with animals that may inhabit the region.    I want to ensure that I don't do simple slip ups of describing a general variety of fish that may not actually be predominant in the region.     And, there are variety of species within a common family of fish, and sometimes may even have a subspecies that is inherit to a specific region.   It's that level of detail that often may cause me to lock up and get writer's block (irony considering the posting...I suppose).     Again, I don't want to try to make a normal reader an expert, but I'd rather not have an expert flora and fauna person chuckle at the fact I can't get my regional animals and plants right. 

     I suppose it may seem mundane and trivial to some for a writer to fret about such things.   If a reader of my book has an opportunity to travel to the High Sierras, I want them to have that sense of deja they've been to that spot.    And, well, hopefully not so much that a reader might think that Timber might walk up and say "hi" (since you know, wolves are still very much predatory animals and not dogs...a contention I have to deal with in my story...).  
        But, I believe it's part of a writer's task to take people away to somewhere they've never been.   And, with actual true specific regions, it's a daunting task to get everything just right.