Writing update

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Writer in editing mode

It has definitely been awhile since I updated the blog on the writing side of things. A few reasons. I really don’t like writing about writing.  I also discovered that I’m not really a fan of reading about writers expounding on writing. Bores me to tears.

When I took the plunge into actually publishing my work, I friended up quite a few authors and independently published writers in the social media world to get their take on things. Educational yep. Exciting and fun to read? Nope. So my blog has evolved to the things I DO find interesting to blabber about, namely my 8-legged cats and other hobbies.

That all said, I haven’t stopped writing, but it has slowed down this last twelve months. You’re probably asking yourself at this point, if this dude hates writing about writing so much, what is this for? The answer is that I have actual readers now who are waiting for the next book(s) in the series that began with “Princess”. Folks wanna’ know where things are at, and a few have asked politely how stuff is going, so here ya go.

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Tarantula Bits #1

 

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“Tiphane” Grammostola porteri mature female 6″ My first and still favorite.

A new take on my old “last bits”.

I ranted like crazy about this on faffbook in a local group. Posting the 2-part rant here for posterity:

Local shops rant #1
Irritated. There are times in this hobby when I get pissed about pricing. Specifically local herp (reptiles and snakes) shops. Been on the hunt for a B. smithi for awhile now, and found two…one at a local reptile store, and the other at…drumroll…Petco. Same size, everything. (juvenile to young adult approx 3-3.5″)

Guess who wanted 150+$ and were offended when I counter offered the price range I KNEW I could get the T for?
Then wild guess who sold me mine for 75$?

People hate on the chain stores, but I have had better luck in general with them then the “locals” in this hobby.
I do not and will not name names. Just “local” ranting. :-/

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Local shops rant #2:

I have yet to see a listing of T’s on ANY local pet store website. No prices, no species, nothing. Unless you call. Then it is, “Oh sure, we have a lot of them, come on down.” And when you do, you generally will see outrageous prices that would drive an online vendor out of business faster than you can shake your head as no one would make that kind of buy.

While I will exclude Naturebox (local vendor here in Denver) from the pricing irritation (they are an excellent source for reasonably priced tarantulas), even that store has a website section for spiders that is empty and has been since I first checked em’ out quite some time ago.
On the other hand, online vendors look like the 2nd picture.  Species, new arrivals, availability/sold out info, origin locale info, pricing, and general information as to species care.

Consider this an “I wish” posting rather than grrr argh.

[Aside, there were some web captures illustrating my points. I’ll leave them out of this post as they are local to the Denver area, and this blog has a wider reach.  Just pretend you saw blank pages where listings should go. heh.]

addendum to the rant:

I just saw an A. versicolor 1/2″ sling selling for 60$ on a shelf at a local shop. Almost choked. Then I looked at the other selections, some of which were absolutely crazy high as well.

Then when I asked why the prices were so high, I received the stock used car salesman answer, “Oh they’re on consignment.” -this is a magic term for “just because we think there are enough suckers who will pay it.”
:-/


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Back to me blabbing on the blog here:

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Last Bits 4

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1.  Driving was good for a Tuesday. Not many rides, but the ones I had were longer, and thus profitable. I’ll take it.

2.  Writing…Is happening once I put this last bits to bed. Had other things going on earlier, so will tackle the work in a few.

2a.  When I’m working on a book, the rule is simple: SOMETHING everyday. It doesn’t matter whether it is just a sentence…or a 10k outline extravaganza, or a 15k barrage on the manuscript….it HAS to happen every…single…day…except one. I always take one day away to just veg, read, goof off, movie/tv series-athons and not work.

While some writers do the every-day-no-day-off thing, I have found that one day away, on purpose, charges my batteries for the project at hand.

3.  Why do I blog? I have asked myself that before, and have seen some stuff crossing my social network feeds lately expounding upon the whichness of the wherefores regarding writerly blogging/marketing hoohaah.

My answer is twofold. I have always enjoyed the idea of a journal. Secondly as an indie author, a blog is a way to get myself and my product “out there”. There are several ways to do this, all equally valid. The first part I always shoved off in a procrastinating manner as it wasn’t as necessary to the day-to-day of my life. The addition of really pushing to become a successful writer put the focus back on actually DOING a journal of some kind. A public journal allows me to take care of two tasks at once. Because of the public nature of the things, it forces me to be somewhat creative, and hopefully entertain the passersby who wander ’round these parts looking for something to chew on for a few.

3A.  Blogging also expands my writer’s toolkit. It forces me to look at things in a different light, and be entertaining about it.

I do not always succeed, as this particular entry is more me doing an fyi piece, but hey, it IS my blog, I’ll be boring if I wanna!  😀

4.  I am NOT a professional blogger, i.e., one who blogs exclusively. This is secondary to my passion. That passion is building worlds and telling really interesting/cool stories. This is also why I won’t have something to stuff in here every single day…unless I find it amusing, interesting, or at least mildly informative.

5.  I hope all of you passing by this day have a good one, and I’ll cya’ around the ‘sphere!

Last bits 1 -The WordPress days starts with this one!

end of day 1(Facebook users, this is where the Last Bits are happening from now on. You lazy no-click away types can just suffer. -heh)

1. Blogging is fun. Until it ain’t. Usually that means I’m trying to figure out some weird sharing issue or glitch causing something to futz up…such as reblogging from a different bit of software.

2. Moooar blogging stuff. I’m staying on WordPress for now, and using a tool to forward to my site over on Thirdscribe.

3. I’m really REALLY REALLY happy with the revamp of my Blog site here. It has the right amount of “bling”, but still easy to read and navigate.  I’m a geek, so yeah.

4. Pretty fun evening on the driving side of things. Not too busy, but good customers and longer rides make “not so busy” a moot point.

5. Pounding away on the keyboard has been productive. The 2nd volume of After the Burning is coming along. I generally don’t do “word counts”. My goal is to nod my head at the end of the session, and know that I did what I needed to do.  Some days are better than others. The last week has been better.

6. I’m going to have to get a new office chair. My old faithful is finally dying faster than I can jury rig it. The piston is out, the arms are worn through, it’s starting to wobble a bit, and adjusting pillows to get the right height for wordsmithing is getting to the “ludicrous zone”. It’s time.

7. These “Last Bits” postings will have an occasional companion called “Mid Bits”…for obvious non going to bed yet reasons. 🙂

8. All you daypire types have a great Saturday!

So now there IS a Dragon

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So after quite a bit of futzing’ about this way n’ that with my WordPress blog setup, I’ve settled (for now) on the Piano Black theme from mono-lab. I really like this theme as it allows for customizable backgrounds and a semi-transparent scroll without being over the top.  Readability is important, and this one lets the actual information shine through, while still giving a distinct personality to the blog.

As I am a sci-fi/fantasy writer, well, the blog suits.

I’ve changed up the menu structure a bit, updated the blog roll, links and sidebar stuff, and after all of this I will be spending quite a bit more time here than I have in the past.

I’m also really liking the new WordPress editor functionality. It really allows the blogger to drill down and get things set up properly in a much neater fashion than before.

The background page, giving credit where credit is due is another Bastien Grivetart spectacular. It also is another picture that really ties into my After the Burning series.

For those that follow here, and even more so on Facebook, I’m going to be moving my “mid-bits” and “last-bits” posts to the blog. I try to keep things as entertaining as possible, and those have been a fun addition to my non novel-writing time.

I appreciate all of you that have clicked on the “follow” button to keep up with the happenings in my little corner of the world, and I hope to continue to not waste your time in the future…or at least make the time-wasting fun. 🙂

Blog Movin’ Time!

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I have quite a few followers on this intermittent blog o’ mine. This is a post to let you folks know that I’m moving my primary ‘blog’ home over here:

CJ Peter – Author’s Blog and Overnight Cafe

Still a wordpress blog, but Thirdscribe is more specifically tailored for writers and readers, and has impressed me with the various support mechanisms in place to actually help a writer…blog.

All of my prior content here has been migrated, so I have good continuity from this ol’ home to the new one.

I hope you continue to follow me there, as I will attempt to continue to entertain, inform and rant about subjects that matter to me…intermittently, as usual.

One reason I’m intermittent is that for a lot of the day to day stuff, I participate in various Google+ groups, and have a presence on facebook.  I prefer G+, but there are valid reasons for a writer (especially an indie like myself) to at least be visible on FB.

Anyway, this site won’t go down, but for the foreseeable future, when I blog, it will be on Thirdscribe first.

I should have added this when I first posted, but was in a bit of a hurry……

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I’m going to run them in parallel to see what happens, so if you wish to keep following along, I promise I’ll stick stuff here as well.  🙂

Taxi Blogging!

So, some of y’all know I’ve switched off the IT career grind in order to pursue my heart’s desire of a writer’s life, and some of you didn’t know.

Well, I did.

After years n’ years of the same tech grind, and side-lining my writing for said grind, I realized awhile back that life doesn’t last forever, and if one delays and futzes about for too long, the path less traveled gets missed. I have always been a ‘throw-the-hat-over-the-fence’ kinda’ guy when it comes to doing what I want to in life, so I did it again.

Figuring out how to eat and have a roof whilst doing the word-smithing was the trick. In the “IT” field, the end of the day equals the end of the day. The brain is fried and the creative juice has leaked out. All one wants to do at the end of the day is veg out and not think until the next day. This is a bad thing when it comes to trying to write fiction, or, for that matter, any other type of prose that requires mental go-juice.

So I put down the things I like to do (non IT career related) on a piece of paper, and from that list narrowed down the things I could do for work that would also allow me to more or less pursue writing full time.

Driving, chatting with people and writing (duh!) topped the list. So I went out, surfed the byzantine world of permits and licensing, got my chauffeur’s license and started driving a cab.

So far, the choice has been a good one. Now, after spending about a month getting the hang of the taxi game, I’m writing again….go me!

The other interesting side effect of this move is blogging. Normally I only pop stuff in here as I feel like it. With the taxi job, I find that I’ve got a lot of stories to tell that don’t fit my “fiction writing path”, and so I hope to entertain here with some stories from the wild n’ wacky world of driving people around for money.

So stayed tuned intrepid readers, the Taxi Cab blog is taking shape!

A blog…go me!

Well wild hair time.  As it would appear that just about everybody and their brother is blogging these days, I got to looking at it, and said….why the hell not?

So, here is a writer, slogging away at his (hopefully) first publishable novel futzing about with yet another distraction!

So now we see if I can put stuff here worth reading or not!

No promises, but it won’t be politically correct whatever it is.