Writing in a vacuum can be very boring. For most you either need to sit at a desk or library or if you’re like me you have a 3 days worth of movie soundtracks to listen to get you into the mood. The downside to writing in a vacuum is no feedback or moral support feels like you’re building a sand castle at the beach and no one is there to admire it.
I started writing by adapting the Transformers pilot episode onto my dad’s TSR-80 laptop and continued through Junior High and High School writing at the time what was fan fiction Robotech novels.
During college, I met up with Paul Chabot and in a year or two we’re semi-yearly self publishing a black and white comic book called Totems.
In 2004, I found NaNoWrimo and got back into the universe I create in College and updated it so the Robotech trappings were gone.
Rhode Island is small state so traveling to write ins and finding coffee houses that can hold a burgeoning amount of people who’re just going to sit there and tap away on their laptops sounds easier than it should be but it’s not when your favorite place on Fox Point up and closes and you now have to seek another watering hole.
In December of 2010, sitting at the TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party for NaNoWrimo over at Brewed Awakenings in Johnston, there were great deal of people sitting around and I asked them if I started a writing group would they be interested in joining and they said yes.
Thankfully, Warwick Public Library had rooms available to reserve and in February (after a mis-step in January with snow in the forecast that never appeared) our motley group got together and reviewed several pieces including the first chapter of Weaver which has since been filed under: Nothing happens in fifteen pages it’s being revised.
It has been a fun five years. I’ve attempted to switch gears from hobby writing to writing professionally and even finished the first draft of Weaver to find I put too much into it.
It’s been a delight to see other authors hone their craft until they have a voice and knowing when you read their piece it’s going to be interesting.
If you’re writing and haven’t found a writing group I suggest checking Meetup. You’d be surprised to see how many writing groups there are.
A writing group is great resource to have because:
No one at the table is a blood relation to you.
You’ll get free feedback on your work from people who may not even be writing in your genre.
We’ve had people come and go, the core group had clicked and even started meeting once a month to write in Newport.
Looking back on the end of 2013 and 2014 I’m in a better place than last year even if I’m still writing Weaver.
The list I made last year was:
1. Finish Weaver Book #1. Query Agents. Work on Book #2. – I’ll get to this in a second.
2. Find a graphic design job – No such luck but I did get a job at Displays2Go.
3. Continue to write – Yep.
4. Read more – I have been.
5. Take more pictures and post’em – Need more time in the day.
6. More gaming with Team Formation – Still need more time in the day altho Rainbow 6 Siege coming out is a welcome breath of fresh air.
7. Hope for a good season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi – There’s a blog post about the utter shit writing that was this season. If they cancel it next season it’ll go out on a low note from the writing standpoint. More on this later…
Where Weavers Daire Update
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:
I may’ve lost 10k from October but the plot is a lot better than what it had been.
The writing and re-writing continues. I’ve also found an easier way to jot things down besides my moleskin: Google Docs. Generally I use M$ Word to write and compile in Scrivener but I’ve been using Google Docs to write down and plan out plot points.
This is a good thing since most of it is still in my head and I’m making a concerted effort to plot instead of discovery or pants my way through.
I mentioned how the first draft of Weaver had an enormous amount of content that should’ve been in other book and that’s what I’ve been doing when not watching Jessica Jones, The Expanse, working (!) or playing Fallout 4 / Destiny / Rainbow Six Siege.
I’ve been pushing plot threads that were in the first draft to the next book and it’s been helping a lot.
Writing Goals for 2016
Plot out the rest of book 1.
Finish writing Weaver.
Work on Weaver graphic novel / web comic / Patreon.
Get Weaver professionally edited.
Self publish Weaver
Plot out book 2 and 3.
Attend several of the local events like the 4th Annual ARIA Author Expo and RICC and sell it!
Make loads of money minus stealing the underwear.
Yep, short writing goals.
Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, going to see it again then there will be a review post. My first thoughts: Great looking and well acted unlike the prequels. The new characters and the actors portraying them infused new blood into universe even if the plot hit all the notes from the original trilogy and it’ll be interesting to see how many deleted scenes show up on the DVD. I need to read the novelization as well since it was based on a previous screenplay draft.
The Art Book is worth getting but nowhere as detailed as the Making of Trilogy books.
On another note, Legos and Star Wars. It’s an expensive hobby.
Con Season 2016 consists of Emerald City, Necon and RICC. 3/4 of those I don’t need a hotel or airline tickets for. I’m half tempted on going to Boston Comic Con this year just as a fan to see how it is.
On the job front, I got a job at Displays2Go. I highly recommend their products and they’re local to Rhode Island!
That’s it for now, here’s hoping 2016 is better than 2015.
Yes, this site and RKB Studios has been a yo-yo as of late hence this post being a day late but hopefully Site 5 has fixed the problem.
I’ve been posting chapters on Wattpad and plan to continue it until the end.
I feel I may be jettisoning some chapters to get the story back on track.
I’m planning out the last chapters hence the jettisoning because some of it doesn’t feel right.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:
Currently, I’ve taken a break from writing to focus on the Weaver bible and a comic book adaptation.
The bible is coming along well and I’ve got about fifty pages of the comic book adaptation. Fifty pages equals to the end of chapter two.
The general idea being finish the manuscript, get a submission packet together and submit to comic companies.
If they all say no then my plan is to start a Patreon so the artist can be paid and consider what format to publish the comic. B+W instantly comes to mind because color is expensive and I enjoy black and white more than color.
Collected Curios creator, Phillip Jackson, has had some success printing Little Victory through Indy Planet/Little Lulu so that’s one option, the other may be a web comic.
The general idea is not to spend money on books and have them left over in a box like we did with Totems.
The good news is Weaver isn’t an anthropomorphic book with adult overtones masquerading as a funny book so that hurtle doesn’t need to be jumped over.
The hurtle is: how to get something out there and get the people working on it paid.
I’m mostly a web comic reader right now and while the webcomic format saves on printing a physical book, the fact we have nothing to sell at convention is something of a rub.
The good news is, we’re not buying space at conventions to sell something.
It’s in a month and I haven’t a clue what I’m writing about.
One of these NaNoWrimos I’ll actually plan it out.
I think I may plan it out the first half of November and write the 50k the second half, maybe…
Welcome to June. Now someone turn on the damn heat, please.
For the last half of May, I took a break from writing Weaver the manuscript to work on Weaver the graphic novel.
Since I can’t draw my way out of a wet paperback I’d reached out to a artist about a year ago to see if he’d be interested in drawing a graphic novel.
A year and one revision later, I’m still working on the manuscript and we took one look at Oni Comics opening up to new submissions and said: sure, why not.
This was a good thing to do because it made me write out a synopsis, character sheets and an overview that I hadn’t done yet. Pre-prep saves you time and effort in the long run. It may feel like a time sink but it’s better to have everything written down now then pulling your hair out later.
It also makes you realize how many characters you have on your hands and makes you rethink plot points.
A good example was one chapter I wrote and have since relegated to the revised folder started off introducing new characters that almost felt like the jumping off point for a new book.
If you watch television this is that episode where they introduce these new characters when the established characters visit this location for one episode and introduce you to characters you’ve never seen before and if the audience likes them you see a new show with them by next season. A spin-off show like Angel and every version of Law & Order/CSI/NCIS.
That being said, that chapter has been relegated to a new novel folder by itself. Sure the main characters are part of the chapter but they weren’t the focus.
The second draft isn’t like my first. It has the same first three chapters but after that it gets tighter. It has a lot less characters involved and my hope is that is slows things down enough to explain things without confusing the readers.
My new deadline is now 8/1/2015.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count:
My reviews of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max will posted soon.
The TL;DR version goes like this: Max and it’s two hour long soundtrack was better.