I think it was the silence that woke me up.
A few days after I made this rambling post about post-apocalyptic fiction, a story idea started emerging from the strange abyss I call my mind. I let it brew and stew and simmer for a while, letting it coalesce into something that might possibly be considered a coherent thought. Then I started writing things down.
I’ve got a 3-book series that wants to become a 4 or 5- book series, plus another series waiting in the wings. I’m 63k into the third book, 8k into a novella, and have a couple of stories outlined in that second series.— Bob Mueller – No, The Other One (@bobmueller) December 1, 2018
So sure, what the heck. Let’s plan out a serial novel!
Made perfect sense to me.
The main character introduced himself: Adam Ktokolwiek. He lives in east Texas, near Jasper. He’s twice-divorced, with three kids from the two marriages. He’s something of a writer, with a military background he’s been a little vague about so far.
I don’t know where the story’s going to go. Dean Wesley Smith has talked for a long time about Writing Into The Dark, and that’s pretty much what I’m doing here: following my characters where they lead me.
I’m now about nine chapters into After, and I think that’s enough to start posting. Chapters will go up every ten days two weeks, so right now I’ve got enough written to get us into August.
Keep an eye on this page for updates, or follow me on Twitter. Or both.
I set what I thought were very reasonable goals last year. Release Discoveries and finish In Plain Sight. Write 2 short stories, fifty blog posts and enter 3 contests. I also set word count goals for both fiction (100,000) and blogging (57,000). I was aiming for a grand total of just over 400,000 words this year, but I didn’t accomplish that. More about that total below.
Reading Time: about 3 minutesAs I’ve started using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, and doing more dictating (like this blog post), I’ve been struck by the similarities between dictating and old-school film photography.
You see, “back in my day,” you had to take twelve or eighteen or twenty-four pictures before you could take them to a store to get them developed. When you got them back from the photo lab, you might be looking at pictures that you took a week or even a month ago. If you just took six pictures at a party out of a twenty-four count roll of film, you didn’t want to waste those other eighteen shots. You had to take those so that you could get your money’s worth out of the film roll.
So you took it to the film center, or the camera store, or wherever. Maybe you stuck it in a little mailer and sent it off to Kodak’s lab in New York. A few days or a week later you got your photos back – if you were lucky.
Sometimes they got lost in the mail. Sometimes the film technician screwed things up, or you just get back a bunch of blank negatives, becasue you forgot to take the lens cap off. Of course, by that time there’s no way to re-create the photo. Imagine going on a three-week once-in-a-lifetime vacation, taking dozens of photos, and then finding out that none of them came out right.
That’s how we did it in the old days.
It’s the same way now that I’m using transcription with my digital recorder and Dragon. I have to wait a couple of hours until I can get home, plug the recorder into my computer, and let the Dragon software work its magic. That’s been kind of an eye-opening experience for me.
I’m still working on training myself to stay focused on the scene or the blog post that I’m dictating. I’ve read in one of the Facebook groups that some people are able to record thousands of words per session. I haven’t worked up to that yet. I still have to do it a scene or two at a time, because I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of just talking, without actually seeing the words appearing on the screen.
Using my headset and dictating straight to the computer works very well for me. When I see the words pop up, it’s very easy for me to follow along and stay in the story.
But this whole transcription and correction aspect of it, where I’m talking into the voice recorder and then having it transcribed a few hours later – that’s taking some getting used to. Kind of like having to get my film developed.
That’s rather an interesting commentary on how much things have changed in my lifetime. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad.
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