Sunday, December 14, 2014

Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Days 5-7

Michael Salsbury
I am continuing my adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge of the past couple of years.

On Thursday evening, I was exhausted from not having slept well all week.  I did a little bit of brainstorming around a couple of stories I want to write, but nothing generating actual words I could count for this challenge.

Friday I had the day off.  My wife and I ran errands much of the day.  I came home exhausted again and rested much of the evening. No writing activity took place at all that day.

Saturday, I slept in.  When I got up, I brewed a 2.5 gallon batch of Gulden Draak clone beer.  Because I lack some of the equipment I need, this took me from about 11:30am to 5:15pm to do.  We visited with friends Saturday night.  When we got home, I finished up the beer.  I wrote a post about the experience for my beer blog... so at least something got written that day.

I've continued to read the Harry Harrison ghost-written book The Avenging Saint.  I can see some parallels to his Stainless Steel Rat series and Jim DiGriz character.  I see that he's escalating the conflict, but gradually.  I'm also seeing one of the problems in this book that I often saw his Stainless Steel Rat books.  As much as I loved them, the Rat was usually getting out of trouble by divine intervention or "deus ex machina".  For instance, when The Saint is parched and in need of a drink, he happens to bump into a young shepherd who has a wine skin filled with water and is willing to share.  When he later walks into a village where everyone's been warned to look for him, he happens to stumble on the one man in town who doesn't like the mafia and is willing to help him.

Today, I was up early.  Worked on the "honey do" list and wrote up the notes on the previous day's brewing experience for my brewing journal.  I toyed with the idea of doing another beer today, and even toasted the barley for it, but changed my mind at that point because it was getting too late.

I had an idea about the first story in the Alliance series I want to write.  There's a story that kind of launches this sci-fi universe, and hasn't been written yet.  I did some brainstorming on that tonight.


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  • Columbus Beer Scene:  865 words
  • Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0
  • The Alliance (series): 905 words


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  • The Alliance (series): 905 words
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  • How to Write Fiction: 2,471 words
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About the Author

Michael Salsbury / Author & Editor

In his day job, Michael Salsbury helps administer over 1,800 Windows desktop computers for a Central Ohio non-profit. When he's not working, he's writing, blogging, podcasting, home brewing, or playing "warm furniture" to his two Bengal cats.


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