AROW80 Check-In: June 1, 2014

Howdy! This month begins the month of typing…which is probably actually going to start on Tuesday since that’s my day off, but the typing will begin!

And since I don’t have much else to say, here’s another googly-eyed book cover:

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This is Doomsday Warrior #1 by Ryder Stacy which, in addition to being the source of the title of this blog, is also distinguished by having the goofiest origin for a group of survivors of World War III in all the books I’ve read.

Basically,100 years before the series begins, World War III breaks out and a group of people are trapped in a highway tunnel in Colorado near Denver when the ends of the tunnel collapse.  The people survive the bombing of Denver and then go on to use the tools and equipment they had in their cars and trucks to build what becomes a high-tech secret hidden Free City 100 years later.  High-tech as in, sophisticated computer libraries and hydroponics gardens using only what a random group of commuters and long-haul truckers just happened to be hauling through the tunnel on the day war broke out.

I not only have all 19 books of the Doomsday Warrior series, I also have the complete series of adaptations made by Graphic Audio (“A movie in your mind!”).  If you haven’t listened to a Graphic Audio book/heard of the company, allow me to quote Wikipedia at you:

GraphicAudio is an audiobookpublishing imprint of The Cutting Corporation. Its tagline is “A Movie In Your Mind”. The GraphicAudio format includes a full cast of actors, narration, sound effects and cinematic music. GraphicAudio has published over 900 action-adventure titles and 40 series in the fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, comic and western genres.

 

The company does an amazing job. The performances are incredible, they have a nice variety of genres and listening to the books, you really do feel like you’re listening to a movie. Admittedly, a lot of the movies in your mind are cheesy action movies but, if loving cheesy action movies is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

 

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AROW80 Check-In for May 25, 2014

Happy Sunday! The last couple days have been absolutely gorgeous around here which helps to lessen the impact of my schedule still being a bit nuts.  Luckily, there’s only a few more days of the craziness and then things should even out again.

I managed to get a bit of manuscript reading in last night — which did help me to shake off some inner demons that keep resting on the back of my head telling me the usual old saws of ‘This sucks; your idea sucks; you can’t do this.”   They’re not gone completely, but I’m feeling more confident — at least at the moment.

I’m going to start typing up my manuscript in June, regardless of how much further I’ve read. And I’m considering using at least a modified version of the ideas in this article while I do it: Writing advice you’re not going to like.   The advice in question is to not edit a manuscript, but to rewrite it. As in print it out and retype the entire thing.

For me, this will be modified advice because since my manuscript is mostly hand-written, I will be starting out by having to enter it in from scratch. But I do have some typewritten bits that I’m just going to straight up retype instead of cut and pasting them. Hopefully, this will help some — even during my rereading, I’ve come up with some places where I want to alter things so, consider my fingers crossed.

And, before I go, here’s another googly-eyed men’s adventure novel:

Googly eyes are the only appropriate response to an explosion that close behind you.

Survivalist #1: Total War by Jerry Ahern.