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5 Day Novel: Day 1!

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I’ve decided to write a novel in 5 days. Not a first draft, but a completed novel from concept to polish with rewrites included!

Today was all pre-writing…

At the start of the day I had no game plan for what I would be writing this week other than it would be an action thriller. After staring at computer paper with sketches and strange lists, I officially know what I want this book to be.

I wrote my pitch for the book, a rough outline, did character arcs, did a detailed outline, did some research, did a final outline. So I think I’m ready to go for tomorrow.

I’m really tempted to share the pitch but the book took a more character route structure then pure action and it will touch upon themes that are sensitive. So I don’t want to share the details until I get further into it since things may change. I will say that the protagonist is an FBI agent living in Washington, D.C. and there mix of politics along with the action.

Tomorrow is going to be the hardest day physically. I’m going to try and get 50k done or at least the full first draft. That may end up being 44k or 51k. I won’t know till I get there. Lisa is requiring that I take breaks to get up and move and still do at least a daily three mile walk. So that will cut into my writing time. Not sure how many words I can write in a single day, but I guess I will find out tomorrow. I’m hoping I can do at least 2k an hour which means that I should be able to get a draft done in like 20 to 24 hours.

5 Day Novel!

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I’m aiming to write a 50k-ish novel this week. That’s from concept to polish with at least two re-writes built in.

I have no idea if I will be able to do it. I’m a bit nervous. I’d like to do it secretly and not tell anyone so if I fail then no one will know. However I feel like that is cheating. So I’m making it public.

Right now I know that the book will be thriller. It will most likely be an action thriller. I know I want the protagonist to be an FBI agent, outside of that I’ve not done any planning. I’ll figure that all out tomorrow once I officially start working.

I have spent the past week researching the FBI, gun types, jurisdiction between Feds and police and those kinds of things. Just to make sure I know enough to write competent characters. I have not done any story or character planning yet.

I’ll TRY to put an update here everyday, though they may be short ‘cause I’m going to be a bit busy. Plus I’m going to unplug my router so I will avoid social media and the web in general. They can be a bit of a distraction. But every night or maybe when I do my daily walks I’ll try to post updates!

R.I.P. T3i

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I was doing a client shoot last week and I heard a strange clanking. I took off the lens and was pretty shocked to discover that the mirror and it’s holder had broken. I messed with it a bit and it seems like the motor went up and when it did the spring holder for the mirror busted.

You can get it fixed but the cost is stupid. So my Canon T3i is officially dead. It’s was four years old and it is the camera I’ve used for every game photo I’ve ever taken.

Camera’s have a shelf life. The T3i is estimated to last about 49,000 shutter accusations. I checked my stats. In four years I took 119,587 photos. That’s pretty darn good. More than double the camera’s estimated life.

Guilds of London Preview!

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One of the hottest new releases this summer is Guilds of London from Tasty Minstrel Games! Guilds of London is an area control game designed by Tony Boydell. I got a chance to get it on my photography table and these are the results…