Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Mother's Day... I Need A Vacation

     Mother's Day is coming and there's no big update from me on the writing front.  I wrote a half-assed article for Doin' Sh*t With Pat, but fully intent to full-assedly complete it with pictures, calculations and variations on the recipes.
From "Cute Pictures"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Motivational Deficit

From "Must... use POWERS!"
     So I've had a little problem with motivation of late that no amount of passion and drive has been able to surmount.  I planned on writing about several of the projects I've completed for Doin' Sh*t With Pat, but family, work, prior commitments and a plethora of good movies seem wear my resolve.  That might have sounded like a humble-brag, but it was only intended to be the defining variable in this experiment in disciplined writing.  (P.S. I am really looking forward to the Avengers and the start of a summer of killer movies!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Completed a DSWP Entry

"From Men's Body Wash @ Doin' Sh*t With Pat"

     Well I finally completed the long overdue entry for my "Doin' Sh*t With Pat" blog.  It's not the best article, but it's finished and I am ready to move on.  I should not have used the Men's Body Wash project as the first entry, but it was a learning experience.
     The hardest part I have had with "Forcing the Issue" and "Doin' Sh*t With Pat" was the editing/formatting.  I spent the majority of the time fighting with the Blogger interface trying to format the article in a readable fashion.  I did that for each blog entry here as well.  It could very well be a 2:1 ratio in favor of format fighting vs. writing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reading the Weekend Away (Part 3)

     So once again I'm here on Monday evening rushing to meet the deadline.  I had a long, relaxing weekend with plenty of time to write an interesting article on time management, connecting with other writers/bloggers or even work on the d20 Adventure.  Is this another article all about reading other blogs in place of writing something of substance?

From "Left Field Wander"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reading: The Journey to the Sofa (Part 2)

From "Palm Springs Savant: Rick Rockhill"

     So once again I have done some writing but sidelined my goals to recoup from some busy weeks. This week I again look to connect with and/or read other blogs and see who others are progressing and perfecting their art. Below you will find a link to a blog along with my reflections on the post.

     This week I will be looking at "Kim's Craft Blog"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reading: Rediscovering a Past Time (Part 1)

     This week I read through some blogs by writers and rediscovered one of my favorite leisure time activities… Reading! I read articles about movies, articles about writing and some articles reviewing electronics. I really miss sitting down with a book or finding the spare time during the day to read a few blog/magazine/news articles. I commented on a few blogs, checked out some of their ads (that’s how they make a little money) and posted some information here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nothing: Another Week Failed

     I had a simple task this week, read blogs, post some comments and discuss the experience here.  Like the clip above, I cheated and did not read any blogs, post comments or discuss them here; so this week I deliver a post full of nothing!  Well, alright... I'll post a little info about my lack of attention and poor time management skills. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

40 Movies and a Little More Reading

From "Between Keyboard and Chair"
     It's been 78 days since the start of 2012 and thus far I have watched 40+ movies from several different genres.  That's about a movie every 0.512820513 or a movie every other day. I've spent more time watching movies than reading or even writing for this blog. I have a viable outlet for review writing at Kronicles of KD and posting my recommendations on my 2012: A Year in Review, yet I have not capitalized on those. I have also tried to boost readership and camaraderie with other writers through this blog, but I have failed to read the works of others.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Presently It's the Past

From "A Liliputian's Journey"
     Last week I utterly failed and I came pretty close to missing this week's deadline too.  One of these weeks I will focus on the "life of a writer" and see how some people find time to write while others are strapped for time, focus and overall energy.  That is a topic for the future, this week I will NOT fail, I will prevail in writing about my struggle with tenses!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Procrastination Fail

From "KR Connect"

     This week really got away from me and I waited until the very end to write this week's entry and utterly failed!  On top of that, I was not even able to complete the Doin' Sh*t With Pat article or comment of other blogs ("p1c3").  In short, I failed to reach my goal from last week and even this measley entry is impeeding future writing.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not Short, Just Otherwise Engaged

From "Christian's Bangin' Blog"
      This week's entry is going to be fairly concise as I will be focusing on other projects and commenting on other blogs (...maybe even promoting the "p1c3" idea!)  I STILL need to complete the next article for Doin' Sh*t With Pat and write the inaugural entry for the writing prompt at Monthly Writing Prompt.  I also have a half written companion for a movie review of "Midnight in Paris".

     Also... I went to a rock show last week that brought back several fond memories of concerts, late night hangouts and record stores (ah... record stores).  It was the first time I had a chance to see "The Darkness" in Portland, and they did NOT disappoint! 

Check out their new single here: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Time Log Discussion

     I was sick this weekend so I didn't have much time to write.  I recorded my time log over the week and spent time reflective on where the time is spent (and recovering from this cold).  That does not mean this week's article is going to be light.  I've included the my time log and KD Benji's time log for comparison.  Take a look and see how the two compare.

From "Alexa Bourne"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Where is the Time Spent?

From "Spectrum Industries Furniture Blog"
     Lately I’ve been running behind on every project, book and family event. Rather than continue the process of completing Forcing The Issue’s posts at 1:00 A.M. Tuesday morning, I’ll be looking at where all my time is spent. I also encourage you to do the same. Keep a time log of your week; see how much time is spent on non-essential, yet relaxing and rewarding activities.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Battle: The Return of the Writer

From "Star Wars Aficionado Magazine"

     The final battle commences as the Writer faces off with the "wretched hive of scum and villainy"; Outlines and Free-Writing.  Who will emerge the victor?  Will the Writer follow through and restore balance to the universe?  Will there ever be an end to the constant nerdy Star Wars references?  After this post... yes!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Battle: Free-Writing Strikes Back

      Brush off the first round of blaster fire, here is the rebuttal to the Outline vs. Free-Writing debate.  Free-writing is a good and useful tool, but is it a better path than outlining? 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Battle: Outline vs. Free-Writing

From "homestarrunner.com"

     Do you prefer to create an outline and fill in the blanks with your prose?  Do you love the freedom that free-writing affords?  “Do you has five bucks?”
     Well this week I will go over some of the merits of each and provide examples in my writing.  Feel free to post you own thoughts on the subject.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monthly Writing Prompt and Drafting

     This week I decided to start posting on Monthly Writing Prompt to better connect with other writers and create a practice space.  I will be writing for the other prompts as well and posting them on the Monthly Writing Prompt page. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Less Talk, More Rock

From "All Good Songs" Blog
     I’m keeping up with the plans laid out in the last article, but the vibrancy was nowhere to be found this week.  It may be the sophomore slump or a post holiday lull, but it’s been difficult to refocus on writing.  As the blog title states and this entry proposes; I will be forcing myself to shut-up and write!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Laying Down the Law

     I hope you had a happy start to 2012, because it’s going to be a lot of hard work from here on out.  I’ve finally recovered from the holiday slump and prepared some new guidelines for this blog (…and writing in general).  Some might call them resolutions, but I like to think of them as goals to aspire toward (aw… hell, they are resolutions).