March 30, 2007

My Objective

My goal with this site is simple:

To write 500 words a day, 5 days a week.

Being interesting and worth reading is going to be icing on the cake.  It’s my hope that being interesting will come in time, with practice.

To keep this from turning into Yet Another Everything/Nothing Blog, I’m going to keep a list of stuff that interests me in the sidebar.  When I can’t think of anything to write about, I’ll look at the list and think of something to say about one of those topics.  If all else fails I can write about the characters I’m related to.  Some of them are cool.  Some of them are kind of boring.  But none of them is evil, or unintelligent, and I’m very happy about that.

Two sideboard sections need a little explanation:
“Under the Shadow of Thy Throne” is the working title of a science fiction book I’ve always wanted to write.  It’s sort of science/historical fiction, in the same vein as steampunk is… but different.  It takes place around the turn of the 20th century, when radio waves were first beginning to be understood and applied to real technological devices.  Humans finally get good enough at radio to realize that there’s a signal they’re receiving that they can’t explain.  The book’s going to be about what we as humans would do to discover the source of the signal, and how discovering it would have changed the world.  The title is from poem called “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” written by Isaac Watts in 1719, which became a hymn when set to music written by William Croft in 1708.  The whole stanza has four lines in it, and if I get really ambitious I’ll write a book in the same science/historical fiction setting with the other three lines.

“Mumbler” is the working title (I don’t like it much) of a book with a far simpler premise: it’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” written from Mike Teavee’s perspective.  It will go into some detail of Mike’s life before the visit to the chocolate factory, during the visit of course, and then what becomes of him – the first person to travel by Wonkavision and the one person in the world to understand it better than Wonka himself did.

Right now the sideboard stuff needs some work.  It doesn’t have everything I’m interested in.  It has nothing about skepticism, or music, or books, or Toastmasters.  I’m sure I will fix that shortly.  But first I want to populate what I’ve already gotten with a few articles each.

 

Okay, this is 430-odd words so far, and twenty-four minutes to write.  And that includes looking up the hymm stuff on Wikipedia.  I should be able to blast out five hundred words a day in half an hour, forty-five minutes easy.  I just have to  make it become a habit.

Here’s to new, good, habits!  May they happily and quickly take the place of old, crappy ones.

Posted by: djmccart at 01:18 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Looking forward to reading your 500 words. As long as you never have a typo again: "hisotircal"

Posted by: retroflex at March 31, 2007 12:19 AM (/5xrz)

2 Fixed... but expect even more typos in the future.  I can spell; I just can't type.

Posted by: djmccart at March 31, 2007 07:45 AM (5Ap1G)

3 I posted 500 words today, about procrastination even. Where are yours?

Posted by: retroflex at April 04, 2007 01:48 AM (/5xrz)

4 What's that. I like it. It reminds me of a person I vaguely know. It's all about waves inteacting and creating the wonder of our lives. Our sentiments, numerous thoughts like a projection of the sublime source. If a thought, a feeling becomes lucid, it's the divine moment of floating on the wave's crest.With love from an angel.

Posted by: angel at August 28, 2007 10:27 PM (d5Yjv)

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