An Update on my novel and The Office Suffering Series

Just wanted to put out a quick update. Because of a couple things happening in my late all at once I have not been able to write as much as I would have hoped to. There are still 2 poems to come from the Office Suffering Series and my book should be done soon(I say that knowing full well I’ll procrastinate). 

I didn’t want anyone to think I ended the series on a sour note or that I had stopped writing my book for one reason or the other. Have a great day and if you care to let me know if anything gets in your way when you write. Other than your own self criticisms.

A New Project Approaches

Much like any author I have a ton of ideas. The new project I have started with the help of several other writers is an idea i sat on since college. I’m super excited about it but want to keep as much of a lid on the specifics as possible to not ruin the surprise. 

It is something that hasn’t been done before and I think it will be a great testament to what a group of people can come up with. I can’t wait to tell everyone more about it.

What Makes You More Creative?

As a writer and a lifelong creator there have definitely been things that I feel make me personally more creative, or rather get me out of my head. This can be a multitude of things from a generous pour of whisky(yes I spell it the European way) or epic metal songs and honestly anything in between. 

I have the tendency to get too much into my own head and over think how something might sound or read. This is a terrible thing to do because it halts my progress. The music, usually folk metal or neo-classical, gets me out of my head and makes me write and let’s me get more into the story. The whisky does the same as long as it’s done responsibly. (I refuse to be responsible for anyone reading this getting black-out drunk and writing.) I usually just take one drink let it sit to loosen a bit and then go. It does the same thing of getting me out of my head but with less background noise. 

I am very curious does anyone else use alcohol or music to get the juices going? Or do you do something entirely different like watching D&D streams, playing an RPG, or something way off like taking a hike? I want to know to open myself up to these and just see how everyone else does it as well.

Bad Manager

You answer to me
No you can’t take lunch
What if you’re needed
Do as I say
Get here before you’re supposed to
Or you’re late
The requirements are the minimum
Forget all your other duties
Do as I say
You can’t take any breaks
You are here for the reasons I say
I will undermine you
I will use HR against you
There is nothing you can do
Other than to
Do as I say
What I told you was wrong?
You’re at fault
Period bottom line
It’s all on you
Don’t make me look bad
Do as I say
You have to remember
You answer to me

Fantasy Politics Stories vs. Sword and Sorcery

It seems pretty clear at least to me that focusing on the politics of daily life and the way the governments work is far more popular in the current fantasy mainstream. Which seems odd, at least to me, that the journey type of fantasy novel with a grand quest like the Lord of the Rings or every Dungeons And Dragons campaign would fall out to the popular eye.

My theory as to why this happened was the rise of fantasy in television. Most notably Game of Thrones. The show gave the books a huge boost in popularity making them the pinnacle of fantasy for our time. GoT is a great show and a great series of books but I think the sword and sorcery or epic quest fantasy novels are a little underappreciated currently. That may change as time goes.

I say that because from my experience with fantasy noir novels and the current tabletop renaissance going on I think more people will be looking for something closer to the stories that they are sharing with their friends at the table. Or, I am completely wrong and projecting my own wants onto the entire fantasy community. But, I am curious as a reader and writer which do you prefer. The politics of normal life or the epic quest?

I.T.

Up and down
Up and down
This system never seems to work
Log in
Restart
Sigh
Repeat
Running slow
Things will never get done
Click a button
Wait an hour
Pass the time
Do this instead
Stay productive
It'll be up soon
Hopefully
Train on this
It will help
The system might come back up
There it is
And it's slower
Get to work
Be patient
Do your job

Using Tropes to Your Advantage

It is no secret that tropes exist and a lot of people complain when they are used and writer’s try to avoid them at all cost.  But, I want to offer an alternative. What if a writer used a trope or cliche as a characters defense mechanism to who they really are.

This idea brings up a lot of ideas. Having a heroic character actually be a psychotic murderer. A person who uses adventuring as an excuse to kill indiscriminately or every D&D character ever. Or you could take the jolly male character and make him terribly depressed, using the humor like most real people do to cover the suffering they feel inside. Or what about the coward, this is an interesting trope. Taking the Paris character and turning them into someone who is brave and will lay down their life for the right cause can be tricky. 

I see this as a way to write a fantasy book or really any book and not focus on straying away from tropes and cliches but rather using them, more than usual, and then using different possibly darker chapters to show that the trope is a mask, a facade, or any other defense mechanism. It’s not often that a fantasy book would get as self aware as what I am describing but I think it could be an interesting adventure. 

Tell what you think. Should authors take this direction? Should they go the more Martin route and disregard them or become the trope ridden fantasy novel?

Meetings

Meeting after meeting
In boardrooms and in gyms
Sit here, listen up, take it all in
This might be important
Take this down
Here’s a pamphlet
It covers everything we’re going over
That doesn’t make this pointless
It’s so you can’t forget
Don’t read it now
What is being said is important
Managers are on their cell phones
But don’t text
Don’t miss a word
This is needed and important
It reinforces what was taught
This is for a different group
But everyone needs this
Now it’s done
Everyone can leave
But be on time for the next one
It starts very soon
It will be important too
Don’t miss a word

Call Center

Phone call after phone call
Voice mail after voice mail
Being ignored daily by strangers to never see
None of this means anything
At least not to me

Pulling inspiration from the boredom
To make the days go faster
Hours seem to drag on
As a phone rings in the ear
Maybe someone enjoys this

Weasley managers
Popping into sight
Stuck in their traditions
That don’t work anymore
Afraid to change with the time

Work more hours
Listen to more phones
Continue redundant practices
Until something clicks

Break from the system
Make something work
Until the last day
Look back and think “Fuck ’em”
Live finally free

NaNoWriMo Report Card

Unfortunately I did not quite finish my book. I was able to make an huge amount of progress. I went from serially adding chapters to elongate the story putting myself further and further behind to knocking out close to seven chapters. The rest of the book should move quickly as I have the ideas ready and some of the chapters already written.

I may not have been able to get the book done in November due to my procrastinating nature but my hopes are that it is done before 2018.