Monday, January 2, 2012

Captain's Log, Day 63: Decisions, decisions...

          I'm thinking of getting a book published someday. I've got a couple problems though.
          My first issue (besides time, but I don't need help to fix that!) is that I think my writing sucks. I mean, I can pull off short articles and essays, but I think that, once I get past a certain length, it starts kinda sucking. Badly. 
          My second problem is that I sometimes have a hard time staying motivated. I can understand this, though; part of me thinks that if it's never gonna get published, why bother? Sometimes I gotta write just because I feel like my mind is filling up with ideas and the only way to make them go the heck AWAY is to put them on paper. Or screen. Whichever. 
          And I have problems with characters, and plots, and whatnot, but I can usually resolve those in a few days, if not hours or minutes. (I did a week writing spree and wrote 53 pages (Microsoft Word, single-space, 1-inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman font--in other words, A FREAKING LOT) of one of my better book ideas. Well, it amuses me anyway. I keep going back and revising and adding to all of them. 
          Anyway, I'm going to get to the point (yes, finally--don't be sarcastic, that's my job!). I've been considering putting one or more of my books out for general inspection by the world at large, or what I have written so far anyway. These are the choices:

Book                                                      Pages     Status          Personal Rating
A Saga of Warriors--The Winged Ones        42      Completed         Crappy
Dragon Master                                           10      Stalled               Kinda lame, but funny
The Blackstar                                            17      In Progress        Promising
Gauntlet                                                     3      Just Started        Promising
Wizard's Discovery                                     53     In Progress         Personal Favorite

          A Saga of Warriors is modern-day science fiction; Dragon Master is medieval fantasy; The Blackstar is futuristic science fiction; Gauntlet is modern-day science fiction; and Wizard's Discovery is modern-day science fiction/fantasy. Yes, you read that right; that last one is both science fiction and fantasy. Combining those two genres is probably why that book is so fun to write!
          Anyway, back to my idea. Like I said, I'd appreciate some feedback on these, so if you want to subject yourself to yet more of my writing, let me know which book you'd like to see placed up on here. There are a few ways to reach me: my email, which is; the comment section under this post; or via Facebook. I'll wait a few days and see what you'd like to check out.
 just occurred to me...writing is a really weird hobby for a mechanical engineer to take up...


  1. I remember A Saga of Warriors! I thinks I still have the draft you sent me...
    I think you sent me a draft of Dragon Master too, as well as something that ripped off both Star Wars and Star Trek... ring any bells?

  2. I would like to read A Saga of Warriors

  3. Wizard's Discovery sounds neat. Log 1 vote for that one Captain!