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NaNoWriMo pt. 1

Posted in Writings with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by scottsplatter

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) started today, and my wife and I decided to give it a go this year. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. That works out to between 1,600 and 1,700 words a day. So far she is kicking my ass.

I’m going to try and also continue working on some of the other stories I have been plugging away on as well, and I have Writers Workshop with Michael Knost II starting in about a week and a half. Hopefully though I will be able to keep up. Whatever happens it figures to be a productive month.

some of that book learnin’

Posted in Recommendation, Rumination with tags , , on October 1, 2009 by scottsplatter

I’m going to be taking an online writing course offered by Michael Knost. Knost edited the recent Writers Workshop Of Horror collection. You can find out more about the class and Michael at his blog here. There is apparently still a bit of room in the classes if anyone might be interested.

I’m still working my way through the Writers Workshop book, but the articles thus far have all been useful and well done. The collection is a similar approach to the Horror Writer’s Association’s (HWA’s) book On Writing Horror. A compilation of essays by various luminaries of the field dissecting a particular component of the craft.  I got a lot out of On Writing Horror, but the Knost collection thus far feels even more meat and potatoes than that did.

I’m definitely looking forward to it, I haven’t taken a formal course in a very long time. I guess I took a class on Adobe Illustrator that my work paid for about 12 years ago, but before that it was college about 18 years ago.

settling in and books aplenty

Posted in Rumination with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by scottsplatter

We are getting settled into the new place and making pretty good headway against the walls of cardboard boxes. I’m finding stuff I haven’t seen in years. There has been a lot of moving in the last 5 years and it’s good to finally be someplace that I don’t feel unpacking will be a waste of time. As I mentioned before this will be the first time I’ll have my full studio set up since I finished recording “The Aberrant Laboratory” in 2006. There will no doubt be some new music in the works before too long. Whether it’s Gruntsplatter or something else I don’t know yet.

It has been a beautiful thing setting up the new bookshelves and loading them up. I went on a bit of a bender and picked up several new titles to get me through the looming Oregon winter.

Omens by Richard Gavin
The Everlasting by Tim Lebbon
The Book Of Days by Steve Rasnic Tem
Poe’s Progengy Anthology edited by Gary Fry
Tales Of Terror by Guy De Maupassant
Stories from A Lost Anthology by Rhys Hughes
Sesta & Other Strange Stories by Edward Lucas White
Edgeworks I: Over The Edge, An Edge In My Voice by Harlan Ellison
The Complete Stories of JG Ballard by JG Ballard
Writers Workshop Of Horror edited by Michael Knost

Most of those were acquired from The Horror Mall, everything except the Ballard book I think… It will be a long, gray winter of weird tales around here.