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I wrote a story …

October 8, 2022

So, a while ago I read and talked about “The Taming of the Shrew”.  As part of that, I also watched and talked about “10 Things I Hate About You”.  As part of that, I commented that while I didn’t think the base story of “The Taming of the Shrew” was actually sexist, the problem with the play was that while Kate commented that women shouldn’t complain about what their husbands do because it’s done out of concern for them, Petruchio never seemed like he actually cared for Kate as opposed to being after her money, and in that very scene he asks her to do things more to prove his command over her than to, say, win the bet to give them a bigger chunk of her father’s estate, as he demands that she, for example, step on her hat after he’s won the bet.  At the same time, I noted that in the more modern remakes of the play they tend to try to avoid the sexism by eliminating the taming.  So I noted that you could probably make a modern adaptation work by keeping in the taming but making it clear that the Petruchio character was in love with her and really was doing all of these things for her benefit.

Now, as I’ve commented before, I often go for long walks in the morning.  When I go for long walks in the morning. I think about things.  And so I ended up thinking a lot about this and about how a story like this could go.  Which made me want to write the story.  This, however, isn’t special in and of itself because that happens to me a fair bit, but I still never get around to actually writing anything.  This time, however, I had been looking to get into more projects and decided that I was just going to try to do it and get it done.  So I ended up writing the story for a few weekends while washing the dishes from what I cooked for the week (which, given that they need to soak, takes me about an hour and a half to two hours).  And then … I got busy and didn’t have time on the weekends to finish it.  And then I went on vacation and didn’t have time to finish it either.  Finally, I finished it off yesterday and edited and posted it today.

While reading it to edit it, I admit that I do like how it turned out, but the main point was just to get something written as an accomplishment and to prove that I can do it.  Obviously, mileage will vary on how much people like it.  But proving that I could do it means that I hope to do more of it as things go on, with a couple of ideas percolating in my head that I hope I can approach with the same attitude:  I’m doing it to do some writing, not necessarily to complete anything or anything outstanding (which is a good thing because for one idea I don’t actually know where I want to go with it but it works well as something that I can pick up and write a scene of as it occurs to me).  So hopefully this can help kick start me actually working on projects more.

Anyway, as noted above the story is up, so take a peak if you’re interested.

Gonna do some writing …

November 8, 2020

So on my recent vacation I sat down and redid my schedule.  And one of the big things that I wanted to add to it was some time to write some fiction.  I’ve been meaning to write for, well, many, many years and rarely managed to do it.  They say that the best way to get good at writing is to do lots of it, and I do very little.  I also have a lot of ideas running around in my head and would like to get some of them out there.  So I really wanted to put it onto my schedule.

So, it’s set for Sunday afternoons.  What I’m going to try to do is sit down and write for a couple of hours and get some stuff down.  What I’m starting with is a rough horror-type story referencing some horror stuff I’ve been watching, divided up into chapters.  There is an overarching story to it.  I don’t know how that’s going to wrap up yet.  I also plan on simply writing it out and doing minimal editing on it.  So I might write myself into a bit of a corner that I’d have to address the best I can (I can already see one issue that I may not be able to address).  But what’s good about this is that I have no real attachment to this.  If I write it and people like it … well, as Shamus Young says, that’s your problem.  If people don’t like it, then it’s practice.

A story won’t come out every week (in fact, I’ve been trying to write this post for two weeks already [grin]).  But by posting it publicly I’ve given myself some extra reason to stick to it.  I am pretty much immune to peer pressure, however, so it isn’t that much extra reason.  So we’ll see how it works.

More on that Accomplishment Thing

April 12, 2019

Well, another two months, and so another update on how this is going.

DVDs and TV shows continue to be the stars of this. I’m almost finished Season 3 of Voyager (watch for comments on the first three seasons soon) after having finished Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. I also finished GI Joe, Star Trek the Animated Series, and Daria, and am on Season 3 of 2 Broke Girls. I’m on pace to finish both in the next couple of months which will let me move on to other things. I’ve also managed to watch some movies and get those off my plate. So it’s going quite well.

Reading is going all right as well. My pace is slower than I’d like — I’m currently reading a Thrawn book and have had a couple of recent days when I’ve read two pages maybe — but I’m still getting through things. That Thrawn book is the last thing I want to get through before turning to classic literature, and while I have a couple of history books that I was trying to get through first I’ve stopped because I really want to get started on those other works.

Video games went better but have now crashed out completely. I finished Sunrider Academy and started playing Knights of Pen and Paper, but work has gotten extremely busy which pretty much kills any time I had to play video games. I’ve poked around a bit with the retro games but in general have better things to do than play video games, and was having trouble deciding what game to play anyway. I’ll have to see if things change once work settles down.

And projects went terribly. I’ve made starts on a couple of things but haven’t started on the AI stuff I wanted to do. This is despite the fact that doing these things is officially in my schedule even when I’m busy. I’ve still spent more time playing video games despite that not being on my schedule. So this is something that I really need to work on.

However, I have kept up with the blog and am even settling into a better routine, and with the “Philosophy and Pop Culture” posts always have some philosophy in a week, which is good.

So, why is it that DVDs and reading work so well while everything else doesn’t? Well, it’s because I always watch TV to settle down before going to sleep. Thus, I always have some time carved out to watch DVDs. And since I read while watching TV, that gives me a set time to read as well. This time isn’t vulnerable to distractions because I’m not going to do anything else that evening and anything else that I want to do I can do while watching. So they’re the only things that get a set and consistent amount of time each week. And if things get a little busier or things take longer than I thought, I’ll still have some time set aside to watch something. So not only are they at convenient times in the schedule, they’re also more flexible.

With projects and video games, I not only need to set aside time to do them, in order to make any real progress I have to dedicate significant time to them. If I have an hour, I can watch three half-hour shows, but am not going to make any programming or writing progress. I might be able to squeeze a blog post in. If things take longer than I expected or I get distracted, then that will kill that session for those things. When I get busy, that only makes it worse as I have less time to do them in the first place, which only makes it easier for me to end up in a position where I don’t really have the time to do them when I was supposed to.

I’m going to try to make more of an effort with projects in the next couple of months, although I won’t for video games. We’ll see if this makes a difference.

New story …

March 27, 2017

So, last year Malcolm the Cynic put out a call for stories for a King Arthur anthology called “Tales of the Once and Future King”. Since I have some interest in writing, I mused about writing something for it. However, I misread the word count, and thought that it had to be between 500 – 1000 words instead of between 500 – 10000 words, which would have left out most of my original ideas; I am, as noted, fairly verbose. But since I can’t turn my mind off, I started musing about ideas for something shorter that might fit into that word count, and came up with an idea. But I didn’t do it for the anthology, for two reasons:

1) I read after that it was aimed at the juvenile market, and while I thought the idea would work I didn’t really want to get involved with that.

2) I was insanely busy at the time and so didn’t even have the time to prepare something.

But the idea remained in my head, and now that I’m trying to make an effort to add writing back into my schedule I decided that a good way to start would be to finally write the story down. The story is in its own page here. As it turns out, WordPress says that it comes in at slightly under 500 words, but I don’t really see how adding more here would make it more interesting, so I’m leaving it at that.

Enjoy! Or not. It’s totally up to you.

Stories, fanfic, and so on …

January 21, 2011

Okay, so let me restate my intentions on all of this stuff:

I intend to do more stories and fanfic on this blog.  It’ll be a nice break from my philosophical and theological ramblings and also give me an excuse and forum to do it.

Right now, though, I’m too busy to actually do it without driving myself insane.

So, the long and short of it is:  you’ll get some stuff, but I can’t say when.

But you’ll get one of my old short stories now, while you wait:

https://verbosestoic.wordpress.com/waiting-for-magic/