WIP: Good Thursday

Didn’t get on schedule, but got close.

Thursday

Better day. Met my steps and almost my words.

I’m thinking that I don’t like these daily posts. I like posting the words and steps, but I think there’s probably a better way to do it. I might switch to making the WIP posts every few days. Although, reporting the daily results is very motivational day-by-day.

Better still tomorrow.

WIP: Cycling Wednesday

Another day trying to get on schedule.

Wednesday

I didn’t get on the schedule I’d like to, but I did get some good work done. I spent a big chunk of time cycling through my vampires book, confirming details, adding flavor, whatnot, then another chunk of time putting in new words, which was good. This being a Wednesday, my daughter was home early, and later some political things soaked up some of my time, but all in all it was a good day, though a little short on steps and words.

Better tomorrow.

WIP: First Good Monday

Here we go.

Monday

The day started with walking my daughter to school, which helped me get most of my 10K steps in. During the day I worked to get organized and moving forward, despite some annoying interruptions.

A Brief Detour

During much of the first part of the day, I worked to evaluate a possibility for a Zombies Versus Comicon film project. The deadline for the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival is in six weeks. My best guess is that what I have in mind could be completed in that time frame, so I explored what impact that would have.

My final conclusion was that, as alluring as it is, I will not put more energy into it at this time. The film project would require a significant expense of time and some expense of money, and even then it would have a small chance of success. Plus, it would mean taking time and other resources away from my current book projects, at a minimum delaying them. And they have a very big chance of success. I will have to let it go for now and instead try later this year. If my secret projects are successful enough, maybe I can even produce the whole thing. That would be fun.

Writing

You may have noticed that I have five active projects in my sidebar, and I need to get them done as quickly as possible. During the day I worked to get all of them moving, and I made some good progress late at night. It was only about 1K of my 5K goal, but I see that as a good start, with everything rolling again. These are really fun, and a little bit dangerous, and I see them coming together quickly. All I need is focused time with my butt in the chair, Internet off and my fingers on the keyboard.

Let’s go!

5K Words / 10K Steps Results

  • Words: I don’t know for sure, because part of it was on screenplays and that’s still a problem counting. It was about 1K just in the books, though. I’ll take it.

  • Steps: 10,400. Good to hit a goal.

The Desert King 99 Cents 1/23 – 1/29

 [Cover of The Desert King: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] When I was writing The Desert King, decades ago now, I had a mystical experience. Basically, I asked the future me to, if writing The Desert King was the right pursuit for me, give me a sign. Which I immediately got. I mean immediately. So, I buckled down and finished it.

Alas, The Desert King did not find its way to publication that year. Or for many years after. It became hard to understand what the mystical experience might have meant.

Eventually, The Desert King was published, and later I got the rights back and published it myself. Now, ten books and many years but later, I still wonder what that experience meant. At the time, I thought it meant the book would be a monumental success. It wasn’t. But maybe it meant that it would lead to the next book, and the next book, and eventually one book would find a monumental success that never would have happened if I hadn’t started with The Desert King.

Maybe.

Anyway, if you’re still waiting for your monumental experience, you can get The Desert King this week for 99 cents at Amazon.

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WIP: Last Bad Saturday

It was a typical Saturday. That’s the problem.

Saturday

Woke late. Partial morning routine. Family stuff. Had to run a poker tournament. Came back wiped out. Rested. Got a little work done late, but should have just slept. Tomorrow will be a little better, and Monday and the rest of the week will rock. Next weekend, I have to stick to my morning routine. Getting up and getting words in early will make the days.

Zombies Versus Comicon Screenplay

The simple excerpt of the beginning that I currently have on the ZVC Screenplay page doesn’t capture enough of the spirit of the story. I think a set of clips showing how the story develops might be persuasive, so I worked to adapt more of the story and to find the parts to assemble. It wasn’t much, but it was all I could do with the energy I had left.

5K/10K Results

  • Words: Can’t tell becuase of the adaptation process, but it wasn’t many.
  • Steps: About 4K.

WIP: Hard To Work

That guy sure is a good con man. 15% of the country can’t see it. At all.

Friday

Morning routine. Daughter to school. Lots of good work before being distracted.

Distraction of the day decade

Today, of course, one of the worst possible things happened. The wealthiest 1% managed to seize illegitimate control of my country, giving a ridiculous sociopath an irresponsible amount of power to get it, and taking us all to the edge of a dizzying precipice, all for their benefit alone—merely more money. Perhaps, at its core, it is irrepressible human nature and they can’t help it. Maybe. At any rate, I hope I never have so much money that my singular focus becomes getting more at any cost. And I hope I never become so controlled by propaganda that I can no longer distinguish facts from obvious cons.

Anyway, back to work.

Screenplays

That’s right, the day after I declared that it’s time to get busy cranking out books, I spent many hours working on screenplays. It sounds stupid, and maybe it is, but I’m trying to make something happen with Zombies Versus Comicon, and I’ve been meaning to add this to my website anyway, so today was the day to get it live. If you’re interested, the screenplay section of my website is at https://tftorrey.com/screenplays/, and the Zombies Versus Comicon page links from there.

Also, the screenplays page wouldn’t look very good with only one screenplay on it, so I added the screenplay for Compensation, which I wrote years ago. That one has an audio file of the script being read by computer-generated voices for the characters, which is a little annoying, and a little cool. Find that one, too, linked from the screenplays page.

5K/10K Results

  • Words: I don’t know. My process for doing the screenplay work doesn’t lend itself to counting words. And these are supposed to be new words anyway. Shame on me.

  • Steps: About 6K. I don’t know for sure, because my pedometer was confusing some from last night. I got in a good walk in the morning, and a shorter one in the rain in the afternoon. After that, it rained the rest of the day, a cold rain, and I didn’t want to go out in it. Step fail.

A New Era

So, our country has arrived at a turning point. I suppose it’s a happy day for the roughly 20% of eligible voters that voted for Trump and the 1% of the wealthiest Americans for who will benefit from the Republican policies. For the rest of us, however, at a minimum we are deeply embarrassed in front of the world, and we’ll be damn lucky if he doesn’t kill us all. None of the pomp and ceremony changes the fact that Trump has no interest in helping anyone but himself, no real idea what the job of President involves, and not a shred of the self-awareness needed to realize how far in over his head he is. What a mess.

Despite the very real danger, however, there is something of an opportunity. If Hillary Clinton were being inaugurated today, most Progressives in this country would have gone back to sleep, the way they did under Obama. The truth is, however, a Democrat in the White House alone simply isn’t enough to bring about positive change. Hillary Clinton’s policies were not very progressive in the first place, but any effort to implement them would have been completely stymied by the Republicans controlling the rest of the government, the way Obama’s mildly progressive proposals were.

The Republican Party’s policies truly only benefit the 1% of the country’s wealthiest people. Many others like their policies that hurt people such as the LGBTQ population, but despite their glee, hurting other people doesn’t actually help you at all. Nonetheless, the propaganda of the 1% has been able to fool another 19% or so of the rest of the country into embracing their policies, in spite of the fact that it’s against their self-interest.

The result is that every branch of government, in almost every state, is under the control of the party of the 1%: the Republicans.

However, while it can appear to be an insurmountable majority, it looks very fragile to me.

1% of the vote won’t win an election, of course, and even adding the 19% of the people that they’ve tricked only gets them to 20%, and 20% of the vote is not enough to win elections. It has been enough to get close enough to steal elections, and to use those wins to gerrymander districts and set up voter suppression laws to steal more elections and expand their power. But that can’t last forever.

If those idiots get too greedy and hurt too badly the 19% they’ve managed to fool, or if their idiocy motivates the ~40% of the voters who normally stay home to turn out and vote against them, or if Progressives can focus and rally more votes than can be suppressed or thrown away, the 1% and their Republican puppets will lose their seats. And if all of those things happen, they will lose completely and quickly.

And from where I’m sitting, all of those things look likely to happen.

And if it does, in just a few years we will be miles ahead of where we would have been had Hillary Clinton been inaugurated today.

Trump is a dangerous idiot, but his inauguration might actually bring about positive change, and quickly, despite his intentions.

As long as he doesn’t kill us all first.

Stay focused, friends.

WIP: Hello, 2017

Well.

Things sure took a nose dive at the end of 2016, and it’s taken me and us a while to adjust to the new reality, but I’ve finally reached a point where nothing captures my attention more than my own work.

It’s good to be back.

So, 2017. I’ve come up with a simple formula, a combination of two simple elements that will bring me both short-term and long-term success:

5 thousand words + 10 thousand steps, every day

Seems simple, right? Not easy, but simple. And though it won’t be easy, I think I can do it, and I am determined to do it.

Starting tomorrow, January 20, 2017.

In the near term, the next three months, I want to complete five new projects that may likely change my life. I will need to work hard for that, but I know that I can do it, and it will be awesome.

In the long term, the rest of this year and everything beyond, I want to complete a book a month. I need to complete a book a month to do the work I want to do.

Beyond the words and steps, I plan daily new content on my website, weekly promotions, and frequent new releases of things worth reading.

So simple, all of it. Not easy, but certainly possible.

I get started in the morning.