It All Begins Tomorrow

…ominous titles aside, I’m starting something tomorrow, so that will be fun. Working on it will be a good way to end what has been a nastily rough week.

I’ve got way too much to do. I have a buttload of internship applications, catchup homework and this new project. I could cry. 

All-in-all, it’s been a very rough week. Coming out of it, though, at least I have something to look forward to. Creative world-wise, it gets me away from the one project that has been trapped in editing hell for three-going-on-four weeks. And it gives me what will either be a motivator to catch up and finish my work or what will be a whole other distraction.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to say it’s the former and not the latter.

Other things that I’m working on- two other writing projects both have first drafts that have been sitting for a short while that are ready to be revised. I’ve been told that the professor wants “bold” revisions on them, whether or not they go right or wrong. So that’ll be fun to work with. I like almost all the characters I’ve created so far, between Oliver Watterson, Arthur Cohn, Sarah Metis, Charlotte Haas, Johnny Stevenson and Emmy Gomez. I feel like Charlotte could definitely stand to be better developed, but for a first try, I’m actually rather happy with them.

The two stories, interestingly enough, are complete opposites to one another, and I think that one is weaker than the other as a result, but that’s alright.

At any rate, I’ve got some work to do, and I’ve got a post talking about these more in detail. So I’ll leave it here for now. See you all tomorrow!

A Pre-Midnight Update

Work on the paper continues apace. I’m officially at the halfway point of the paper (2 and a 1/2 pages out of 5).

Yes, I know, I’m a tortoise.

The few things that spur me forward are the plans I have for creative projects that I’m going to work on in the future. Not all of them will be shown to the public…

but goddamn, they’ll all be easier than this paper. 

As for specific blog updates- I might see if I can’t get an Honest Poem up tomorrow? If I can’t, I’ll probably talk about something that’s been on my mind recently that I’ve just been inwardly debating.

I really want to get a Flash Fiction written, but honestly, that’s going to have to wait until I’ve crashed after I finish this paper because cranking this out has been exhausting.

Have a lovely night, ladies and gents.

-D

So to compensate for my inability to get an honest poem or a flash fiction up for you guys,

I’ll post a bunch of little posts throughout the night with some random musings and thoughts.

It’s gonna be a late night, I’ve got a five page paper to write hnnnng. And while I’ve finished the first page quickly, the rest of it is going at a tortoise’s pace. So as I write, I’ll be updating here.

See you all soon!

Outlining vs. Going Unplanned (A Superhero Story)

The deadline for my second story is coming up and I haven’t written a lick of it yet. I’ve written plenty of ideas and basic premises and even character plans and world building….

And yet, I don’t know if I’m going to stick to any of it. I might just grab a vague notion of a protagonist and dive wildly off script.

It’s entirely unprecedented, as all of the fiction I’ve written since I restarted trying to master this genre has all been carefully planned out and everything has taken shape in my head. But not this time- this time I’ll be making it up as I go, jiving to the character’s beat, you know?

I know that recent, earlier attempts to write in this way have crashed and burned, but I think I have a voice to channel into a story, so we’ll see how well it goes.

The voice is also telling me something that I’m not sure is such a good idea.

This story? It’s going to be a superhero story.

Oh, joy. Personally, I think the entire genre’s getting a little tired but you know what? I’ll work with it. See if I can’t get anything fresh out of it- although I’m pretty sure the entire animals has been hollowed out and stuffed with a printer that makes money.

There are so many ways this could go wrong as all hell… but eh, what’s a life without a little bit of a risk.

I’m running late on a couple of things, so I’m afraid no flash fiction or honest poetry today unless inspiration strikes. Sorry about that!

(However, you can expect another post later today.)

Until then, folks!

-D

Catching Up On Readings Today! (First Bit)

Hey gaiz- I have a lotta reading to do for my classes today, so I’ll have the Flash Fiction/free-write up later tonight. In the meantime though, I’ll be tweeting and live-blogging my reactions to some of the readings here for your entertainment just for shits and giggles.

See you all soon!

Welcome Back.

Ladies and gentlemen, my dear readers of The Oddity Writer,

I’m back.

Did you miss me?

With the ending of “Dear Kath”, I thought I’d make an update post and address you all about my game plan going forward. This is not all going to kick off at once, and it’ll probably go off in stages as I commit to more and as I feel ready and as I feel I have more time to grow.

The WordPress blog is going to continue to update daily. It’ll be a lot of rough drafts and raw material and ideas, and much more like a diary or journal. None of what I publish here will be specifically for this site, except for maybe progress reports.

OddityWriter.com is going to become a portfolio site and a hub. It currently only hosts my portfolio of works for other sites, but the ultimate goal is to change that, give it more uses than that as I expand on some projects and skills I want to develop.

I’ve decided to run two Tumblr blogs, one specifically for my writing and one for my own personal enjoyment where I reblog things that I think are important or funny. These two blogs differ from the first two sites in that Tumblr will probably be more for fun and shits and giggles. I’ll be cutting loose and experimenting here.

Twitter will be just personal thoughts and one-liners throughout the day if I’m doing anything interesting or if I have something quick to say.

(I’ve also got Instagram! But I have no idea/game plan for that sooo to be announced, I suppose.)

Across the course of 2016, I was far too complacent, and I didn’t write and post enough. That was the first thing I wanted to work on changing. If this post has been published, it means I’ve got a decent idea of (and maybe hopefully settled into) the routine that I want to have.

I’m hoping I can keep up posting at noon- we’ll see if that keeps up or if I’ll need to switch to a later time.

Ready? Here we go.

Clinging to the Past

Entry #13 – March 7, 2017

Dear Kath,

As evidenced by the fact that I started writing to you again with this series of thoughts, you’ve been on my mind a lot recently. When I was tasked with writing my first major short story for a creative writing class, my thoughts turned to recent reflections on my past and to my last four years in high school. Considering the viewpoints I held then and those I hold now, I wrote a heavily fictionalized and dramatized account of one memory of mine from those last four years.

You naturally played a role in that story. Of course you did, you were my best friend in the past four years. Thinking a lot about my actions then gave me insights into how badly I had messed up and a lot about how I’d become so misguided in the past two or three years. Insights and revelations turned into a fresh new regret and a terrible nostalgia. And thinking turned into journaling where I addressed you. Later, as I began having assorted thoughts, different arguments and such that I would normally have sent to you all those years ago, the idea for this series of reflections was born.

I hope it’s accomplished its goal – to amuse and intellectually engage you with several different arguments, to show you where I am now mentally if you ever wondered what became of me (I don’t ever expect you to), and to show you that I’m still not great or fantastic, but that I’m always going to try to improve myself. I’m going to be better. I swear.

This, in case you haven’t realized by now, is where I bring this little series to a close. This is me moving forward, owning my fault and my blame and letting go. I’m sorry about everything, and I’m sorry for being selfish and narcissistic in writing this as a catharsis and using my memory of you to reflect on myself. I’m not even sure if this series or my actions even impacts you, but if it ever does, you have my apologies.

When I embarked upon these essays, a friend of mine asked me if I wouldn’t be better off and if it wouldn’t be healthier to talk to a real person about my internal debates and about my personal opinions and just talking about all the different pieces of my life. And they are right, of course. I’ll be working on communicating better in the future.

Thirteen seems like a solid number to leave off, doesn’t it? I like it. It’s a good number.

A proper goodbye is in order then. Because in these twelve letters, I never said thank you. I said thank you a lot when I was sickeningly saccharine but really. Thank you. You were a true friend during a time where I felt truly, absolutely alone and frustrated and I will never, ever forget how lucky I was to have that.

In retrospect, many of my past friendships were toxic and discouraging. I hope that, in turn, I will not forget neither this one nor any of the other people who were truly positive influences on my life.

I still feel very, very lost and unsure of myself, but I feel like I’m closer to gaining some footing and sense than I have been in a long, long time.

So thank you.

I hope that if these ever reach you, or if you ever happen to read them by chance, that they find you well, happy and healthy.

And I hope that to this day, you remain true to who you are.

Goodbye, old friend. Take care of yourself.

-D

The Next Step

Ladies and gentlemen, my dear readers of The Oddity Writer,

This has been a long time coming, but I’ve been putting it off. Refusing to accept it and to let go, because it’s hard. But with the new year looming on the horizon, it’s probably best to make this address now rather than later.

While this will not be the last time I post to this blog, I will be ceasing work on content specifically for this blog. That means regular personal things, status updates and series where I promoted fellow bloggers like Circumnavigation are coming to an end. Regular, daily/weekly content in general also won’t be posted here anymore at least until further notice.

That being said, I won’t stop creating. I’ve got a lot of projects in the works, and if they do get posted, I will be sharing them here. But this blog has not been (for awhile) and will no longer be, my top priority when it comes to creation from now on.

When I started this blog years ago, I was a deeply unhappy person who was lost who didn’t know what he was going to do with his life, and assumed that nobody in the world would care as he screamed his thoughts out into the void that was the Internet.

Everything that has happened since is more than I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful for the experience and the time I’ve had on WordPress. I am extremely grateful for the dear friends that I have made. And while I am very sad that this chapter of my time as a writer is coming to a close, I am very much looking forward to what comes next. And I hope that you are too.

So one last time- thank you all so much for joining me. I’ll see you in the future, on another page of some story.