Monthly Archives: September 2013

Not on *MY* Blog!

Hugh Todd

Not much to report these days. Still waiting on the proofread of my first novel. Still writing the second one; it’s a bit of a slog at the moment, but I think I’ve figured out why. Another step on the road to figuring out how my process works: complete outlines. I had finished a pretty general outline with the idea that I would get past the beginning (which I had planned out carefully) and wing the middle. It turns out that winging doesn’t work very well for me. After banging my head against a brick wall for a number of weeks, I went back and figured out the plot, chapter by chapter. I’m not saying I won’t change things as I go along, but my hope is that I will be able to continue writing much more quickly than I have. We will see!

I’ve covered most of the general types of subjects I had planned on writing about so far, so I thought I would mention some subjects I don’t plan on covering .

Religion and politics are a good start. My beliefs aren’t particularly radical, but they are my own. At this point in my life, I’ve given them a fair amount of thought and while I try to remain open to other viewpoints, I’m guessing there isn’t a whole lot of information or arguments that are going to sway my beliefs drastically. Alternately, I’m not such a good persuasive writer that I believe that my arguments are going to turn around some wrong-headed person and get them in the right (read my) direction. So, I won’t be bringing up religion or politics and I encourage others who (someday) post on my blog to do the same.

Please feel free to discuss, agree or disagree with anything I write here, either personally or publicly, but hopefully the subjects I discuss will not be so vital to one’s person that feelings will be hurt or people offended. Let’s play nice!

Also, I won’t be writing reviews of things I don’t love. I read a lot of books, watch a fair number of movies and watch some TV. I (of course) have an opinion about everything that I experience, but the last thing I want to do is affect someone’s livelihood. I may not like a book, but hopefully there are plenty of other people that do and I wish success on all authors, actors, directors, etc. I’m not saying that my opinion will have much of an effect on anyone’s career, but just in case, I will pass on critical reviews. That being said, I would appreciate anyone’s criticism of my own work, either blog, story, book or otherwise. I intend to get better and the only way I’m going to do that is by finding out what people *didn’t* like about my work.

On a side note, I just read a book that I liked very much. It is called Interrupt by Jeff Carlson. It is an excellent fast-paced current-day sci-fi thriller. I would put it in the general current-day thriller category except the scientific ideas were so well researched and explored that it scratched itches in multiple parts of my psyche.

Anybody have any thoughts on the subject?