Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Scoop - 4/20/2014 Easter Edition

It's been a month since my last real update.  Oops.

In my defense, I've got a new baby, had to adjust to being back at work after a month off with said baby, and, well, my free time's been stretched a little thinner.  

Let's start with Book 3 of Korin's Journal:

That progress bar over there ----> hasn't been moved in a while, huh?  Now, if you see my Facebook updates, I made a mention about rewriting a chapter about a month ago.  That was true, but in rewriting it, I realized the prior two chapters needed work.  This is one problem with not outlining - sometimes what's in my head does not pan out the way I thought, and I don't realize its not working until, well, later than I should.  (Side note: given that formal outlines present me - that's ME, not everybody - even more problems, I still have no plans for doing it now, or ever) Anyway, it turned into a much longer process than anticipated, one that I just finished yesterday.  Basically, after a long month of working with the problems, I can finally move on to new material!  Hooray!

But that's what editing, revisions, and rewrites are for once the rough draft is done, right?  Not for someone with mild OCD who couldn't look beyond the problems, even if they only affected those chapters, not the whole book.  To keep it simple, I felt like I was forcing information that I wanted the reader to know into the chapters with no regard for how unrealistically the information was being presented.  Kind of like "oh, let me tell you all about these certain important people who will play a major role in the coming chapters even though I don't even know you."  For example, have you ever played an old-school JRPG(Japanese Role Playing Game for all you lesser nerds, or games like Final Fantasy for all you lesser lesser nerds, or nerd games for those who still remain)?  I always found it humorous you could just walk into random people's houses that would have no idea who you were and they would tell you an important plot point - you know, as opposed to being like "Who the f*@& are you, and what the f#@* are you doing in my f&*#ing house?"

In the end, I decided that I will add a short chapter or two's worth of additional material in the coming chapters to address this.  The upside to this is that the two new characters this material will be focused on, characters who will be crucial to the plot, will be more fleshed out and there are now two scenes between each of them and Korin that I am really looking forward to writing. Later this week, I'll update the progress bar, though there won't be much of a difference yet.  Still, some progress has been made, and once I move a few pages I left tacked on to the end of my book file in case I wanted to reuse some of them to another file, I'll have a proper word count to base it of off(yes, I  know I could just delete it, get the word count, and then undo the delete, but that would make far too much sense).

The only other update I have is that I have come up with some awesome(in my opinion, anyway) plot changes and some exciting(and in one case, incredibly emotional) scenes to go along with them.  If you've read any of my earlier blogs, you may have heard me mention that most of my plotting happens when jogging.  While a small portion of these ideas did originate during my recent runs, the majority came to me one day last week when mowing the lawn.  I know this seems silly to tell you, especially since I won't explain what these ideas are, but I just want to express that there are some epic moments to look forward to that did not exist in my head before yesterday, and they have me more excited and inspired than my original vision going into this.  

Now, since I haven't had a Warrior Wednesday blog in a while, some updates on my St. Jude fundraiser and training for the North Carolina Warrior Dash next month:

First of all, I have finally become inspired to really get back into running and to get to the gym more.  In the past week, I have even *gasp* started watching my diet!  Not going to shove too much fitness crap down your throat, but I'm proud to say that I ran every morning before work this past week, have run 10 consecutive days(as of today), and ran 19.5 miles over the course of this week!  

(The 5 miles for 4/12 were actually from 2 runs, one being from 4/11 and posted late, thus 10 consecutive days of running)

Overall, I'm proud that I'm finally putting in the effort to get back into a hobby I love so much.  Documenting my improvement here is very self-serving in that it kind of holds me more accountable, or at least it feels like it does.  Before my protruding disk last June, my pace and endurance were much better, but after allowing myself to fall into a slump, I'm happy to see some improvement and to regain some of my motivation.  I still don't sleep enough, but I already feel a higher level of natural energy from the past couple weeks alone.  I'll definitely be more than ready for May's Warrior Dash, and the similar-ish Down and Dirty Adventure Run the week before it.

Which brings me to my last update - raising money for St. Jude:

As you may know, I signed up to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital through the Warrior Dash race, and thanks to several kind donations, I quickly reached my initial goal of $300.  Accordingly, I raised my goal to $500.  As of now, $315 has been donated, and I am very thankful to all of you who have donated to this amazing cause.  Remember, there's some incentives for donations, such as signed copies of my book and getting your name or a name of your choice(within reason) as a major character in Book 3 of Korin's Journal.  Every $5 gets you a chance for one of these incentives.  Be sure to check out for more information and to make a donation.  I don't get anything beyond having access to the St. Jude Warriors VIP tent(with showers and bag check), which I already have raised enough for. This is solely because I love this organization and all that they do.  Every dollar you donate can do so much for the care of sick children, allowing them to get the care they need without ever seeing a bill, not to mention all the research St. Jude does to advance the treatment of illnesses in children.  So, come on, let's do this!  $500 isn't far away!

Either click the link in the prior paragraph, or the image below to make a donation today!  You'll have my eternal gratitude.  

All right, so that was a really long blog.  Sorry about that.  I'll try to be a little better about blogging in the coming weeks.  Now, in an attempt to slow your browser, here's some pictures of our Easter fun over the past couple of weekends.  

Happy Easter to you all!

- Brian

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