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On the Subject of Writing, Part Two

Posted by Doug on June 7, 2010

Since a month ago when I wrote my last post on the particular subject of writing, I got up to 37,000+ words and then made a classic mistake: I started thinking too much about what I had written.  Of course, all that I had wrote suddenly became not good enough, and after a few days of not writing much at all, I decided to abandon the plan I detailed in that blog post (which seemed like such a great idea at the time), and began a rewrite, from the ground up.  Kind of a fail, I know, but what can I say?  This is my first time actually writing with serious intent to publish. I’m a noob, sorry.

Lame excuses, I know, but now that I’ve got them out of my system, I can move forwards.

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Preview: Rikuzentakata: Book One of the Mecha Monogatari

Posted by Doug on May 17, 2010

And now, a preview of my upcoming novel.

Originally, I was writing under the working title of The Mecha Monogatari: Twilight of the Fierce God, but having written thirty thousand words of the narrative, that title just doesn’t seem right, so now, I have changed the working title to Rikuzentakata: Book One of the Mecha Monogatari.  Inspired by mecha anime like Gundam, Evangelion, Full Metal Panic, and the like, Rikuzentakata follows a young mecha pilot named Enokido Harumi during her first few days of real combat, culminating in a stand against Japan’s attackers around a small town in southern Iwate prefecture, the titular Rikuzentakata.

Everything in this preview is subject to change before the finalized novel; most likely I will need to tweak some of the more specific bits to make them all match up.  In any case, without further ado, on to the preview:

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Rain and Fire – A Hecatonchires Short Story

Posted by Doug on April 13, 2010

The following is a short sort-of-sequel to my NaNoWriMo novel, Hecatonchires:

Even if Kadenokōji Takako had a free hand to hold it in, even the largest umbrella would have been inadequate defense against the nearly horizontal rain as the typhoon assailed Tokyo.  The streets of Shibuya were all but deserted, with only the occasional emergency services vehicle passing by, and Kadenokōji had not seen a single pedestrian in what otherwise would have been one of the most crowded districts in the city.  The downpour was so strong it made it difficult to walk, doubly when moving against the wind, and of course Kadenokōji’s destination was currently both upwind and uphill, and to make things even worse, walking slowly was not an option.  I’ve got to get ahead of that damned squid! Her legs burning with the exertion, she pushed forwards, running up the hill as fast as she could without falling down.  Needless to say, she was long since completely drenched, and that did nothing to improve her mood.

In her left hand she held a small LED flashlight, which really was not helping illuminate her path much; in her right, her weapon, a Heckler and Koch UMP submachine gun.  Over her mauve pant suit she wore a heavy tan tactical vest like the Special Assault Team operators wore, filled with a half-dozen spare magazines for the UMP, her USP pistol and a couple spare magazines for it, and all manner of small equipment, from a police radio to a folding multi-tool.  It weighed nearly fifteen kilograms, and Kadenokōji could not, at the moment, decide whether the extra weight was slowing her pace or helping keep her from getting blown away by the typhoon.

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Hecatonchires: My NaNoWriMo Novel For 2009

Posted by Doug on November 25, 2009

Here it is, in all its poorly-written glory, the full text of my National Novel Writing Month project: Hecatonchires! (1.3 MiB PDF)

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Hecatonchires: A NaNoWriMo Project

Posted by Doug on October 21, 2009

I’ve decided I’m going to be a part of this year’s National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.  The goal of NaNoWriMo is to crank out a 50,000 word work of fiction between November 1st and November 30th.  The reward for those who successfully accomplish this is…bragging rights.  Sounds like the perfect project for me.

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