Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to Blogging, Toddler Facts, and Writing Tools

     I'm firing up the post engine again, stop laughing. I am trying to get back into the habit of regular writing. I have aspirations of doing this on a more professional basis, but if history is any indicator I could fail. Many things have happen since my last round of posts, mostly poverty. There has however been other things, and they're good things too.
My daughter is approaching 3 years old and provides me endless entertainment in the form of what I call Toddler Facts.What are Toddler Facts? Well they are tidbits of information provided to you by a toddler. They can sometimes be legit factual information, such as "Princesses live in castles" or "Poop smells yucky.". These gems of information are usually delivered at unexpected moments such as bed time, or while your on the phone. There are special times when Toddler Facts are actually Toddler Lies. Since their tiny brains are still working on developing the sections that gauge human emotions like murder, it renders them quite capable of some very respectable yarns. As an example, my daughter toddled into the kitchen while I was eating cereal and calmly advised me to not to enter the bedroom. Now, as a parent several unpleasant things occurred to me at that moment. Mental panic set in and horrible thoughts of property damage entered my mind. I quelled this first response and then squashed the images of broken electronic devices and of unsolicited poo art from my mind. I then asked her calmly, "Why should I not go into the bedroom?". She said "because there is a T-Rex in there", and then sort of  waved a dismissive hand in the general direction of the bedroom. I was relieved. Imaginary T-Rex's are easy to handle, and inexpensive to deal with...poo art is not.

     Now back to me being serious about writing again. It would be super cool to not do IT work anymore and spend my days in a quiet room sharing fantastic tales to my adoring fans for truck loads of cash. Cause we all know aspiring writers always make truck loads of cash. Planning on how to handle my fortune and fame is only part of some of things I've done lately to try and get a little more serious about writing. I've found some helpful online tools to organize my thoughts and work. I use Evernote to quickly jot down any ideas that come to mind, or to take note of things that might inspire me later.

     I've also grown fond of Draft. I was a heavy Google Docs user until I was no longer able to access it from work. This forced me to find some other method of text editing in my free time. Google Docs is not very secure for a company that doesn't like the idea of employees being able to upload files from a workstation. Draft doesn't have the same goals as Google Docs and is designed to be a writer's site. The interface is simple and clean, and you can get to the business of writing very quickly. Edits are tracked in revisions, and things are easily organized by folder. Draft also has a lot of collaborative features that I have yet to use. Draft is priced at the reasonable rate of free, but it so good that I feel guilty not donating. I have moved almost all of my work over to draft and once I get it all over there I will gladly donate as it will be permanent home for writing.

     I discovered how helpful writing prompts are. /r/writingprompts has provided me with some great ideas to exercise my brain with. It's also led me to challenge myself with creating my own prompts. As a part of my new push to add to the blog I will share some of the things I come up with based on various prompts. There is a high probably that anything I scratch out from a prompt will be quirky, incomplete, and not very good. However, I'll have had fun writing it. I encourage you to write your own piece based off the prompt. You can share here in the comments, keep it to yourself or send it me at geeksonfireblog (*at*) gmail . If you give permission I may even share it in a future post.

     One more thing before I go. I've been getting back into the loop on the Fantasy Fiction and Fantasy Gaming world. I will be attending Gencon Indy again this year and plan to give any readers of Geeksonfire a few fun tidbits of news, and maybe a contest or two. That's all the news for now.

A new post based off a writing prompt will be up in a day or two.

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