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January 31, 2010

One Month Of Storytelling

I have been successful in keeping both of my New Year's Resolutions so far this year. Reading the New Testament has been easy, since it's just five chapters a week. Writing a story for Ficly every day has been a lot more challenging. I feel most comfortable writing suspense, science fiction, or fantasy (basically the stuff I read). In writing these stories I've tried to branch out from my comfort zones and write a wide variety of settings and characters, and I believe I have succeeded.

I've run the gamut from blackmail in "Valuable Information" to fantasy in "The Flying Prince." I've written in the familiar science fiction genre with "Ambush at Corbin," and I've narrated the completely random in "Road Trip." I've also attempted some humor with "Alien FAQ" and some philosophical navel gazing with "Dreams." This exercise has really been useful for me as I attempt to keep from retreading the same ground over and over and boring any readers I may have.

It's been an interesting month, and I'm hoping I can keep this up for the rest of the year. I haven't felt like I've come close to running dry on the creative tap yet, and I'm hoping that won't happen for a long time yet. For those of you who are just now learning of my quest to write a story for every day this year, I have provided a table below with links to all of my work for January. If you'd like to follow my progress as I continue through the rest of the year, I post daily updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Date Story Genre
January 1Valuable InformationSuspense
January 2WingsFantasy
January 3The Deal Is On HoldUrban Fantasy
January 4Into The WoodFantasy
January 5The Puzzling Plight Of Reginald T. BadweatherHumor
January 6A Night At The FairRomance
January 7Alien FAQHumor
January 8Savage WinterThriller
January 9Hasty PreparationsFantasy
January 10Road TripHumor
January 11DreamsInspirational
January 12Ambush At CorbinScience Fiction
January 13Not According To PlanAlternate History
January 14The Flying PrinceFantasy
January 15If Mel Brooks Was MayorHumor
January 16Midnight In The Garden Of EdenHumor
January 17Two Roads Diverged In A WoodFantasy
January 18Stockton's HoardAdventure
January 19One In A MillionGeneric Fiction
January 20DeliveranceZombie
January 21Severed TiesAdventure
January 22The Measure Of A ManWestern
January 23Meta PoemPoetry
January 24Dirty LaundryUrban Fantasy
January 25The PromiseGeneric Fiction
January 26A Lover ScornedSuspense
January 27A ConversationHumor
January 28ResultsMicro Fiction
January 29DisillusionedGeneric Fiction
January 30Shared GuiltGeneric Fiction
January 31Long GoneScience Fiction

January 06, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I didn't really have any New Year's resolutions last year, since I didn't start with the weight loss goal until February. I did do well with that, though. I was 215 lbs at the beginning of 2009 and 210 lbs at the time I made my first weight loss post in February (yay for the flu diet). I'm currently hovering around 190 lbs, which is 5 lbs shy of the goal I set for myself, and I plan to continue working out. I don't have any specific time frame, but I would like to be below 180 sometime this year.

I have two resolutions for 2010. The first is to read through the New Testament. I tried doing the full Bible plan last year, but I ended up getting bogged down in repetitive stuff in the Old Testament and falling way behind. I decided to just do the New Testament this year 1) because it's shorter (I'm not a fast reader), and 2) because it is more applicable than the Old Testament. It's one chapter a day, five days a week. I think I can handle this.

My second resolution is much more ambitious than the first: I'm going to endeavor to take my writing more seriously this year. No, that doesn't mean I'll be posting more often about my mundane life in my blog. (Please keep your sighs of relief to yourselves.) If you've explored this blog at all, you may have noticed the link to Ficly over on the right. For those who don't know, Ficly is a site for writing community fiction in very, very short form. You get 1,024 characters to write whatever you want, and other people can write prequels and sequels to whatever you write. 1,024 Characters doesn't sound like a lot, but you'd be surprised how much you can fit in that space. It's really a lot of fun.

I've been more active on the site as of late, and I've been having a great time. It's a great way to practice writing without trying to do anything of an overwhelming length. So, my New Year's Resolution is to write a new Ficly story every day for the entire year. That's 365 stories. I need to backfill for January 1-4, but I did write one yesterday when I came up with the idea (read: stole the idea from another user). If you're interested, I suggest you take a look at The Puzzling Plight of Reginald T. Badweather. It's a parody of stories that utilize overwrought language, and I had a lot of fun writing it.

To make following along with this easier, I have created a Twitter account. Yes, I have finally joined the 21st Century. Hold your applause until the end, please. You can follow me under my username of kaellinn18. Every day (hopefully) I will post a link to a new story for your enjoyment, and each twitter will be cross-posted on Facebook, so if you don't have a twitter account, you can always follow me there. My life may not be entertaining enough to write about every day, but I can definitely make stuff up!

I hope you'll join me on this little experiment. I plan try to write the four backlogged stories and the one for today this evening. Stay tuned! Or don't. I'm not the boss of you.

2009 Year In Review

If you still check this blog, have it languishing in some RSS feed, or haven't blocked my notes on Facebook, congratulations! You get to read my annual answers to random questions. Don't you feel special?

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before? Visited Falling Water in Pennsylvania with the wife and Eric and Emily. That house is awesome!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't think I really made a New Year's resolution of it, but I did lose weight! Over 20 lbs! Believe it or not, I still have a ways to go, so I'll continue to hit the gym. Resolutions for this year are to write a new story every day on Ficly and to read through the New Testament. More on the Ficly aspect later.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Emily (Owen) and Pam (Andrew)

4. Did anyone close to you die? Courtney's dad

5. What countries did you visit? Just 'Murrica

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A new computer and running shoes

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Not sure of the exact date, but I negotiated a nice salary increase in July.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Negotiating my salary

9. What was your biggest failure? Not finishing reading through the Bible (got bogged down in the Old Testament) and not taking the test for the first part of my certification

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Had the flu in January, but nothing after that

11. What was the best thing you bought? The Playstation 3. Cool games + Blu-ray + steaming Netflix = EPIC WIN

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Courtney's mom.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? the V.A., Mark Sanford, Tiger Woods, Rod Blagojevich

14. Where did most of your money go? Savings of various types

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? our OBX vacation, C's new job, getting a Playstation 3

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? anything on the Glee Soundtrack

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner!
iii. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? reading the Bible

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? not reading the Bible

20. How will you be spending Christmas? we spent Christmas with my family in SC

21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve? we spent New Year's with my family in Springfield watching the VT game, exchanging Christmas presents, and playing games

22. Did you fall in love in 2009? I am officially striking this question from the survey. I am happily married. You can assume I will be in love for the duration.

23. How many one-night stands? I am officially striking this question from the survey as well. I've been as witty as I can be.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Glee, Chuck, Stargate: Universe, White Collar

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't hate.

26. What was the best book you read? A Game of Thrones. Epic fantasy at its finest. Working on the sequel now.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? The singers on Glee.

28. What did you want and get? A raise and a PS3

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Avatar, if only for the astounding technical achievement it represents

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Took the day off for my 29th birthday, bought a PS3, played it all day.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The housing market not sucking so we could sell our place and get a new house.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Clothed

34. What kept you sane? Lack of things that would drive me insane

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Dianna Agron

36. What political issue stirred you the most? retarded financial bailouts, retarded airport "security"

37. Who did you miss? Eric and Emily

38. Who were the best new people you met? Travis and Stacy

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009: None of us is as dumb as all of us. (See: US Government)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: I like the one that Courtney picked: "All that I'm after is a life full of laughter, as long as I'm laughing with you. I'm thinking that all that still matters is love ever after, after the life we've been through, 'cause I know there's no life after you." - Daughtry, Life After You