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April 23rd, 2008

End of the work day... @ 05:21 pm

Current Location: 30062

...well, for me, anyway. My work laptop is so overloaded with garbage that I had to stop, delete some crap and try to defrag the hard drive. It didn't do much: there are still fragmented files all over the hard drive. I really hate Windows. I can hardly wait until they tell me to bring in my laptop so that they can install Vista. That should bring it to its knees. Of course, I'm starting to wonder just what they're doing when I connect remotely. Evidently they have a remote backup that starts running when I connect via VPN and pretty much keeps running until it's finished and doesn't allow me to disconnect. For some reason, they're getting real paranoid about security as well; they have new rules for passwords and everything. Mine are real simple, but they're hard to figure out because they're random Chicago intersections, and I change some of the letters to numbers or symbols (@ for A, 3 for E, etc.)...

Since my stroke, I've had the hardest time writing. Not only is it physically challenging because my right hand is still crippled (though getting better), I just plain old have no ideas whatsoever. It's very frustrating.
 
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From:anderyn
Date:April 25th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Heh.

Check out argus_scribes for a longer 'splanation of my frustration. :-)
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From:john_holton
Date:April 25th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Lord, that brought back some memories, not all of them good. My writing still carries the baggage of the off-list crap that went with Ghostletters and some of the real-life crap that went with the writers group I was part of (it was run by a woman that saw it as an extension of her Toastmasters group and thus believed that we gave a shit about her bloviations).

Anyway, I think you're on the right track: you know what you want to end up with. Now all you have to do is work backward from there. Yeah, like that's easy, right? Listen, it might not be great, but it is a starting point. I don't even have that....
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From:anderyn
Date:April 25th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, tell me about it.

So. If you had your wish, what would you WANT to write about? What makes your thoughts happy? Something mysterious? Something funny? Something controversial? Something to get those political folks steamed?

Write back. I care about you and want to see something written by John Holton in my store and in my hot little hand shortly thereafter!
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From:john_holton
Date:April 25th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, definitely something funny. If I manage to get the political folks steamed, that's a fringe benefit. But funny first. I had this idea of a series about a young and crude homicide detective who calls murdered people "deadies" (the titles were all I managed to come up with: Who's Your Deady?, My Heart Belong to Deady, Deady, Don't You Walk So Fast, etc.), but the world is full of detective novels and I don't know enough about police procedure to write about it. Another idea I had was of a local PBS station acquiring kinescopes of a local kids' TV show and deciding to put them on the air during a pledge drive and running into problems from kids' TV activists, the bakery that sponsored the show, American Indian groups (the star of the show appeared in buckskins, war paint and a headdress), the PBS network and the star himself, who's pissed at all of the above. I'd like to create a character as droll and insouciant as Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, as rootless and threatening as Lee Child's Jack Reacher or Crais' Joe Pike, as intense and screwed up as Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli, as totally inept as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and I want to screw with them big time.

You know, nothing too hard....
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From:anderyn
Date:April 25th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but you can LEARN police procedural. Or have the detective be somehow an outsider who just smashes through procedure 'cause he's just that good. :-)

Seriously, though -- just figure out what you would love to write, and sit down and write it. As we keep telling lisapt, it's the writing that gets you anywhere (and she has two whole first drafts! I so jealous!) Even though they are kind of messy (her first drafts), she now knows where to research and what to expand and cut. Better than I've got!

I'll start if you will.


Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...