Monthly Archives: May 2012

Empire of Dirt: Writing with Scrivener and sending off the first draft

At last. It’s only been six weeks but it feels like forever. Four weeks to write the draft, nearly two to edit it and make sure I had everything in order. I think I’ve earned some time in Skyrim, although … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: The Xbox arrives… the death of my productivity?

Let me… tell you a tale. The last time I played a computer game (until yesterday) was sometime back in the early nineties, when people either had a Sega Master System or a Nintendo thing. We had a Sega Master … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: Editing begins

Here we are at last. I have a finished first draft of 107,000 words, all neatly set out in Scrivener. This is where the editing starts. It might be the most difficult part of writing (aside from the final draft, … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: The first draft is done (reprise)

I spent all weekend off, doing crafting and learning to knit (I’ll explain about that in another post). I wasn’t happy with the last two chapters as written, and I figured I’d come back to them. I think I can … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: The first draft is done

When I first signed up to this little adventure, I though I’d be looking at a finished first draft of Empire of Dirt sometime around December. I’m not entirely sure why, but I decided not to put so much expectation … Continue reading

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“My charity depends on feats of pointless running”

I did a crazy thing this week. Two crazy things, in fact. I spent all weekend saying that I wouldn’t really want to run a marathon because, well, 26.2 miles? Running? I used to run a lot but I’ve been … Continue reading

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