WordPress 2015 Review of Creative Criticality

WordPress.com built a report about Creative Criticality for 2015. It provides some interesting stats about various posts and such, but also shows that I should be more regular with posts in 2016.

Here’s an excerpt:

The busiest day of the year was May 8th with 54 views. The most popular post that day was Timestamp #36: The Evil of the Daleks.

Click here to see the complete report. Thank you for your continued support. See you in 2016!

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WordPress 2014 Review of Creative Criticality

WordPress.com built a report about Creative Criticality for 2014. It provides some interesting stats about various posts and such, but also emphasizes the point that I should be more involved in 2015.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Back to Writing

One of my resolutions for the new year was to spend more time writing.  2010, while tumultuous overall, got really busy near the end of the year, and as a result NaNoWriMo took a backseat.


Creative Progress Ticker

Perdition’s Progeny:  First draft — 1,723 words — (+1,723)
Pro Patria:  First draft — 47,716 words — (+2,044)
“Book Three”:  Outlining

Elemental:  Researching

Project “Ark”:  Concept

Project “John”:  Concept

Project “Recursive”:  Concept

Project “D Christmas”:  Researching

Project “Democ”: Concept

Project “Button”:  Concept


“Millennium” (Scapecast article):  Concept
Various other Scapecast articles in development

“Meruva”Submitted — 12,433 words

“The Lessons of Lucasian Vision” is Published

Recently, ForceCast.net started a program for publishing listener editorials about Star Wars. Forcecast.net is the center of activity for the 2010 Parsec Award nominated Star Wars-themed podcast called The ForceCast.

You can find “The Lessons of Lucasian Vision” here.  Please leave your comments either here or at ForceCast.net.

Quick Writing Update

I spent a little time back in the universe tonight.  I missed it and needed it after a long couple of days on travel for work.  It’s small progress, but it’s also a rather tricky spot for me.  I’ve also been brainstorming on my NaNoWriMo project.


Creative Progress Ticker

Perdition’s Progeny:  Outlining
Pro Patria:  First draft — 45,672 words — (+595)
Bhriar’s Blade:  Outlining

Elemental:  Researching

Project “Ark”:  Concept

Project “John”:  Concept

Project “Recursive”:  Concept

Project “D Christmas”:  Concept

Project “Democ” [NaNoWriMo]: Concept

“Meruva”: Submitted — 12,433 words

Provocative Quote of the Day

Provocative quote of the day, courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Jay Stout, USMC, retired:
“My Air Force compadres, darn them, did such a great job of engaging the Iraqi fighters as they got airborne that I doubt an Iraqi aircraft got within 50 miles of a Marine Corps aircraft. So we had to satisfy ourselves with tearing up forces on the ground.”

I heard it on “Remembering The First Gulf War, 20 Years On” on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.  While it’s definitely Marine-speak, I wonder if certain people should never be allowed in front of a microphone in public forum.  Listening to it, I’m sure LtCol Stout meant it humorously, but the joke fell flat.  He tried a couple of other bits of military humor, but what some of my friends in uniform fail to realize is that civilians don’t understand it.  Unless you’ve experienced it, most military humor feels barbaric at worst.

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In other news, my brain’s working overtime on another story idea. Yes, brain, I’m listening.

Creative Progress Ticker

Perdition’s Progeny:  Outlining — (no change)
Pro Patria:  45,077 words — (first draft) (no change)
Bhriar’s Blade:  Outlining — (no change)

Elemental:  Researching — (no change)

Project Ark:  Concept — (no change)

Project John:  Concept — (no change)

Project Recursive:  Concept — (no change)

Project Christmas:  Concept — (no change)

Project Democ: Concept — (added)

Red Dragon and Writing Updates

After purchasing the series a few years ago, I decided to start reading the Hannibal Lector novels by Thomas Harris.  I’ve seen Manhunter once, which was based off the first book Red Dragon.  I haven’t seen the remake yet, even though I own it.  I’ve seen the sequel Silence of the Lambs a few times, and Hannibal twice.  I don’t remember much from Manhunter since I saw it — how long is it now? — I’d say close to a decade ago, but I’m almost eager to watch it and Red Dragon just to compare some notes.

I just finished reading Red Dragon and started into Silence of the Lambs.  I am amazed at how addicitng the novel was.  I’ve actually lost sleep, and not from the dark subject matter, but because I really wanted to know what happened next.  Reading it also gave me several ideas on how to effectively make some of my characters significantly darker.  One of my weakenesses in writing is developing dark, troubled, or deliciously evil characters.  Dolarhyde was most certainly two of the three, and Lector picks up the slack by embodying the rest.  Graham was also a great template for a troubled and/or haunted protagonist.

What I really didn’t like was the way things wrapped up in the book.  It felt almost like the typical plot device for any slasher flick.  Read the book and you’ll see what I mean.  The other nit-picky thing is how Harris shifts from descriptions in the present tense to progressive action in the past tense.  Such as “Lector’s cell is blah-blah-blah” instead of “was“.  I’ve never read anything like that before, and as a result, it kind of pulls me out of the experience for a minute until I readjust.

I don’t recall if I have the book or film of Hannibal Rising around here.  I may have picked the DVD from a bargain bin once.

Quick update on my writing status:

Perdition’s Progeny:  Outlining
Pro Patria:  45,077 words (first draft)
Bhriar’s Blade:  Outlining

Elemental:  Researching

Project Ark:  Concept

Project John:  Concept

Project Recursive:  Concept

Project Christmas:  Concept

I have a short story entitled “Meruva” that I submitted to a podcast author for an anthology.  As far as I know, the project is currently on hold.  I also have several articles in various states of completion for The ScapeCast.

Anyway, back to it.