Fuck this Shit Friday the 13th

Have you checked out my Patreon blog yet? It’s basically the same thing as here except I try (TRY) to keep on task about photography things, and also people have the option to pay for it, which is super gratifying.

One of the least useful and most entertaining is the newest incarnation of my FAILBLOG posts here, “F*ck This Sh*t Fridays,” the newest of which is, honestly, a distraction from me mourning the end of The Toast.

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F*ck This Sh*t Friday the 13th @ Patreon

I’m pretty sure you can subscribe to posts and comment there without paying, and while you’re certainly welcome to shower me in modest riches so I can pay my student loans, I’d also really appreciate the feedback and interaction! I miss you all, I’m just running very low on spare time at the moment, and any that I find right now will get devoted to any Friday the 13th movie marathon I can find on tv.

Preaching to the Choir

Wow, hey everybody. I’d like you to know that I do still love you, first off, but that I struggle to come up with entertaining and engaging content for this blog. IF you are for some incredible reason missing your fix of pithy anecdotes, there’s a place for them here: my Patreon.

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Follow me there for the occasional accessible to everyone for free post with fun behind the scenes info on my shoots and activities, or better yet (you wonderful person) subscribe for as little as $1 a month! It won’t feed starving children in developing nations, but it will help keep a roof over my head and keep me chugging away at this art hustle.

Now some actual content: I’ve been working on a book over the last year. It’s not going well; frankly very little went well for me last year, but I’m trying to force enough positive energy into my life in 2016 that I can turn that around by sheer force of will. This book will, in concept and theme, loosely resemble I Apologize In Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do by Danny Bland and Greg Dulli (though I’m sure much much less good–not self-deprecation, I just thought their work was excellent).

I’ve got a handful of smutty short stories and poems and some photos so far, just not as many as I’d hoped to have at this point. Forcing yourself to write is one thing, but forcing yourself to write something sexy can get grotesque in a hurry. I’m all for throwing down a tarp and getting dirty, but even I have limits.

Whatever. Hopefully creating regular updates for a paying audience (Thanks, existing Patrons! You’re heroes!) will get me into a functional routine, something I’ve always struggled with in my career as a full time freelance anything. Maybe this oft-ignored blog will get a bump in content too. But please pop over to Patreon and follow me there too. I am desperate for feedback as I explore this new venue for my work, and my followers here have always been very good with that.❤

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NaNoWriMo Day 5 Recap: That Feeling When…


This is my first year writing directly into scrivener; previous years have left me embracing the austere familiarity of Word for my writing needs. There, all my words were collected into a vaguely linear (ideally) jumble, and one simple counter at the bottom of the screen tracked whether I was on target or not.

It wasn’t robust.

It wasn’t customizable.

I never managed to fuck it up.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 1 Recap

Between the Philadelphia NaNo group’s midnight online writing kickoff and a lovely in person gathering at a local coffee shop Sunday afternoon, I closed out my first day of NaNo with a respectable 5,200 words. You might be hearing that, running some quick mental math, and realizing that I’m already past the Day 3 goal of 5,000 words. It sounds really impressive, but most of what I’ve written is meatless fluff and I’ve got a few no-writing days at the end of my month so I’ve got to get ahead early on.

Anyway, here’s a working sketch of one of my main characters, Ben. He’s come up before, but this is my first time exploring his formative years, the factors that shape him into the man he becomes. It’s been challenging to approach him as a fifteen year old boy after a few years of knowing him as a man in his forties. Teenagers are complicated!

This is a character creation questionnaire I’ve been tweaking and using for a couple years now; I can’t recall where I found the original but I like the way it makes me think of my critters.

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NaNoWriMo: Character Creation Mode

It’s November first. NaNoWriMo is upon us and I have a working idea (unless I scrap it at today’s write-in, like I did last year). When Brian got home from work at 7am I dragged myself out of bed for the world’s earliest brunch (at that hour it’s just breakfast, don’t try to trick me) on the condition that he let me blather about my ideas and shoot holes in them for me.

He’s exceptional at shooting holes in ideas. I should rent him out to others for a fee.

This time he just side-eyed at me and went, “It sounds like you’re giving your favorite character all the best gear. He gets all the ancient relics! Everyone else gets… I don’t know… pointy sticks.”

What do you mean he can't just be 10s across the board?

What do you mean he can’t just be 10s across the board?

I don’t think there’s anything at all unreasonable about a teenage assassin in love with creature comforts like drinking and gambling, at a Victorian-esque boys’ boarding school, caught in a web of spying and duplicity and deceit! He has weaknesses–he’s rebellious, has a major problem with authority, is arrogant and a bit selfish and a clever manipulator. He also thinks he’s smarter than he is, and gets too deep into a plot beyond his reckoning.

oops.

oops.

Let’s face it–the only way this character could be cooler would be to be female (note to self). 

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