Plug and Chug

When I was in college, not so long ago, I got to know many of my professors very well. One in particular, a Social Science Professor, used to share with me during Office Hours his particular frustrations regarding writing academic papers on days when the energy level isn’t very high and inspiration is in short supply.

The expression that he frequently used with me was “Plug and Chug”, which basically meant that you keep writing even though you may not particularly feel like it because when you push yourself, you achieve results whether you believe it at the time or not. As Writers, we often want to write when we feel that rush of creative passion, but if you wait only for those passionate times, the end result is a lot of unfinished stories and many many blank pages.

Hey, even Hemingway once said that all First Drafts are shit, but anything written can be rewritten and in my personal experience, once you start on it, you will eventually jog something loose in the Old Brainpan that kickstarts your creativity.

So, grab your coffee, smoke if you got em, and fire up that word processor. Ever Forward.

Heart to Heart

I’m a firm believer in being as honest and transparent as possible, so this particular post shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

For the past month, I have been running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to pay for a professional editor and cover designer for Parallax. The campaign got off to a good start with 2 contributions on the first day, but after that it appeared to stall and with about two weeks left to go (Deadline: July 7), I’m having doubts that I will make Goal, despite my best efforts to make this a success.

Truth be told, I’m not a campaigning sort of guy. I’m the guy who writes the stories and gets them out there. They may not be the prettiest girls at the dance, but they have moves and aren’t afraid to show them on the dance floor. Also, I’m torn with the decision of what to do with the funds already contributed should I not make Goal. My first instinct is to refund them back to the original contributor, but there’s still time before I have to make a final decision.

In any case, my campaign is over at Parallax Novel Editor and Cover Designer so please take a look if you should feel so inclined. Thanks for your time and Ever Forward. 🙂