I haven't posted in a while (that BSG finale was just too amazing, really), so I thought I would just make an entry without any real purpose beyond expressing some thoughts.
It might be a rather lengthy entry so I thought I'd put it all under a page break thingie.
I mentioned a while back that I finished that "pocket watch" story I had been working on for so long; well, I did finish it, in the sense that I finally reached from beginning to end. However upon workshopping it with a few people, it lacks some depth and could use another re-write to incorporate some more "high stakes" elements to it. I know what to do with it, and will do it eventually, but it might mean turning it back into a novel. Go figure, eh?
Having said that, my plan is to gather up all existing, unpublished short stories and put them into an ebook (and a print version as well, since I still have that CreateSpace code for a free proof copy I can use) and make it available. This includes the current, technically-unfinished version of the aforementioned story. I'm not expecting to make money off of this, I just want to put it out there.
I was also thinking this morning about how I'm not having the most fun possible writing. I'm going to attribute this to misplaced goals. For some reason I have the feeling like I should be writing to perfection and making some money selling my stories. This shouldn't be the case, I think, because I'm finding reasonable success with my podcast/blog. That is my niche right now, and though my terms of success are pitiful in others' views, I'm making some headway with it and having fun.
And from there, I thought about the stuff I used to write. I used to write for fun, and I had fun! I didn't stress over every minutae, worrying about whether the story worked or not. I just wrote whatever came to mind. I think actually these thoughts came to mind after listening to several episodes of Mike Detective, an extremely funny (and somewhat inspiring) podcast.
Another thing I thought about a while ago is that I should write an ebook about how to make a podcast. The key to it that I was thinking was making the distinction that it's NOT called "How to make a successful podcast", it's just how to make a podcast - it's up to YOU to make it successful. I think I could do a fairly decent job putting something like this together, though it would take a lot of work to make it good.
And finally, we come to Caprica. I still want to watch this series, as I feel like it will sort of put BSG into a different light. I don't know when I'm going to get to this though, because of technical considerations (i.e., how can I watch this more comfortably than simply sitting at my desk watching on my laptop). I'll think of something. I am eagerly awaiting the launch of the new BSG series, Blood and Chrome.
Oh, also, new Doctor Who starts this weekend. There's going to be a Who marathon on Space to lead up to it, but I can't honestly say I'm willing to spend my entire weekend sitting in front of the TV. I actually do have some semblance of a life to live. I don't know if I'll even be able to watch the episode live this weekend, but hopefully Space puts the new episode online as they have been doing with other shows lately.