Sunday, May 01, 2011

Season of Rust Reprise

Some of you may remember a piece I published here on the blog a bit ago called “Season of Rust.” An edited version of that is out now in the latest issue of The Illuminata. If you follow the link, the issue is free for download. It’s near the top, Volume 9, Issue 1, April 2011. There’s a number of good reviews in there of SF books as well. And don’t forget to check out the Tyrannosaurus Press dot Com website for more goodies.

In writing news, I’m very happy with much in the past few days. I’ve started working on “Under the Ember Star” and it is going very well. I missed yesterday because I gave my last test and had to get that graded and turned in. But in the couple of days before that I’d made great progress on the piece, which I’m envisioning as a novella. It’s so amazing what one can accomplish when you have a few focused hours to string together. And by day 2 my sheer joy of writing fiction was starting to come back to me. It’s not easy to experience that joy when you only have a few minutes here and there to produce a paragraph or two. To really immerse yourself in the story and its world is where the pleasure comes from.

Have a great Sunday. Lana and I are planning a picnic today.
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36 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

Enjoy the picnic.

Sidney said...

Happy Sunday!

Angie said...

Awesome that you're getting back to writing. :D Fitting it in around everything else is definitely the trick.

Angie

sage said...

Have a great picnic and congratulations on your writing success.

Deka Black said...

First, the important thing: Enjoy the picnic.

Second: I now begin to understand some things about writing, started last week a story (trying to keep it short because i like short stuff), and is annoying to get only a few minutes and to make only a paragraph or two.

Now i respect even more people who write!

Hope to listen soon more news about Ember star

Again, enjoy the pic nic ;)

Travis Cody said...

Glad to hear you are exploring the Ember Star idea and that it is going well.

Tom Doolan said...

Awesome stuff, dude. Looking forward to hearing some progress reports on Ember! I love that feeling of momentum...when I can get it. :)

And yes, enjoy the picnic.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Tear it up, Charles. Sounds like you are back immersed in the work. That can only be good, very good, indeed.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Tear it up, Charles. It sounds like you are immersed in the work and that can only be good, very good, indeed.

laughingwolf said...

enjoy your 'nic, youse guyz! :)

good that you're back to writing

will check the links when i can....

David Cranmer said...

I understand the sheer joy you speak of and I've been wanting recently. Hopefully I can get in the swing again this week.

I like "Under the Ember Star" title.

Lana Gramlich said...

I'm glad you're almost all done. It's nice having you around the house, you know. :)

David J. West said...

Wow-I loved Season of Rust! That is one of those pieces that I sit back and say I wish I had written that.

jodi said...

Charles-Congrats on having the joy of writing catch ya again! I envy you the weather that is nice enough to have a picnic. You and Miss Lana enjoy your May Day.

Ron Scheer said...

The pleasure of writing is returning for me as well, as the academic year ends. I'd become worried that the fun was going out of it, but today's writing was better than yesterday's. It came more readily and with smoother expression...Soon I'll be able to say I've got something published, too. Cheers, mate.

Charles Gramlich said...

Randy Johnson, thanks, man. We had a good time. Had Popeyes.

Sidney, and to you!

Angie, it just seems to get harder to do that over the years.

sage, I appreciate it.

Deka Black, thankee. I do the paragraph at a time thing when I have to, but it’s not ideal.

Travis Cody, so far I’m having fun

Tom Doolan, it’s hard to come by but sure is nice to get that feeling.

Issa's Untidy Hut, it just feels right.

laughingwolf, no prob, man. Take care of yourself.

David Cranmer, it’s a little like chasing a good buzz maybe. :)

Lana Gramlich, thanks sweetness.

David J. West, glad you enjoyed it. I’m pretty happy with it.

jodi, roger and out.

Ron Scheer, yes, I find that to be true when I’ve been away from writing for a while, then it takes some time to get really back into it. Cool on your project. Luck.

Jodi MacArthur said...

Hi Charles,
Seems I haven't been here much the last few weeks. I'll be sure to go download the story. Hope you had a fun picnic with Lana and congrats on all the writing progress. Happy to hear the joy it brings you. ;-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Jodi, seems you've been pretty busy of late. Congrats on the good stuff happening for you.

Deka Black said...

Yeah, is frustrating, right?

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'm having difficulty with the whole immersion process to writing stories, and it's certainly not easy to start-n-stop all the time. I'm glad to see that you're managing to stay productive. I'm really really behind on checking out my blogging buddies, but hope to get back into it.

cs harris said...

I don't remember the last time I had a picnic. What a great idea!

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, like trying to chew nails.

JR., Understandable, with all that is going on for you. Don't worry about it.

Candy, Lana and I do them fairly frequently. SOme great parks here.

Akasha Savage. said...

I love it when I have a few hours to just focus on my writing, those times are so few and far between that I really cherish them when they come along.

Hope you enjoyed your picnic.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'll definitely check out the link.

I'm glad to hear your novella is going well!

ivan said...

Crap! I would have loved to have read
“Season of Rust".

Flash player gone wonky.

And I think, so have I in my latest blog outburst.

Charles Gramlich said...

Akasha Savage, yes indeed, such times are well worth cherishing.

The Golden Eagle, me too. :)

ivan, you can still download the Illuminata issue for free that has it in. It's near the end of that issue.

Elaine Ash said...

I don't know how you get it all done, Charles. You obviously have an impressive time management system.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hope your summer gives you more time for those strung together hours.

Carole said...

Do you get the whole summer off to write? That would make for big fun.

Charles Gramlich said...

Elaine Ash, sometimes it gets pretty tiring. I want to throw up my hands.

Pattinase, me too. I'm just very anxious to really get started.

Carole, there are always a bunch of things that come up but it's certainly better than the regular school year.

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hope it was a wonderful picnic





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Barrie said...

I think it's amazing how much you accomplish, Charles.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, we definitely had a nice day of it. The weather was ecxellent.

Barrie, Everyone tells me that. :) I'm not sure why, though

Erik Donald France said...

"It’s so amazing what one can accomplish when you have a few focused hours to string together" is so true -- even my pals who put things off to the last night before something's due live by that. In fact, one gets a rush from barely beating a deadline.

It's a beautiful thing to have a nice chunk of time to focus in the 21st century.

Ello said...

I love the title and it's wonderful that you have found the joy in writing again!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Erik it's getting rare, man.

Ello, much joy.