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Contingency Writer: The New Adventure Writer’s Blog

Retaining the same URL as before, I have decided to change the name of this blog to “Contingency Writer” : Spur of the moment contemplations, reviews, and wondrous tales.

As I tend to post quaint poems, various other literary pieces, and the occasional photography highlight, on a spur of the moment basis, I thought this would be a most fitting revision. And there are already numerous “adventure writers.” It didn’t hurt to innovate a little.

I would also like to welcome one who is new to the WordPress blogosphere, a friend and skilled programmer: the contingency coder.

 

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Revamping Adventure Writer’s Blog

For 2013, I’m getting things in order. I’m setting deadlines for a story I’m posting for kids in my spare time, gauging interest in my latest publication (“The Detective Games” serial), and returning to social networking such as WordPress, with a more solid game plan than I’ve had in the past.

In regards to the Adventure Writer’s Blog, first it’s time for a makeover. As I begin to post regularly again, I want to focus on a particular topic, as is frequently recommended for bloggers. That focus will be on my writings, with the occasional review and photography selections. Not unlike what I had planned during 2012.

I look forward to delving once again into the blogosphere, and I thank all my readers for continuing the journey with me.

 

 

 

I’m Still Here!

Everything is so very different! Well, I suppose just the WordPress homepage, streamlined post editor, and Go Premium button.

It has been quite some time since I last posted! I was originally making updates weekly, but I haven’t really had much of a chance to write anything of note, with the hubbub that accompanies the Christmas season.

First off, I’ve gotten nowhere with the literary agents. Many of the agencies have response times posted on their web pages, and it would seem my queries have surpassed those. Therefore, I’m moving on. Self publishing has become ever more tempting, albeit I have a gut feeling that I should pursue publication traditionally, at least, for this particular novel.

I have also been meddling, once again, in the photographic arts, and in the pencil-paper arts as well (I’m attending a college course). Oh the joy of perspective of drawings.

A Merry Christmas to all, and a happy end to the 2012 blogging season!

Post A Day 2012: Hiatus

I have made the decision to remove the PostADay2012 and Photography Challenge 2012 widgets.

I feel that having them up, while only posting a few times a month, is inappropriate, and casts a negative image on the blog – focusing on the lack of activity, in light of what could be a very productive goal.

After the immensely successful and fun PostADay2011, I would love to get back into the swing of things. However, that does not seem to be a possibility now. I have not even had the chance to post reviews, as I had been hoping to.

Engaging in scholastic pursuits, contacting literary agents, and developing a marketing strategy for my novel, paired with various other daily occupations, makes for a full plate. That’s not to say I don’t have the time to publish a daily blog, simply that I do not currently have the focus, and I believe that blogging demands a deal of attention.

I will continue to make posts and the occasional tweets for the Adventure Writer’s Blog on an occasional basis, until such a time that I may post on a daily basis.

Thanks for reading!

Adventure Writer

 

eBooks: Two Sides to the Story

From Freshly Pressed on WordPress, to self-pub aggregators [1][2], and many of the top news corporations and papers [3][4], eBooks are a hot topic.

Millions have already embraced the digital world of reading, and self-publishers are taking advantage, some making their stories exclusively available through eReaders, forgoing the traditional bookstore. Yet despite this, there are those who simply prefer paperbacks and hardcovers. They argue there’s nothing like the feel of paper in your hand, to have something tangible to interact with. My High School English teacher was one of them, and I frankly enjoy something more solid as well. eBooks being relatively new, and print being the tradition, this is no surprise.

eBooks have a sort of revolutionary feel to them. They’ve made ground in the last couple of years, even outselling print in some cases, as Amazon reports [5]. It’s an exciting concept, and certainly a lucrative one for Amazon and Barnes & Noble who are leading the market with their Kindle and NOOK respectively, as well as authors who have been able to capitalize by a further purchasing route that is more accessible to readers. It’s the age of convenience, and print had to make the transition sometime.

I first delved into the world of eBooks when I was told of a short story contest, held by the Lulu Corporation. Yet, as tends to be so, I didn’t stop with an entry. I pursued this new concept, and thoroughly researched it. I couldn’t believe there was such a simple way to publish, to distribute, and to make connections with readers.

It will be fascinating to see how the eBook develops, as innovation comes, as well as the opinion of print-advocates.

 

 

Delectable Burger

As this photograph was merely displayed as eye-candy for my Make That A Triple Stacker: Manuscript Completion post, I thought it might deserve a slightly better introduction than “Not quite like writing, though much more delectable.”

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It had been a long time since I last visited Chilis, and I decided to make a visit, if only to have my favorite southwestern eggrolls. For the main course, I had a set of sliders, which were good, albeit quite salty (I suspect this may be attributable to the bacon bits). I snapped a quick picture with my Kodak Easyshare, arranging the plates and silverware slightly. It wasn’t the best lighting conditions, or the most carefully composed, but I thought it turned out quite nicely.

Provide Feedback Without Worry

Just as I changed “Leave a Reply” to “Share Your Opinion” in order to encourage discussions, I have now provided a further method of communication with the Adventure Writer’s Blog.

I call it the CCC Page, for clarifications, compliments, and [civil] critiques.

If you’d like to share a suggestion, leave a compliment, or receive clarification on a matter, it’s all welcome here. I care about the opinions of others, not to the extent of being pressured, but in desiring to help people to feel at ease. It is my hope that CCC will further accomplish this by providing an additional, less public method of communication with the Adventure Writer’s Blog. If it were to be abused, however, it may be taken down.

Have questions, compliments, or [civil] critiques (ideas for posts are also welcomed!)? Give the Adventure Writer’s Blog form a try.

https://adventurewriter.wordpress.com/ccc-contact-aw/

Blogging Language or, “Why I Write Like This”

In the information age, blogs are becoming more widespread by the day, with thousands of self-proclaimed professionals, commercial know-how’s, culinary wizards, and the like. Various writing styles dominate the scene, ranging from informal, witty dialogues, to formal dissertations.

This blog, in particular, exhibits a style which generally deters teens and younger audiences. The examples below are a great indicator as to why.

“Tonight I composed a scene in which my characters, as toddlers, had an altercation over a board game gone sour. Luckily, however, their grandpa came in to save the day… and advance the plot.” (Blogging style and complex novel aspects)

“A few hours ago I worked on a part of my story where my characters, as little kids, fought about a board game. Lemme tell you, chess pieces were flying! Though their grandpa helped out in the end, and made it so the story could continue.” (Although I wouldn’t say “lemme tell you,” this is my simpler form of writing which I incorporate in my stories)

The first portion of text was drawn from a prior post regarding literary contradictions (argumentative dialogue), and it certainly provides for a great contrast to more formal writing.

My writing style consists of both elements, incorporating simple dialogues and narratives for uncomplicated circumstances, and a much more formal and art-driven form which guides those portions of the plot (or posts) which may be deemed multifaceted, abstract, and/or more suitably described in such a manner. The latter dominates my essays, debates, and mature conversations. While the prior may be reserved for every-day life, [certain] forums, etc.

Polls! Polls. Polls?

The polls page has long been dormant, with only 89 views (44 votes were cast, with 13 options on one poll which could allow a user to vote that many times) since its instatement on Oct 29, 2009.

To mix things up, I’m going to alter the polls weekly and monitor traffic. If it remains a dead zone, polls will be enter the beloved WordPress trash bin.

 

Zip Lining: The Precarious Climb!

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Zip lining is a most exhilarating experience, that is, if you’re not terribly afraid of heights. One might suppose the most difficult part to be that of maintaining composure whilst being hurled across the mountainside along a thin metal cord. Yet, on this matter, I must disagree. The climb, from an observer’s standpoint, is elementary. (not appended with a Dear Watson, for that is bane unto those which observe the canon) After all, the path up the tree is so very straightforward and speedily accomplished! Yet once the onlooker becomes the doer, matters suddenly become that much more difficult. The efficient methodology which had been so simply implemented in a strictly mental sense, is kaput, for those footholds which had been so near and organized are now quite the opposite. Scattered hither and thither – torturesome, it would seem. Heaving oneself unto the platform now would seem a momentous task, as one foot balances upon a wooden plank, another upon a branch (which one hopes is not so flimsy), and the arms grasp helplessly upon salvation. Fun indeed, but quite the challenge!