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phbalanced7
24 January 2009 @ 04:42 pm
I will no longer be using Livejournal as an active blog, but will keep my account open to comment on other blogs.

If you're interested in reading up on the daily doings of my life and stories I've had published, please send me a message and I will direct you to my new blog.

Thanks!
 
 
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phbalanced7
24 March 2008 @ 09:43 pm
Had some good ideas, one for a story I'm working on, another yet to be written. I think I'm more excited about the new idea, but that's the nature of my ADD creative beast.

The book goes.  I'm procrastinating another part of the chapter at the moment.

Work goes. The Easter break was awesome and I need to catch up on sleep if I'm going to back in the swing of things.

Finally, I saw Darjeeling Limited, Royal Tenenbaums, and a play called 13 Dead Husbands all in the same weekend.  The result was an absurdist, romantic, humorous extravaganza that, on reflection, I think was very good for my soul.

And on a final note, I'm relieved St. Patrick's Day is done.  Rule for next year:  No calling ex-girlfriend's "whore", even if they show up at a party with their boyfriend that they had no business being at.

'cause that's just rude.
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phbalanced7
25 February 2008 @ 09:30 pm
There are few things that compare to reading an acceptance letter for a story you've submitted for publication.

Finishing a marathon, having sex, writing something really, truly, fucking electric...

Be that as it may, I'm feeling pretty good, because I just found out that I had another short story selected for publication.

The story is what I call my Terry Pratchett story, though I wrote it before ever having read Pratchett.  (I also have written a Borges story, a Stephen King story, etc.)

I feel freakin' sweet.  Perhaps its time to break out the bubbly...
 
 
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phbalanced7
14 February 2008 @ 10:11 am
I just found out that an old friend of mine from college died this week.

Its a wierd feeling.  6 years ago we were fairly close, but drifted to the realm of friendly acquaintances by the time we were seniors and after I  went to Costa Rica and Chicago we sort of fell off eachother's radars.

I've had classmates from high school pass away before now, but that seemed so far removed from my life, almost a different universe.

But friends from college? That feels like it was just yesterday.  Its different from family.  Aquinas felt like this safe little utopian bubble, removed from the world. Yes, there was occasional drama, as there must be in such an enclosed setting, but for the most part it was really fun. And now the bubble has burst. The maddening thing is that no one in our circle of friends knows how it happened. 

And the most tragic part is that she has a little girl, who's now about 6 years old.  I remember playing with Maddy senior year when she was a toddler.

I hope that her family is okay.

And Amy, I hope you're okay now too.
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phbalanced7
11 February 2008 @ 02:00 pm
I'll admit, initially I was afraid that I wasted $40.00 on the Scrivener softward but the last few days have showed me that those fears were groundless!

I've definitely been able to organize the book and it really has helps put things in perspective for me.  The work has continued and  I feel confident that its heading in a good direction.

From here on out, its Word for short stories and Scrivener for books.

Woohoo!

(I only pray that everything continues to go smoothly.  Its usually at this point in the process where something goes pear-shaped.)

And then on a personal sidenote, my parents and little brother came in for the weekend.  We went out to an Irish pub for dinner and saw a movie. It was nice.
 
 
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phbalanced7
07 February 2008 @ 11:17 pm
Well this is my first entry on this. 

What started out as a way to comment on George RR Martin's "Not-a-Blog" Livejournal account has morphed into a desire to actually write something.

Not that I haven't been writing a lot lately, just not on Livejournal.

I just purchased the program Scrivener last night and have been learning the ins-an-outs of it today. 

For short stories, its not practical, but I've definitely noticed its potential for longer works, especially books. 

And since, for the first time in awhile, I'm attempting a book, and its been going pretty good guns, I thought I'd try organizing it.  The story was quickly approaching that point where I wasn't sure what to do next, and much as I hate to potentially squelch any creativity by adding structure and even >gasp< an outline, another voice in my head told me it might be a good idea.  I guess its time to grow up. (a little)

So there it is, and so far it seems to have gone well. I'll do a little more organizing and fiddling tomorrow, and really try to knock something out of the park on Saturday.

On a sidenote, there's this really obnoxious trollish person who keeps entering things on GRRM's Livejournal.  I know it shouldn't bother me, especially because I'm sure Mr. Martin can take care of himself, but a part of me just wanted to find this guy and kick his ass. I'm reminded of my favorite part of the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where they hunt down every troll who commented on them and beat them down. I wish this guy lived in Chicago, then we could meet up and discuss things in person. (meaning I could scare him) Alas, trolls are a cowardly lot who hide behind their internet anonymity  ...                         
 
 
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