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Future progress

The second week of my current semester at university has begun, with enough time having passed to let me get somewhat settled into the swing of things.

As things stand presently, I expect that I’ll devote most of my time after classes to three activities in particular: Doing schoolwork, revising, and reading. Most of the time, if required reading is part of the schoolwork, it’ll be integrated into the general reading.

What I suppose my primary goal is during these months is to finish doing superficial revisions on my manuscript and hopefully have it polished enough to publish before at least late October, as I also want to start writing a new manuscript come this year’s NaNoWriMo. I expect that one to be much longer than the one I am presently working on, so who knows how long I’ll spend on revising it.

In a way, I suppose I could say that my projected activities cover at least the rest of the year. As somebody who is not constantly concerned by the certainty of their near future, I must say I find this somewhat surprising, though not really something that warrants commenting on further than a remark.


I almost forgot to post this.

And yet in my timezone, there are still fifteen minutes left until midnight, so I guess I didn’t lie about having a new post out on Friday. Unless it takes me more than fifteen minutes to write and post this.

Here’s the deal: I’ve no definite, rigid days for when I post, but I’ll try for at least two posts every week, one of them being a progress report on the rewrite of my NaNovel (which needs to be done by the end of May) and one of them being either a rambling about a random topic or a piece of flash fiction.

On Monday (which I have off, thankfully), I’ll try to have my first “progress report” post out, something that should be no problem considering that I finally started actually working on the rewrite earlier today.

That’s the extent of what I have to say for now, really. It took me all of five minutes to write this, so my word has been kept. World of people who live in my timezone and further west, let it be known that it is Friday and I have a new post out.

And on the 119th day…

…another post was made on this blog.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been lazy in just about every imaginable way for quite a while now. This place has been quieter than a NaNo chatroom in any month other than November, and it certainly doesn’t show for it. (Can’t really say that it shows, considering the subject at hand)

However, things are starting to get busy for me once again. Classes for the next semester begin next week, with inscriptions beginning today, so I had to go run a bunch of errands and I said, why the heck not, I’ll use this sudden worky-mood to make myself write a new blog post.

But that’s hardly the only reason. Recently, there’s been an organisation of a certain group of writers, a “tribe” if you will, that I’ve had the good fortune to become a part of. The main idea is to rely on one another to keep ourselves busy blogging (and for those of us who are taking part on the Gumption challenge, to keep working on that as best we can) and basically to exploit the pros and cons of being part of a group that expects you to actually do something (personally, I find the cons to be more motivating).

To get started with that, there’s a bit of flash fiction I’ve been working on to have ready for when the occasion to resurrect this corner of the internet was upon us. I don’t have a schedule worked out just yet, but expect to see that particular post very soon (and don’t forget to lynch me if you don’t).


…ehh, why not. Third time’s a charm.

  • If you could meet one fictional character, who would it beI’d go for the Second Doctor. You know, from Doctor Who. If I have to explain why…well, I shouldn’t. Go watch some of his episodes!
  • What is your current favorite song? Or, if you can’t decide, artist? I’m guessing Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu. The soundtrack to Chrono Trigger is pretty sweet.
  • How long have you been seriously writing? This is a bit blurry; my first enterprise to write a serious novel– and what got me into plotting, which was a soul sucking but nevertheless unforgettable experience, happened around three or four summers ago. My ‘initiation’ into a more solid writer’s circle, however, did not occur until the summer of 2011, when I discovered Camp NaNo.
  • What is your favorite book? Now this is a difficult question. Going off  the top of my head, one of the absolute most interesting books I’ve ever read is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton– amazingly well researched, with solid arguments that really make you think and understand. A fantasy/drama that I think is unforgettable is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
  • What was the last book to make you cry? Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. In fact, I think it’s the only book that’s ever made me cry, so that’s saying quite a bit.
  • Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr? None, really… see the first tagged post for details.
  • Who is/are your favorite author(s)? Now this is a not-very-short but easy one. I enjoy the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.G. Wells. With the large reading binge I’m readying myself for, that list may well end up increasing.
  • How many stories are you working on? I think it’d be easier to say how many stories I have unfinished. Right now, it’s the two serials, a series I plan on giving its own blog when I have enough stories ready, ans some shorter fiction based on a humble dreamlog I keep.
  • How did you come up with your screen name? I took the three initials from my birth name (ICR)and found that the pronounciation was similar to the Basque name “Iker”. Rivercast is a mishmash of halves from my two last birth names.
  • Name something that would make you read a book (See #11) Simple. Don’t make it too realistic. Reality is too boring, too restrictive; this is why I seldom enjoy historical fiction or nonfiction. Bring a monster or an alien into it. Have the characters travel to a different universe. Make them a gang of incorrigibly awkward misfits. Give ’em magical powers. Just don’t make it too mundane!
  • Have you ever won NaNoWriMo? What was the first year you did so? Why, yes. Last year, that’s 2011, I won both the second round of Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo itself, the first with something like 51k, the latter with just over 100k. It was an insane couple of months.


Well, I can’t say I saw this one coming.

Since this is something of a technicality, I’ll limit myself to answering the new set of eleven questions.

1) Do you have a favorite 80s band?

I can’t say that I do. As I’ve said in the original tag, my sense of music is pretty much limited to soundtracks. …Pink Floyd was pretty sweet, though, even if they were more of a 70s thing.

2) Which Doctor Who doctor is your favorite?

I’m going to go with Patrick Troughton.

3) What is your favorite brand of chocolate?

Kit Kat. For a while, the only kind of chocolate I could stomach without feeling sick.

4) You’re face to face with Voldemort! What do you do?

Shoot ‘im.

5) Do you have a favorite fantasy author?

That depends on how liberal your definition of ‘fantasy’ is. I’m definitely a big fan of horror and soft sci-fi; one of the people closest to fantasy among my favourite authors would be Neil Gaiman I believe.

6) What do you do to procrastinate on writing?

Lots of things. I watch old Doctor Who episodes, I play through several assorted 16-bit RPGs, I read stuff that I want to read as opposed to what my teachers tell me to read…

7) Do you play online games? Which one(s)?

Nope, sorry.

8) What is your personal theme song?

The Harbor Theme from the Hitman: Codename 47 soundtrack. That Jesper Kyd is a master composer.

9) How do you like your pizza?


10) Do you have a favorite Vocaloid?

‘fraid not.

11) What is your favorite Alan Rickman movie?

Sweeney Todd… or the one where he’s a fish.

Tagged, I am.

Well, I can’t say I’m too familiar with these tagged-type deals… other than the Liebster award, this is the first ever thing in this style I’ve had on this blog!

…I kind of wish I had something else to say about that, but I really don’t, so let’s get on with it:

The Rules

~You must post the rules
~Post eleven facts about yourself on the blog post
~Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
~Tag eleven bloggers, however, you can break the rules and tag fewer  people if you want. Make sure you hyperlink their names/blogs.
~Let them know you’ve tagged them!
~Have fun!

Fair enough. Let’s do the eleven facts first: Continue reading

2012: What Not To Do

By What Not To Do I of course refer to what I’ve been doing, which has been, essentially, the greatest single procrastination session I’ve had in a long time. Might have to do with the rather limited internet access I have in this new home of mine, but who knows. Theoretically, I should’ve been able to finish up this wretched story ages ago, and yet here it sits, unfinished. That was meant to change by the time 2012 began, but the circumstances are not so.

And so, I am here blogging instead, in the vain hope that this will somehow help me in some other way, such as starting up on something like Milwordy. I am doing that, right? I’m not even sure myself. I do know I have no real way of tracking my progress, though.

Instead of sitting here watching TV series from the past, I suppose I should give at least some dedication to reading. That’s something else I’ve been spectacularly been putting off, but why not, I could get back into it. The night I was trying to best my messed-up sleep schedule, I struck up the first part of A Christmas Carol, which I have officially never read, so I suppose I should also make something more of it. But still…

This new place brings the feeling of lots of things missing. My microphone’s refusing to work  at the moment, for instance, which stops me from providing the gift of my voice unto the birds.

Oh, and James came back, even if it was only for a minute. If you know who that is, good, if not, I’m not going to explain it to you. You should just come around the chat more often. Ask kit or kt, they’ll know for sure.

Well, 300 words in that much time is not bad, I suppose. I could even use this kind of pace to finish off that story I’ve been putting of for such a ridiculously long time. But now, it is time for me to attend to some slightly different business, I suppose. Even if I myself have very little idea of what that is. …you know, at this point, I’m doubting this post will make sense to anyone but myself. Oh, well, this is what blogs are for, I’m thinking. Live and learn.