Survival Tip #283

Yeah bet you thought you were done with these! Not so fast.

The thing about writing post-apocalyptic stories is you look to find how far you can push a character and have them still hold onto their humanity. In my series there are two ways it can go…a character can go primal, losing their humanity, or they can become primed finding their end of the world self.

In my younger years I thought this was something that only existed in works of fiction. The older I’ve become the more I see it was a real world trait. The decisions people are faced with every day can change the course of their life.

So this tip is know your line before you get to it.

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Going dry

Going dry…I’m about 2/3rds through the rough draft and also let go a little physically this summer. So to spur myself into motivation on both fronts I am going dry until I finish the draft. If you catch me drinking at an event that is not a wedding or funeral I will give you 5$.

The only question remains is will I write faster or lose weight longer…

When I write

When I’m working on a TPAC novel I do all the story lines in separate documents. It helps me track where each arc is and also keeps my word counts low so I don’t think too highly of my progress.

To make sure I was on progress today I did a quick tally.

Slightly over halfway. Means at my current rate I am a month and a half away from completing this draft and can be on track to be edited out by January.

Damn that feels good.

I’m not the master but

I’m not a master of writing, despite what my degrees would tell you, but I do have some success. Two books, two on the way. I’ve had a hand in publishing close to twenty titles(if not more). For a brief spell I was an Amazon #1 best-selling author.

Not saying any of this to boast, my last royalty check was 7$. Just saying this to express that I have a lot of years of experience in this writing world that is such a fickle mistress.

The one thing I’d like to talk about today, if you care to keep reading, is the quality of writing over the years. Once upon a time I was a 14 year old boy who found a love for writing. And that starry eyes little dumb ass called up his cousin who studied writing at Columbia and asked her to take a look at his stuff.

She was polite. And I will say she didn’t bash in my dreams as she likely should have. But the advice and schooling she gave me then was the same I paid a lot of money for 10 years later. Read more, revise more.(and a lot of other helpful stuff, but trying to stay on point since 75% of the people who clicked on this have already stopped reading)

But tonight, I was having a conversation about the fact that I make the same mistakes in writing I always have. I even know when I am doing them. But there are incorrect spellings and wrong grammar that flow naturally to me so I don’t fix them in the writing process.

I write as poorly as a did half a life time ago. I revise like my life depends on it. I let the red pen strike like I’ve got dragons to slay.

So if you’re out there, and you’re debating writing, remember writing isn’t the hard part. Writing is the fun part. Revising is where the work comes in, and revising is where many of us lose the will for a project. So write fast, edit slow. Get the words down. Make the mistakes. Keep moving forward. The best thing about writing is you don’t have to be perfect the first time. Enjoy the journey.

Back to writing

I’m back to writing. Finally. Two things happened to get me here. Real job number 3 finally reached a point I can relax, and more importantly my lady told me to ignore her while I write.

I am back to my 1000 words a day. And this is definitely the fastest I’ve ever hit my count each day.

Just don’t tell her that or she might increase my quota…

I fail…a lot

I fail…a lot. A ton even. I fail in one day more than most people do in a year.

After a recent work out I was talking with Lauren and told her I failed. Her response was “Aww Babes…come on. I don’t date failures.”

The good news is I get to keep my engf* cause I’m not a failure. I just fail. And fail well I do. My expectation for myself will always be that if a bar is low enough to reach I didn’t set it high enough. I fail at my job, my work outs, my sport, my life, and more than anything else my writing.

But as I resume work on The Primal Age Chronicles, I promise to keep failing, and to fail better each day. Cause as long as I continue to fail I am not a failure. So, let’s raise some bars.

*engf is an acronym for exclusive non girl friend since we’re both too stubborn to embrace bf/gf handles

#201 Three Weapons to Attach to You

Survival Tip #201

Three Weapons to Always Have Attached

Three weapons you should always have attached to your body are: pistol, knife, knuckles.

By having these three things attached to you at all times you will always have a short range projectile weapon, a slashing weapon, and a bashing weapon. This covers a large portion of situations you might have to face.

With a single gun strap or holster you will be able to carry your pistol, some extra ammo, and the knife. (Though I advocate a utility knife should be with you at all times, in this situation I am speaking more of a survival or tactical knife) With the brass/rubber knuckles you can simply keep them on your weak hand at all times, or a break away chain around your neck.

This doesn’t excuse you from a larger melee weapon or a long range weapon, but there is never a reason to not have the three of these with you in the Primal Age.  These three will make overcoming the obstacles you may face far easier, and more importantly, when not in use your hands are free.

Survival Tip #46

Survival Tip #46

Entertainment

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Let’s be real for a moment, right now if you aren’t finding enough entertainment in your life, what is the point of it? Having fun is the key piece of existence that makes being human worth it. We go through forty hour weeks, and other forms of hell to afford and enjoy better fun. This goes doubly true for the Primal Age. Find ways to have fun and keep your head up. The Primal Age can be a depressing place if you let it be, so don’t. Entertain yourself, and the Primal Age will be your oyster. Unless you aren’t entertained by oysters, in which case it is whatever you find entertaining.

Survival Tip #44

Survival Tip #44

Addiction

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I’ll be the first to admit I have a coffee problem. If air is filling my lungs and my heart is beating, I’m rarely seen without my trusty side kick coffee. Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol, hell pick your poison, but the end of the world is a real bad time to have a dependency on anything. Trying to survive in the Primal Age while going through withdraw only adds complications to an already complicated situation. Easy argument many people will make is I can continue to brew, grow, scavenge for my fix, but all of these things will cause you to spend energy in ways not directly necessary to your survival. So, best piece of advice I can give is kick your habits now.