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New blog: Here’s the link

I am now blogging on http://www.damianrucci.com/

 

Give it a read ūüôā I’ll be deleting this site soon


After Sandy

(Warning this post has tons of pictures. Just so you know)

Well unless many of you have been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, it’d be hard to ignore the catastrophe that has stricken the East Coast of the United States. Hurricane Sandy has devastated my entire area and finally after the last two weeks of recovery, power outages, and massive quantities of overtime- life is returning to normal. In the past (and upon almost all of my previous publications) I’ve used a tagline that states simply that I’m a writer from a small town on the Jersey Shore. Well now that most of the Jersey Shore is in ruins I think this holds true more than ever. I’m proud of my communities for aiding each other in this dire time of need.

Lucky enough for me I received little damage compared to my neighbors. The people who constructed my house almost a century and a half ago knew what they were doing and when the 12 feet of water consumed my street the water went around my house and swept out the rest of the street. During the early hours of the storm, waves were reaching my deck 16 feet up and destroyed my backyard. 

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I Ride my bike, I Roller Skate, Don’t Drive No car

“I Ride my bike, I roller skate, don’t drive no car. Don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far. For somebody who don’t drive I been all around the world. Some people think I done alright for a girl” – Melanie

Or so goes an old song that one of my coworkers in the meat department sings as he cuts meat and gets dressed in blood. He talks about the 60s and 70s when times were different. When people smoked pot in public and the world almost changed, but didn’t. He talks about Vietnam and the VCs and the racial hostilities back home. It’s quite interesting, but that’s not what this post is¬†necessarily¬†about. It’s more about the song by the folk singer Melanie.

I don’t drive. I ride my bike when I need to go far and I walk when I’m feeling like I need to. I’m pushing 20 and for some reason driving itself has eluded me. I didn’t get my permit until I turned 18 and the reasons behind that lie in my foolishness throughout high school and the pointless endeavors I followed. I tried to take a legit driving test last year and failed. Wah.

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How to Work Two Jobs and Write (without going crazy)

More and more people around the world are forced to work two jobs in order to¬†counterbalance¬†the rising cost of living and avoid the pitfalls of poverty; I am one of those people. I was unable to attend this fall semester of school (for reasons I will explain in another post I’m sure) and to save up money for a car and my own place I have taken the plunge and found myself a second job at Toys r’ Us. Now here’s where things get cloud; I work at Stop n’ Shop in the mornings, Toys r’ Us on some nights (bound to get much worse come season), partake in a semi-social life, and freelance write! Ah where is all the time? Continue reading


Went Home from Camp Early. Tips to Write More

It was a good week stay in summer camp, but I got homesick and had to call my mom to bring me home. Well, to be honest I’m not rally talking about summer camp; I’m talking about Camp Nanowrimo. Never heard of it? Well here you go!¬†In June I wrote a post about how I discovered that Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) had a practice term over the summer they lovingly entitled Camp Nanowrimo. Two sessions¬†occurred¬†one in June and one in August. I elected the August route and went on to write my novel The White Witch, but like I mentioned yesterday trouble was afoot. After the first week I held one of the highest word counts in my cabin (or group), but then my cheapo laptop decided to shit out on me. If it wasn’t for the glorious invention of the flash drive I would have lost my introduction and the first several chapters. It would have sucked. Bad.

I discovered Nanowrimo several years ago and my experience with it have been lackluster at best. In 2011, I posted one or twice about it¬†, but my idea never got past the drawing board. Meanwhile in August of this year I decided to tackle the premise with little thought to a general outline; something I find to be exciting. But I have never¬†successfully¬†completed an entire 50,000 manuscript, let alone tackle the damn thing in thirty ¬†days. While it’s a bummer that I couldn’t have completed the Camp in August, I’m thankful I still retain the 10,000 words that I had written. Rest assured, I’m working on cultivating a writing pace that will allow me to easily take the ideas that run rampant in my mind and slay them across the page. I’ll worry about killing my darlings with editing sometime later though.

So what is there to do to build up my writing pace and overall writing production overall? Well I’ve been thinking about that too, and here we go:

  • ¬†Write every single day without exception. I want to start with a goal of 1000 words as of today (of fiction) and do this for the next week. Maybe I can step it up when I’m comfortable to 2000 or 3000 next week or two weeks from now.
  • Every Friday or Saturday do a “writing sprint” which will be a much longer duration of writing at upwards of 5000 words or until my fingers fall off. I’ll be talking about this within the next couple of days.
  • Participate in Write 1 Sub 1 or W1S1, which is a little writing challenge to write and submit one short story per week. I think this is damn fine challenge and will be starting today ūüôā
  • After a draft is finished hide it, bury it, and dig it back up once I cool off.

These are just a couple of tips that I am going to advocate and use for myself. I’ll¬†certainly¬†let you know how each of them turn out.

 

Do you have any tips to write longer per day? Would love to hear it leave your comment below!

 

Thanks,

Damian

 


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