Can I best Buzzfeed?

I’m am writing this post yesterday…I wrote this post yesterday. Yes, and I scheduled it for today. Anyway, now that I have your attention, tomorrow…today I am filming a video for my college newspaper’s website, which I also manage (and my blog sucks in comparison).

We are filming a pumpkin spice latte taste-test video at the college that will be posted to YouTube soon. The goal is to be entertaining and to do better than Buzzfeed. Our video quality will be inferior, but we are hoping that we will be more entertaining and insightful about the taste than Buzzfeed usually is.

I have never attempted a video of this scope and I’m the one filming/editing it…so it’s pretty scary. As you’re reading this we’re probably already setting up in the conference room in the Office of Student Life.

Wish me luck.


NaNoWriMo: preparation time

November is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for another National Novel Writing Month. Many of you have stuck around to watch my journey over the past two NaNoWriMos, where I completed the quest for 50k words. You may have also watched me win July Camp NaNo 2014 and fail miserably at July Camp NaNo 2015.

As if it were possible I have become even more critical of my writing. I have also become more creative. When those two forces meet, it’s hell.

I’ve been writing the same novel for the past two years. I started the novel in 2009 or 2010, but I scrapped it when I only wrote 60 or so pages in my notebook. I came back to the story for NaNoWriMo 2013 with new characters and a slightly different plot. I succeeded in writing the first half. I rewrote that first half for Camp NaNo and started the second half for NaNoWriMo 2014, where I managed to get 50k more words, ending up with like 111k when I combined both my edit and my second half. The problem was that it needed editing and it still wasn’t done.

So, I tried to rewrite it again for Camp NaNo and failed. I just kind of gave up on my new plot and I wasn’t sure how much of the original story I was going to keep. I spent a week in August writing up a new plot and characters, even changing the name of my novel from Prophecy of Euphinor to A Clash of Crimson. Everything was going well, and then I shelved it. I got busy and let writing slip my mind to focus on work and college.

Well, I’m back and ready to put this new plot into action.

The new plot is very complex and it will involve some new writing choices. Before the novel was told in third person, but it focused 80% of the time on Arrellinor Sharp and 20% of the time on Austrevur the wizard. Now, the cast is larger and many of those characters get chapters of their own.

I still haven’t finalized the new plot, so on Sunday I started to world build again and wrote page 1 of my story bible. I also joined the brand new writing club at my college called The Inkslingers Writers Coalition or something like that, which focuses heavily on surviving NaNo.

I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Who else is participating in NaNoWriMo? How are you guys faring?

Where have I been?

You’ve all probably noticed that it’s been a long time since I last made a blog post. That’s because I’m a college student and an editor for the college newspaper. You can start to see where I might have trouble finding the time to write something.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from me once I figure out the best college schedule to squeeze writing in. For now, here’s some of the projects I’ve been working on and some of the writing I’ve been doing for the newspaper.

Check out my Chris Cornell album review:

Check out my Shinedown album review:

And, finally, check out our newest video. I did all of the video editing.