old wooden desk with scattered papers

Where Have I Been?

This is my first blog post in over two months.  So, where have I been?  What about Camp NaNoWriMo?

These answers and more – coming up!

Luckily, my blog doesn’t have many readers yet, so I doubt that my absence has even been noticed.  However, I do like to keep things tidy, so I feel that an explanation is warranted regarding Camp NaNoWriMo, as well as my elongated absence from the site. Continue reading Where Have I Been?

my fictional image of camp nanowrimo: house on lake surrounded by bare trees

Camp NaNoWriMo – Settling In

Camp NaNoWriMo has begun!

I’ve been introduced to my cabin mates at Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve done a little bit of writing on my way to 50,000 words, and the first draft of my first novel.

The working title of my novel is The Company Game, and the story is about the relationship between Jedda, an emotionally insecure security analyst at a high tech company and her boss, Sydney, a man she’s known since college and the owner of the company.  Sydney willfully puts Jedda in a terrible situation, and she must see it through to the end or the entire company, as well as thousands of other companies throughout the world, will be at risk of collapsing.

I completed my first writing session this morning – 643 words.  Not too bad for an hour.  If I can average 600 words per hour, and write for three hours a day, I should be okay.

I did another hour long writing session this evening and got in 1196 words, which brings my daily total to 1,839 words.  After day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo, I am 172 words above pace.  Awesome!

In writing my short stories, I never really concerned myself with word count and time.  This will be a new experience for me.  But I’m game for it!  Bring it on!  My virtual cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo has writers with the same word count goal as me, so it will be pretty easy to cheer each other on.  Early on, there are about four of us in the cabin who seem to be somewhat vocal about Camp NaNoWriMo.  I imagine the others will perk up once they get a few thousand words under their virtual belt.

I’m glad to be doing this.  I seem to work best when under a little bit of pressure. I may regret saying that by the end of April, but that’s how I feel at this moment.

If you want to check on my progress throughout the month, I’ve added a progress bar on my home page between the Search box and my recent tweets.

paperback books stacked on desk

Novel Writing – What’s it all About?

Beginning in a few days, I will begin pumping out a massive amount of words (for me, anyway) for a month.  I signed up for the April 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo event.  No one coerced me, no one forced me, no one even suggested that I do this.  I am doing this to myself!  So, in preparation for the big event, and having never written a novel, I have been questioning what it’s all about – writing novels. Continue reading Novel Writing – What’s it all About?

A plate with brightly colored Easter eggs piled on it

Welcome and Happy Easter!

It’s alive! It’s alive!

Hello!  Welcome and Happy Easter!

Well, after months of being deep in the bowels of PHP, CluelessGent.com is finally live!

I was hoping to have more content available for opening day, but that just didn’t happen.  However, as you will see by browsing the pages on the site, I have plans for much expansion.

I want to highlight my plans of showcasing Texas authors.  I have a fondness for all things Texas (except executions, but let’s not go there!), and I will use this site to selfishly show them off.

Please leave me a comment with your initial opinion of the site.  It may not look like much at the moment, but a lot of work went into it.

Have a Happy Easter, and thank you for visiting!

Best regards,

-Michael (aka The Clueless Gent)

Bad Dreams and Nightmares

I thought this would be an appropriate topic for the #BloggORS Challenge.  This will put a little more of me – albeit a not-so-good part – out there.

I think we’ve all probably had them, either as a child or as an adult – or both, but bad dreams and nightmares are yet another part of life.  I understand there must be bad to balance the good in life – that whole yin and yang thing – but I tend to think my bad dreams have a disproportionate share.  Why do the bad dreams seem to stick around in your head longer than the good dreams?  It should be the other way around. Continue reading Bad Dreams and Nightmares