Hey. Hey, you. Yeah, you. Now that that’s out of the way, on to business. Nearly a month has passed since my last update, and you may be asking yourself, “What has T.J. been doing all this time? Why did she leave us for so long? Does she not realize that her absence plunges us into a chill, unending darkness that never abates until she … Continue reading On my doings as of late.
Good morning, friends. I have only a limited time between finishing breakfast and needing to be on my way out the door, so naturally I’ve chosen to use this time to write a blog entry. Is this a good idea? Yeah, probably not. Let’s do it anyway. So, as it happens, I don’t actually have much to say, which I admit may make writing a … Continue reading Because procrastination isn’t just for weekends.
Good news, fungus fans! After a lengthy wait of approximately five thousand years, the print version of Talking About Fungus – now with a spiffy new cover that actually relates to the book – is now available! It’s currently available on Amazon’s “Createspace” site, and will be up on the Amazon main page within, if the legends be true, 3-5 business days. And if that’s … Continue reading Which is all about fungus.
You know what’s absolutely necessary? Tea. And you know who needs to know that? Everyone. “But T.J.,” you may say. “I am but one person. How can I possibly spread the holy word of tea unto the ignorant masses all by myself?” Well, random internet person, I am here today to answer just that question. Visitors with Sherlock-levels of observation may have noticed that there’s … Continue reading In which tea is necessary (on your shirt).
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on the writing of Chosen for approximately all of recorded time – or, more accurately, fifteen or sixteen years, since I was a Dragonlance-obsessed teenager longing desperately to write my own fantasy opus. The story has gone through dozens of different incarnations, though always with Nicholas and Kaine (and their relationship, be it BFF or something more) at the heart of it.
This morning, friends, I came across a version of Chosen that I would very much like to share, as it has given me great amusement on this otherwise irritating morning.
I call it: Kaine Searches For Peanut Butter
Okay, not really. But that’s the general gist of this two-page start to a story that never got off the ground. Rather than setting the story in an alternate fantasy world, Past Me decided to play around with the idea of Nicholas and Kaine living in the modern world. More specifically, in Chicago.
Here is the result:
First, some news: I’ve officially finished the second draft of Chosen! The Scene That Wouldn’t End finally gave in and ended today, and after that, it was a simple matter of making a few changes to the last chapter and then BAM, I had myself a finished draft. Only took fifteen years, to-ho-ho. Now, of course, we enter into the editing phase, wherein I read … Continue reading In which my curse takes the weekend off.
Labor Day has arrived, and as it’s rainy and miserable outside, I can’t possibly go out and do all the many dull and important errands I was planning to do today. So, yes, woe of woes, horror of horrors, I guess I have no choice but to just stay inside and write all day. I’ve hit a slight snag, however, in that I’m sleep-deprived and … Continue reading Stars. Can’t do it. Not today.
For some reason, my body demanded I wake up at 5-something this morning, I suspect because of claims I made yesterday re: not getting up until the sun was shining. Because what’s the fun of my making confident statements unless the universe can later contradict them? Anyway, though. To my (albeit sleepy) delight, another individual of awesomeness has created some artwork for Chosen! Here’s Kaine … Continue reading The best part of waking up…is doing it later than 5 AM. Also, art.
I’m pleased to announce that the first round of Chosen artwork has arrived! And…okay, most of it is my own and thus is imbued with a certain lack of what one might call “artistic talent,” but meh, details. So, yes! ART! (Or whatever we’re calling it.) First up, we have a pencil sketch of Silas Phelps, the sweet-faced bully whose hobbies are being rich, coming … Continue reading Art!
It’s Saturday again, which means I’m once again faced with a mountain of household chores that desperately need doing. So, hey, blog update! I’ve actually spent much of the morning in a somewhat productive manner, working on Chosen and finally making some progress on a scene I’ve been struggling with for about a week now. The problem with having two highly complex and complicated individuals … Continue reading Procrastination via blogging: take 387.
Greetings, internet. I have returned! You may rejoice if you wish. Or not. It’s cool. So, yes, as for the reasons behind my lengthy hiatus, I have no excuses except that Chicago has been experiencing an unusual stretch of gorgeous weather, and thus I’ve been somewhat distracted by strange feelings of optimism and delusions that the world may not be such an awful place after … Continue reading Sunshine does strange things to the human mind.
I’ve been working hard on my fantasy novel lately, but given my minuscule attention span and attraction to All Things Internet, it was inevitable that I waste at least a little bit of time online when I should’ve been writing. But rather than watching an endless parade of cat videos or reading YouTube comments and despairing of humanity, I instead used my precious time to create…a … Continue reading Chosen: Stuff and More Stuff