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March 20, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist The other day I was having a conversation with my wife about scheduling.  More specifically about how I'm always trying to make or get on a schedule and then consequently getting frustrated.  Which in retrospect is true, though I can never quite figure out what went wrong.  I usually just blame the situation and people for being so unpredictable.  Not to say that I'm not right but I could possibly be semi-wrong.  My wife suggested that the crux ...
March 10, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist I've begun to believe that my current lifestyle is not cohesive with a regular schedule.  This makes it nearly impossible to set a consistent work time thus making it this section of the experiment impractical.  With that said, For me, schedule writing is a bad system to counter act writers block. Even if I pretended that I had a normal day, coming home from work, having dinner then sitting at a desk to write, I still don't think its a good system.  ...
March 8, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist Sometimes nothing works out. After a long time, a few interruptions and a lot of thought the system of scheduled writing needs to be more complex.  At least for this experiment.  The reality of life is that I can't say that every day I will be free from this time to this time.  Perhaps it's just my life but I think that isn't very likely.  I think that there is no guarantee for any artist that they can control the world. Well... Other than ignor...
March 1, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist Day 2.0 – Scheduling - The best laid plans... This is one of the major reasons I don' believe creating a schedule for writing is a functional system. Things come up; little things, important things and things that need to get done. While writing is important, and to a certain extent I consider it my job, there are tasks that must be completed in order to live. So today I didn't write. It isn't the first time and it won't be the last time I planned to work and so...
February 28, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist Day 1 – Scheduling – Today I'm am working on scheduled writing. I began writing at 1pm, like I planned to do over the next couple of days. Just prior to getting to work I fall asleep for an hour long nap. I almost didn't wake up. Despite feeling exhausted I got to work. Since I watch TV during the control I decided to watch TV during this session. I wrote for nearly an hour, a lot of dialog, then I hit a plot point I hadn't thought through. Trying to figure ou...
February 27, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist Day 3 – Control – Drinking and writing just like the masters. I’ve read several theories that drinking doesn’t help the artistic mind and may actually hinder it.  I may not have written as much as day 2 but I felt like I was on a roll.  I was still watching Robotech while working. I Wrote for an hour but was distracted for nearly 30 minutes. 484 words typed.
February 27, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Project Typist Day 2 – Control – Still working on Rhodes still watching Robotech. Listened to music while working.  Worked for an hour and a half then got bored and worried that the plot line was getting confused. Spent a good while re-reading the end of Rendered Fat to remember what was going on. Also it felt like there was too much dialog. I’m also hungry, the cat wants attention and I want to cut my hair. 730 words typed. For anyone who doesn’t know ...
February 27, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
Day 1 – Control I’ working on the sequel to Rendered Fat which is currently called Rhodes.  Before I set to work there were 7,113 words.  I sat on the couch watch TV as I typed.  It had been a while since I last wrote so I didn’t expect it to go well. I lasted 30 minutes.  Brought down by distractions and sleep. After browsing the internet briefly I decided to nap. It’s debatable whether or not my distraction and sleepiness could be a psy...
February 27, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
“Writers block” is defined as a writers inability to form words into sentences and sentences into information, either fictional or non-fictional. This experiment does not intend to discover the cause of this issue, whether biological or physiologic. The purpose of the experiment is to find realistic and efficient solutions to writers block. There will be 3 section in this experiment. Section 1 st will be the control, writing unaided by any systems. The 2 nd will contai...
December 11, 2010 by ArturoThomas on arturothomas
Ah, if it wasn’t for the kindness of strangers he thought not for the first time in his life as he perused the subject lines of his spam folder. Funny thing, but it seemed they were forever wanting to either make him fabulously rich or add length to his penis. Sighing, he drummed his fingers impatiently on his knee and took a slow sip of morning coffee and resumed clicking down the long list of emails one by one. There was nothing but more, more, more, of the same, same, same, but nary ...
November 20, 2010 by ArturoThomas on arturothomas
  “Absence thinking.” Now there’s an interesting sounding creative writing exercise: to think and write about what is not there. Its purpose is to maybe shake something loose and get something down on that empty screen. But one has to wonder a little something about that. How on Earth exactly does one go about thinking and writing about something (some thing ?) that is not there? Puzzling. The answer (or at least the answer that finally shakes loose) is: brain...
November 16, 2010 by ArturoThomas on arturothomas
After this operation completes, the tool will provide you with a report of the malicious software that was detected. “Now wouldn’t that be just too cool for school,” he said out loud to his laptop as he watched the tool on his screen in action speeding through the files of his computer at a dizzying pace. But what he really meant by that was -what he was really thinking was- what if there was a way to run such a program like this on himself . Yes! Exactly! Be...
November 14, 2010 by KellyW0498 on In search of Norman Rockwell
Meet Franklin Bartholomew Innis, fourth generation law man. His father is a fully decorated agent in the FBI for going above and beyond the call of duty, while being exemplary in portraying the FBI’s motto: fidelity, bravery and integrity. His mother, Madge, stay-at-home-mom extraordinaire, aka , Madge with a badge, ‘cause she keeps all her family in line while her husband battles evil. His Parents thought it would be fitting to gift Franklin with the acronym FBI. You k...
November 14, 2010 by ArturoThomas on arturothomas
  Remembering the advice he read on line somewhere that there was really no such thing as writer’s block because all one simply had to do was just lower one’s expectations, he began to type. “You can tell these things are marketed to men with a statement like that on the package,” she told him as he crawled back into bed beside her. She was holding the torn open –and now empty- package scrutinizing the label and smoking one of her long, feminine cigar...
November 13, 2010 by ArturoThomas on arturothomas
The truth was… he knew he was stuck again. It reminded him of those times in his youth of traveling sandy roads out in the big middle of nowhere and the sick feeling he got when his old truck would drag down in the deep sand and slooooooow to an inching crawl and then come to a final, painful, ego bruising, stop. When that happened it was usually all pretty much over but the cussing. Yes, he would be stuck.   Of course he would attempt the usual quick f...