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ReBlog: #amwriting: Too Many Characters?

While going through my weekly updates for blogs I’m following, I came across this article by Connie J. Jasperson  #amwriting: Too Many Characters? I’ll post an excerpt, but to get the full explanation, you must go to her website. She explains it much better than I could. You’re writing the first draft of your novel.  A beta reader has pointed out that you may have too many named characters to keep track of, and now you’re on a mission to whittle down your cast of thousands. But who should go and who should stay? What is the optimal number of characters for a book? Some say only four, others fifteen, but I say introduce however many characters it takes to tell the story but use common sense. Put the reader first–they must be able to keep them straight without any effort. When you introduce a named character, ask yourself if it is someone the reader should remember. Does he or she offer information the protagonist and reader must know? Some characters will give us clues to help our protagonist complete his/her quest.  Others show us something about the protagonist, give us a clue into their personality or past. Read More Here   Now, where this hit me is in considering a new project I thought of. I #amwriting a story about a Werewolf community, the thought being to have every chapter revolve around either a popular proverb or idiom, alternating each (proverb in one chapter, idiom in the next, then…

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New Home Chore

A New Chore I’m taking a temporary break from the Word Of The Day Challenge I started. I’ve been assigned a task; the making of a monthly meal planner, to feed me, my older brother and mother. They both have a small to regular appetite, while I double it, or play the “clean up hitter,” as it were. So, the meals would have to feed the equal of 4 persons. I’ve pulled up a graph supplied by Microsoft Excel, and found the planner template. They have example meals, but none that we could probably afford, or that I want to take the time to prep and cook. Most of our dinners consist of Hamburger Helper dinner boxes, so we would just need the boxes and the burger to go with it. However, as each one calls for a pound of meat, I usually use 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound for each. What can I say? I like beef. The thing is, we can’t have that for every single meal, so I have to find other recipes to round out the month. My Ma said she could make the plans, but as I’m the one who usually ends up doing the cooking, I would rather find foods I don’t mind (as much) to fix. Thus, my somewhat dilemma. I need to find recipes, simple recipes, to populate the planner. As I said, a lot of them can be Hamburger Helper, so those days would be rather simple. The rest of…

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A Personal Update

More Issues, But Not My Fault If any recall, around the end of last year, I had a very bad experience with my digestive system. I did write a post about it, and got a few well wishes. (By the way, if you gave me some, I again thank you!) Between then and now, I had an appointment with my Doctor for the worker’s comp injury I got back in 2010, for which I’ve been declared 5% permanently disabled and am getting continuing care. I have been on a couple of pills for a long time, and last visit he gave me one more to add. Now, let me say here, and spoil the suspense as to what this post might be about, I have looked at possible side effects of many meds I’ve been given in the past, but have not, to my knowledge, ever suffered any. Of course, I had an issue with taking them unless I had pains that needed easing. Yes, I took them on my own schedule instead of as prescribed. With the injury to my back, though, the pain didn’t really go away, so I started taking these medications closer to the prescribed amounts. That visit was back in October. I’m seeing him twice a year, because any more than that would be… superfluous. Recently, I noticed some of the pain seeping through the medications, and decided to see if some of the pills could be switched with something new. (Several Doctors through the…

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2015 Blog Statistics

Statistics For johntmherres.com I know, most people have already done this and moved on, but if you remember, I didn’t have a very happy end-of-year experience, and it’s taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things.     We all hear that the New Year is a time to make resolutions intended to encourage us to force a change in our lives. Either to start a diet, the goal to make a smaller you, or to quit this, stop that, get something else done, dedicate oneself to making the goals that have, in all years past, gotten broken way too soon after being made. I learned that it is setting myself up for failure when I make such grandiose plans, and began stating that, in the New Year, I would endeavor to do just a little better than the previous year. This is so much easier to accomplish.   Here are the stats they sent me; The WordPress helper-monkeys are working day and night to provide pages and pages of detail on how our blogs are doing. A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 890 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people. The busiest day of the year was November 3rd with 17 views. The most popular post that day was Home. (Even though the same stats page said “Home” didn’t have any views, and “Traffic Stop”…

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My Unhappy Holidays

Here’s hoping 2016 is your most fabulous year yet!

I know there are those who had a fabulous xmas season. Then, there are those who had an unmemorable vacation and others who drank it all away, or some other form of mind-altering substance had a hand in the festivities. To those, I say, “Glad you had **” being whatever form their celebration took.

Then, there are those who had one similar to the misfortune I experienced. Or worse.

No, no one close to me passed on (to my knowledge). I still have a place to stay, out of the temperamental weather. There is food to eat, and I can access a little money from either my brother or Ma if an emergency came up.

Here is the reason for my heading:

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Blog Bummer

About My Velah Blog I have been trying to access the blog I made for The Velah of my WIP “Challenge Of The Velah,”  but for some reason it’s coming up “Error 404 Site Not Found!” The only thing I can think of that it could be is some kind of repercussions from adding some codes that came up as important to try to prevent it from being hacked.   I had been getting failed login attempts, resulting in a locked sign in period of an hour each time. Some days, I got almost a dozen, and none were from me. The top of the admin page had a bunch of codes reportedly designed to keep those from happening. They called them “Drive-by” and “Brute force attacks,” which I would tend to think the latter would describe what I saw going on. I tried (passively, to be sure, but try, nonetheless) to get help and advice, for the coding of online things is way beyond my abilities. Since I could find none, I went ahead and did some myself. Now, I cannot find the blog. It’s not like I had been adding to it regularly, much like here and my BarbarianWriter blog. But it is frustrating that it just up and vanished on me.   Oh, well. As I said, I’ll just try again…   #WriteOn! — John    

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Aging Gracefully

Life is long, Life is hard, You never know what’s in your cards; We start out small and then we grow, And all the sudden we’re getting old. As the sun makes passes across the sky, We learn how to laugh, learn how to cry: We care about things, they fall to the side, To be replaced by others, and time goes by. We play and we learn and do many things, Some make us feel foolish, some make us kings. When youth is done and we join the Rat Race, We find that it takes a lot to save face; But mostly we survive, we roll with the flow, And move with the rest, become average Joes. Then one day it happens, we suddenly see, How we can be happy and fully carefree. For some it is sooner, others are later, And some let it pass, their fears are greater. So, let’s help each other, one day to find We’ve left all the cruelty completely behind!   (c) 2005, 2010 by John T. M. Herres excerpt from my self-published poetry book, “Life Through My Eyes; A Collection Of Poems”

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About My Efforts

I wrote my first story, or at least tried to, way back when I was 17. (Jeez, that was 30 years ago!) I had read a lot of “Conan” books by the late Robert E. Howard, most of them edited and/or revised by Lin Carter, and had a notion that I could make a similar story. I got through 4 chapters and stopped. I had those pages for years, and most who read them said they would buy the book if available. At the time, I was more interested in drinking and getting stoned, so had to work in order to support those desires. Years went by, and I eventually got into way too much trouble with the law, and was convinced by the State I needed to change my lifestyle. I quit the really stupid stuff and actually found I could hold a job for more than a year (or less) at a time. Writing was not in the forefront of my mind, though I penned quite a few poems during rest periods. I had lost the story from my youth, and only revisited the comments, as my memory leaves a whole bunch of areas of my past blank. In 2010, I injured my back and went on workers comp, so had time on my hands. I began writing a science fiction story, and a different sword-and-sorcery story than the one of my younger days, but still grasping at the writings of Howard. It seemed almost effortless, and before…

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