Confessions of a Struggling Writer

I am a writer. I aspire to be an author. Those aspirations are what fuel my struggle. Join me in my trials and tribulations to see my name on a book.

J.R. Murdock

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nearly a week.

I tried doing the amazing 5 minute install for WordPress. I was finally able to get the blog to display with the theme I'd chosen internally on my web server. Alas, it never was able to pick up the style sheets to be viewable externally. So the pages looked all messed up. Rats.

I tried three different ASP.NET blogs, all had issues when I did the 'easy install' and kept giving me configuration errors.

So rather than fight with building my own cool blog I could manage and make look how I'd like it to look, I'll stick with blogger for now. I'd rather get the story recorded and posted than spend any more time messing around with blogs I can't get installed and running in a short period of time.

Keep checking back. I'll keep posting as I progress. WOO WOO!

Friday, January 16, 2009


I have gone from the "I think" stage to the planning stage. I'm currently looking for an artist to help me out with artwork for the V&A Shipping podcast and web page. I have nothing to offer but my undying gratitude and credit on the podcast and webpages. If you are an artist and are interested, let me know and I can supply you with the text of the book and an idea of what I'm looking for. It is a space opera, so there are bizarre aliens inside.

I plan to have fun with this novel. The book is done, I just need to podcast it. :) The more I think about it, the more excited I get. WOO WOO!

I had planned...

I had planned to record a quick message this week announcing that I will return to podcasting shortly. Well, at least I'm posting, but I will get a short podcast in there soon.

Also, I'm giving serious consideration to podcasting my Novel V&A Shipping. If I do so, I will record the entire book first, then edit, then begin posting one episode per week. If you'd like to be a first reader, drop me an e-mail, comment to this post or DM me in twitter.

I WILL be back!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Another Month has gone by.

Did I win NaNoWriMo? No, I didn't. I did, however, make it to nearly 25000 words before the end of November. Too many things are jumping in my path of writing and several times it was me distracting myself. I've got to stop that.

I really like the direction my book is taking. It's a super hero novel, but the heroes in my book have no super powers. They're vigilantes trying to be heroes and they've uncovered a larger plot than just the good guys versus the bad guys.

I listened to the audio books The God Delusion and both of Stephen Hawkings books. These have given me much fodder for my most recent novel. I also watched a marathon of The Universe and this also fueled the direction my novel will be taking. I can't wait to jump in and crank out.

After listening to the latest episode of The Secrets I've given much more thought of e-publishing my books. I'll give each a fair shot with agents before I do so, but hey, it sounds like fun. :) I'll let you know when I take that direction.

I realize it's been nearly a year since I did a podcast. I need to remedy that, but it may be into next month before I do so. This month filled up fast on me and I don't see much time freeing up any time soon. I hope everyone has a great holiday season no matter how you celebrate. :) For me, I'll do it the way they did in the days of old: Hide from Odion and party party party. WOO WOO!

Friday, November 07, 2008

NaNoWriMo Update

I'm taking a short pause in my NaNo novel. I'm up to nearly 11K words at this point and I'm really happy with the way my story is going. I blame Mur Lafferty and Scott Sigler for my story. It's a superhero story with gods, monsters, heroes, and almost-super heroes. It's fast paced, gritty, and a whole lot of fun. I blame Tee Morris for one character named the Gobbler (NOM NOM NOM).

Okay, very short post. I'm back to writing.

Oh, I've got a story coming on in January. It can be found at No pressure to buy. I'm excited just to be in print again. I'm also sending out Astel (still) and I'm now starting to look for an agent with V&A Shipping. Both are as polished as they're going to get, now's the time for them to stand on their own. WOO. It's been a LONG time since I've been this excited about writing. I'll have to try NOT to slack off again.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


I am using NaNoWriMo to get off my butt and write another novel. I've had the idea for quite some time (actaully since I finished my last Novel that I started during NaNoWriMo last year). So I'm finally getting it down. Mentally I had gotten stuck where to start and on Nov 1st, I started it and then thought "WAIT A MINUTE!" and bang! I had a better beginning. I didn't trash anything as the chapters I'd written fell into place after a different opening. I added a new POV character that gives the villain's POV without being inside the villain's head. It's worked out great so far and has really helped me pick up a head of steam on this novel. I'm presently up to 8700 words and you can find my NaNoWriMo page up. I'm posting again this year as JRMurdock if you would like to buddy me. If I can every find the page again, I'll be happy to buddy back.

I'm not quite up to the writing speed I was at 2 years ago, but I'm trying to get back there. Time, patience, persistence. I know I can do it. WOO!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I've been gigid'ied

I made mention on twitter to BradP in NJ ( about a show called Human Footprint. He made a show out of it and put me in his show notes. Guess I really need to get off my duff and record a show. SOON! Check out the show here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


I am now on the timesink known as twitter.

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