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The Journey to Madness on Wheels with Roxi and Wade
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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-06-14 19:59
Subject: Once you make a promise, break it immediately
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Tags:epiphany, writing

I have an annoying habit of ending a book with a cliffhanger; I do it partly out of fear. My fear extends from having an enormous book on my hands that won't sell. Yet, all of my instincts are telling me --no screaming--to tell the whole story in one installment.

Case and point, I outlined a book on Friday which I thought and hoped was going to be a standalone novel, but I stopped myself when I reached chapter twenty-two because I fear and know my need to write long chapters would take the book over the hundred thousand word mark. Roxi and I feel the book is not finished being outlined. I am so glad I have her to point out the obvious to me because I will miss it most of the time.

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-05-17 21:50
Subject: To know pain is to know the victim
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Tags:being disabled, earth, writing

I never thought a character of ours would teach me about being disabled or life itself. Recently, I have been writing in a POV of a healed disabled person (I wish I could count how many times I wished my Cerebral Palsy to go away), and I made him disabled again. I have finally learned how the newly disabled feel about losing their freedom of movement, and I frankly don't know if I could handle that daunting transition. I am happy the way I am now.

On the writing front, we are on chapter three of Earth. I am proud of the progress. In two weeks, we are taking the week just to edit Dayúh. Hopefully by then, we can focus on Earth.

14305 / 105000 words. 14% done!
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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-05-08 17:14
Subject: And The Winner is...
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Tags:earth, writing

Chapter one is done, and I hope to get chapter two done tomorrow.

7122 / 105000 words. 7% done!
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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-05-04 18:08
Subject: 5 things to report
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Tags:5 things, team, writing

1. Tomorrow, I'm starting to work on Earth after a week off to deal my ennui. My post-novel ennui finally caught up with me. It was the longest week I have endured.

2. On last Friday, Roxi and I started on a secret project. Both of us are excited about it.

3. Tomorrow we will go back to editing Dayúh.

4. Soon, I have to trim down Dayúh's and Earth's outline.

5. I think Roxi and I have solidified our roles within our writing relationship.

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-04-20 22:17
Subject: And There Was Light...
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Tags:earth, update, writing

Earth Update:

New words: 926

Darling: N/A

The reason for stopping: Not alone any longer today

926 / 105000 words. 1% done!

I started Earth because of three reasons:

1. Roxi has been too busy to edit lately.

2. I'm too slow while writing.

3. I know the publishers will want Earth ASAP when we sell Dayúh.

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-04-11 13:02
Subject: Fear isn't the key; courage is the key
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Tags:fear, writing

I have one writing fear which is ruling every thought at the moment, and I wish it would let me go. The fear is failing--not in the classic definition. I fear I'm not telling my book as it should be. I had planned it to be just one book, but I have the propensity of wanting to write books that are over 120k. I can't help myself. Anyway, I digress.

I want to blog about on how I'm managing this fear. I don't think I could manage it without Roxi's help because she pushes me past the fear when it is trying to grab me. I'm lucky she can do it. I simply wouldn't be where I am. I do alright for a little while, but I allow myself to slow down; I always think the fear won't catch up due to I am so far head of it. No matter what I do the fear always catches up and reminds me of my annoying propensity.

At the moment, it is trying to remind me of the book's original size plan, but I'm ignoring it as the best as I can. I think I am doing relatively well with Roxi's help.

On the writing front, Roxi and I are on Chapter 3 of the Dayúh's third draft. It is going slower than I had hoped, but at least, we are making progress. We also found some beta readers for it. I also found another agent and added them to our list to query.

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-04-05 18:29
Subject: The World Through My Eyes
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When I started writing in high school, I had only one goal in mind, and it was to make people understand me. It is not easy being in the world trapped in a damaged body with an active mind. There had been a countless times in my life I wanted to add to conversation, but I kept quiet because by the time that I got out what I wanted to say the conversation had moved onto another subject.

By the time the Internet became cool and commonplace, I jumped on it, knowing it would make things a little easier for me, and it has for the most part--but it has changed me in many ways. For example, I hardly talk anymore, and it is getting harder for my family to understand me. I don't want that to occur because I don't want to depend on an assistive device to speak. I know I will have to get one once Roxi and I get published.

That isn't the only reason why I write. Most of the books I've read as a kid, none of the characters were disabled except for Susannah in The Dark Tower. I wanted to see more disabled persons as a MC, and I knew I was the right person to do it. I don't even take it easy on them because being easy on them is the cruelest thing I possibly could do to them, and I want my novels to be as realistic as possible.

On the writing front, I have started on Earth, and we have started on the third draft of Dayúh. Hopefully, by June, we will have it to our beta readers.

To do list for 2009:
1. Finish editing Dayúh (started)
2. Send Dayúh into the cruel world
3. Write Earth (started)

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-02-05 10:18
Subject: When A Dream Comes True, Does It Mean The Dream Become a Reality Dream?
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It has been an interesting week for Roxi and I. We have decided to form a writing partnership once I've finished the On the Brink duology. We have been working with each other in a semi-official capacity for the past three years. I'm excited about the prospect of working with her.
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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-01-28 09:38
Subject: In the Land of Change They say hell with it when things go up in flames
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I recently switched to Sun's Open Office Suite because of my Microsoft Office 2007 died two weeks ago, and I'm glad I made the switch. I am surprised how easy my migration has been. The only thing I hate about Open Office is I can't see my word count.

On the novel front, I'm on the last chapter, and I'm trying myself back on the outline. The thing is I'm in the middle of setting up for the second book--or the third book, depending on how you look at it. I feel I am messing up the setup. At the moment, I am so tempted to say hell with it and allow Madouhz and the rest of them to deal with my clumsiness.

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Wade T. Markham, III
Date: 2009-01-18 12:43
Subject: Giddy for shorts
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Tags:shorts, to-do-list for 09

I never thought of myself as a short story writer because my ideas seem to want to bloom into a series, but recently, I have gotten my first true short story idea. I'm excited about the prospect of finding out if I actually can write a short story. I think it will hone my writing skills which I need to be working on.

Here is my to-do list for 09:

  • Write 1,000-1,500 words a day

  • 2.
  • Read 12 books throughout the year

  • 3.
  • Finish Dayúh (final draft) by July

  • 4.
  • Finish Earth (first draft) by August
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    my journal
    June 2009