Budgie’s Journal #68 – WIP Wednesday 6 – The Summer of Editing Resumes

I said goodbye to Freedom Lane for the summer. Season 11 finished airing last week and I had completed my writing of season 12 too. Then it was back to editing.


I worked on a bit of writing on those pesky works in progress I started. I never seem content working on one project. Notably, I started a book called The Whore Ghosts of the Admiral Inn. I even wrote over six thousand words. I also outlined a bit of I’m in Sci-fi Hell too, giving myself a better idea on where the story is headed.

But I’m going to talk about my next big release, Blood Drive. I’m on draft two, adding scenes, rearranging, and deleting. And I’ve done all of that in the hundred pages or so I’ve gotten through.

I have to admit, without sounding too boastful I hope, that I really enjoy the hell out of this story, and I love the characters. What’s there not to love about two vampires, a werewolf, a priest and the way they interact with one another throughout the blood heist and cross-country adventure.

I’m hoping a lot of people end up checking this one out, because I feel that it’s a lot of fun. But I’m having a blast writing it either way, so I win.

I’ll keep updating, but you can expect this to be released in mid-october. Feel free to interact with me on Twitter or Facebook too. I’m always looking for new writer friends.

Keep in touch! I’ll be editing.

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal #67 – My 5,000 Word Weekend

OK… So I’m bragging a little. 

I took my daughter to the park on Saturday and Sunday for a few hours each day. We had nothing going on, my wife was due for her nap, and it was beautiful out. I took my iPad and keyboard, set it up at the picnic bench under the shade, let my daughter play with her friends, and wrote.

Saturday I finished off the writing of season 12 of Freedom Lane. Sunday I started a new WIP, and I shouldn’t have. I have Blood Drive, which still needs revisions and editing by mid-October. I also have two other books I’ve started: Ant-Head and Sci-fi Hell. So why the hell did I end up writing almost 5,000 words of a new book called The Whore Ghosts of the Admiral Inn?

I blame Vanessa. I asked her opinion on what I should work on, and she picked this one. Once she chose, I can’t not comply. That’s like messing with fate! Besides, I got way into it, even posting to my writing group about it and getting some volunteers from Twitter to have whore ghosts named after them. Even at night after my chores were done and my wife was meditating, I went back to the story and did some more. I even outlined some future scenes this morning.

I was a productive writer, and I enjoyed it. Hell, I think I needed it. There’s not much better then getting a bunch of words out to something worth writing. I hope this is the start to a very productive week. 

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal #66 – Genre Hopping

I was talking to a fellow indie author, Jessica Florence (J-Flo), this morning about our current projects. She has mentioned her new super hero romance novel, and I think it’s a fantastic idea, even though romance is a genre I actively avoid. I’m working on an action-comedy, which isn’t uncommon, but I looked ahead to what I have started / outlined.

Keep in mind I’ve been driven by comedy lately.

Blood Drive – Vampire / Action / Buddy Comedy / Drama

Ant-Head; A Love Story – Comedy / Romance / Drama / Fan Fiction

I’m in Sci-fi Hell – Sci-fi / Comedy / Epic

The Whore Ghosts of the Admiral Inn – Ghost Story / Comedy

I’ve been jumping on and off these projects, keeping on Blood Drive the most since it’s the only one with a complete first draft. All these projects will likely keep me busy for an entire year or more.

I don’t why I have the need to genre hop so much lately. Maybe it’s just how I’m wired…

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal #65 – Finding Balance

Professional. Creativity. Love.

These are the three aspects of my life in constant flux. I work for a living, I write as a passion, and I have a complex personal life. But when one of the three goes “out of whack” the others end up shifting and distorting as well.

I’ve maintained this balance well for the better part of the last few weeks, maybe more than a month. But one had become distorted over the last few days, and the balance is shifting.

The love portion is becoming unbalanced, and it’s sending ripples through the other portions. I’m lacking the drive to do much of anything at work, and I can’t focus on my writing. 

So how do I fix this?

I took an introspective look at myself after pulling my daily tarot card, the Ace of Disks. There’s nothing actually wrong with my love / home life. My wife and I are still in love, and everything else is running smoothly. What had become skewed was my own perception. I look at my loved ones being busy or dealing with their own problems as my own fault, and doing so isn’t fair to anyone. I felt alone, when I shouldn’t have.

So tonight I’m goinh to take a step back, using my alone time to focus on myself and find my own harmony. I have a lot of writing that’s begging to be done, books I want to read, and my work for the week is nearly at its end. It’s Friday after all.

So I’ll be finding my balance, making peace with that one part of me that so desperately needs it. Hopefully I’ll be in harmony before my head hits the pillow tonight.

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal # 64 – WIP Wednesday #5 – The last Freedom Lane post of the summer (probably)

It’s another WIP Wednesday, that thing I stole from Ace Parks! I’m still going on about Freedom Lane this week, but it will likely be the last time this summer.

Last night, the season finale, Two Girls One Mower, aired. That same day I started work on next season’s finale: Da’Quarius Sees a Gynecologist. 

I loved how season eleven panned out, and twelve is shaping up to be even better. I’ve included bingo, wrestling, polyamory, pubic hair, testicular cancer, death pools, the mafia, statutory dating, and a whole lot more. 

But I’m always a bit sad whenever I finish a season. The fictional gang from Freedom Lane feels like family, and taking a break from them isn’t always easy.

But the show must go on.

Soon, I’ll be back to revising, rewriting, and editing Blood Drive, my vampire novel planned for an October release. I’ve already added a few chapters since the original draft, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the road with Christian, Evan, their werewolf companion Bart, and the vampire-hunting priest Father Matthew.

So that’s it. A quick update on what’s on my desk. You can catch up with me on Twitter or Facebook, and don’t forget to ask about my writing group.

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal #63 – What Percent Gay Are You?

No, there’s no questionnaire here to help you figure out just how much “gay” is inside you. I’m referring to a rash of memes created by a Facebook app that will do this, though.

Let me state here that I’m not offended by much, and I have had a lot of fun with the LGBT community, especially with Freedom Lane, probably more than I should. So I’m not entirely sure why this meme-making app pisses me off. Maybe it’s the horrible grammar that comes with it. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s information farming, gaining access to its users’ Facebook profiles for their info, pictures, and friends list (congrats on that, by the way).

Or, more than likely, I’m annoyed seeing straight (probably) people all over my Facebook going: “Look at me! I’m hella gay! Tee-hee! Let’s date, Facebook friend of the same gender! Double tee-hee!”

I don’t have any issue with anyone’s sexuality, least of all my own. But I do know bisexuals face mockery from both straight people and the gay community in general. I know they’re the “B” in “LGBT”, but it still doesn’t mean they’re universally accepted by either group.

I’m sure I’ll see more of these until they fizzle out like so many others. I’m usually immune to the sparkle and glow of the “Which Harry Potter Character Are You?” type of time-wasting shenanigans; but this one just really irks me, and it’s probably due to its mockery or bisexual and gay people for a cheap giggle or two.

Let me finish by saying that I’m no social justice warrior, nor will I ever be. I’ll likely offend you tomorrow with something else (or during tonight’s season finale of Freedom Lane). Certain things just seem wrong to me, and this is one of them. I’m sure most people will tell me it’s all in fun and I’m overreacting, but I’m entitled to my own opinion after all.

-Budgie Bigelow

Budgie’s Journal #61 – About That Trophy…

In case your just joining, I’m talking about the trophy in the flash fiction I posted earlier. You can read it here.

This is based on a true story, unfortunately. For days, I’ve walked by a cubicle on my way to the bathroom with an empty stand, containing a note with a plea for a stolen trophy to be returned, no questions asked.

There was a conversation between myself and two co-workers about this today, most of it speculating on who could have taken it and why.

And before you ask: it was not me.

“Ann” didn’t deserve to have her trophy taken. She’s a sweet woman, always friendly, and good at what she does. I don’t know why she earned her accolades, but I’m sure she deserved it. I’m a fan of a good prank or joke, but this was neither. It was just mean.

I thought the person who would take Ann’s trophy and for what reason. Jealousy comes to mind, and the want to hurt a professional woman with a prize cane next. 

“Ed” was a typical creation; typical because I have at least a dozen co-workers like him: a decade or more of service, little to no recognition, abrasive personality, and a hard lean to the right. And, God help me, I wanted to write the story from his perspective. And it felt disgusting.
But we all need to step a toe or two out of our comfort zone every now and again, right?

And that’s all on that subject. I hope the trophy find a its way home. It’s hard enough to get one around here unless your in the upper management’s boys club.
-Budgie Bigelow