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Andy Brokaw
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YA Writer, Winter Spirit, Board Game Geek, and Harmlessly Crazy Person...
YA Writer, Winter Spirit, Board Game Geek, and Harmlessly Crazy Person...

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I'll update this post is I add more, but for now, my other (inferior) social network accounts are here:

https://andybrokaw-stories.blogspot.com (for posting of flash fiction)
https://andybrokaw.blogspot.com (a diary about what I'm writing)
http://andyreadsthings.blogspot.com (a diary about what I'm reading)

https://www.facebook.com/andreamariebrokaw (professional)
https://www.facebook.com/andymariebrokaw (personal)
https://www.facebook.com/andyreadsthings (Facebook mirror of my reading blog)

https://www.instagram.com/andreabrokaw/ (mostly cats)

https://twitter.com/andybrokaw (mostly Instagram crossposts)

https://www.goodreads.com/andybrokaw (to follow what I read. Has less information than the reading blog.)



NEW / Trying to Get Into:
https://pluspora.com/u/andybrokaw (personal)
https://diasp.org/people/u/andreamariebrokaw (professional)
http://mewe.com/i/andy.brokaw (personal)
https://mewe.com/p/andreamariebrokaw (professional)



I'm also open to other social networks. I have a few accounts that I created, spent a week on the service, and then ghosted, but I don't remember where those are off the top of my head. If anyone has suggestions, let me know and let me know what's good about the network. (Unless the network is Mastodon, in which case please recommend an instance. The reason I don't have a Mastodon account already is that I can't figure out where I should be.)



(Image was found at https://mtgcardsmith.com/view/sad-hedgehog-2 and seems appropriate.)
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Here's my most recent short story. The first few hundred words where easy, but it took me a few days to figure out what was going to happen when the narrator made it all the way to the truck.

#shortstories #fantasy #goats
The Goat's Transformation
The Goat's Transformation
andybrokaw-stories.blogspot.com
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The snow-based excitement has died down now, so while I revised very slowly over the first half of the week, I made a massive jump today and am facing the beginning of Chapter 20.

I had thought I'd knock 20 out today, but there was a comment from a beta reader on the first page asking what the Oak and Ashe College mascot is. (Hiya, +Jennifer Linsky ) I was absolutely stunned to find that I'd never determined that. What kind of school doesn't have a mascot? Even schools without athletic programs have mascots!

So I asked myself, what would a tiny liberal arts school in Washington chose to be represented by? I asked Google what was already taken... We have a college that's repped by geoducks (that's a type of shellfish...) and a bunch of dogs, cats, and birds. There are bears. There's a school with orcas. But you know what's stunningly missing? The Sasquatch!

So I darted back through the first 19 chapters and added a handful of references to Sassy the Sasquatch and the Oak and Ashe Sasquatches. And I won't lie, I now find myself in the situation where I really want swag from my fictitious college.
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I'm really liking the world I created for this story. I may have to plan something bigger in it.
A Tale of Two Enchanters
A Tale of Two Enchanters
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So... MeWe... I haven't been bothered by Nazis or harrased by Libertarians. But the number of people males sending me contact requests because they say they're "looking for their soulmate" is outrageous.

A while ago, I changed my biography to first person to see if that cut down on the number of men (and/or bots with masculine names) I don't know who seem to want to sext with me sending me contact requests. It didn't work. Today I changed my avatar to a cartoon hedgehog and I set all of the pictures of me in my stream to My Contacts only. The name "Andy" has always been more commonly male than female. The only other thing I can do is eliminate the link in my profile to my author page, which I don't want to do for obvious reasons.

But why am I having to do all this on MeWe? I've been myself everywhere else on social media and only had occasional jerks going "Hey baby" at me. But on MeWe the contact requests are at least once a day.

I feel like I'm putting in a lot of effort to use this site and not getting much happiness out of it. As Marie Kondo would say, it's not sparking joy.

I think I'm still there right now because of two groups. One of them is still mostly based here and the other one I own, so could move to Facebook and probably not lose many people.
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I wrote a thing today!
Nana Athene's Casting
Nana Athene's Casting
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Hmm... I was over on MeWe clicking around on my page trying to find how many people are following it and accidentally clicked to create a new page. That now gets a message reading, "Pages are a premium feature and will cost $2.99 per month to host."

So... Yeah... I haven't taken my MeWe page down, but if they start charging me for it, I will. I've been debating which of the too-many networks I'm on now to abandon anyway.

Note: I'm talking about a page, not the base account. They work like pages on Facebook, where people can follow it without you having to enter a relationship with them. Really, everything on MeWe works like Facebook and I'm sort of struggling to figure out why I'm spending energy there. I do prefer their groups to Facebook's, but do I really prefer them enough?
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I'm not sure whether I should be saying that I worked on Chapter 3 today or that I worked on 4. This chapter used to be Chapter 3, but then Chapter 2 got split, and now it's Chapter 4... I think I'll call it 4 because that seems like the way least likely to lead to madness.

I added quite a few words. 1,371 words, to be exact. It was nearly enough for me to say this chapter needs splitting too, but I don't think I need to. As it stands, it's a little longer than I think most of my chapters were. But splitting it would make two chapters that are a little short.

Most of the additions come from adding descriptions of anxiety and from Maggie finding a tool that helps control it some. I think they are good words.

When most writers revise, they try to cut things, to make the writing tighter. But my rough drafts always lack description. They focus on dialogue and quick depictions of action, so I then need to go in and add things like what the speaker's expression looked like as he spoke, and what it felt like when the love interest brushed up against the main character, and whether the rain was a light drizzle or a downpour that soaked all the way through everyone's coats. I don't usually add as much as I'm adding this time, but most of my revisions do result in longer stories. Since most of my rough drafts are pretty short, this isn't something that bothers me even though I recognize that bloated word counts are a thing to avoid. So far this revision, I've gone from to 52,010 words to 55,807 words. I doubt the entire book is going to grow at the same rapid rate, though.
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