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A New Direction

You may have noticed a few subtle changes around The Author’s Apprentice lately. If not, I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about soon as the changes become less and less subtle over the next few days.  Here’s the deal: a few months ago, two of my very best friends, Adam Swensen and Adam Beckmeyer, and I decided to put our heads together and launch a collaborative blog as a way of staying close over the next semester.  They’re attending school in Washington state and Alabama respectively, so I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to interact with them so closely on this project.

We launched said project, Singular Spectrum, tonight over at http://singularspectrum.wordpress.com, and I’d encourage all of you to go check it out.  Both of the Adams are incredible guys with a lot of great things to say, and I think you’ll enjoy the unique flavor of the site (not to mention the spectacular posts we have lined up so far for our first week).  We’re going to be updating daily, each of us writing two posts a week, so be sure to check in regularly over the next few days to get a taste of the two Adams’ stellar writing.

That said, I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to redefine the direction that I want to take with The Author’s Apprentice.  Ever since I tried PostADay the content on this blog has rapidly spiraled out of focus and into utter chaos.  As much fun as that chaos occasionally was, most of the time I found myself wondering how things had gotten so out of hand and how I could reign them back in again, and now I have the perfect chance.  So, over the next few days, I’ll be freshening up the look of the site, updating the About pages and categories and the like, and taking The Author’s Apprentice in a slightly new direction.  From here on out, most of my posts about everyday life, media reviews, or humor will go up on Singular Spectrum while The Author’s Apprentice will return to the roots of its namesake: posts about writing, story and character ideas, and ruminations about following the Author Himself and what I’ve learned from Him.

Once I have all of the changes in place, I’ll get right back to posting as soon as possible.  I’m aiming to update with my next regular post, an amazing interview that I had the privelege to conduct with my friend Tekaramity, on Wednesday evening, so don’t miss it.  Until then, show some love to the Adams over at Singular Spectrum and keep being awesome, my friends.

I’ll catch you on the (much tidier) flip side!

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And Then It Was Finals Week

I’m writing this blog post while my study partner for the New Testament Survey final makes a McDonald’s run.  When he gets back, hopefully we can complete the four hours of joint studying our professor requires in order for us to work together on the final tomorrow.  While that’s really not as tedious as it sounds, mostly thanks to copious amounts of Swedish Fish Eggs and random fits of distracted ramblings, it is certainly time consuming.  Ah, well, what else could one expect from finals week?

So I was planning on writing a nice Mother’s Day post yesterday, but the Letters to Lauren Faust project sort of exploded and took over my entire Sunday.  While that is undeniably the coolest interruption I’ve ever had the privilege to experience, the busyness of it all put me off my scheduled blogging groove a little, so I might not be able to write a Mother’s Day post to do my Mom justice until finals are out of the way (sorry, Mom).

Speaking of Letters to Lauren Faust, as of now the collection is at 121, which is absolutely astounding, and the submissions have mostly quieted down.  I really need to set aside some time to read them all, there are some incredible stories in there.  A big thanks goes out to all the bronies who submitted their letters, and an extra big thanks to mazeedibeedi and ThreeSix on PonyGAF for sending the post to Equestria Daily, and to Sethisto at Equestria Daily for featuring Letters to Lauren Faust.  Without you this project never would have become what it did.  You guys are fantastic.  As for the progress of the project, I have sent Lauren a note on deviantArt informing her of our endeavor and asking her to stop by and take a look, but she hasn’t been active there since then.  She should get the note next time she logs in, and with any luck she’ll read the letters and send some kind of confirmation that she did so.  Which would be awesome beyond words.

I guess that’s all the news I have for this scatter-brained update post, and Darius will be back with his McFood any minute now, so without further ado this is your friendly neighborhood faithful student Tim Newton signing out and hitting the books.  Or maybe I should just read them.  Yeah, that would make more sense.

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Work in Progress Episode 1 – Fountain Divers

9:00 P.M.  I’m sitting in my room editing a dry and boring vlog, but since it’s already so late I just decide to save, upload, and call it a day.  Enter Dan Schubert, stage right.  “Hey, I’m going on an adventure if you want to come.”

Who in their right mind could say no to that?

11:30 P.M.  We return from our adventure tired and happy, then I realize that the story of our excursion would make a vlog that is at least 20% cooler than the one I just filmed.  So, of course, I completely overhaul the project to bring you the first episode of Dan’s and my new series, “Work in Progress”.  It’s basically just going to be us telling wild stories and laughing a lot, so expect a lot of silliness and hilarity.  We’re calling this episode “Fountain Divers” (you’ll see why), and I have no idea what we’ll talk about next week.  That’s why they call it Work in Progress, right?

In other news, I hope you had a splendid Derpy Day full of muffins and letters and such.  What’s Derpy Day, you may ask?  Here’s how I explained it on my deviantArt page:

Today is March 1st, and for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that means it’s Derpy Day! Derpy Hooves is a legend among pegasi, a little wall-eyed background player who attracted a huge fan base. They gave her a name, a profession (mail carrier), and a personality, and when the producers got wind of all the Derpy love they wrote her into the show as a canon character. And there was much rejoicing. Now, thanks to some creative brony out there, we have an official day to celebrate all that Derpy stands for: friendship, letters, muffins, and just a little clumsiness. Here are a few ways that you, too, can celebrate Derpy Day:
1. Eat a muffin! Derpy’s only line in the show (besides yelling “surprise” with all the other ponies in episode one) was the word “Muffins” in episode four. Obviously she’s a muffin fan, so why not indulge your inner muffin fan on Derpy Day?
2. Send a letter! Write to someone you care about and wish them a happy Derpy Day. No emails or Facebook, mind you, a paper-and-pencil letter. That’s how Derpy would want it.
3. Move something in your home out of place for the day. This one’s a little strange, but seeing as Derpy’s cross-eyed and a little clumsy, it makes sense. Pick an object that has a designated place and misplace it, for fun and great justice!
That’s all it takes to properly celebrate Derpy Day. Just think, while everyone else is having a plain old March 1st, you could be taking part in a holiday celebration, and one that involves muffins no less. Spread a little friendship and/or magic today, and whatever you do, have a wonderful Derpy Day!

And seeing as that is all I have to say, I leave you with a jaunty, cross-eyed salute.  Tally ho.  6_9

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NaNoWriMo: The Overdue Update

In a testimony to the absolute mayhem that is November as a noveling college student, I just realized today that I have completely neglected my customary NaNoWriMo updates.  Usually, I try to sum up each week as it passes, but now we’re entering week four, so I’ll have to sum up the whole month.  Here it is in two sentence fragments (my inner editor isn’t around, so I couldn’t make them proper sentences): hardest month of my life.  Most rewarding month of my life.  Adding NaNoWriMo on top of college is like adding a bag of bowling balls to a metric ton of bricks.  It seems like an impossible load, but then you discover that you are, in fact, the Incredible Hulk, and you turn green and your shirt breaks and you jump over a mountain range and carry the bricks and bowling balls all the way to Venus.  Okay, so maybe it’s not that drastic, but it is a challenge, it is exhilarating, and it is one of the greatest feelings in the world to push through it.  I’ve got a huge amount of work to do to make this happen, but I’m not giving up, and when the 30th comes I expect to boast a purple progress bar and break into a joyously incoherent bout of shouting, followed by an even more joyous, slightly more coherent post detailing the final stretch.  Either that or I’ll just sleep like a normal person.

No.  Sleep is for December.  For that matter, so is a social life and use of the internet.  My calendar says it’s time to write.  I’ll see you in a week.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Begins!

It’s blue.  It used to be grey, and now it’s blue.  That little box in the upper right hand corner of the NaNoWriMo website stared at me day in and day out last month, grey and dead, stuck at 0.  “NaNoWriMo has yet to begin” it sighed, and I sighed, too, because I wished it weren’t true.

Well, now it’s not.  The update button is yellow again, and that 0 can become any number I want it to be!  The world is my pogo stick!  What to write first?  I don’t know yet, but I have to start writing soon or I’ll burst.  NaNoWriMo is officially nine hours old in the Central Time Zone, and I’m still getting over that fresh new update button.  Imagine how giddy I’ll be when I finally get to click it.  Passers by will probably mistake me for a Twilight fan.  Note to self: make sure there are no passers by when you click the button.

That being said, I wanted to post my synopsis and cover art for this year’s NaNoNovel today in honor of the beginning of NaNoWriMo, and I’ll keep you posted as my word count climbs this month.  Onward to 50,000!

Here’s the cover, the synopsis is below it:

Cover art for my NaNoNovel this year

Synopsis:

“I’m here to give you your life back. How would you like to be immortal?”
When Tran Martin first heard those words, he was pinned beneath his ATV fighting a dozen gashes and broken bones to stay alive. The mysterious young woman offered him a miracle he couldn’t pass up, even if her one condition was a killer – literally. “Each day you must convince a different person to kill you. If you succeed, you’ll wake up in your bed the next morning and live another day. If you fail, you’ll die – and stay that way.” At the time it seemed like a great offer. Three months after he died for the first time, however, Tran isn’t so sure. He’s made a lot of enemies in ninety days, and one of them has finally discovered his secret…

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As the Summer Ends…

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog over a year ago, in the summer of 2009.  A lot has happened in the past year, even in this past summer, and a lot more is about to happen as I move on to an exciting fall!  So, as the summer ends, I wanted to give you guys a few quick updates on the blog, the book, and my life in general.

First off, please pray for me as I head off to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago on August 18th.  It’s approaching so fast!  Pray that I’ll be able to trust God to provide for me financially, and that I’ll do well in my freshman year.

Secondly, I’ve gone back and repaired all of the links in my songs of the week so that the song opens in a new tab instead of replacing the one that’s already open.  You can see all of those posts under the “Music” category.

Thirdly, please pray for the ministry of Lake Ann Camp!  We’re in our last week and a half of camp, and a LOT of campers have been saved or made decisions to serve God with their lives.  Pray that we’ll all finish strong up here!

Fourthly, The Author’s Apprentice just recently had it’s 2000th view, which is pretty cool.  Thanks for coming back every week, reading my posts, and encouraging me in my walk with God!

And lastly, I’m finally just clenching my teeth, sitting down, and actually writing more of “Legend of the Dreamseers”!  So expect to see a new excerpt before the next song of the week (and if you don’t, please make angry email, comments, phone calls, smoke signals and\or telepathic communications to me.  Something along the lines of “Get off your duff and be creative, already!”).  Can’t wait to see what this next year brings, and thank you all for enjoying this past one with me.  I love you all!

The Author’s Apprentice,

Timothy Newton

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