Friday, July 31, 2015

Love of Death

Death and love, or should I say love and death. Those are the main themes of my new short story entitled 'Beyond Obsession'. I once read about the serial killer, Ed Gein, and of his fascination of not only necrophilia, but also of literally dancing with the dead while under a pale moon in his towns local cemetery. The imagery I recalled stayed in my mind for sometime. I also remember reading about a strange German scholar and his relationship with a Cuban woman that stayed strong even after she caught Tuberculosis and died. So strong it was, he actually mummified her corpse to almost pristine condition and would act as if she was still living!
Perhaps it takes a rather macabre mind to make sense out of either of those scenarios, then again rehabs not. Both of those subjects are rather usual in the tale that is human existence. And, quite honestly, they don't seem all that different from each other.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Getting Stuck

I liken the progression most writers have to make when creating not only masterful works but careers and private lives as well to the fable of the three mice that fell into the bucket of cream. Rarely do they get any progress without feeling as though they're dragging the weight of the world behind them.  You'll find a good number of them rarely indulge in social events and even fewer still have any free time, period. The more technologically advanced the world becomes, it would seem that there are fewer and fewer opportunities for them.
I can't think of a time when writing, especially when starting a new story when I didn't feel stuck in the mud. After so many similar circumstances happen upon you, you begin to question the very fabric of life itself. Yet, even still, I can't find within me one suitable excuse for giving up quite yet.
So, for myself, a question begs the mind, 'What direction do I take now?' And still, any adequate answer eludes me. But perhaps, as I've always stated before in similar circumstances, the solution lies within. Until I'm a worm feast it's probably always gonna be this way so, in that sense, let me give credence to an old Russian proverb
'The hammer shatters glass, but forges steel'

Monday, June 29, 2015

Starting anew

My time in the pacific Northwest has been encapsulating. I visited the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, trekked through thick forests, tasted the cuisine of Portland, and visited an age-old cemetery. Yet, once again, I find myself off my original intention of walking to and fro upon the Earth and back to my old stomping ground of San Diego. Again, the familiar imagery is twisting my mind and forcing my hand to put pen to paper. This time around I'm going to resort to my original means of writing and shall concoct a short story. One concerning the subjects of death, devotion, and pain.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Adventure Continues....

This last month has been no less than insane! Having left the confines of a once percieved comfort Zone, I have spent the last few weeks camping in the American Northwest and am now mentally preparing myself for an on-foot trek across Canada to the East of the continent and then on to the deserts of North Africa. As a wiseman once said: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. What happens after all that still remains a mystery. Hopefully, I'll still be writing!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

R.I.P Christopher Lee

With regret, I bid farewell to one of the horror icons of any generation. I grew up watching Christopher Lee. His onscreen presence was purely mystical and I feel that no one today is even comparable in any sense to the contributions he delivered, especially for the horror genre. I remember the first film I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. Lee, 'The Howling 2: You're Sister is a Werewolf'. 'The Satanic Rites of Dracula' followed as well as all the of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. It is truly saddening to see that all of the icons that were so integral in my childhood are leaving us, and the world truly is a bit lesser as a result.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Another chapter awaits

'And so it begins' goes the saying that often precedes an important journey that eventually all must make in the hectic labyrinth of life. I take upon myself a path few would venture all in the name of what I consider to be the true value of existence: experience. Show me a life where the beholder simply has a wealth of unequaled memories at their disposal and I declare such a life was well lived. One of my many critiques of society in general is that most people put a calloused emphasis on the acquirement of goods as the main reason for existing and whether one life was supposedly higher in importance than another. As for myself, I feel maximizing personal potential goes much further in developing an actual purpose for life, something so many lack.
So, come what may, I set out to collect what I feel matters most: memories.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Third Novel finally completed!

Alas, another page turned in the fascinating life of a writer! I have just completed my third novel "Homage to Baphomet". One thing that captures my fancy is how similar in length this particular book was in relation to my two previous ones. And just like the other two, it basically wrote itself. From the beginning to the the end, the whole process was a complete mystery for me yet the theme of the book, an actual historical object that the Knights Templar were accused of sacrilegiously worshiping, continues to inspire me. One thing is definite, when one makes the decision to write a novel and carries with that decision all the way till the end of it speaks volumes about their fortitude. For any writer knows, an easy partaking it is not! The demands of everyday living alone are enough to throw such a project by the wayside for some time unless you are completely resilient! One thing that works for me is simply consistency. I try to make sure that I take at least three to four hours everyday to work on it no matter what else is going on around me.
Now, another question begs to be asked: 'What happens now?' and the answer to that remains a mystery at least for me.