Friday, April 18, 2014

Attending a writer's group

Had the pleasure of attending a writer's group recently. I must say, that I often find the company of fellow writers rather stimulating, even if a lot of them don't share my extreme tastes. I appreciate how  knowledgable they are about a vast array of different subjects, and how their passion for their craft can rival even my own. I was able to read one of my stories to them and the response I was given was truly inspiring. Considering that each of them was a voracious reader as well as being a writer, I was more than happy to oblige them with my twisted tales of darkness. Perhaps on our next encounter they will be hungry for more. If only the rest of the world would follow suit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Staying in the present moment

Time has not been something I have had in droves as of the late. I started working full time about five months ago, still spend every waking moment I have on my novel, and I recently joined a writers group that I meet with quite sporadically. The fact that life moves so fast when your busy
Simply amazes me. Been thinking about a new short story I'm probably gonna work on when my novel is complete, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. Tricky as it sometimes can be, I do my best to stay in the present moment. That way, I feel the quality of my work is at its best. Far too many times I have seen would be writers attempt too many things at once and whatever final product they were working on gets diminished. I guess I must remember the virtue of patience.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Half way finished with my second novel

Well, it's been almost six months since I started my second novel and I have finally reached the half way point. I can honestly say that if my life wasn't so routine based I probably wouldn't even be at this stage. Yet, the positives remain. I'm very pleased with direction the story has taken so far and the further I go, the main theme of the story has been revealing itself much more and much easier. Life has assuredly been busy, so believe me when I say that I'm beyond thankful when I finally get a chance to sit down, have a glass of red wine, and continue my story....

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

When it comes to contemporary horror writers or movie makers, I must say that few have impressed me. But, for me to say that there are not those who have earned their place at the pinnacle of Horror's cathedral, would be altogether dishonest. For me to consider anyone's work to be anything else than a sad attempt at trend, you have to be extremely dedicated to the craft. One name that always comes to mind, though he is not necessarily a modern contemporary, is Clive Barker. From the time I was in grade school I thought of Barker's films as nothing short of awe inspiring. 'Hellraiser', 'Nightbreed', and 'Raw Head Rex' were, to me, very ahead of their time both in storyline and special effects. Without men like Clive Barker, I don't believe that modern horror movies would enjoy the same level of interest. Another name that comes to mind is James Wan. He has kept horror afloat with his hits like 'Insidious', 'Sinister', and 'The Conjuring'. All horror fans should take note and always give credit where credit is due.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No rest for the Wicked

Life has been busy to say the least. But, as always, I have nothing to complain about. Aside from working a full time job and working as much as I can on my second novel, I've been traveling whenever I get the chance as well. Last week I went to Las Vegas, off the strip of course because the hustle and bustle of it sours my stomach. I stayed at a five star resort and I must say, it was quite nice. I have set a deadline for mid July regarding my novel and I received interesting news yesterday regarding my past works and a certain county fair. To say I'm excited is a definite understatement, but, again, I'll see how it goes. Three more trips planned this year and once the novel is completed, I have a tremendous amount of other things to do as well.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

How I loathe Interruptions

I think everyone can admit that, if they've ever tried to accomplish something extraordinary, that there can be nothing more frustrating than needless interruptions. Be it a nagging injury, a full time job, family troubles, the necessities of life itself, whatever. There's no argument that the more of them you have to go through, the longer it takes you to accomplish your set-out task. It never fails no matter what I do, whenever I set about to achieve the laundry list of goals I set for myself something ridiculous happens. Mere obstructions to the result, true. But, then that age old saying pops in my head: Life is what happens when your busy making other plans. It truly does make me wonder.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Future Plans?

I must say that so far 2014 hasn't disappointed at all. But, in truth, all I have been able to do is continue to work on my second novel. I haven't had any time to think about articles or short stories. And that leads me to a valid inquiry: What my plans are when my novel is completed, and it will be completed. The truth is, I don't know at the moment because I tend to focus all of my energy on what I am doing at the present moment. But, it is a concern regardless. Do I try my hand at yet another novel, which would make three? Do I stick to writing short stories(right now I have completed 31 of them)? Do I focus all my energy on doing travel and haunting articles? Or do I take a completely different path with my writing altogether? I don't know. What really matters to me is that I continue writing, regardless of the outcome or endeavor. If I can do that, then the dream is still a reality. My reality.