Sunday, August 21, 2016

Seville trip was EPIC!!

Ah, another trip to and fro across the Atlantic has taken place. Seville, Spain has to be one of the most fascinating and beautiful places the world has to offer. So many facets of intrigue were there to keep my whole trip mesmerizing. The food alone has to be some of the best in Europe, period. I, for one, hadn't tried Tapas that much, and then you have the wine! Some of the best in the whole world!! The architecture spoke of both indigenous and Arabic influences and the parks surrounding the Historical Center were absolutely fabulous. Like the rest of Europe, there are streets that look completely alike, so be prepared to be patient if you get lost, I sure did!
Like every trip I've ever had, the magical aura that permeated out of every experience is enough to keep me motivated for a million more of them! And, the Spanish people themselves were nothing less than excellent so its an absolute guarantee that I'll definitely be going back there some day.
Much appreciation to all involved with this trip for giving to me another priceless cache of the most important things in my life: Memories!




Sunday, July 10, 2016

First half of 'The Goblin's Tale' completed!

Well, It's been over eight months since I started my Dark Fairy Tale 'The Goblin Tale' and I'm happy to say that is half way completed. Needless to say, It's a testament to will and perseverance to say the least. I had been working two jobs for the majority of time on it, and some times I would be so exhausted I couldn't keep my eyes open yet I would always find time to write, even if it was only a few paragraphs. I enjoy the direction the tale has gone, something I couldn't possibly have planned for in the beginning.
A writer writes, always. And I feel the worst step one can make in life is no step at all. That being said, I have no idea how much longer the rest of the story will take to complete nor do I know if it is going to take a million strange turns. As long as it turns out to be what I consider a masterpiece, it really doesn't matter.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Spain in August!

Sometimes, You have to take life by the proverbial horns. Aside from working a strenuous full time job and working on my new dark fairy-tale, I have planned a trip to Seville, Spain in August. I know I have made several plans for trips in the past that never fell through  but this time, I'm literally making myself go. I don't yet know what has captivated more about Spain: Maybe it's the history, the culture, the food and wine, the architecture, I can't put my exact finger on it. One thing is for sure, few places in the world have the allure Spain does. Then there's the Macabre aspect of it. Spain was home to the Spanish Inquisition, The religious order responsible for some of the grisliest tortures and who knows how many killings in the Middle Ages. I've wanted to go for ages yet life always seemed to prevent me. To me, the best part of all of it I'll have plenty more of what I consider what is best to collect in life: Memories.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Another Recurring Character

During the whole of my writing career, I've created several characters unique for their wickedness. Yet, I've noticed that I rarely use them more than once. The ones that are an exception to the rule are few: First, there's the Hellish Demon E'ferries. And the other one, just as intriguing with a tad more feminine flair, is the Feral Forest Witch, Tundra. I first used her in my tale 'The Chalice', and because I had so much enjoyment with the approach of her character, I used her again this time in a lesser part in the story 'To the Victor the Spoils'. Lo and Behold, with the progression of my dark fairy tale "The Goblin Tale" coming to task, I have once again decided to give her a role. One that is instrumental in the origins of the lead character, Gnellroth. There are several characteristics to Tundra which inspire me to keep experimenting with her. For one, She is a follower of the Greek goddess Hecate. Despite being ancient in years, she maintains a youthful and beautiful appearance. And, she possesses a cunning and merciless personality.
Considering the new story, I have been pressed for time to say the least. But, little by little and day by day it, like all the rest before it, has taken on a life of its own. When it's finally going to be completed is a sure fire mystery to me. I can only hope it doesn't take that long I''m already in a complete hurry to read the final cut!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Value of Passion

Disappointment, discouragement, disgust. Three words every creative individual must certainly feel at times, especially when their ambitions and desires don't come to fruition as soon as they would like. Such predicaments must beg the question: What does it take? What is the absolute key mainstay in achieving all one could ever hope for? I have seen the so called resolution promoted in general media, on the pages of self-help gurus, alternative religious texts, and so on but the truth is, for me, that society's answers generate just as much confusion as the question itself. Is the answer just plain old hard work? I'd like to think that it is, but then I have to remember that there are millions of people who worked harder than an Ancient Egyptian slave and achieved virtually nothing. Is it focusing your thoughts to the degree of a magnet? Perhaps, but again, most people trying that approach today have just as many complaints about the time length of goal accomplishment, if it ever actually does happen, than they have praise for it. Is 'Success' something you have to be born into? While it definitely helps to have inner connections with the creative world, the best material I have ever read or seen came from the hands of those who were relatively obscure. So, I can't say I am even close to achieving my own version of any answer to such a predicament. What I can say is this, Passion is something you either have or you don't. You can't buy it. You can't steal it or borrow it, and you definitely can't fake it for very long. Eventually, if you're in any way attached to the creative, it's going to be the only driving force behind your works. That is usually the difference of those whose works are worth remembering and those we forget about daily.
So that, to me, is most important aspect of the creative. Constantly rekindling passion and the need to add perfection in all we create. If we can do that and truly be satisfied with all that we do, maybe that is the true nature of success. If not, carry on I say. Carry on

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Second Story Reviewed on Creepy Pasta!

I love it when history repeats itself in a positive way. I had my second short story reviewed on 'Creepy Pasta' and needless to say I am elated! Within two days I've had almost 900 views and there's no sign of them slowing down. To me, it's just another example of the journey of being a horror writer coming to fruition. So, to all of you following a similar path, the best advice I can give you is to just keep on with what you're doing and things will work themselves out, no matter the time it takes

Friday, March 18, 2016

Best Horror Film of 2016, thus far

I recently had the privilege of watching what I feel is the best Horror film of 2016, so far. 'The Witch' had cinematography that reminded me of past horror classics and was also based loosely on many of the mythologies surrounding historical witchcraft. From the beginning of the film to its climax ending, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It was quite refreshing to myself, especially, when considering that horror is a genre that is best considered an obscure cliche today. I'm happy to say there is still hope for the future of it