Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 in retrospect

2016 was definitely a busy year for me. But, as far as my writing goes, I didn't complete my fullest aspirations though I was able to complete yet another novel. I worked two jobs for the majority of this year, visited another country(that's always fun), had a blast on Halloween, and wrote a ton of articles for the website Uncharted 101.com. I spent a lot of time discovering new music on Youtube and watching a ton of old horror movies. I guess you can say that even though I really didn't get exactly to where I wanted to be, I still made a degree of progress and that's where my opinion of 2016 stands. It was a progressive year. I guess when your entranced by ambition, as I am, a progressive year is a most positive one.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Back to my roots

On a few of my last competed works, I've tested the waters with experimenting outside of my chosen genre.  While the results I produced were no less than stellar to my standards, the time has come to return once again to the root of all my passion. Namely, pure horror.
It has been almost two months since I completed my fourth novel, 'The Goblin Tale', and like a cyclical pattern I find the same familiar images of creation flooding my mind. The next story I have in my mind revolves around a magical ritual that several magus of old, including the great Aleister Crowley, attempted to replicate. I must admit that my interests, especially when I get into creation mode, can be quite whimsical, but the ones that linger are usually the ones I work with. And with that in mind, I feel it time to gather all elements useful to me in my processes and begin....

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Remind thyself daily

Marc Jasin, the CEO and founder of Uncharted101.com, had an interesting project for me to do the other day. He wanted me to research and create an article regarding some peculiar numerical patterns around the vicinity of Palm Springs(a place I've never been to, by the way). Knowing that he's probably been the nicest and most cordial writing boss I've ever had in my life, I went for it not knowing just how much research would be involved. I tell ya, a whole weeks worth was still probably not enough. But, before my self-imposed deadline was up, I was finished with it.
It was a lesson for me, not just involving the material I studied which, of course, was extremely interesting. But, of will and having to deal with what seemed like non-stop obstacles and frustration. Maybe that, more than anything, is the secret to life. I've been writing now for the vast majority of my life. I couldn't imagine my life without it. But, dealing with the ever-present array of obstacles within the writing world, the seemingly negative framework of the majority of people's minds, and every sort of unpredictability of life itself, you start to wonder about things.
I guess I have to remind myself that the key to life is simply to never give up. Everything else is simply elementary. Unless, you consider the time it takes to accomplish your standard of 'deemed' success. Forever then might be an understatement.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hardly any Horror Movies this month!

I disappointingly have noticed that this month, the spookiest month all year long, has a terrible shortage of Horror movies both in the movie theaters and on specialty channels, such as Netflix. What the reasons are for the shortage is truly beyond me, in truth the whole situation is just as much an annoyance as it is a disappointment. For Horror fanatics like myself, this is the one time of the year we look forward to simply for a new crock of scary material to experience. When our options are either regurgitated films or themes that have absolutely nothing to do with horror at all, words cannot express the disenfranchisement we can definitely feel. Don't get me wrong, most of the older horror films are my favorites yet this year the holiday of Halloween seems to be completely ignored. I guess such a situation gives credit to the age old saying "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself!"

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Happy Halloween, Once Again!

I so very eagerly welcome the coming of the month of October. Honestly, it's probably my favorite month all year long, and with it comes what I consider a marathon of Horror movies, Occult documentaries, Venturing out to strange graveyards, and everything in between until the ultimate climax comes with the onset of Halloween! I can sincerely say that no other month has such an aura of magic nor the propensity of fun within it, it's not even close! And though I've probably stated this several times, the witchy traditions of Halloween are what I generally pay attention to. Oh how would I love to have this day be everyday, once and for all!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

"The Goblin Tale" Finally Complete!

After nearly a whole year of working and writing, I have the pleasure of acknowledging that the first story of my Dark Fantasy series "A Goblins Tale" is now complete. As with each story I have ever written, this one was, yet again, a testament of will. I don't know how many times some trivial event got in the way of my progress or how many times I considered changing the theme of my work. Yet, for all faults and purposes, passion always prevailed and I would always find myself alone at my writing desk with nothing but the images provided to me by the other side for guidance.Even though this particular chapter of the series is over, I remind myself daily that there is at least two more novels worth of material that still needs to be written and the truth is, I really don't know how long such an endeavor will take. Does it even matter?
When all is said and done, I can honestly say that I am overall pleased with the direction the story took. As with every one of my others, it clasped its own destiny and I felt like I was simply holding my pen to paper as the driving force behind my stories possessed its own narrative. An extension of my stories 'The Chalice' And 'To the Victor the Spoils', to say that I am excited of what the second chapter holds of this deranged yet fantastical tale is a definite understatement!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Praises for the Coming of AUTUMN!!

Even though this year has been so unbelievably busy for me, I like to take time to reflect on the current season. Autumn holds within it a very special place in my heart. I can't explain it, yet I find it so magical and appealing to every aspect of imagination. The changing of colors and climate, not to mention to coming of my most adored holiday:Halloween. The mere thought of it conjures up fascinating imagery of Demons, Witches, Jack-o-lanterns, and the Devil. It's around this time of the year that I indulge myself in nonstop marathons of Horror movies(Mostly Occult ones from the 1970's), drink whole rivers of wine, and read about obscure rituals and rites from across the globe. Thank the Gods for such a time, for life would be so monotonous without it!!