Friday, June 29, 2018

Goals for new story

One of the main goals that I'm working towards for my new tale is to change the perception in regards to actual 'Hauntings'. The superficial views in regards to the subject usually revolve around seeing transparent figures, Poltergeist activity, maybe even  hearing phantom voices and footsteps. While such views definitely deserve recognition, I want to show that a negative entity can affect lives in other ways as well. Tragedy, grief, loss, relationship problems, financial disasters, and health issues can also be attributed and there have been several instances where people residing in disturbed properties have reported going through them. With that angle, when considering the paranormal, concerns should be broadened.
I also want a clear juxtaposition between the differences of a house that is disturbed by 'Ghosts' and one that is disturbed by an Entity. Ghosts are the remaining energies of dead people, they can longer interact with the living, make cognizant decisions and so forth. An Entity is not what I'd consider Human, therefore they are not limited by human capabilities. Their abilities go much further beyond explanation.

Monday, June 18, 2018

How to measure progress?

I find it sometimes strange when I consider what most people recognize as progress. I mean, I personally have had fits of writers block that could last months. So, that being said, if you are able to have a decent output of material over an acceptable time frame, I wouldn't consider it a bad thing. I recently read about a writer whose blocks were so severe that it literally took him over two decades to complete one particular novel. Considering the fact that I haven't even been writing that long, such a situation would have definitely affected me.
But, how long is such an acceptable period? When one decides what sort of tale their going to weave, be it a Novel, Novella, or short story, the best way I feel one can measure progress is how much work one spends on it daily. I feel, to truly consider yourself a writer, you have to spend at least two hours daily if not just writing, then also brainstorming , researching, and otherwise.
Like everything else in life, I believe that writing is most definitely something that you will get out of what you put into it.

Friday, June 1, 2018

New story to be based on actual Entity

In 1962 a man by the name of Joseph Morse bludgeoned his mother and invalid sister to death in a rural home in Chula Vista. In 1964, Raymond Goedecke jr killed both of his parents and siblings in a similar fashion in the same city. While these tragic slayings were
seemingly unrelated, a tiny bit of research would show that they happened on the same area where the house that I grew up in was built.
It's ironic that I usually take the instances 'Based on a true story' or 'Inspired by true events' with a grain of salt thanks to movies like 'The Amityville Horror' and others, I can honestly say(after years of downplaying it)that I grew up in a house that was possessed by an entity.
With that said, and all of the pain and tragedy that came with that kind of scenario, I'm finally ready to write a story based upon my experiences there. Of course there are going to be changes to names and circumstances but the overall concept will stay the same.
I'm calling this new tale 'Deimos Phobos' in homage to the Greek twin gods born of the war god Ares and Aphrodite and that those two represent everything I felt in my, and my families', thirty year time frame in that house.
'Fear' and 'Dread'.

Monday, May 21, 2018

'What Happens Now?!!'

It's only been a week and a day since I finished typing out my thirty-third short story 'An Angel of Mercy, A Servant of Death' and once again I can supremely attest to feelings of dread as I conjure up a solution to the inquiry 'What happens now?!'. I seem to always feel this way every single time I complete a work, no matter how epic it is to me. Quite possibly, I'll probably feel this way regardless of whatever 'success' I achieve in my life. Yet still, I have no regrets at all of the 18+ years I've spent writing. It has driven my life far beyond anything I could have imagined in my humble beginnings.
I truly wonder how many people actually carry with them even a remote sense of purpose, and when you consider that sad fact, you must wonder how many out there waste what would be genuine talent and potential because of a lack of direction.
Such thoughts find their way into my psyche quite often, because the truth really is that no one, regardless of their connections or their capabilities truly 'knows' if they are going to be able to fulfill their aspirations. All one can do is simply their best against all odds.
I've learned the benefits of persistence, focus, and determination through writing that I really don't feel any other endeavor would have bestowed upon me the same way. I've learned that passion is more valuable in achieving results than the limited views of critics and naysayers. And, most importantly, I've learned that if you are going to do anything other than for the sole purpose of individual expression, it's probably not going to be worth your efforts.
'If you set out to fail in life, your always going to have plenty of excuses to perpetuate and justify doing so'
'If you set out to succeed, the same rule applies.'
 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Finished my 33rd short story!

All praises to the Gods of Horror! I have completed my 33rd short story 'An Angel of Mercy, A Servant of Death' in a little over a month. This story dealt with the subjects of Death and it's relationship to both mercy and sadism. I tried to incorporate the notion that motive plays a very big role in the delivery of either. Like the rest of my stories, I made sure that it was extremely easy to follow even if it takes a few turns along the way. The signature violence and extremism apparent in all of my works were there, of course, as well as a sort of moral that I present in all of my short stories. With this work completed, I can honestly say that the last six years have been nothing less than amazing with the output I've produced. I'm definitely looking forward to an even more productive future!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Half Way Through New Story

I'm very happy to say that I'm basically half way through my new story 'An Angel of Mercy, A Servant of Death'. Just like every one of my others, this story has taken the reins and basically carved out it's own path. So far, I must say, 2018 has been a fantastic year for my writings. I started the year working on a project and who knew that two more short stories would follow? If things continue to stay on course, which I hope they do, I should have this story completed in roughly two to three weeks. Just like all my others, this one has had some strange twists and turns and plots that seem to just come out of nowhere. Where will the rest of the story wind up? I can't really say at this time, but writing it is a pleasure indeed!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The worst sin of them all: Plagiarism

Plagiarism! The mere pronunciation of the term carries with it connotations of nausea for me. If you ever fancy yourself a writer in any genre and you justify any attempt at such blasphemy you should hang your head in shame. Such a sad fact it is that so many would be creators actually find themselves doing that very act. Call me old fashioned if you will, but I believe once the moment comes that cannot produce your own material you should probably engage in other endeavors.
If you stop and think what such an abomination implies, it essentially is an outright admission that who ever it is whose work you are copying is superior to your own; and that is something I would never do not even for the literary masters of the classics that I grew up enjoying.
The mere character, or lack thereof, of any plagiarist is quite generic. Usually it is someone who spends more time touting their capabilities than they do producing anything of merit. When one cuts the many layers of superficial sacrilege from their personality what remains is, for the most part, laziness, a lack of imagination and keen mental fortitude, and generalized mediocrity.
For me, such a state of being should be avoided at all costs as should the terrible and unforgivable act of plagiarism in all of it's many forms.