Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Venice in December!

The travel bug has bitten me yet again. On December 13th I will make my way to the historic city of Venice where, hopefully I can see some semblances of Ancient Rome as I not as interested in the renaissance as I should be. With any luck, I'll be able to give praise to any remaining statues of Juno(The Roman Equivalent of my Beloved Hera) aside from enjoying the usual food and wine. I consider myself rather fortunate to have and keep having these especially amazing experiences and look forward to having as many of them as chance will allow.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lack of Strictures

Anyone who knows anything about our craft should know that certain writers have a different emphasis on what they consider priority. For instance, I don't consider it an emergency if punctuation takes a backseat to imagination. And believe me, I have been more than criticized for that prerogative. When one takes a close look at those who adhere to such strictures, you'll find their work to be lacking in the interest department. Honestly, I find most of them so redundant, I can barely stomach them. They seem to be focused on the attempt to impress readers with supposed sophistication but usually fail to do so. And most of them, fortunately for me, usually partake in genres outside of Horror. I feel it is the most important priority to command attention and, again most rewarding to me, depravity and imagination go hand in hand in doing so. Rigid conduct can be beneficial in other fields, but for writers it is most limiting.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 almost finished!

Well, the end of 2017 is just right around the corner. I felt this year was very productive. I started the year off working on my second novella 'Further Passage (Into Hell)', then wound up working on and completing my third one 'The Honors Amongst Vermin'. Now that the year is coming to a close, I'm working on part two of my dark fantasy series 'The Goblin Tale'. When I consider that I had virtually no cases of writers block all year round and I went to the beautiful and magical ruins of Olympia,Greece as well, I truly have no complaints about 2017 at all. Not to mention that this particular blog has now surpassed 20,000 views and more of my material has been viewed on sites such as Linkedin and Creepy Pasta, I feel that the sky is the limit. One thing is for sure, time passes by extremely quickly. This year amazed me with the speed of its passing. I literally blinked my proverbial eyes and it is now just about finished. As always, I can only hope that next year is just as, if not more, positive and productive.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1/2 of the 'The Goblin Tale' part 2 complete

2017 has been a busy year indeed for me as for writing. I completed two novella's(Further Passage, Honors Amongst Vermin), took a lovely trip to to Greece, and started the second part of my Dark Fantasy series 'The Goblin Tale'. The story, like so many of my others, has assumed a life of it's own and I'm very pleased to say that I've finished roughly about half of it. The direction of the story is very interesting as I had no idea the amount of twists and turns it would be taking. New characters as well have added to the narrative as well as enhancements of characters passed. Again, I'm very pleased with this story and that, I feel, is a major proponent of the writing process. One must always enjoy what one writes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

why I usually loathe diluting genres

Recently I went to the movies which was something I had not done in quite some time. The movie that I saw was a remake of a horror classic that I had never seen, yet by the time the film had ended I could understand why I had earlier avoided the original. Though I did not hate the film, it did remind me that I usually detest when the mixing of genre's occurs. Only a few times I have found this acceptable; for instance the story of 'Dracula' is, in essence, a Gothic love story. The later writings of H.P. Lovecraft are a splendid mix of horror and science-fiction, and even the great Edgar Allen Poe wrote what is probably the very first detective story. But, I found the particular work of the writer responsible for the film, as well as many of his earlier works, to be anything other than horror even though he has fancied himself under the horror banner his whole career. Many contemporary authors have indeed done the same. One thing is for certain, I feel that if you have a pull towards specific genre's, you should stick to labeling your works as such. If you are truly a horror writer, your passion should solely be on HORROR!! To deny horror it's purity indeed does the most magnificent genre a sad disservice.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

How exciting! My favorite holiday is, once again, right around the corner! This year, so far, I have no immediate plans as to what I'm going to do for it but, if nothing else, it will be a perfect excuse to indulge in a marathon of horror movies! While I'm passing on the route most people take and refusing to decorate my house in festive attire, I'm keeping my love for the holiday alive by continuously staying active working on 'The Goblin Tale Part 2: A Rebellion in Fairyland'. The story is now 1/4th of the way done and I'm hoping it will be completed early next year.
Once again, I am thoroughly disappointed by a seemingly lack of new and high-quality horror movies for the month of October. The only ones that Hollywood seems to pay any attention to are either remakes or franchise regurgitation. Such a shallow approach is, by my standards, rather shameful indeed. If things keep up this way, I wonder what the future for the Horror genre will be. Such a sad fact makes my appreciation for the beloved classics even more astute!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Greece was awesome!!

I must say, though I regret it was a rather short trip, that my Greece trip was insanely satisfying. If I had only one word to describe it, it would have to be: Smooth. From getting off the plane and finding which bus to take to get to Olympia(where I stayed the whole time I was there), to the Hotels I stayed in(I had not made a previous reservation), to the restaurants and, finally, to the ancient attractions; it was outstanding! The Temple of Hera itself was worth the whole trip as I've never visited anywhere else in the world that had the same level of mystical sway on me. The museums were also fascinating as I learned facts especially from the Olympics that can considered most brutal indeed. The food was as good as anywhere in the world, though I'll admit I basically stuck to indulging in street foods, like Gyros and Souvlaki. Greek wine was a tad bit stronger than what I'm used to but it was so delicious it's actually difficult to describe.
It was also an extremely inexpensive trip, I spent $360.00 the whole time I was there. All in all, I have absolutely no regrets and would implore anyone interested in History, Mythology, and especially food and wine to give it a try.