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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Again! A new story to be made!

It's only been two weeks and six days since I completed my last project and again the call of passion prevails! Though I don't have a complete outline on the work at hand (I seldom ever do) the familiar imagery again is filling my mind and that can only mean one thing. With every project completed, I always seem to find myself weary of running out of ideas and every single time I do that, the other side follows through once more. This particular work is going to follow the close correlation between mercy and death and treachery of the human heart. I'm thinking of calling it "Angel of Mercy, Servant of Death".

Monday, March 12, 2018

New Story Finally Completed!!

I'm so ecstatic to announce that after one month, one week, and one day I have completed my 32nd short story 'The Book of Shadows'! Just like every other of my other stories, this one also basically wrote itself. The themes of this story took on many different paths as did the timeline I gave myself to complete it. When all is said and done, I can honestly say that, once again, it's a story that went far beyond my expectations. I can also appreciate the degree of enjoyment I felt while writing it. Now, of course, comes the question that always seems to follow me whenever I complete a project and just like every time prior to this I don't know if I can answer it at the moment "What now?"

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Progressing on new story!

It's only been a few weeks since I started my new story 'The Book of Shadows' and I am so ecstatic with the progress I've made. Just like all the others, this story has grasped me by my short hairs and forced it's will upon me. I've made so much progress with it, that it's probably only going to be a few more weeks until I'm finished with it. The last six years have been extremely progressive for me! I've completed five short stories, three novellas, three novels, and two parts of a dark fantasy series. When your busy, time seems to fly by and that statement is especially true for writers!