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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Almost 4000 views on 'Creepy Pasta'!

I'm happy to say that I'm elated that my short story 'The Tale of the Torturer' has close to 4000 views on 'Creepy Pasta'. I'm also very excited that two other of my stories are going to be up for review as well. I'm always looking for other media to share my darkened dreams with the masses and am very grateful such a site exists. I think that is what makes today special for writers of every genre. There are several avenues online to reach an audience, something most of yesterday's writers had absolutely zero luck trying. That being said, I wonder if there are other sites that are similar out there

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pressing on, as usual

My time lately has been non-existent. Having taken on the ambitious endeavor of working two jobs and writing my new dark fantasy when time presents, I can honestly say I have a much deeper appreciation for rest, namely sleep. I can literally say I have worked the last month non-stop and still the passion remains. I believe that sometimes a writer must prove to themselves just how far they are willing to go to achieve their greatest aspirations, even if it means having no life outside of work and production. It always makes me remember something my first employer told me when it came to 'Getting Rich', as he would say. ' You go do what the other guy won't do'
Perhaps the same principle rings true with the creative world.
Since there are literally thousands of writers, and I don't know how many other artists of other trades, maybe the only way to get noticed outside of them all is to simply press on.
If, or if not the case, I don't see any other option presenting itself to me at the moment. And maybe that's a good thing

Monday, January 11, 2016

R.I.P David Bowie

I was deeply saddened by the news of the tragic passing of rock Icon David Bowie. I thought he was the ultimate trend setter in both music and stage performance of his era. As Ziggy Stardust he set the precedent for glam rock bands and to a degree, Hair bands as well. His crossover to films was exceptional too. I thought his portrayal of 'Labyrinth's' The Goblin King was ten times better than any Hollywood regular could achieve  and his delving into obscure subjects, such as the Occult was also a testament to his artistry. I grew up listening to him and will never forget all of his fantastic contributions to everything he was involved with. He truly had a golden touch

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Problem with 'Dreams'

'Dream'. The word itself con notates images of subconscious and non-attainable fantasies beyond all sense of imagination. I find it quite ironic that when people discuss the subjects of achieving goals, especially when they pertain to ones destiny, the very terminology they use can actually be counterproductive. Even though I more than understand that no ill will is meant when someone says to anyone that they should always strive to 'live their dreams', I honestly believe they should spend more time to decipher what it is they really mean. Specifics might be more along the lines of 'Strive to attain your highest aspirations'  or 'Achieve your most desirable potential' because I feel if your not totally specific, than anyone you might wish those positive influences on might waste more time 'chasing' the dream than actually living it. When you consider that a dream is little more than an uncontrollable series of visions one experiences when they submit to slumber, to wish someone a life revolving around the same dynamic leaves plenty to be desired.