Monday, December 2, 2013
Forgive the delay, but I've been keeping myself beyond busy lately. My second novel, though it is coming along rather nicely, is definitely taking longer than I would care to admit. And then I have had a constant torrent of family issues to deal with, none of which are even worth explaining. A wise person once said 'This too shall pass' and I know that the way things are, while in no way much of an emergency, are not going to last forever. My saving grace is my ability to consistently remain focused on my goals. The importance of them and the elation I'm going to feel when they are completed.
Monday, November 11, 2013
As usual, I have been spending the majority of my time working on my second novel. Unlike the first, when I virtually had no writer's block in the process, This novel has carried with it it's own unique series of obstacles and interruptions. From family issues and the usual tribulations of life, I find myself spending more and more time adding to the development of the plot, not that such a thing is necessarily bad. The one saving grace for this particular series of issues is one that many writers would agree can be a lifesaver. Wine. It doesn't have the same detrimental effects that other forms of alcohol(beer, liquor) possess. And, no matter what's going on, when I drink wine and I'm close to paper, the words flow out of me like magic. I also find it fascinating how in tune with the story line everything is. New twists and turn I hadn't even previously thought about reveal themselves in ways that are just amazing. Because I have several other endeavors going on at the same time, I have pushed my deadline for the second novel a few months. And as far as I know, it could definitely take longer. But, for now, at least I know that it WILL be finished. Now I understand why Galileo once referred to wine as the 'Nectar of the Gods'.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Once again the time has come for my all time favorite holiday. I simply love Halloween. Perhaps the reasons for me are definitely different than for others as I appreciate the historical aspects of the holiday. You see, for me, trick or treating and playing dress up for no particular reason are a bit tawdry to say the least. I like to contemplate that this magical night is the time where spirits of the long passed receive the chance once again to walk upon the Earth. Even if such a concept is flawed, I do find it overwhelmingly interesting. And, when my time comes to partake in the afterlife, I can hope that for one night a year I get to haunt everyone and anyone.
Monday, October 21, 2013
In the publishing world, just like any other, there exists some painful realities. The one reality that every writer must come to terms with is the subject of what I refer to as white collar plagiarism. This is what happens when budding writers mistakenly send out portions or full manuscripts of their work to well established publishing firms without having the rights to their work copyrighted. So essentially what happens is the firm blatantly steals the work and gives the credit to some low-achieving hack writer they, themselves, have made the mistake of trying to promote. Being fortunate enough that this scenario has never crossed my path, I have heard several horrible experiences of other would-be writers who weren't so lucky. Legally, there really isn't anything the would-be writer can do to ensure those responsible can be held accountable if the proper steps are not taken before hand. Namely, getting all of one's work copyrighted. Whenever you complete a masterpiece, you want to make sure YOU are the one getting the credit and all of the benefits that come with that. So, with that in mind, before you show your work to anyone, even certain family members and friends, make sure all copyrights belong to you!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
My new novel, though not as far along as I would have it by now, is coming to fruition rather nicely. As usual, as soon as I put my pen to paper the magical creative process follows through. I do become impatient at times because, like others, I, myself, would like to know how the story is developing. But, when all is said and done, I'm pretty sure I will have another masterpiece on my hands. I'm giving myself a deadline of five months to the day to finish, that's two months longer than my last novel took to complete. I want this novel to be a tad longer than my first one. And, who knows? If I have the same sort of positive experience with this one as I had with my first one, which seems to be the case right now, there may in fact be a third one. But, I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Recently I was able to visit Yosemite National Park, located in California. As luck would have it, It was only one day after my visit of it that Government shutdown forced the park to close. I must say, I had more than a good time as a result of going there. The views were spectacular. While I didn't do as much hiking as I wanted to, It was still surreal. I also stayed in a rented cabin about ten miles out of Yosemite that was more like a mansion-style townhouse than it was a cabin. Complete with hot-tub, cable-t.v, and views beautiful enough to rival Yosemite. Yeah, you could say that I had a wonderful time.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The beginning of the year brought with it my first attempt at a novel. I must say, the whole experience associated with it was nothing less than positive. That being said, I'm going to attempt to have lightning strike twice and start working on a new one. This particular story is going to include themes once foreign to yours truly. I'm actually going to use the concept of love as it has been used before in several Gothic tales. Elements of pain, loss, and deals with supernatural beings are but a taste of the story line that I'm currently developing. With any luck, this novel should be completed within the same time frame as my first one was.