Monthly Archives: August 2012

#FridaySnippets 3 – More “Bodies”
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I woke up this morning with “Bodies” in my head (see #FridaySnippets 1 – “Bodies”) so I poured some coffee and let my brain spill for a while. Here’s a little of that brain-spill (unedited first rough): What was he going to do when he ran out of space? Clyde had no desire to dig where he already had. Sure, there would be nothing left but bones by the time he ran out of new spots, but who wants to dig through that? Especially when he would have to dig deeper to make sure they stayed where they were put. That was it. He would have to start digging deeper. Another thing that worried him was the chance of somebody finding the bodies before he did. Nobody came that far into the property earlier than sunrise, and he was always awake and out on the porch by then. But what if? There was a gate at the end of his drive, but it was more for looks than to keep anyone out. Closing it only kept polite … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 3 – On the road again!
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It’s been one of those weeks where I have been busier than usual but with less time to work. It’s a bit difficult to type while blazing down the highway at 120 70mph! I was able to get a few things done on “Boots”. I’ve re-arranged two chapters and almost tapped out another two, at least in structure. Nothing but a bunch of notes and ideas for my non-fiction works this week. Being on the road was good for the project though, since much of it is based on my own observations of everyday life. (omitting the obvious jokes about all the interesting people you can meet while on the road.) That’s about it. A great week for face-to-face “research” with a little less desk work completed. Hopefully I’ll catch up on that part by next week’s #ThursdayWriteUp. What was your week like? Let me know in the comment section below and, if you’re on Twitter, every week at the #ThursdayWriteUp. I’d love to hear from you! Have a great week and thanks for spending time with … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippet 2 – Coming from Bliss – Charity
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This week’s snippet comes from one of my current non-fiction WIP, “Coming from Bliss”. It’s from the chapter “Charity” that originally started as a short essay that I wrote a while back. I finished the essay and went about my business. By the time I went back to read it again I knew there was more. At some point I just found myself typing like crazy. Here it is, enjoy! When you’re out and about during the holiday season, do you drop a few coins, or maybe more into the bell ringers charity bucket? Do you hand the person at the end of the freeway off-ramp a buck or two? Buy candy bars from the neighbors kid to help them pay for field trips? You might be one who will faithfully send that check when your favorite 501(c)(3) sends you a post card. Or… maybe you’re one who believes that charity only breeds dependency. A firm believer in the “Teach a man to fish…” school of thought. The question that brings to my mind is: Are any … Continue reading

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Time Sanding Still (no, it’s not spelled wrong)
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Okay, so I just finished my #ThursdayWriteUp post a little while ago (If you don’t know what that is look to the right and click on that section!). Then I sat back down to work on my #FridaySnippets post and – you’re not going to believe this – my mind began to wander. I guess I wasn’t done with my write- up for today because that’s what I was thinking about. Call it “post-post jitters” or (and more likely) procrastination. Either way works and I’m not too upset about it because it’s only given me something new to write about. It’s not really the post itself I was thinking about, something that I included as one of my distractions this week. I’ve changed my mind. I’m not so sure it can be labeled a distraction, at least not to the negative. While I was working on building new living room furniture this week I had a few “moments”. No, I didn’t break down and cry or freak out and throw tools all over the yard. Quite the … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 2 – Kindle-ing wood be my excuse
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The clouds have retreated and the temperature’s dropped a bit. It’s that beautiful time of year when I get to switch the thermostat to “off” and have all the windows open by sunrise. Perfect weather for getting things done, and I’m not one to ignore that opportunity. I’ve had an enormously productive week! Well, sort of. I’ll go straight to word count: Um… a few. Somewhere between 2-3,000 (productive) words. As we all know, in reality, we actually tap out more than our final word count by the end of it all. (TypeTypeType – Highlight – DELETE!) That said, I didn’t actually do much deleting this week. My “tap count” was really that low. Why? Part of it can be blamed on the beautiful weather – perfect for home improvement type projects like this: The rest I will shamelessly blame on three new things I purchased this week: Pressfield’s “the War of Art”, Clare Davidson’s “Trinity” and my new Kindle (Yes, I finally joined the modern age this last weekend.) Yep. I’ve been reading more than writing … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 1 – “Bodies”
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For my first “official” #FridaySnippets snippet I’m posting the first brain-spill of a new idea. So far I see it as, most likely, a short story when I’m through with it but we all know how these things sometimes turn out. 😉 Okay, enough “blah blah blah”. Here’s what I am calling, for now, “Bodies”: Clyde sat on his front porch with his legs crossed and lit his first cigarette of the day. It was such a beautiful place to live. The hills, the trees, the wildlife and a little creek running through the middle of it all. Paradise. Except for the bodies. Not every morning, but definitely most mornings he would wake up and they were there. Sometimes they were just lying there as if they were asleep. That wasn’t so bad. No mess to clean up. Just carry the body away to dispose of it. It was much less fun when he had to look around for body parts and pull the hose around to wash down the “dump site”. That was what they called … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 1 – Here goes nuttin’!
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It’s that time again! Okay, the truth? This is my first time. Yep. I’ve not posted my weekly writing progress on my blog before. Not as a regular practice anyway. “So why the sudden urge to start a new habit?” Well, I was taking my usual 5 hour minute break on Twitter yesterday and got to thinking about what I was going to post for my #FridaySnippets (you’ll have to wait ’til Friday to find out) and I thought “Hey! I wonder if there’s anything out there in the writing community for Thursdays”. So I asked. Clare Davidson (@ClareMDavidson) answered the tweet and we found that we knew of nothing directly. I sat here scratching my head. Then brilliance struck! Not my brilliance, of course. This is not a work of fiction. It was the brilliance of Clare Davidson in the form of her next tweet: “@GRBliss Or better still, start something off like @cscruttwell and I did with #sentenceaday“ GENIUS! Long story short: We tossed around a few hashtags and decided on #ThursdayWriteUp to use as a … Continue reading

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Art Begets Art
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It seems that we writer types, as well as other artists, are always addressing creative inspiration issues. Most common, from what I’ve seen, are writer’s block, distractions (other projects, kids, pets, telemarketers…) and scheduling conflicts. But what about our “other creative self”? Take a look at a few writer’s profiles. This will most likely work with other types, but we’ll stick to writers for this example. Done? Great! Did you happen to notice that most, if not all, mentioned an artistic ability/commitment/interest other than writing? If your answer is “no”, then I know that you didn’t actually check. If you looked at my Twitter profile you read: “Writer, philosopher, entertainer, motorcycle/hot rod surgeon, professional coffee drinker and all-around nice guy.” Now, in my opinion, all but one would be considered creative talents/interests (yes, I consider “being a nice guy” a creative talent at times. Wouldn’t you agree?). To add to that list, I also paint (oils), dabble in photography, re-engineer anything I can take apart, cook with a wild imagination and cut/chip/shave/join/turn wood into furniture and artistic … Continue reading

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