Monthly Archives: October 2012

#FridaySnippets 9 – “Good Samaritans”
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I was going to post a snippet from “Boots” this morning until I realized that I had poured my coffee, turned on my laptop and gone to full-screen mode with terrible thoughts in my head. I have no idea what I will do with this little flash, if anything, but it was fun to write! FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft – fingers flying over the keyboard with reckless abandon (before any edits or corrections) – so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 There wasn’t much food left but it didn’t matter at the moment. Brendan wasn’t feeling too hungry at this point. It was colder today. Not much, but enough to make him realize he would have to find a way to keep the weather outside where it belonged. If he could build a fire there was a chance he wouldn’t freeze to death by the time winter set in. Yeah, that would keep the frigid air at bay, but would also create a beautiful flicker of light and trail of … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 10 – A little bit of everything
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This week’s been, at best, a semi-productive week for my writing WIP’s. I’ve done some character building for “Bodies” and spent a few hours (total) working on the maps for the story. With the new characters I realized that the old maps didn’t work too well, so I broke out the heavy equipment and moved some roads and relocated a few folks. Boots received some attention this week in bits and pieces. No new chapters or full scenes, but quite a few little snippets tacked on to unfinished parts with a few prospective scenes thrown in. I expect to dedicate at least one full day, if not more, to this project over the next week. I would have liked to have a higher word count for the week but I’ve already found a bit of inspiration with the new landscape. To put it simply – If I take the time to transfer what’s bouncing around in my head into words over the next week, I could bring my average weekly word count on this project to a … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Josh Doyle – New album release!
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ALERT: SOLARSTORMS IS COMING! “Um…Mr. Bliss, shouldn’t that be ‘Solar storms ARE coming’?” Nope! No impending black-outs or fried astronauts (really?). But, in my opinion, its perfectly safe to assume that what I’m referring to will have a global impact on electronic devices, atmospheric conditions and the number of people suffering from Beltitinauto disorder (uncontrollable “car singing”). And it’s all Josh Doyle’s fault. You see, a few weeks ago I entered a contest to win an autographed copy of his upcoming CD… and I won! So, after listening to all the songs a few (bazillion) times, I decided I would make my return to music reviews with my take on the CD. Interested? Well, GREAT! Here ya go: Tomorrow (Tues, Oct. 23 2012) is when Josh Doyle releases his self titled CD which includes the recently released single “Solarstorms” – a track that’s as powerful and awe-inspiring as it’s namesake. The rest of the tracks on this CD are as impressive and refreshingly diverse. Though the overall feel of the CD is somewhere around alternative rock/Americana, it’s … Continue reading

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A Writer Is Born!
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Today, I’m beaming with pride folks! No, I didn’t get a $64,000,000.00 book deal. Heck, I haven’t even finished the first draft on my current WIP. And I’m not pregnant (though, if I were, I’d probably be worth more than $64,000,000.00 soon enough). What I’m proud of today has very little to do with me, except for the fact that I may have had a hand in delivering a newborn today. One that will most likely go on to finish their first draft and get that $64,000,000.00 book deal! Not a “BABY” newborn. A newborn writer! *smiling and patiently waiting for the applause to cease* Just to be clear, all I did was poke them with a stick until they bled words offer gentle encouragement and a little humble advice to someone after they had expressed an interest in writing. But still, I’m excited! That’s one less person in the world that will think I’m a complete lunatic just because I never go anywhere without a pen and pad of paper. Enough of my ramblings. The real … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 8 – “Transits” (a side project)
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This week’s #FridaySnippets is from one of my secondary projects. The working title is “Transits” but will likely change as I get closer to the final draft. This scene is a bit into the story so giving you a smidge of setup might not be a bad thing. On second thought, I think I’ll let it stand alone for now. I don’t want to spoil the beginning for you, do I? 😉 FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft – fingers flying over the keyboard with reckless abandon (before any edits or corrections) – so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 After a few hours, the space in the back of the box truck seemed to lessen and conversation was nothing but a memory. Most of the men were in some state of meditation while others – the lucky ones – had actually fallen asleep. The truck’s engine suddenly slowed as one of the men in the cab pounded three times on the window that separated the two groups. As the echo of … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 9 – Shhh… It’s a secret!
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WOW! What a productive and creative week! “Yeah? SWEET! What’s your phenomenal word count?” You ask? Somewhere between one and two thousand. I know, not too impressive for a full-time writer. Especially for one that just took a week or two off! Well, after the time off (and then my frantic effort to get back to the grind) I’ve finally made it back to my normal level of productivity. In last week’s #ThursdayWriteUp I mentioned that I had started a new project that I was keeping secret for now. To clear things up, there are actually a few small projects and a couple of big ones. Of those, only a couple are slotted to become books. The others? Um… if I told you they wouldn’t be secret, would they? Suffice it to say that I’ve reevaluated my current efforts and have decided to revive some of my recently neglected skills, talents and passions to inspire and support my work. If you know me personally, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what I’m getting into here. … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 7 – “Bodies” (Clyde’s neighbors)
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This week’s snippet is from “Bodies”. For the moment, this is the scene that introduces both characters involved. I’ve got a few other ideas bouncing around in my head for them, so I may change their entrance (at least for one of them) to an earlier point in the story. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “Well Richard, why don’t you just go ask him?” “And just what do you suggest I say to him when I show up out of the blue with no real reason to be there? Besides, he keeps his gate locked all the time now.” Jane dropped 3 cubes of sugar, one at a time, in her tea-cup. “Does it really matter what you say? I mean, we’re neighbors! What’s wrong with a neighbor popping in to visit?” “Should I take him some brownies or maybe a pie?” “Oh, just stop it Richard! Why do you always have to be like that?” “You know Jane, … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 8 – I’m back!
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I almost skipped my #ThursdayWriteUp two weeks ago because I had spent much of the week on things other than writing. I did spend some of that time writing, but mostly things other than my “official” projects. A little poetry, a few songs and some less than creative but necessary scribbling and figuring to keep my life in balance outside of the artistic realm. So what happened to last week’s #ThursdayWriteUp? Well, during my little break I spent some time thinking about my normal writing schedule and realized that most of the things that were distracting me were not things like finances, yard work, home repairs or the desire to take some “me time”. Care to take a guess what took first place in that contest? Time’s up. And the winner is: My writing schedule. Okay, probably not the schedule itself, but that it was a little vague and lacked structure where priority and limits were concerned. I’m still working on it but, to give you an idea of how it’s worked for me that last couple … Continue reading

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