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Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Today’s post will be about depressing songs, which furthers none of my writing goals.  That’s just how I roll. I started thinking of website popularity again. Specifically my website.  What makes a website really popular?  Well, to be popular you have to have lots of viewers.  Imagine the irony.  But, how should I achieve this?  Several possibilities and ideas quickly came to mind.  For example, you can do something tremendously controversial, like posting photos showing Mother Theresa beating poor children in Calcutta, but as I happen to admire the spunky little nun who spent her life working with the disadvantaged, and would rather not be lumped in...

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Viability

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Blog, writing | 1 comment

Viability

I want to get some thoughts down about my experiences during the past week before they begin to fade too much. I posted for friends and family on Facebook, so I’ll pull some of my words from those daily missives. I arrived on Saturday evening after swinging through New Jersey to pick up Elsa, another attendee. Ten hours of driving left me tired, and when the staff suggested we all stop by, I probably should have put that off. I needed some time and space to unpack and unwind. Still, I went upstairs and immersed myself in a room of strangers, many of whom already knew each other. Worst possible situation for an exhausted introvert, I felt unsure and off balance the...

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The Doldrums

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

The Doldrums

The doldrums is an old nautical term for an area of the ocean where the breezes don’t blow as steadily or regularly, and storms can spring up unexpectedly. When you get there, you get stuck. It’s unpredictable, and thus sailors would prefer to avoid such areas. Doldrums has also come to mean a periodic downturn in one’s life. I’m experiencing the doldrums right now in a big, big way. First, I lost out at a job change at work. I was very excited about the opportunity and I felt it was an amazing fit for my skills. I’d have a chance to move away from the technical side of computer repairs and focus more on customer service, and that had its...

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Novel Writing 104

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Novel Writing 104

It’s been a while since I reflected on this work. Sometime in July I got pulled away from the efforts on the new novel. You see, I’ve had this lovely idea for an alternate world retelling of WWI, with magic nations versus technology nations. I spent some time focusing on that, but the progress there remained woefully stuck. I’m torn between wanting to focus on a single character to build a stronger emotional connection with, and the desire of the novel to want to be from multiple viewpoints. I keep kicking around how to do both. I’ll return to it eventually. Maybe a series of novels, each focusing on another character and aspect of the war? Maybe...

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Rejection

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Rejection

There are lots of different kinds of rejection letters you can receive as an author. The most common is the very impersonal form letter. The form letter always thanks you for your submission, then quickly proceeds to inform you that your story or novel “was not right for them at this time.” Fair enough. Is there a better time in the future? Say, 4:00 PM on a Friday when you’ve gotten half hammered already and your barriers are lowered? In all honesty, I find these letters inoffensive and unobjectionable. Writing and publishing is a business, and it’s nothing more than a business letter. Water off the back and all that. Then there is the much more...

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Summer’s End

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Summer’s End

August is drawing to a rapid close. Hopefully this week won’t drag too badly, I’m looking forward to a three-day weekend (despite the forecast for rain off and on all weekend). But it seems a good time to pass along a few thoughts on random, seemingly unrelated topics. Game of Thrones – I’ve been hearing a lot of pain surrounding this seventh season. The comments seem to center on the writing not being as crisp, the characters not as true to their nature, and some other niggling complaints. Personally, I thought it was fine, though not up to par with season six and its episodes “The Door” and “Battle of the Bastards.” But,...

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Charlottesville

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Charlottesville

I generally keep my post topics focused on writing, book reviews, or personal things. Occasionally I foray into politics, and I make no bones about the fact that I’m a liberal. But, after many days of reflection, I feel like so many there are things I need to say about the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. The roots of Charlottesville did not begin with the decision in the past few weeks and months to remove some of these confederate monuments. Nor did it begin during the 2016 Presidential campaign that culminated in the election of Trump. These roots are much deeper, much more pernicious, stretching back 150 years to the end of the Civil War. There is a...

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#PitchWars Professional

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

#PitchWars Professional

EDIT: apparently the perpetrator of the email shaming came forward, apologized profusely, and all has been forgiven. Good for them for doing the truly hard thing and admitting their mistakes, owning up to it. That bodes very well for their future as a human being. I’m going to delete the tweet which this post spawned, but I’m leaving the post as a reminder to others AND to myself that patience is important in this industry, especially when you’re first starting out.   Professional is an interesting word. Derived from Middle English, profes, which is to vow. Which, itself, is derived from the Latin, professionem, a public declaration. Literally the...

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Mooching the Pitch

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Mooching the Pitch

Before I get too deep into this post, I’d like to give a shout out to Anthony “The Mooch” “Joffrey Baratheon” Scaramucci. The man really does define the term “douche bag” in ways that the 80’s would be proud off, from the expensive haircut, the million dollar dental work, the frat-boy asshat entitled attitude, all the way down to his greasy, black, hedge-fund-manager-ripping-off-retirees-and-the-poor greedy black soul. He sold his company for a job he didn’t get, then got a second opportunity at the job and left his wife for it, failed to show up for the birth of his child because he was too busy having dinner with...

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Serendipity

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Serendipity

Not being a religious man, I do not believe in the hand of gods and goddesses who organize our lives. I do not believe in fate or destiny. I will never say that I was meant to do something, or that some higher power has guided me to where I am. However, once in a while life offers you a strange juxtaposition of events that leaves you smiling at the level of improbability needed to accomplish such a feat. But, always remember: no matter how improbable an event, there is always left a finite level of probability, no matter how small. How did Spock put it? “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”In other...

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