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Nearly a year and what to show?

What the... A post? After all of this time he decided to brush off the dust and actually say something? Bet you thought this was another defunct blog, and so did I.

After a not-so brief hietus I'm starting to find my wings again. Been toying with ideas and a story tha's been nagging to be written. I've seen authors kick out work and read some wonderful stuff. Then I read a book Id been waiting several years for and walked away damned disappointed. Sorry Dean but Dead and Alive could have ended with an epic BANG! Love the story and the freaking cast but hoped for some serious ass kicking.

Why whine when I can get off my ass and start writing my own stuff again? That's what I should be doing, not leveling up my hunter in WOW (that's World of WarCrack according to my dearest buddies). So here I sit, stretchig my fingers and remembering what it was like to type freely, without the backlash of personal crap and the gray clouds pissing on my shoulders. Forgot the joy and wonder of it all. What an asshole, huh?

So this will be the start of my weekly reflection into what I'm doing and hopefully producing as a wannabe writer again. It would be easy to taper off but I gots me a new sweetie and she swore she'd be holding out on the loving if I didn't hit the keyboard and start back up. You've got to love a woman that supports you and knows exactly what vice to hold over your head for blackmail. She's WONDERFUL!!

I'm back with Haze, my Urban Fantasy deeply rooted in Chinese myth and legends. Lots to pull from. Gots a complicated cast and a pissed-off hero not ready to be one. Let's see what I can do with this.

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I Should Be Posting Something, Right?

So my steady decline into the new year has settled into a state of blah. I've got a handle on the basics (the kids, the finances, my emotionally-frayed nerves, etc.) but still can't quite get back into writing. Just about everytime I start to let out the Muse it hits a brick wall as thick and wide as the Grand Canyon is vast and deep. I've tried different ways at approaching my writing, when and where, what I'm writing about and reading yet still can't kick start it. I know it has to do with the day I discovered my soon-to-be ex's Other Man. Used to just piss me off to no end but no it just leaves an ugly taste in my mouth. Wish the Mike's Hard drinks could wash it clean.

So if I can't get back into full tilt I should at least journal to keep my fingers moving and my brain teasing. I have tampered with a couple of stories, some short and one novel I really need to write. I'm not letting go of that. Enjoyed the writing way too much to just drop it. Heres' hoping that I can quick start that love of the written word that made me throw aside my dignity and fear of rejection to allow my imagination to run wild on the page. Damn, it was fun! Miss that. Miss toying with ideas and characters, turning screws and seeing what they would do to surprise me. I'll find them again. And then I will make them suffer fo all they are worth. Bawahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Pretty sad, don't you think? Finding solace in a fictional characters misery. Where's my booze?

It's Been A While

Seems like forever since I posted something about writing, whether it be about someone else's or my current failings. Last year blew a hole in my enthusiasm and blasted my Muse clear into the next time zone. But it's a new year so I'm supposed to be putting aside all of those pesky anxieties and start fresh. Like flipping an invisible switch and voila! I'm back on track.

Ya, like it's that easy.

I'm trying to kick start things, reading different works in different genres and scribbling some mad notions. Less TV and more dreaming. That appears to be the biggest dillemma - lack of dreaming. I used to day dream like mad. Fell into wild thoughts and ideas without a net but my head keeps tightly wrapped around the bills, what I'm cooking for the kids tonight, where to budget the next check, and other mundane trappings. This will take some time but I'm riding it out. Love writing too much to let it go.

What Creature Of The Night Are You?




Okay, I stole borrowed this quiz from shartyrant  because it looked like fun. And guess what? It nailed me. Couldn't take a creature quiz and not come out a werewolf could I? (Note: Don't know the imbedded media hiccuped but it did. Sorry)


 

You are a vicious fighter and a vicious lover, absolutely dedicated to your pack. You are pushed to anger by disloyalty and injustice and have a tendency toward sudden, periodic bursts of wild behavior.

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So after a little more then a month of Internet Deprevation, I've finaly gotten back into the cyber swing. This year has beena  challenge and one that I haven't met with any fierce determination. Let's say I wussed out on several occasions.

Still, I'm upright and taking nourishment. I still work, though I ghost through the halls. I still take care of the kids, but sometimes lose track of who I am taking care of (not good when you try to throw a 13 year old into diapers. Don't ask). And I tried to keep up with the writing but hit a wall that damn near broke my nose. I read lots of bio pieces about other authors who took their pain and spun it into gold but I keep weaving pop metal and cheap-ass chrome. Eventually it will come around. Suppose I should go looking for it rather then waiting for it (the Muse) to come swaggering back into my zone.

Enough of the whining. It didn't get me anywhere then and it ain't gonna now. There is another year coming around the bend and though I never put much stock in resolutions this would be the best time to dive into one early: No matter what, I refuse to stop being creative and stop writing. There, I said it. Have to follow through and let out those funky folks that want their stories to be told. Besides, if I don't some of them have some serious blackmail on me and I can't afford to have them squash my career before it starts.

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NaNoWriMo '08


With November around the corner it's time to clean off the keyboard, sharpen the pencils and get ready for another foray into the crazy world of novel writing. So what's that got to do with the strange acronym up there as a header? Certainly you've heard of Chris Baty's NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month?

Started ten years ago, NaNo was set up to give budding novelists a necessary kick in the pants to actually write a novel. We have ideas, reams of notebooks smothered in notes, plot threads, character sketches, scene notes, but not many full-fledged novels. Well, that's my problem. With NaNo I can drop a line at the forums for support, track my progress, help boost other writers, and after a month have a good 50,000 words to edit and expand upon - a novel!

If any of you out there have the same problem as me (hopefully you don't) and want to finish that book, try out NaNo and see what a month can do for you. It's free, it's fun, and it helps!

Writer's Block: Live from New York

Saturday Night Live, hosted by George Carlin, aired live from New York for the first time in 1975. The cast of SNL has been through many changes in the show’s history, from Chevy Chase to Tina Fey. Who was the funniest?
Chevy Chase. I remember one night when he started the news broadcast on the phone, apparently with his lover. He said, "It ran out of batteries? Then use the electric toothbrush." It took a second to catch the implications before I laughed - and nearly wet my pants.

I loved the first few seasons of SNL. That was my treat after a week of school and chaos at home; stayng up until 11:30 to catch some raunchy skits, hear some great music, and pretend I understood a majority of the adult humor flying across the airways.

I'm A Hero!



I know, not much writing being reported here but still some fun stuff anyway. Over at Buddy TV I found this profile quiz zlong with many others. It was fun and a little surprising but I think they nailed it.

I'm So Proud Of Myself: I'm EVIL!!!

While visiting a friend's blog (Horrorwriter from AW) I noticed one of those Blogthing tests to se how evil you are. She wasn't quite 50% which is good. So I took it and viola...



You Are 68% Evil



You are very evil. And you're too evil to care.

Those who love you probably also fear you. A lot.

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If You Could Be Any Character...

One of the review sites I like to visit is hosting a contest that sparked some fanboy daydreams. Amberkatze interviewed author Jeanne Stein about her Anna Strong series and offered a copy of one of the books to a poster that tells her what fictional character you'd most like to be.

As an old comic book junkie, there were countless hours spent with friends talking about which superhero would be cooler to be. Spider-Man always topped the list due to his awesome abilities and flippant attitude. Wolverine spoke to the bad boy in all of us. But as far as novel characters, there's such a field to choose from it's almost mindboggling.

For years I read about a foul-mouthed, ass-kicking assassin that worked for an agency that didn't exist. He was Remo Williams. Heir to the throne as the next master of Sinanju, the ultimate martial art, he walked face first into danger and loved every minute of it. His training at the hands of the current master Chuin (a soap opera freak and smart ass as well) pushed him to the limit of human capabilities and beyond. The series was always fun and Remo never slowed his mouth for a second. He was the man. And he was dangerous. Fun character from a fun series. Now I want to hit the store and find what I've missed since the last time I read a Destroyer.