- I've given you a 12 day peek into my life, diary style.
- I've talked about classic and current writers.
- I've given you tips and advice on what I've learned from writing fiction.
- In this month alone I've written close to 7,000 words and am that my closer to finishing my second short story collection.
- I've appeared on several blogs, including a call-in spot on Matthew Wayne Selznick's Light of The Outsider Video Blog.
- I've probably gained another ten ideas in my writing arsenal.
- Didn't receive a call from that agent, but that's okay. I'm sure I'll hear something soon. Until then: I have plans to release the second collection, when it's finished and seven other Novellas.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
What? by clw615
(Thanks. I'll try to make the plot more fluid in the future.)
It just kept getting worse . . . by connievc
Suffered through the first 24 episodes - who knows why? And then, Chapter 25 was messed up - like 2 different episodes playing at once. Pass over this one unless you like to be really aggravated.
(Sorry to hear that your experience was interrupted by whether or not the episodes would play. I can't control if the episode will load properly but I do hope this doesn't putt him off to my books in the future.)
Not that good by Jessiepk
I just finished listening to this podcast novel. The characters are not consistent and there are some holes in the plot. It seemed like everyone's agenda and personality just kept changing to give it another "twist." Part way through you will realize that there is some religious propaganda at the root of the story as well. It's just not all the way there, the author needs to revise and do a few more drafts, nothing about this novel seemed complete.
(Well, I can't say that the twists weren't intended. They were. I like stories with lots of twists. It keeps it from being predictable. Oh well.)
Terrible by Lori Fisher
Sound quality is annoying. Jumpy plot line. Couldn't get through 3 episodes.
Great story by Roguz
I hope he comes out with the second book. I am looking forward to hearing more.
(That phrase is one I've been hearing a lot lately. That encourages me to write more.)
But this one I absolutely love:
Tedious is a good place to start-
By Mr. Dead Ears. Oct 2nd, 2010
I honestly gave it a shot. Then suffering through 12 chapters I finally had to pull the plug. Usually I don't bail after investing that much time in a story, waiting for it to get going, but this one showed no signs of life, so I finally called it off: Official time of death for Mr. Dead Eyes...Chapter 12. Should have been chapter 3. Where was Dr. Kavorkian when I needed him?
(Y'see, this is why I write. If you're gonna set a flame to my work, I would rather you did it in style with a certain amount of dry wit. When I first read this comment I started busting up laughing. Yes, I need to work on writing future projects but I just loved his take on it. This guy, whoever he is, I have a lot of respect for him. I'm being serious too. I only wish that he'll comment on more of my work in the future and that one of these days I will be able to write something he likes. Some readers may be tough nuts to crack but so was I when it came to liking the works of George Orwell.)
Friday, March 25, 2011
- Mr. Dead Eyes was without a title for six months.
- Wearing Donnie Torr was inspired by my brother's leather jacket.
- I currently have seventy ideas for novels stashed in my writing desk.
- While writing the short story Your Escape Plan Now I was lying on my stomach on the floor. It was written in one sitting.
- Mr. Dead Eyes was originally published in 2006 but was pulled, by me, off the market. I put it back up exclusively for the Kindle on Jan. 2nd, 2010.
- Both Derek Schillar, from Mr. Dead Eyes, and I have the same birthday. November 2nd - The day of the dead.
- The short story 10 Days in the Extra Life was originally a screenplay.
- One of the short stories in my second collection went from short story, to screenplay then back to short story again.
- The short story The Subtle Teachings of Mr. Rifa was actually inspired by five separate real-life teachers.
- Whenever I get writer's block, I often read The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists or The Mummy's Curse:101 of the World's Strangest Mysteries by Daniel Cohen.
- As a boy, I collected all of the Goosebumps and Ghosts of Fear Street books.
- I wrote a case file to further understand the character of Donnie Torr.
- After three more stand-alone novels, I plan to write the second installments to both Mr. Dead Eyes and Wearing Donnie Torr.
- In the current Novella I'm working on (Codename: Jungle), the villain had his first and last name changed four times before I was happy with it.
- The novel I'm having the hardest time with is my third.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Orwell lists "four great motives for writing" which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and also that these proportions vary from time to time. They are as follows:
- Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that many people write simply to feel clever, to "be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups in childhood, etc." He says that this is a great motive, although most of humanity is not "acutely selfish", and that this motive exists mainly in younger writers. He also says that it exists more in serious writers than journalists, though serious writers are "less interested in money".
- Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
- Historical impulse- He sums this up by simply stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity."
- Political purpose- Orwell writes that "no book is genuinely free from political bias", and further explains that this motive is used very commonly in all forms of writing in the broadest sense, citing a "desire to push the world in a certain direction" in every person. He concludes by saying that "the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude."