Just Before Midnight Musings


Okay, I’m lying in bed and I can’t fall asleep so I thought I would share some of the things on my mind. This is not always a safe thing since this could all be a semi-lucid dream and the morning may tell me this was a bad idea, but I’m going to go for it. Continue reading “Just Before Midnight Musings”




Once again, Philip Athans proves himself to be the man. If you click the link above it will take you to a post of his where he talks about the use of varying Points of View and why he thinks it is a good thing.

Personally, I couldn’t agree more.  Different points of view add perspective and suspense if done right.  For years I was told to stick with third person, and I have done a lot of writing from that perspective, but I love playing with first person and even second (usually for short pieces). In Alone, my work in the editing and rewriting stage of development, I kept the POV first person and the editing process has shown me how hard that can be, but I wouldn’t change it. For that story it works  and to change it would alter the flow of the story and its emotional content. My ingoing 100-word challenge story has three distinct POV’s and even two different tenses so far.  The hero is written from first person present tense while the other two POV’s are from third person past. The switching back and forth creates a different sort of dynamic for each and adds to the tension and character of each scene.

The more I write, the more I want to play with POV and tense.  There is too much you can do with both to settle for the lazy third person omniscient approach to writing every time you sit down at the desk.  Explore, grow and find what works for you. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do.

Another Monday Has Come

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I’m not going to talk about the Arizona Cardinals today.  Not going to do it. Nope. Too damn pissed to go into why they lost against the abismal Vikings or how I couldn’t even listen to the fourth quarter after a while. Gah.

On to other things, there is soccer (or football for you European types). Continue reading “Another Monday Has Come”

Once Again My Monday Starts With Tears…

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So another Monday comes around and I am left weeping at what might have been. My Arizona Cardinals managed to find a way to lose once again, and this time against the hated, and unusually pathetic, Seattle Seahawks. I know that any time you play against a rival on their home turf there is a chance that you may lose, but I couldn’t imagine the Cardinals not winning this one. While I can’t put the blame squarely on anyone’s shoulders I can’t help but look at the two field goals the normally reliable Jay Feely missed. I’m not saying it has anything to do with his being a  conservative, but did the ball miss just a bit to the right?*

Otherwise the weekend was loaded with cleaning and cooking and not much writing. Ever since I finished the first draft of Alone I have struggled to put words to paper and the editing process has been dreadful for me. I’m working on it, but I need to find some motivation. I will work through all of this, but damn its hard.

On a somewhat different note, please check out the awesome post by AJ Beamish on my social commentary/political blog.  It’s important to learn something new every day. Make THIS your thing.

Take care and I hope you have a great week!

The End is Nigh, or The Beginning of the Next Phase

As any of my long time readers can attest, my output as of late has increased substantially.  Alone used to consist of one post a week, but lately it has climbed to the point of five or six a week. Part of the reason for the change is that it became my primary focus as opposed to a secondary project. Another part is that after I hit Part 50 I took a look at where I was with the story and where  I wanted to go with it.  Some vague ideas became clearer as I plotted out the story’s path and made notes about changes I needed to make once I do the first re-write. Once I did all of that the story just poured out of me in a hurry, coming far faster than it has since I started it.  The goal is to have the first draft finished by the end of the month.  Once that has happened I will be taking a week off from working on it, then I will begin what promises to be the most brutal part of the project…the editing. As part of the editing process I will be going through all of the comments made on the individual posts. Once I’ve reviewed a post for comments I’ll be deleting it from my blog.  I don’t know how quickly the process will go, but I can promise at least one post a day will be removed so at best the individual parts will be online for about three months, but they could all be gone in a couple of weeks. So what am I saying here?  Well if you want to re-read the story from the beginning before you have to pay for it in book format you had better get started now. Oh, and tell a friend to come have a read too while you’re at it.

So what else is going on?  Well I decided that after the first 365 entries of my 100-day challenge I will be taking those offline too and putting them together as a novelette.  I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it, but I like this idea.  I mean seriously, wouldn’t you pay a buck or two for the whole series in a nice little e-book format?  At any rate that one will continue on in my blog even after the first year’s worth has been removed.

Oh, remember some three weeks ago when I submitted a story for publication.  Yeah…longest…three…weeks…ever.  I still haven’t heard anything back.  No news means it hasn’t been rejected, but it still drives me insane waiting to find out one way or another.  I can handle rejection if it comes.  I have another story in the works and a third idea coming behind it, but the wait…it burns.

Football season is upon us and I find myself in a curiously uncomfortable position.  I have no channels that will allow me to watch football. Not one. As part of our ongoing attempts to save money so that some time in the next couple of years we can afford a house again we decided to ditch our cable/sattelite service and live off of the limited free channels from our apartment complex, supplimenting it with netflix and hulu plus. This solution has worked well for the most part, but I had not thought of football when I made the decision…now my Sundays shall be filled with tears, and not just because my Cardinals have been beaten.

I’m sure there are other updates I could be sharing right now, but this is all I can think of at the moment.  Brain fry has set in. Maybe I’ll share more later…if I remember…