Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Writing On, and On, and

Published my first Squidoo about England's Influential Punk History, 1971-1980. Enjoy!

As for NaNoWriMo last month, it was a bust, but I'm still writing on it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pushing Candy Corn on the Kiddies

Just a note. Started the outline for NaNoWriMo, which this story will be a little dramatic. Concerns a guy dealing with life, and people around him dealing with his problems. He's a struggling artist, or rather, struggling with the fact that no one believes he is an artist. Jazzed about the idea, but I fear that I may have already hit a wall. We'll see in the first week.

Other things to do, cooking for a Halloween Party today. Exciting? No. A lot of work.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Old Subscription

Digging out of the closet of forgottens, I pulled out the November 2006 issue of Spin magazine. Not sure I've ever read it, it has Gnarls Barkley on the cover—which is torn at the top. So, starting in the back, the first major story I run into is Sleater-Kinney calling it quits and having one last show in Washington to 'celebrate'. This was news to me.

The next surprise was a little blurb on a 'new' movie starring Heath Ledger; "Candy". It's about two junkies. There is also a review of "The Fountain" (not a bad movie), and "Borat". More music reviews, including a fav, The Decemberists' "The Crane Wife". And Lady Sovereign; is she still around?

There's more, but I'm tired, and the only thing I accomplished today was writing a review of James Joyce's "Dubliners". Check out the book, a collection of his first short stories.

Anything You Want That I Can Devise

Just a short post, because, the evil that is NaNoWriMo is lurking around the corner. So, naturally, I've updated and will try again to make the 50,000 word finish line. We'll see.

I still want to do the short stories book, so I might hash out an outline for the NaNo, and then work on the book, which I think I might be able to do in four days. Is it four? Oh, wait, I think there's a party—Halloween, you know. Blast it.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saddle Up, 'Cause We're Riding Hard

Going through another bout of insomnia, I get plenty of time to think. Thinking is the anti-thesis to sleep, so in order to combat thinking (which usually pertains to work history), I start to imagine stories; mostly new stories. My best stories come from this time of the day/night, when my mind is most active and alert. It's really on its toes.

So, what's the story? It was a Western. Going along, I knew right off that it was a little dark, and the hero was an anti-hero. I see him as a young Duke, with a little brassy McQueen. The story was going very well, and I was hooked. Then as more people were coming into it, I was seeing older actors, from the old black-and-white movies of the West. It was beautiful. Sometimes the main character was snarky, playful, and wonderfully believable. I was having fun with it.

Then, I noticed something..., this is the same character that I wanted for my Untitled Western, the first Western I have ever started. And this story, was the point I needed for the plot to continue, because I was blocked, rather, in the dark about where the story should go, and what was the gist of the characters' actions. But, this was only the backstory, the unknown story, the one that no one will probably ever read. Or perhaps, it will be the actual end of the story/novel, that will explain everything.

It's mahvelous!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Take Your Time, You're The Next In Line

Looking at working for publishers. Yes, I'm still out of work, and still writing. Haven't had anything sent out yet--got to work on that 'finish' thing. And mailing. Yep.

Adobe InDesign CS2 [OLD VERSION]Cracked open Adobe InDesign. Thinking about working on the unfinished volume 5,  #1 of Paper Story magazine. I'm sure it will be cool.

Still want to do the short stories book, using Blurb to put it together. Blurb is very nice, and should be very inexpensive for publishing.

AND, it's freakin' HOT!! It's so hot, I feel like passing out like a Guantanamo defense lawyer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I Can Write It Like This, I Can Write It Like That!

Since has become super popular suddenly (, I've decided to check it out. One story I have, has me evaluated as :

I write like
Stephenie Meyer
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

And the really fun thing is, the working title is similar to one of her books--though mine has NOTHING to do with sparkly vampires.
Here's another:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I'm honored!!!
Whoa!? Another honor...

I write like
David Foster Wallace
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Awesomeness! Tho' strange, for a Western:
I write like
James Joyce
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Weird. Totally. Cool, anyway,
I write like
Bram Stoker
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

That's it, for now. Mwuhaha!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

She Didn't Put Sugar in the Tea, But the Gas Tank is Full

Oh, there are plenty of things in my life going on, not just writing-wise, but I am keeping this strictly along those lines, so...I'll post some triviality.

I want my career to be writing. And I am spurned by my self, that can't be helped. I go at my own pace when there are obstacles. The main obstacle is work. Now if that were out of the way, I could be doing something like my friend. She is actually going back into writing, working on a TV movie script. This gives me two reasons to get busy.

A book I've been trying to read, Obscene in the Extreme, is a little taxing on me. The writer isn't very good, but he does put a lot of facts in his book, a scholarly look back into the banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. So far though, it's been a real eye-opener. Hm, love that history.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Go to and see the exhibit of tracts. Writings and poems revolving around Darwin, with exceptional graphic art! (Psst, I contributed a short essay.)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Those About To Wed!

Congratulations and good luck, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

14" of Hell (in Parts)

December Snow - 14" of Hell


For a few days, weather reports were telling a possible white Christmas, a rarity for any part of Oklahoma. Sometimes, the snow will appear before or after the 25th, and quickly disappear. Any snowfall before the holiday is usually gone before the day. But this time, as the start of the storm drew near, predictions of how much snow were climbing, and there were hopes of a white Christmas tempering in the minds of children and the elderly. Everyone in between, had the usual sense of dread building up.

Holidays at work are something of a rarity themselves, and hammering out details (good and bad), take a great deal of work. Getting all to agree on similar points, and getting something firm early, is exasperating. The painful wait and delay almost always derails people's plans when the answer to days closed come to late, and often contrary to other business's plans. To rely on this place for anything, is dubious for one's own self concern.

For Christmas Eve, most, if not all, businesses close early, because they know that people will be spending time with their cherished ones, or family, or might be traveling and customers will have all ready made whatever purchases they need in advance of the next day. Business-to-business enterprises can close early, because of similar reasons; people will need to travel in order to make it to their destinations. Now usually, this almost always pertains exclusively to business owners, presidents, and CEOs, because they can do these things without concern, with no retort from anyone above them, since there is no one. Below them are the belly achers, and those that can sneak out, or conspire with others to do the same.

In our case, it was decided late the week prior, or early that week, that a full days work would be put in by everyone. This caused concern, because it was so contrary. Most concerning was the issuance of the regular payroll, which unfortunately fell on Christmas. Even though getting paid at this job is usually like opening a present on Christmas, no one wanted to get paid on that day, or even after. Yet, from on high, it was told that we would get paid on Thursday, at five o'clock.

Five o'clock.

As the days progressed, from Monday of that week, the chances of snow on Christmas Eve were still looking good (bad). And it was going to be cold, which meant the snowfall, no matter how much it was, was going to stay around. Giving the situation with the checks, we took it in stride, for this was not out of norm. And we knew that we had to be cautious on the 24th, but secure that EVERYONE KNEW that there would be SNOW, and preparations for the STREETS would make travel as SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

On Wednesday the 23rd, the weather forecast called for freezing rain in the morning, followed by heavy snow, and strong winds.

Passion Pit - Sleepy Head (Run Toto Run Cover)

Awesome cover! I giggled.