Recently I have taken some time off from my little rambling blog of thoughts, angers, frustrations, lessons, and whatnot. First, was some much needed downtime with my wife to recharge life. It was great beyond words. My most recent break from blogging was to work on my book. I needed to devote some serious time and effort into the project. A few side projects of short fiction from time to time to break the monotony but overall, time was spent completely focusing on my book.
Everything was going great. A few chapters flowed with such ease that I became cocky. I edited some of what I wrote. Had a few online readers beta read some of it, with happy results. Minor tweaks and I was happy. Others were happy. Continue reading
This week, word guru Chuck Wendig has offered a different spin on his weekly Flash Fiction Challenge. He asks to write a summary of a simple phrase, “Why I write?” Three simple words have a layered and complicated answer.
Why do I write? I have often stared into the mirror, examining the haggard face mocking my every move and wondered the same thing. I have written many things over the years, but never have I actually set out with the purpose of writing stories for the entertainment of others. Unlike other writers I have not: 1) been writing stories since I was a toddler 2) had a life changing experience that gives me a desire to write 3) been writing for years, honing the craft to perfection 4) suffered a loss that could only be expressed through written word 5) been abducted by mimes and held at imaginary gunpoint over an invisible typewriter forced to tell the history of the International Association of Assassin Mimes and Reptile-Training Plumbers. None of these things caused me want to write. Continue reading
In a continuing effort to increase my writing skills I have been fanatically hunting down these writing challenges. Once I find one I really like I peck out a few minutes a day to set about writing.
This submission is for Be Kind Rewrite. Stephanie Orges offers up weekly challenges every Monday to increase creativity. She calls this wonderful event, InMon (Inspiration Monday). It is a great thing to help others by offering tidbits of information and helpful advice, and she does both in spades. She has a wonderful site and I suggest you go check it out. No really. Like now!
I will wait.
Anyway. She has a great site. And this week the challenge consisted of picking one of the random words/ phrases and writing whatever the gremlins plant in your head. My words were Prism Sentence. Here is what I created. Enjoy. Continue reading
For the past two weeks I have posted very little here. I have however written a great bit. Now for the frustration part.
I have put my baby on the back-burner! Continue reading