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November 9, 2016

What Dreams Are Made Of

I've decided to take some time and focus on writing my next book. It has been quite a while since I've started this project and life kept taking precedence over being able to finish this particular book in this series. As every fellow indie author knows, it's a long and arduous process that requires much detail and focus. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me thus far. With that I leave you with a few words of wisdom.

Take time to make those dreams come true.
Those dreams for you, because you never know
which dreams just may come true.

No one said it would be easy to make a dream concrete. It's the alchemy of wishes, to lay the stars down at your feet. ~ Natasha Head


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November 3, 2016

Writer's Curse

This week I'd like to share a piece I found that takes a beautiful poetic look at the lifeblood of the written word. It shares a moment of time we need not take for granted while on our journey to get somewhere in this business.

As we chase our dream sometimes people forget the most important thing in life, LOVE. Love if not properly attended to shall die of neglect.


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October 27, 2016

Guest Spotlight: The Writing Process by Victor A. Davis

Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wi-fi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.

So without further ado, I present:
The Writing Process by Victor A. Davis

Most non-writers probably have a concept of writing as the art of making shit up. Shit that’s meaningful or entertaining, anyway. Some, like myself, disagree. This gets to the heart of the “in there” vs “out there” debate about creativity, best illustrated by mathematics. Are mathematical concepts such as π inventions of the human mind, or discoveries of the real world? If you were to poll mathematicians, most would probably say theirs is the process of discovering real world truths that are already “out there,” and that it takes a creative mind to endeavor on this process. I feel the same way about writing. Stories are not constructions made up out of thin air, constituted only by a writer’s creative thoughts. Unwritten stories already exist in the vast sea of our collective unconscious, and writers are those divers skilled at bringing them up.

The following excerpt from Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft illustrates this superbly:

“When, during the course of an interview for The New Yorker, I told the interviewer (Mark Singer) that I believed stories are found things, like fossils in the ground, he said that he didn’t believe me. I replied that that was fine, as long as he believed that I believe it. And I do. Stories aren’t souvenir tee-shirts or Game Boys. Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible. Sometimes the fossil you uncover is small; a seashell. Sometimes it’s enormous, a Tyrannosaurus Rex with all the gigantic ribs and grinning teeth. Either way, short story or thousand page whopper of a novel, the techniques of excavation remain basically the same.”


I agree with this sentiment because it’s been my experience in reading and writing. When I first read Atlas Shrugged (at the impressionable age of 15) I distinctly felt I’d discovered something, been made aware of an idea’s existence. In similar fashion, Watership Down got me thinking about how much of our psychology we inherited from our animal ancestors. I’ve never been drawn to serial works or “genre fiction,” that which feels like the same basic idea repeated ad nauseam in slightly different garb. And that’s the reason: If the idea is the same, why read 10 reboots of the same book?

This is what draws me to literary fiction. My personal definition of “literary fiction” is “that which does not fall into a genre.” It’s not all I read. I love The Cruelest Miles (nonfiction), Ender's Game (sci-fi), and Free Culture (legal). But East of Eden? The Snow Child? The Shell Collector? To me, there is a direct connection between great writing and its resistance to categorization. Each of my favorite books represent a solitary idea, something unique, original, and intuitive, despite my never having imagined it before reading the book.

When I write, it’s not good enough to write by inspiration. My brain is wired for writing. Every conversation I hold, every movie I watch, every book I read, I’m fictionalizing. I’m imagining spinoff ideas, ideas that would never be put to paper because they’ve already been done. Experiencing others’ fiction is like being led to the spot at which they found their fossil. It’s beautiful and intellectually gratifying, but it’s already dug up. My mind may go off on how I would have dug it up differently, but those thoughts are overshadowed by that satisfying feeling of place, of having planted my feet on these specific coordinates on the landscape of our collective unconscious. What are some of the plots of virgin soil I’ve found, some undug fossils? That’s the ultimate needle to thread. King’s fossil, to me, is an intuitive idea that’s compelling, nuanced, and totally original. The excitement I feel for synthesizing a story comes from the thought that no one else out there thought of this before. Obviously I can’t know this for sure, since it’s impossible to read every book ever written, but I do read extensively. If anybody is qualified to certify an idea as original, it’s an avid reader.

Reading definitely feels like mining, in a way. I’m constantly dredging for new ideas, new ways of thinking of things, burning down my ever-expanding list of “must reads.” Lolita, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Child Thief, these are my greatest discoveries, amid a sea of good, bad, and okay books. Writing is like mining too. By living life to the fullest, full of love, travel, food, books, and nature, I am exploring my outer world and my own symbolic inner world. Amid this sea of symbols, some recombine in just the right way to suggest an original story. This is my conception of a muse. “She” is my capacity to recognize a diamond in the rough, a fossil worth digging up, and the experience I have of my outer, surrounding world informs the plot and setting, “getting it out of the ground as intact as possible.”


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To show some indie support for Victor,
check out his book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/151965720X?...

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his website at:
http://mediascover.com/



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October 20, 2016

Guest Spotlight: Finding Our Humanity in Little Things by Andy Peloquin

I'd like to introduce Andy Peloquin as my Guest Blogger this week. He struck me as an interesting fellow when I read his bio. After writing his first book to average success he did not give up, but instead took that experience and life lesson to better himself as an author and writer. His second book did so much better being he was a quick study on the written word and much more success has followed. Keep an eye on this guy, he's moving mountains.

In his own words he is, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist – words are his palette. He loves to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between.



So without further ado, I present:
Finding Our Humanity in Little Things by Andy Peloquin

It’s amazing how easy it is to become detached from the world around us, and desensitized to all the suffering in the world: terrorist attacks, murders, mistreatment of children, natural disasters, and the list goes on. The worst part is that the worse the situation gets, often the less we care.

Joseph Stalin’s chilling words come to mind: “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.” Bloody hell, that’s cold! Sadly, it’s also true.

We feel more deeply over the loss of one life (look at the #BlackLivesMatter movement) than we do over thousands or hundreds of thousands of deaths (how long did people care about Haiti, New Orleans, or any other disaster-struck place?). But even then, we’re finding it harder and harder to bring ourselves to care about those “one life’s”. The fact that we see news stories, articles, and blog posts about death every day is making it difficult to find the emotional currency to spend on these random strangers.

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I was reading an article on Psychology Today that talked about this desensitization and losing our sense of humanity. I loved the way they summed up the ways we can cling to our humanity no matter how bad things get:

“The first step is to recognize that we like ourselves better when in touch with our more humane emotions.”

We feel good about ourselves when we do good things, but we feel terrible when we do bad things. That’s a VERY clear indication of which we should be doing!

“Have self-compassion. Self-compassion is sympathy for one’s hardship or suffering, with a motivation to heal, improve, and repair.”

That’s not compassion for YOUR hardship or suffering, but it means having a motivation to help others in order to enhance our sense of self. By helping others, we increase our respect for their dignity, which in turn is self-empowering.

Simple, succinct, and something to think about next time you’re faced with the chance to show compassion. You may not be able to summon up the emotion to care about the story you see on TV, but you definitely can do something next time you come across someone asking for help. Give a few dollars to that disabled vet, buy the homeless man a lunch, offer to carry someone’s groceries, or just lend a listening ear. It makes the world a better place, and it makes YOU a better person!
*resposted from andypeloquin.com*


To find one of Andy Peloquin's popular books:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/151...
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Check out all his ramblings among other things at:
http://andypeloquin.com/



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October 13, 2016

Still Paused

My vacation is running a little longer than originally planned. Due to the immeasurable joy on my trip, I decided to extend it another week. I again apologize to everyone who expected an article this week.

In case you missed any fun and interesting articles, including many talented and worthy guest bloggers, you can also catch up from the beginning:

Life Behind the Scenes-Storytelling & Telling Stories: http://lnkd.in/b43Kbht


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I hope to return next week with an exciting guest blogger or an original, new article from myself. Until then, everyone take care and have a great rest of the week.

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October 6, 2016

Pause

I apologize to everyone who expected an article this week. I have grabbed some time with family and friends while traveling due to Columbus Day holiday. I sincerely hope everyone will enjoy this long weekend as well.

In case you missed any fun and interesting articles, including many talented and worthy guest bloggers, you can also catch up from the beginning:

Life Behind the Scenes-Storytelling & Telling Stories: http://lnkd.in/b43Kbht

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I look forward to be able to reconnect with you all next week. Same time, same place. Thank you. Again, my sincerest apologies.




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Published on October 06, 2016 08:11 • 332 views • Tags: authors, blog, bloggers, holiday, honest, life, pause, pausing, raw, read, real, storytelling, telling-stories, time, write, writers

September 29, 2016

Guest Spotlight: Home by Tabitha Vohn

My Spotlight this week is on Tabitha Vohn. She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English. Tabitha strives to write the type of stories she would enjoy reading.

Those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. One questions human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.



So without further ado, I present:
Home by Tabitha Vohn


Sometimes
all I want is to go home
the place we're all trying to
get back to
it exists in those
moments memory makes
beautiful walks forgotten halls
in the hours I would spend
lying in bed
Mazzy Star or early folk Jewel
playing I would watch the light
display of moon and headlights
waltz on darkened dancefloor
walls the crickets' haunting cry
is still the lullaby and me with
nowhere I had to be the next
morning
but home
It's easy to forget the freedom
of letting your world weight
sink into plush carpet or hardwood
earth why are we so afraid with age
to curl fetal positioned surrendered
so close to the ground
we forget what letting go felt like
before our freedom seduced us into
different chains I miss when the
daydreams of the grind were
yesterday's stolen seconds reality
I would sit in the abandoned cemetery
with only the open hay fields and
woods and forgotten souls for
company when peace was its own
poetry the rest got lost with Barbie clotheshides in the forest with The Last Unicorn
and sleeps in gingerbread houses my
mind used to color pictures of and if there
was a bread trail traced in moonlight
leading back to mother's arms anything
could fix would I crawl back into the
wolf's belly so warm captive but connected
to the part of me contented to just

--Be--

Sometimes I wish
she wasn't so hard to find
All times I wish
I could take you there with me.



To know more of Tabitha Vohn:
Check our her website here - http://tabithavohn.com/
along with her new book of poetry coming soon, Fall 2016

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Her latest Amazon book here - https://www.amazon.com/Tomorrow-Long-...


Thanks for sharing as my latest guest blogger, Tabitha. A pleasure to work with you.






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September 22, 2016

Guest Spotlight: My Struggle With Adverbs by Doug Burton

My guest blogger this week is J. Douglas Burton. He is an American author, who has enjoyed reading more than anything else. In his own writing, Burton seeks to provide an outlet for readers to experience the fun. Above all, he wants to give his readers the joy of a tale well told.


So without further ado, I present:
My Struggle With Adverbs by Doug Burton

Hello.

My name is Doug, and I am an addict.

It's been four days since my last adverb. Already I find my fingers itchy, desperate to type that beautiful "-ly" at the end of a word.

Adverbs are not inherently bad; I know this. Used in moderation they are descriptive and poetic. But I know I can never use just one.

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Sure, it starts with a "softly" or a "wryly". But before you know it the adverbs are spilling off of the screen and I wake up in a pile of my own vomit, staring at the page I have written in my stupor:

"Hi there," said Fred breezily.
"Hello," Jennifer replied flatly.
Frowning, Fred delicately inquired, "Is everything okay?"
She sighed. "I guess," Jennifer answered despondently.


Friends don't let friends abuse adverbs. I need your help.

It's a struggle, but if I can get through today without an adverb, I know maybe I can do the same again tomorrow. And then the next day. And the next.

One sentence at a time, my friends. One sentence at a time...


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To find more of Doug Burton
check out his website: www.jdouglasburton.weebly.com
and his blog at: www.drjeremiah.blogspot.com


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on Amazon for his latest book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KAGPE7M






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September 15, 2016

Break Time

I'm taking some time this week to enjoy family and friends (while catching up other work obligations).

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Great Quote of the Week:
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

I look forward to be able to reconnect with you all next week.




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September 8, 2016

This Man

He came unexpectedly in the dimly lit darkness. Charming and self-assured he drew me in with his kind and impassioned way. His voice soothed as it left calm in its wake and rippled onto me like a phantom blanket that provided warmth and peace. Hypnotic, as all else faded away.

This man invaded: my mind fixated, my heart left infatuated and my soul infiltrated. Time moved forward and he was there. He found his way into my heart. Nurture and care were experienced through his patience and tolerance. His consistent and unwavering strength proved my trust. The role he plays in life left me to be a better person. My head swirled in the gravity the universe left abound around us.

I was not in control and had to get away. I was confused and scared. I hadn’t been on the lookout for anyone, yet he fell in my lap. I didn’t want to wrap him in my problems, but there he was and I couldn’t resist him. He felt like an old friend, yet I didn’t know him at all. I was adamant he wouldn’t capture my heart.

My eyes and ears fell onto the reminder of times shared with him. Pictures of yesterday made me smile. This man left me in a dreamy state as I thought of what was. Love for me was gone long ago until he showed what real love could be. I tried to flee, only to question why I would run. He opened my eyes to so much more than I ever thought possible.

Together, submersed in our secrets and truth, we serve a purpose for one another in a metamorphosed existence.

This man, I can think of no other.





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