Truth and Consequences Part 5

ITALIAN-HAND-AND-A-HALF-SWORDI happen to be a writer, and on occasion I like to post Fiction stories for my readers to check out.  Sometimes these stories are just random ideas.  Other times they are stories I wrote and the contract fell through so they are just gathering dust.  Its up to you to figure out which is which.

This particular Short story is called Truth and Consequences .It involves two of my more abrasive dungeons and dragons characters going on an adventure together.  The world and setting of this story comes from Josh Weekley.  If you you enjoy the setting of Braeton and the tapestry of the pseudo historical world, he’s written a novel set in the same world called ‘Crown of the Dwarf King’.  Check it out on Lulu.com.

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INFODUMP – I’m not okay, but that’s okay

sprained_wristAbout a month ago or so, I managed to sprain my wrist.  The injury severely disabled my ability to do much of anything in a creative sense.  So needless to say, it’s the main factor in my sudden mum, and the complete lack of the output anywhere else.  Truthfully it came at a perfect time, as I had few only a few responsibilities and agreements, so a forced holiday really didn’t turn out to be that bad.  Actually one could say it came at the perfect time– Ya know if there is ever a good time to have a disabling injury.

Of course, its never easy to go cold turkey on any habit.  And after the initial excitement of ‘HAVING NOTHING TO DO’ it began to set in, it was apparent I did have a lot to do, and my hands were shaking with the need.  I just couldn’t do it.  So obviously my mind pinned into over drive.  I found myself coming up with tons of new ideas and dreaming about my abandoned projects (both personal projects and those work for hire ones)… and I all I’ve wanted to do for the last few weeks is to be back at my keyboard.  Thus despite the pain, after sitting and typing for about thirty minutes– I’m back to writing on an almost daily period again.  Even if its for small bits of time.  Which I suppose my doctor would not like hearing about.  Unfortunately I can’t really draw yet.  Hopefully it won’t be too long, because I really want to draw– even more than writing and we all know how much I love writing.

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Truth and Consequences Part 4

youre-a-geek-300x240I happen to be a writer, and on occasion I like to post Fiction stories for my readers to check out.  Sometimes these stories are just random ideas.  Other times they are stories I wrote and the contract fell through so they are just gathering dust.  Its up to you to figure out which is which.

This particular Short story is called Truth and Consequences .It involves two of my more abrasive dungeons and dragons characters going on an adventure together.  The world and setting of this story comes from Josh Weekley.  If you you enjoy the setting of Braeton and the tapestry of the pseudo historical world, he’s written a novel set in the same world called ‘Crown of the Dwarf King’.  Check it out on Lulu.com.

This is the fourth part of the story.  If you are just tuning in, you can find the earlier posts here.

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[This Writing thing (1 of 3)] Making this Writing Thing Work

once-upon-a-timeSo it’s November, and Nanowrimo is in full swing.  All those wonderfully committed writers are plucking out staggering high daily word counts, and impressing us all with their tenacity.  And I have to say even though I write about six days a week, and tend to always have my next project waiting for me, I feel a bit ashamed.  I should be writing more.  My daily counts could definitely go higher.  But to imagine those poor waylaid folks who can’t even sit down and put a single word to paper, despite dreaming of being an author.  My heart really goes out for them.

And that’s what led me to start this new three part series.  I wanted to illustrate, how I manage to do ‘This writing thing’.   And maybe, I can help a few more people finally release their beautiful imaginations into the jumble of prose writing.  And if not, hey at least I’m writing?   And just a friendly reminder like all these Pro-tip, advice columns, this is completely from my point of view.   So viewer discretion is advised.

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JUST FINISHED: Crooked Little Vein

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So after a considerable amount of time standing steward on my book shelf (Even the hardback edition is like the size of a small paperback so it’s easy to miss!)—I finally got around to reading Comics writer Warren Ellis’ debut novel “Crooked Little Vein”. Told through the often grime coated lens of a down trodden detective who somehow manages to attract the most obtrusive articles of our society.  And with this very ability as the point of interest, Mike McGill is hired by the US Government to track down a mysterious missing part of the US Constitution.

The novel combines the social pace of Jack Kerouac with the lucid flavor of William S Burroughs.  Brought to the attention of its readers right on the dust jacket as, “bringing the Noir style kicking and screaming into the 21st Century” it seems to beg for attention.  But is this self- proclaimed update to the Moody Pulp Detective the change we’ve all been looking for, or is it merely drawing from a well of piss and vinegar?  How about following me down this Crooked, Little Rabbit hole?

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INFODUMP: A bit of an Update

Six_Guns_and_Spaceships.1Its been quite hectic here for the last few months.  As some of you (I hope) are aware there’s been a few new short stories published, since the last I updated—and I’ve been hard at work on a few other projects, some I hope will see the light of day soon.  Others well, we’ll see how these things happen.  But its been a while… and I miss the open page.  So what you may ask, has been up?

Probably the larger and most notable release was Six-Guns and Spaceships an Anthology featuring  Phil Athens, Joel Jenkins and myself mixing westerns with Science fiction to wonderous results.  I have talked a little about my story a little bit before.  “A train heist in Hyperspace” tells the story of a crew of outlaws trying to pull off one of the greatest Astro-train heists in the galaxy, before everything goes wrong.  It mixes the sensibilities of the classic western train heist, with  science fiction galactic swashbuckling—with a bit of anime/manga style action.  I am quite happy with how the story came out with the help of the wonderful Morgan Minor who was the editor on my story.  I do hope this isn’t the last you see of the outlaw group the warp-4 and all the supporting characters who came along for the ride.  It’s a lot of fun, and I hope you decide to check it out.

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The trouble with Inspiration

plagiarimsAs some of you might have seen I was not sure what to write about in this week’s writer’s tips blog, so I took to social networking to help me decide. The choices were an entry about inspirations, or about character writing outside of your comfort zone.  And there were a few more people interested in hearing about inspiration.  Actually a few writers were curious about the concept of the turbulence that Inspiration can cause.  And that sounds like a lot of fun to write about, so that’s where we are.  And for those who chimed in for interest on Writing outside your comfort level, I’ll be focusing in on that really soon.  And those comments also changed my initial idea.  I really like the conversations and I might try for feedback more often.  Plus  H.H. Neville gave me another topic that might be getting some focus not soon after.   Speaking of inspiration!

I think we all know what inspiration is.  It comes from many fonts and eddies in our minds.  They can sometimes be accidental and often were not even sure where they come from, and our minds spin out of control like a train wreck we can’t look away from.  Of course then there are other times when our inspiration speaks to us in a much more lucid way.  When we see a concept in a film, tv show, video game, novel or what not that spawn this appetite to make it our own, be it for critique, deconstruction or just because it seems fun.  Not matter how inspiration hits, or why we drink it up like fine wine the truth remains that there is always a dividing line between too much or too little.  But how do we manage ourselves to fall in line to create something unique or all our own, when most of the things that pop into our head are birthed by the concepts of other things.

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