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Jan. 2nd, 2008

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Editing

Did I ever mention how much I hate editing. Well I do. The editing process is so tedious. Usually I get so fed up I just start rewriting the entire paragraph that I don't like.

Dec. 17th, 2007

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update

Here a quick update.

I got an A in my short fiction class that ended last week.
I'm trying to decide what class to take next semester.
I'm continuing to work on my novels with a good start, but the holidays are slowing me down. I'm hopping to catch up after.
I'm working on a few "experimental pieces" that are a little more off the wall then I'm even known for. This is really fun and helping me to really expand my mind.

Nov. 8th, 2007

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stumped.

Okay so here I am with all these great new ideas for Gideon's story, the plot is finally really finished. So why am I not writing? Well here is the issue: I don't know where to start. I know most people would say well JUST START. That doesn't work for me. Never has. I'm to anal. I think I've re-written the opening sence maybe half a dozen times. So much so that I'm just not sure anymore. I think I'm going to try to do some reverse construction this afternoon on it. I would like to have a first chapter or 3 done by the time I get to Vegas next Friday. I really wanted Jess to get a chance to read it and talk about it in person. hmmmm.....well I'm going to finish doing my cleaning the house thingy. Then this afternoon WRITE!

Nov. 6th, 2007

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it's like giving birth...only minus the pain

Today I spent some time working on some new character's for some of my stories. It's been kinda fun, and tiresome. You have to literally know everything about your character. I've been using a new style to character development. I used to and am still creating a character sheet for each one (if they are in a novel not short story) but now I'm interviewing them. It's kind of a interesting technique I picked up from class. It has really helped in finding their voice and how they talk.

Anyway I've really been drawn to this character who was only going to have a small role in Gideon's story. He may still only have a small role, but he has a theme song of his own now. some of the words from the song are  "Gray would be the color...if I had a ...." come on fill in the blank I know you all know it. If you don't you should. Track 6 NIN pretty hate machine. Figure it out.

That's all for now. I have house cleaning to do today and then tonight I HAVE to edit some stories.

Oct. 8th, 2007

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Balance

Balance is one of the hardest things to maintain while writing in this place. If I'm not working the kids are usually home, and some days they are really good and don't bug me, but days like today ever five minutes its Jason this Jason that can I do this, why do I have to nap. etc etc. I'm been trying to write two different stories for about 4 days now and I'm just can't get any head way, and when I do I hear "JASON!!" from down the hallway. geeezzeeee

Oct. 4th, 2007

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Gideon

Like a child awaking from an afternoon nap. The sun shun in my face. You were only a shadow at first but now with your hand out stretched to mine I know you are here to help lift me up. My dark Angel, Shall we start writing. Is it finally that time for your story to be told. Your wrinkled hands aged and cold, your smile with wicked teeth in tow. I shall tell your story so that others might understand the magic of the madness of my mind, and your soul. Walk with me, for some time. Tell me, wispher softly of your memories and of the people you have sense left behind. Fill my mind and I shall scrawl on the paper before me, for them, for them all, to see that even in the utter darkness, so soft and alone, there is always some way to find a begging of the light.  
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Sep. 4th, 2007

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the voices in my head...

So I'm sitting here trying to get into the zone to write and I start to feel a bubble of an idea. It builds until I start to feel my fingers getting ready to move...then a stupid image comes to my head. Gir from invader zim pointing to my idea and saying "ewwww what's that" in the gir like voice and I just like that lost my train of gothic dark thoughts. This is what happens when you spend all afternoon with a 6-7 year olds.

Aug. 28th, 2007

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First Writing Prompt

This is my 20min response to our first writing prompt assignment for my class. I call it MeatloafCollapse )

Aug. 23rd, 2007

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First Day

Yesterday was my first day of classes for fall semester. I'm taking the same short fiction class again, but one level higher. There were three of us from last semester that showed up. It was cool to see them again. I love the writing class cause it gives me deadlines and pushes me to finish things. Although the teacher did get on my bad side last night talking about sci fi stories general being plot driven and not character driven. I think if you Generalize any category of story telling you would find that most of them are plot driven. Romance??? come on Mystery??? It just seemed harsh to single out my genre. I know she didn't many anything hurtful by it, but it just shows me she has not read enough GOOD sci fi to understand that there are some amazing character driven stories out there. I plan on proving her wrong this semester with some of my stories as well... Why get upset about it if you aren't going to do anything about it right?

In other thoughts, I've been thinking a LOT about my writing of late. In particular my style of writing, and what I like writing. Here is a weird kinda view of in my brain of the things I like writing. Young adult fiction, Fatansy, Historical Dramas, Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Tragedy, Dark erotica, Religious, Folk lore, Ghost stories, Fables, and so on. Last year I took the class wanting to learn to write outside my box. Now I've expanded my box to a nice comfortable size that now I feel like I can live in it and write about it. Although ktangel13 just told me she wants me to write a romance story! what dude ewwww grosss romance? ;)

all right I'll be offline for until late Sunday night. Going to the Beach for the rest of the weekend. Love to all. See ya.

Jul. 14th, 2007

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small update

Worked a little bit last night on the next installment in the group of short stories called "Confessions of the Dead." Felt good to finally move forward on that project. I'm still fleshing out most of the stories before I start writing them, but the second one was solid enough I could start writing some of it. got about a page written then went to bed. The story I wrote in the series was about a drug dealer who is on his way home and meets his untimely death at the bottom of a ravine. The second one is entitled "Lighting Bugs", or "Spring Storm" not sure yet. The story is of a little old lady who's time has come and she's willing if not quite ready. The third which as for no is with out title is about a coma patient who hears everything going on around him, when his wife tells them it's time to pull the plug, and death is coming and there ain't nothing he can do about it....except laugh.

Of Course I'll be posting them up here as I finish them. When all seven are done I'm going to try and self publish. Just to test the market. I think I'll be able to afford a small printing of say like 500. Sell them to family friends and see if I can get them up in some local shops.

In other news I just got...literally like two minutes ago an email from a writing friend of mine asking if I wanted to collaborate with him on a group of short ghost stories, based on American urban myth and folk lore. The idea sounds interesting, and I would like more info, but yeah I would love something like that. Maybe write an update version of the story of the bell witch or something along those lines. (the bell witch if you don't know has ties to my family or at least that is the rumor.)

That's it for today. Next week I start my new job, I clean my room and I start pushing harder on the writing front. We'll see you.

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