N is for No Boundaries

As I’ve mentioned before, my tastes tend to run toward the dark and demented. Be it books, movies, music or art, the stranger and darker it is, the more I like it. The two novellas I’m revising are not full on horror, but they both have some twisted elements to them. The novel I’m writingContinue reading “N is for No Boundaries”

Morphine – My Appreciation Of A Criminally Under-appreciated Band

  I still remember the first time I heard Morphine. It was the summer of 1998. My girlfriend put on their CD, Like Swimming. It instantly grabbed my attention, and never let go. I was stunned by it. I play guitar, and found myself fascinated by this power trio that didn’t even have a guitarist.Continue reading “Morphine – My Appreciation Of A Criminally Under-appreciated Band”

Lying To The Audience – Use Of The Unreliable Narrator

As I was thinking about a future project the other day, I began to consider having the story told by an unreliable narrator. Not necessarily in a huge, plot-twisting, Fight Club sort of way, but definitely to mislead the  reader somewhat. I’m hesitant, though, because it’s a tricky thing to pull off. But when it’sContinue reading “Lying To The Audience – Use Of The Unreliable Narrator”

Killing Characters and Playing God

In writing the two novellas I’ve finished rough drafts for, I noticed something interesting: I barely wanted any characters to survive. I’ve had to show restraint because I want to kill off nearly every character I create. A couple of them were untouchable, but I would still briefly consider offing them anyway. I think someContinue reading “Killing Characters and Playing God”

Just Keep Writing – Something For The Other Writing Noobs

There was a time, about 6 or 8 months ago, when I had finished the rough draft of my first (well, technically second, but who’s counting?) novella, and I didn’t know what to do next.  I had revised it a few times right off the bat, but I knew I couldn’t just keep reading itContinue reading “Just Keep Writing – Something For The Other Writing Noobs”

Improvisation – Writing Off The Cuff

Quick wit is a good thing to have. The ability to think on your feet can come in very handy, impress people, and can get you out of some sticky situations. What I’m focusing on, though, is improv as it pertains to writing. When I’m thinking of a new story, I try to plot itContinue reading “Improvisation – Writing Off The Cuff”

G is for a Gibson ES-125 – My Pride and Joy

This is my guitar. There are many like it, but this one is mine. OK, OK, enough with the Full Metal Jacket schtick. I have heavy musical influences on both sides of my family. On my dad’s side, I got an intense love and appreciation for all kinds of music, namely the blues and rockContinue reading “G is for a Gibson ES-125 – My Pride and Joy”

Editing – Boy, Does It Ever Stink

Even though I’ve been writing for a long time now, up until the last year or so it’s been on again, off again.  So in no way do I consider myself experienced. I wrote my first novella in 2000. I finished the rough draft for my second one 06/15/12. I’m still not done editing andContinue reading “Editing – Boy, Does It Ever Stink”

Dreams – Sleep Paralysis and The Old Hag

I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. I can still remember a couple of my dreams from early childhood, and several from different points in my life. I’ve always wondered what placed certain people and places into your dreams, and I find it extraordinary how much about dreams is still unexplained. I’ve had dreams that were:Continue reading “Dreams – Sleep Paralysis and The Old Hag”

C is for Comedy – Why I Love Stand Up

Does this picture make you smile? Does it make you groan? It’s OK either way, there’s no wrong answer. I love to laugh, so it makes sense that I love comedy. Who wouldn’t? Besides, laughter is good for you. People way smarter than me have proven it, so if you don’t believe me, visit aContinue reading “C is for Comedy – Why I Love Stand Up”