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11 Jun

It doesn’t matter what you are thinking, or what fear you have, if you just do it!  Action is the only thing that matters…  I can see that at the end of my life, I am not going to look back and say, “I wish  I had taken more action”.  – Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

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7 Jun

“People become successful the minute they decide to.” – Harvey  Mackay

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2 Jun

“Courage is facing your fears.  Stupidity is fearing nothing.”  – Todd Bellemare

 

When it comes to writing or art, many are afraid that their stuff is good enough yet.  Well, that is a good thing.  I forces us to put that extra effort with touch up or re-writes.  Others spite out there stuff with no fear that it is good enough; at which point are surprised and shocked at all the criticism.  Fear is a good thing and should be harnessed.  Now just to contradict myself, fear is a bad thing if it cripples you from actually finishing your piece.  A little dash a fear and handwork goes a very long way.

Seven Lines of Damnation – 1

1 Jun

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.  These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” – Vince Lombardi

We are currently living in the crossroads in life.  The ‘computer age‘ or the ‘information age‘ whatever you want to call it, has changed things in life greatly.  This is not a bad thing, it simply means that we need to be like the willow tree and be flexible in our approach to nearly everything.  New ideas are needed for adaptation and for success in not only our financial world, but our personal ones as well.  Family structures also have changed, businesses have changed and more specifically (for me anyway) the publishing world has changed.  I was at my local mall the other day and walked into one of its book stores.  Admittedly, it has been many years since I frequented one (due to my health).  I was blown away by what I saw or pointedly, what I did not really see.  That be books!

Well know, I was forced to ask myself, why am I writing my novel if the future of books are in such peril (and the futures of books are in peril make no mistake).  Well for one, books as in the paper form (I hope anyway) and for two, the lack of interest in reading novels.  I really hope the second one is a cyclical phase.

I write, because I have something to say.  It is my core’s self way of expressing everything I have seen, thought, learned, comprehended, pondered and dreamed.  With that be said, I write for me.  If in the end someone enjoys what I have written, so much the better.  In adapting to today’s world and the two points I have just indicated I have spend many hours reformatting my novel into what I think will work in today’s marketplace.  I changed my novels into many segments novellas, ask most people will not spend the time to read a 500 page book, but will push through 100 pages if they are interesting.

My first novel’s title was The Seven Lines of Damnation.  The story is absolutely original and has never been conceived before.  Who am I kidding?  There are only new concepts not new stories or is it new stories and not new concepts… Oh, that does not really matter.  The stories premise is not a new one; it is old in fact; very old.  It started way back when some woman told some man to eat an apple and we have been apologizing for that act ever since.

The first novella is titled Man of Destiny, followed by Assilem.  In no particular order Shadow of Fire, Man of the Hour, The Forgotten, The Halo Truth, and Crossing the Line.  These novellas will be approximately a hundred pages making up my original manuscript.  Most of this is already written as I have been writing them for nearly two decades.  For health reasons, they are not yet finished and I am not rushing to put out crap.  I want to put our quality.

What are the Seven Lines?  Good question.  God (according to some religions) gave man the Ten Commandments.  These commandments need to be followed as the word suggests.  Failure to follow them, will bar your passage back into the gates of Heaven upon Judgment Day (Again, according to some religions. I, in no way, am trying to challenge anyone’s belief system in writing these books.  I, in fact, was raised with a strong RC belief, but like many, started to challenge that belief due to all the holes I have found over the years (that and the politics)).  Thus, the SLD and all the books that are in my Dark Side of Man series are trying to fill the holes with logical (and somewhat fantastic) pliable reasons for the holes and so, my first hole filler, The Seven Lines of Damnation.  The stories will center on a group of characters, which will become entrenched into what is said to be the longest lasting war.  That war is the battle between good and evil.  Not only am I trying to explain away problems in my raised religion, but I am trying to explain away all myths and urban legends (where I can).

To all those that have helped me over the years, my thanks.
More to come…

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1 Jun

“Don’t you get it?  This very second you could  be doing something you love and dream about doing.  So do it!
NOW!” – Unknown

A writer writes, an artist arts… err, well, they draw paint ink create sketch, you know… arts!  The point is, don’t talk about what you want to do, do it.  Don’t wish it, live it.  Stop saying one day, and make today that day.  I know someone that continuously says tomorrow they will start.  My question is, what is going to be different about tomorrow compared to today.  That is the reason tomorrow never gets here.

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29 May

Don’t you get it?  This very second you could be doing something you love and dream about doing.  So do it!
NOW!  –  Unknown

About writing Part 1

29 May

Novels, what is a novel?  I am currently writing some so I thought the blog should reflect this passions.  I am not an expert by no stretch, though I have researched the subject quite thoroughly.  Here is what I’ve learned.  A novel it is a group of pages making up a story.  Told I was not an expert, what were you expecting.  Not specific enough.  There are threads upon threads weaving several stories together about characters and events.  Every writer’s style will lean toward different aspects of either character, environment or the events.  Myself, I lean toward characters.  Yes, I could get into the dynamics of what makes up a story from the protagonist to the antagonist.  None of this is important, and yet it is.

Today is the Age of Entitlement.  Before ‘they‘ or ‘those that be‘ named it, I was calling it Generation More.  Anyone and everyone can right a story.  Don’t believe me… one word… Twilight.  If the woman wanted to write a romance novel, she could of.  No need to destroy an entire Genre.  (Vampires DON’T sparkle).  But, everyone is entitled.  Talent not a requirement.  Anyone can publish a book, it just takes some greenbacks and Amazon will publish as will a dozen or so other sites.  We are an interest point in history where talent is no longer required for anything.  Everyone is playing carpenter, auto mechanic, home decorator, painter, writer, artist, athlete… you name it.  Talent is no longer required as everyone is entitled.  Gone are the days when you trained you entire life for a career.  Now, everything is ‘just good enough‘, expectations are at an all time low and frankly I do not see things getting better.  Oh, don’t worry, I’m Entitled to my opinion.  I digress…

Writing!  Couple of thoughts on writing, if you are inspired to write something after you watch a movie or read a book; chances are you are stealing someones thoughts, words, ideas, characters or story.  Plagiarism is a word you need to know very well before you begin write, even something as simple as a damn Greeting Card.  If you want to steal something, try the bank, the reward is immediate (chances are, so is the punishment).

pla·gia·rism

[pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-] Show IPA

noun

1.

an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author: It is said that he plagiarized Thoreau’s plagiarism of a line written by Montaigne. Synonyms: appropriation, infringement, piracy, counterfeiting; theft, borrowing, cribbing, passing off.
2.

a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation: “These two manuscripts are clearly plagiarisms,” the editor said, tossing them angrily on the floor.
By simply change a couple names, does not new story make.