Damn the System!

Ugh. The wonderful day job. 

It's like an update to a game system that knocks out homebrew games from being played on it. Or Apple not letting you side load apps. 

People find a way. Sure. But still. 

But back to the day job. 

You see, they always find a way of screwing me over with my writing. Alow me to explain. 

I work hard. Probably more than a lot at my place of employment. But I work fast and when you work fast your employers will usually try to milk more work from you--of course with the same pay. 

On top of this, I've seen others perusing websites and surfing retail outlets very often. 

You see where I'm going with this? 

Good for them, but I'm only jotting down some notes, or reading here and there, and feel guilty? Well, that's so.... You know what I mean.

I get my work done and done well. 

But there is lways a new way to stop or block me from doing my thing, or so it seems. 

On of the many is Word documents were blocked without putting external. OK. Fine. Then they…

Always the Right Time

Sitting here for a quick moment getting something done. Then I have to run home and work on a few things. 

While I'd rather be living life than working the day job, I still need to find time to get some writing in here and there. 

OK, off to the next place. The next task. The next writing session! 


Horror Is Not A Joke, Right?

It's time to step up the game. Horror is not a joke, to me at least. 
From from time to time a situation comes up where I am asked what I do. The reaction is what I'm afraid of. 

There's the day job, yeah, but I don't consider that my career--my dream, I put that lower on the list. 

I drudge through the day job to give me time to write, to create, but writing is what I do. Creating. 

Of course when this is brought up, the inevitable question rears it's head. 

"So what do you write?" 

"Uh, horror." 

"Say that again-" 

"Horror, like scary stories--sort of like Stephen King, you know?" 

Who doesn't know him... 

So it can go in two directions at this point. Either they like "scary stories," or fake a smile and nod and try to find something nice to say. 

"Oh, yeah! I love Stephen King." 

Of course they do. 

Not impressed huh, thought I was an academic writer, literary perhaps?

Well, let me tell you, horror can be all tha…

Carved Out Time

Carved out a little time for some writing. 
Haven't had a chance to do anything, work being busy. 

It's these little moments that I love; being somewhere long before anyone else is, or at least most are. 

There's a warm feeling I get knowing I'm somewhere doing something before anyone is awake. 

Some writers I know do their thing after hours, while the family is asleep. 

Some like to create while there are a lot of people around. 

I've read about some famous writers staying up until the wee hours of the morning, because that is when they get their inspiration. 

Anyway you put it, it's making time for your thing. 

When do you feel the muse comes knocking, while the world sleeps, or through the rush of the rush of society? 

Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter here

Hope to see you there. 


Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

I've got my moon cakes. I've been wanting to try these for quite a while now. 

I bought a pack from a local Asian store and will finally get to taste one. 

A while back I was able to get a pack, but there was no expiration date and I forgot to check at the place. So I never got to eat those. 

Now that I've had one I can say it smells a little like a fortune cookie, and tastes like a pastry.

The one I had was filled with red bean paste. There are many other flavors that I'm sure taste equally delicious. 

Now I know these are mini, and don't have the duck egg that the bigger ones contain, but that's ok. 

Maybe next year I'll pick up one of the more expensive versions. 

Until then, go out and try this, it's pretty good. 

And for those celebrating, happy Mid-Autumn festival! 


Names and Pronouns

I've been thinking about something that a lot must think about, at least those I've seen while doing research. And there's no sure fire rule to this, it seems. Unless it's out there and I'm missing it. 
Some say it goes on how it looks, you'll know. Aesthetics. 
Some say to put more descriptions covering up the "he did this, or she did that." 
Yeah, I can see that, too. If you describe what the character sees, implying they are doing the action that "she touched the soft dog" would tell, then yeah, you save having to use a pronoun or two. 
So you cut down. 
But what about going back to the name of the character? What if the reader forgets who you're talking about? 

Gary and I talked about this on yesterdays YouTube show. We came to the conclusion that it's a mixture of a few things. Asthetics, importance of using the name--like if the sentence deals with something important as apposed to she picked up this, or he sat down. 

We did, however,…

Fall Is Here

Fall has arrived! And what better way than a trip to Michael's to check out some of the Halloween decorations? 
And the wonderful colors of Autumn.

I love to see all the different decorations the stores have to offer. 

Halloween is like the doorway to the holiday season  no
matter what you celebrate, we are coming to the time of year here great feelings are abound.

There are some who associate this time of year with feeling down and blue, but please remember  there is always someone there. Life is a beautiful thing. 

Go out, look around. Take a walk with simply no destination. Or make a simple destination, if only for a coffee. Decorate. 

For horror fans, soon the networks will be saturated with movies great and terrible--B-rated horror is great, too.

So get out there and enjoy the cooler weather!