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Old or New?

Do you like the old way of submitting your manuscript, or the new way?

There are benefits to both ways, but they are both very different. See what Gary and I have to say in this episode.


Pet Sematary 2019 Movie Review

Gary and I talk about the Pet Sematary 2019 movie. Was it good? Was it bad? Find out on this episode.


How Do You Draft?

It's Wednesday and there's a new episode up. 

This time Gary and I talk about how we draft our stories. Some do it as they go, while others wait until the end to go over it with a red pen. 

Whatever you do, check out the show to see our take, and then comment and join the convo. 

Please subscribe to the channel, and if you'd like to come on and talk let us know.


Social Media Hindrances

Gary and I talk about how social media is keeping us from what we've come here to do. Create. 

Make friends, post your work, but don't become obsessed. 

Check out the episode above and please like and sicscribe to the channel. 


How Far Would You Go?

I could have done this, or that, but I was not feeling too well, or it was raining, or I had to do a few things. Bottom line is you didn’t do it. 
Period. No matter how many times you make an excuse, you know the real reason for not doing what you want to do. I believe the saying is, you're only hurting yourself. So don't turn away your next project because something isn't going the way you want it. Later you'll look back and thank yourself for not giving in. It's like that family member, or friend, who says "oh, yeah, I'm losing weight, just lost 5 pounds", and yet they don't look like they've lost anything. They're only hurting themselves. I know it can be hard these days, the barrage of news and work and other outside events that entrench their influence upon your daily psyche, but if you look at those who made it, usually they've put all that outside noise aside and went for it. They didn't get weighed down with the outside distrac…

Just Read

I was reading this article in Publishers Weekly, and thought of my recent trip to the local Barnes and Noble with my wife and daughter.
I love going to the book store. And they do well to entice would-be readers to pick up a book. The feeling is profound, just thinking about all the stories waiting to be read, all with the best special effects money can't buy. Sometimes the thought seems more appealing than the actual reading, almost the same with writing now that I think about it. I'm glad my daughter is picking up on chapter books, maybe she'll want to test her ideas and write stories like her dad. One book series that really gets kids going are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. She loves them. I'd pointed them out in the book store and we tried one, just to make sure, and that was it. It's almost as if she skipped a few reading levels from what she had been reading. I can't wait for the day wh…

Tell is Show, Too

Some say show don't tell. And yes, this makes for a better story. There are stories that tell, and are famous, but for the most part it's better to show. It makes the story like a movie. 
Then there's that little loophole, sometimes it's ok to tell. 
Sure, ok. I mean, if there are stories that are pretty popular with telling in it, then why not? 
But I was thinking. 
So yeah, it's cool to put "telling" in your story, but is it technically still telling and not a different form of showing? 
Allow me to explain. 
There are ways of writing a scene that you aren't writing directions for a character, moving around chess pieces as I like to say. What the passages insinuate is something you see in your head. 
Off the bat I'll try to show examples. 
Instead of saying he picked up the fork, you can say the metal felt cold, hard, he jabbed at the beans, trying to get three on the tongs. They tasted yadda yadda. 
Perhaps a bad example, but I'm in a Cafe and tappi…

Write in the Morning, Edit at Night

Writing in the morning and edit at night. Sound advice. Don't think I've read it anywhere before. Who knows, though. Maybe my subliminal mind slapped it together? But I'm actually saying this from recent events. I've been doing this story a day thing (or at least a story when the mood catches me, which I try to make very often). And I had an idea coming into work, on the train. I was listening to some music and it put me in a mood which lead to a cool thought. It was one of those thoughts that bring one back to another time or place, where you can smell and feel your surroundings. But I didn't whip out my trusty cell and start taping away the basic idea of it. Later on, I'm looking out the window, longing to leave work, and thought about exactly that time this morning when I had this idea. I told myself I could still get it out, but something inside was saying "fat chance". I thought upon this, and how different my mind frame was at that later hour. Semi-d…

Story A Day 2

So, I've been trying this new thing where I write a story when the moment strikes. Like when I get a scene in my head and instead of hoping I'll remember it later, I start writing something out.

So far it's been pretty cool. Got a few stories from it, and even though the others I didn't really care for  I just keep moving. It's a relaxing exercise, at least. 

I don't expect to write a story every single day, but to aim for as many as possible is the goal. Plus, I may find myself writing 2 one day. So it evens out. 

I find getting scenes out of my head frees me up for other thoughts. And even some scenes and techniques I mess with become more pronounced. 

I'm going to keep messing with this, along with trying to fit more reading in. 

If you do this, let me know how it's going for you. Or even if you do something different, but similar. 

I'd like to know what you're thinking about it. 


Social Media Love Hate Relationship

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. And if you think about it just the way that horror writing and some genres were easier back maybe 20-30 years ago, it got harder to break through. Things were new back then, there was unchartered territory.

And now with YouTube and other social outlets, it's becoming harder to be seen not only above others with the same intention, but space is being given to big outlets.

That's not good for the little guy, but we still try. We still create.

I've noticed social media soaks up lots of time that could be used to create more, read more, practice your craft. 

You get hooked on views and likes and what someone is saying next. And don't get me wrong, if you don't go overboard it's cool, I mean who's going to look at all the artists if they aren't looking around. 

What I mean is when we stop writing, or making music, or anything else we are doing, to tweet through the day and night. 

Recently I thought about this, as I …


On this episode, Kris joins us again to talk about his brush with secret society. He says he was confronted on Instagram by the Illuminati and asked to join.

We discuss this on the show.

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Pre-orders And Stuff

On this episode, Kris joins us again to discuss pre-orders. Whether it be books, or games, is it worth it to pre-order products, or more for the benefit of the companies that may want to know there is a need before something comes out, we dig deep and have some fun with the subject. 

Well, maybe not so deep, but we do have fun. 

Check it out. And please be sure to subscribe. 


Avengers Endgame Movie Review

Today we have Kris on from Real Vision Radio to do the movie review of Avengers Endgame. No spoilers. 


A Story A Day

So I've been trying something. It's a mix of a few things I've said on here, just doing it, meaning writing (or insert anything creative you are going for).

I was talking to a writer friend of mine, Gary Buller, and we were discussing another writer who puts out stories at a pretty fast clip. 
He mentioned that they try to write a story a day. I've heard about some who do this, the level of polish depends on the writer, but I've heard of it. Then I thought, what if I apply this every time I get a thought. 
Instead of just letting the idea get away like usual, I'll act on it and push out a full story, good or bad.
So far the results gave been pretty good. I've noticed that stale thoughts are being emptied, making way for new ones. New techniques are being thought up, and I have more room after the purge to think up new ideas. 
What I do is grab any device closest: phone, laptop, work computer (if you have access to one at your job) and get down the story. 
No hesi…

Writer's Blood Coffee

It's not a type of coffee, it's the title for the show and this blog post. A writer's blood, it's said, has coffee running through it. The stuff keeps us up to write into the early morning, or so the fantasy of writing goes. 
But seriously, it fuels a lot of writing and that's why Gary and I felt we should dedicate a show (if not another) to the subject. 
Hope everyone enjoys, and please, if you like what you hear like and subscribe to the channel. 

Being Concise in Writing

When writing a story it is important to keep things as close as possible to real life. The way things happen and their timeline transfered to the page makes the manuscript more believable and adds one more thing to the list of components that make the reader get lost in a story. 

Check out what Gary and I think about this subject on the show in the embedded video. 

Hope you enjoy. 


Metroid Morphing Ball

I see why some artists become depressed. I feel down sometimes, I see the points where it happens. Mostly the next day I'm better again, for the most part, but I've got other things to keep my mind busy. Family, work, perhaps a hobby or two. 

Writing, and just about any other art form, can be hard on someone starting out. I liken it to the Metroid ball in the first game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, the character in that game, Samus, could morph into a ball and set small bombs. These could break blocks, but they also jolted the character up a bit in ball form. They'd come back down, but if you set another bomb just at the right moment, and then another on the ground, the first one would propel you to the second, and you keep doing this until you get to new heights in the game. 

In the begining it was hard, and I felt it was near impossible, but if you were in the middle of it (of course it could all fail at any moment…

Silly YouTube Thumbnails

This is a fun subject. I always find the YouTube videos with the wild thumbnails to stir many emotions. 

As annoying as they can be at times, I still get a laugh. YouTube wouldn't be YouTube without 'em. 

Check out Gary and I on this episode to see what we think. 


Slept On It

I slept on the thoughts from yesterday. I still feel the same, for the most part, for now, but I do see that perhaps I was thinking those things because of emotions. 

There are a lot of things going on, like worrying about finances and the endless work on YouTube and keeping up social media. 

I also think about how much work there is fore the writing, which has taken a big hit due to it being busy at work. 

Either way, it's a bit overwhelming at times. But these are boundaries that have to be busted through. 

I also have a couple of stories I have to go through for the Trickster's Treats anthology this October. I'll probably be looking over those this weekend. 

Novel writing, I'm finding, is easier for me. I like to write stories more laid out, with a bigger canvas to work with. 

Short stories are OK, but I've never really liked them due to the small amount of time you have with the characters and not being able to fully relate to them. 

That's how I feel now. Lets se…

Silenced? Are We?

That's another thing. Here are some thoughts. 

I hold back sometimes, thinking of a way to convey what I really feel. Most of the time I'm OK with how I get my thoughts across. But so much of the time I feel I have to watch what I say. 

Now I'm not saying be a jerk and say something hurtful, or nasty. But think about this. 

Emenem has a line that says "the only difference is I got the b**ls to say it, in front of y'all, and I don't got to be sugar coated at all" and Metallica says, in one of their songs, "all these words I don't just say". 

What is truly on your mind? 

It's OK to express what you genuinely feel. It may not be how you feel later, you may not get on the good side of some, but depending on the way you do it, especially if it's a little blog, or your social media, one should have the freedom to express themselves. 

And what I was saying just now, we have the right to change our mind. One thing we learned here may change, or ou…

Hmmm, Social Media. Yay or Nay

The more I think about it, the more I am starting to think that perhaps Twitter was a mistake. 

I've gained friends and sure, not all has been a waste. But even looking at the posts from others, I see that it is a distraction. 

Used sparingly, I can see how later it might help, as a resume of sorts, but it seems like a game. The whole follow me and I'll follow you, hawking your wares to others who are most likely doing the same. Politics creeping in just at the right moment to screw things up further. 

I don't know. 

Maybe I'm not doing it right. Maybe that's all that it's meant for. What do I know? 

I do know we are supposed to be doing what we came to do. If that's writing, so be it. If it's some other creative path, so be it, as well. But we are supposed to be getting down to business and doing what we love, what we come home exhausted from work ready to pass out yet need to open that Word file, or insert whatever it is you do that is your "dream&quo…

Jimmy Hendricks of Writers

When you are a self taught writer I think of Jimmy Hendrix, who taught himself how to play guitar. 

Check out this Friday's episode and please like and subscribe. 

Thank you. 


A Hole the Size Of A Pistachio

I know it sounds easier said than done, the old cliche, but it's true. A totally different view can be had from the inside. 

It's easy to think these things when you have a few years under your belt, or even more, but when you're just begining one might think it's easy. 

Oh, I'll just do this and all the riches will flow right in. Then you see someone else struggling and you think, I just won't go that route. But it seems inevitable at times. 

Then one might notice the long periods of time it takes and go, "can't be, it only takes this much time for this and that". But then you might notice that it's not just the act of doing the project, but the extras like work and life that extend the time. 

When you're young you have all the time in the world, most "waste" it. When you get older you realize time is growing short and grab at any second, envious of the time you had back when you just sat there doing nothing. 

Don't get me wrong,…

Write to Music

Sort of a dual meaning in that heading, huh? Well, it's something that can help a lot more than some think. 

Music can sooth and mend bitter feelings between two feuding friends. It can incite violence, or promote peace.

What we are talking about this episode is using music to inspire creation. Or even just to be background music while you edit.

Hope we can enspire you. Enjoy. 


How Do You YouTube?

I like to listen to music when I write. Sometimes I forget, or am just so busy I only get to jot notes. But it's something that can help alot.

Gary and I talk about it in Monday's show above.


A Lifestyle Change

Going out today to food shop. Working on a new intro to the show. I want to make it good. That is what this is about, getting better. Not putting out the same material. 

Same with the writing, which is the reason, partly, that I haven't sent out anything in quite a while. The other part is procrastination and being too busy. But more is coming soon. 

And yes, I say being lazy. Even though one deserves to relax after work, or during their lunch break, I push through editing the show or editing my writing projects, but sometimes I can be hard on myself and feel I am not doing enough. 

The only way to break through and make it, to do this as a living and not a hobby, is to sacrifice. You can still have the relaxation, but need to carve up your time effectively. 

The problem is getting to that point. 

It's a new way of thinking. Just like when dieting usually the weight comes back. Your old ways and habits will come back unless you train yourself to have a new way of life. 

A lifestyle …

Writer's Block

I've been so busy with editing that most of the posts on here have been for that. So what I try to do is write a little extra here on what I feel about the subject. 

Video here, by the way:
So, about writer's block. I don't feel this is something because one can always write. 

The question is can you write how you want, or feel it when you put down on paper? That's another thing. But one can always keep writing. 


Eventually something will come out, or you can use parts of what you wrote.

So technically, in my opinion, there is no writer's block. Just mental barriers. 

So try and push forward. See what you can write. You may just break on through. 


Free Book Promotions

Wednesday has come and gone and i was so busy. I struggled to edit before work  during lunch  a bathroom break, you get the gist.

But here it is, Free Book Promotions. 
Gary and I talk about how it can be both good or bad, depending on where you are in your writing career. Of course, as with all other advice, what works for some may not work for all. Hope something within can help, though. 


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Kill Your Darlings

Just like the famous saying coined by Steven King, to kill one's darlings, as a writer, means to edit out scenes that don't need to be in a story even if you love them dearly. Your darlings. Get it? 

Gary and I discuss this on Mondays episode of the show here:
If they need to be removed, they need to be removed. But, of course, that's totally up to the artist as some may disagree. 

But you know, deep down inside, what has to be done. 

So go out there and get to it! 


Mainstream or Literary?

There is a belief by some that because a story is literary and flowery with different meanings that it is advanced and the better way of writing. 
Gary and I discuss this in Friday's show, here: 

Just because something seems better quality, or for those with a higher intellect, doesn't mean it's better. 

I've seen plenty of stories that some would have interesting things to say about style and grammar, yet hold the reader with the imagination and content. 

There are many factors that come into play, and finding what's best and works for you is important. 

Same with YouTube. I've seen some shows that use barebones editing and devices like cameras and mics, and they are more popular than fully decked out sets with super high budgets. 

So go and do your thing, make your move. As you get more money, if you want, improve your production. Or, keep it the way it was, most likely the way the fans will want it to stay. 


Social Media Formula

Today, Gary and I talk about our social media strategies and how there is no one way to go about posting. 

Please enjoy the show here. 
What works for some may not work for others. Some may just go there to talk to family and have fun. It's all good. 


Bird Box Movie vs Book

Today Gary announces a few things and I discuss the differences between the book version of Bird Box and the movie adaptation. 
There are spoilers in this episode, but I put the times in the description area. 

So if you've not read the book or seen the movie yet, then skip ahead. 

As always, please enjoy and subscribe if you like what you hear. 


Inspiration Comes From Everywhere

Driving through some backroads, I got a feeling. It was good. It's a feeling that doesn't come too often lately, maybe because I'm very busy? But it felt really good again.

I saw a house coming up from the road up the hill. It gave me a thought. What's in there? What has happened around here? And then my imagination burst. 

Inspiration comes from everywhere, and I love the inspiration I get from upstate. Don't get me wrong, the city has its own inspiration. But up further up where the trees take over the buildings, special things happen.

I reached for my ice machiato with the extra turbo shot and swirled it around, thinking of what I would write later on. 


Everything Equals Up To Something

Sometimes I'm loathe to work on a project I feel won't amount to much. 

I get scared that I'm wasting my time. 

When I look back and see that the work I put in initially led me in a direction on the path that I took for the final project, I realize that the initial thought process had to happen, to some degree, to get to the final outcome. 

I totally get that some of us aren't lucky enough to have loads of time, we have day jobs and other matters to take care of. We have bill to pay. And the most important thing, our families. 

Thinking about this, though. I do feel that even what seems like a waste of time can be useful. Even just a little blog post. 


Fears and Phobias

What are your fears and phobias? Gabby and I talked about that on this Friday's episode.



On this episode, Gary and I talk about our Vices.



Positivity Negativity

Gary and I talk about being positive, and how sometimes too much may not be a good thing. 

Check out the video to hear our thoughts. 


Blended Melded

Some artists throw pain at a blank canvas, literally. Sometimes you may find something worthwhile. You can aways see something to interpret.

Isn't that what art is about? Yeah. There are times when it can go too far, and art is for the most part, subjective. Unless a specific message is trying to break through.

Of course, even then it can mean something different to someone else.

And, of course, at the end of the day, even my opinion is up for interpretation. 

No one is totally right, no one is totally wrong. Art is art. 

Our brains fire off thoughts and feelings fast, perspectives change, views alter, outside influences, well, influence. 

Things stick, drip, fade away. We tweak, smear, alter. The vision sharpens. We have clarity.


Fun Show Promo

Here's a pretty cool and fun promo I made up last night.

It was more fun being I had no immediate deadline to have it out. 

It's amazing when I think of how much I do all of these things from my phone.  

Either way, here it is. Enjoy. 


Keeping Your Cool

This Friday on the show Gary and I talked about keeping your cool when not so great things happen. You can hear that episode here.
Life is full of these occurrences, it all depends on how you stay chill and calm yourself down that makes the difference.

There were many things you can do. A hobby is one. Some relax by watching a movie or their favorite TV show. Others go out to a nice dinner with their loved ones.

Whatever you do, just know not to take life so seriously. In the end it can bite you. And don't forget it can also burn you out. So if you like to create, it may be a wise thing to blow some steam off every once in a while.


Exploiting Disasters

Gary and I come together to talk about something that came to me in the wake of all the terrible things going on in the world as of late.

I'm not saying they shouldn't be discussed, but what gets me is when people try to capitalize on these events.

Gary had the same idea, so we said let's talk about it.

Enjoy this Wednesday's episode below. And if you wish to discuss  please do so on YouTube, here, or on Twitter. 


Is Reading A Chore?

I used to look at my reading as a wonderful time to slip into another world and get lost in a story. Listen to Gary and I talk about this on the Monday show here. 
I have more thoughts on this. 

Sometimes it would be wonderful, sometimes not so great, but I always loved loosing myself in a great story where the special effects and imagination were endless. 

Starting to write seriously, I began reading magazines and sites that said reading was one of the more important things to do if you are serious about writing. 

Then when I looked to my reading, I got this feeling. A feeling of being forced, almost. And it became somewhat of a chore. 

Now don't get me wrong. I still enjoy reading. But there are times when I feel I am forcing myself because of all those articles. 

It's like watching horror movies because you feel you have to comment on them. It looses the fun and raw enjoyment because now I feel I am looking for things I should know. Little parts that I should understand, and be a…