Was out and about again, today had to do some food shopping. Ended up going to Trader Joe's. Got a few more pumpkins. My daughter wanted different color gourds. Trader Joe's had them cheaper than Stop N Shop, which had them for .99 cents each.
Pumpkin spice was everywhere. It's funny how many things have the flavor in it. I even picked up this baby pumpkin pie from a local bakery. Now, pumpkin pie I can eat all year round. I can't get enough of it. It just personifies the season.
The biggest deal being coffee places. Starbucks has the pumpkin spice cold brew now--of which I haven't tasted yet. I want to.
I picked up a peppermint mocha coffee creamer, however. I was using the Reese's Peanut Butter cup one, but thought I'd try this. And this company has just gone Non-GMO. So that's a plus. I only like pumpkin spice once, or twice. Then the rest of the season I'm good. Until the eggnog latte comes out. Then it's on. And I can drink that one way mor…
Just got finished watching the Child's Play Reboot. I didn't think it was bad. Gary said he didn't like it, in more words than that, but I think it was far enough from the original to stand ok on its own.
Granted, there were some aspects to it that were off, but most all horror movies have those.
Sometimes the writing comes like nothing. Sometimes I forget how I got to the ending of some stories. It brings to mind when writers say they feel like imposters. I can see where they might get this feeling. You finish something and there is time in between that and the next story and bam. There's no definite set of rules to get from A to B, but there are some tactics that work for me.
Step one: You have the story in your head? Just dump it out onto paper. Don't worry about how bad it sounds--or if things aren't in order. In fact, the worse the better. Later you will go and fix everything. Read it as though it isn't yours. Sometimes this may involve putting it aside for a bit, but in that time you can start another story. It's said that most writing gets done in the edit.
Step two: Go over the story and edit.
Now, this is what works for me. Sometimes it changes. Most of the time it's the easiest method I know. There are writers who go one page at a time (Dean Koon…
And that's fine, I do it too, on the show. But I get uncomfortable asking too many times. Or, something like that. It's something that can be a pain if done too much, or bad if done too little.
So what is the middle ground? I don't know. I figured I'd learn as I go, and try not to do the things that I don't dig.
Well, I'm asking, if you watch the YouTube videos, please, if you like the content, take the time to like and subscribe. And even hit that bell thing of you want instant notifications, but more so just subscribe.
It's hard and time consuming to make these videos, so if they do anything for you, please find the time.
I try to have similar content on the show, but it's spawned into its own thing, but on a similar track. We're still trying to figure out what it's mainly about, but are mostly there--or at least have so…
When I was younger, I didn't have much hope in a lot of things. My mother passed when I was thirteen, I was living lost in the Bronx. I knew I wanted to do something with art, but didn't have any direction. They say when you have problems it lends to the art, feelings perhaps? It deterred me most of the time. Though, I won't lie, there were some scenes...
There were other things. Personal to where I just deleted them and wrote this to cover them up. I ended up going into depression from it all. Long story. Maybe another time.
But I kept going. And I pulled myself out from that abyss. I moved on and eventually moved out. Positive things started to happen.
Remember the psychic vampire thing I talked about? Yeah, well, it's real. Sometimes a person can suck the positive feelings from you and you'll never know who--at least for a while. Other things had happened in between, ups and downs, but I kept going and eventually things evened out.
As the winter months near, I've heard the literary industry winds down a bit. Perhaps to get ready for the new year. Now, I know this can't be totally true, because nothing really grinds to a halt.
But I can understand that it may be a greater undertaking to obtain an agent, or have a book accepted by a publisher than it is after the holidays.
You can still send things out, and then take your break. Or, rather, catch up on some writing during those cold, winter months.
I'm trying to finish up a couple of stories to get out there. I already have two out at the moment. And with Gary away for work and having slowed down on the YouTube videos, I am making space to get some writing done.
I've gone back to a way of thinking--after coming back from vacation this year--I was in when I started planning how i'd go at social media. I've found a rhythm at the moment.
I never really liked social media, having to constantly push yourself out there just to be relevant. Then t…
Forgot I'd written this after (or possibly before) the trip back from Puerto Rico. But I'm back and it's about that time for Fall! Here's the post.
Going on vacation was one of the best things for my writing. I realized a lot of things. These are on par with the lessons I've learned--truths that are seen and need to be realized.
These are things that won't present themselves openly--at least most of the time.
But the break I took is like I had said before. It's good to take off once in a while. Watch a show, cook something nice for dinner, go for a walk and look at nature, maybe play some video games (if that's your thing). If you don't do something else, you end up inundating yourself with your craft and it might feel like a job. And not in a good way.
Of course the saying goes if you love what you do you never work a day in your life, but you still need to take breaks. Then again, there are those few who don't. But not everyone is wired like t…
An episode where Gary and I talk about what we're working on.
Listen in at the end to hear what gave Gary the inspiration for one of his recently published stories, Sleepover at Grandma's. Hope you enjoy. And please, while you are there, subscribe to the channel and share the shows. It would mean a lot to us.
I've been really trying to get stories out there, but time hasn't been on my side.
I love editing the YouTube videos, but sometimes it becomes such a chore, especially when it gets in the way of writing.
I know it takes time, but it's been moving slowly. And I need more subscriptions. I know it's hard to ask for them, plus, when I watch videos I forget to like sometimes and have to go back. Even subscriptions. I go back to the content creator, but forget to subscribe.
There are times I look at my Word document longingly, wanting to get into it and work on it, but I know I'm going to be interrupted. And I know all the things I've tried to combat that, but there are times when it's just not easy.
I'll be physically tired, and mentally it takes a big hit. Emotionally plays a bit into the equation, as well.
I know this are all things that most creators go through. Whatever the art form you choose to drop into the sentence. It just happens, and it depends on…
When you write, it's important to write from your heart. A story can be done over and over and each one will be like a copy of the other. But if you inject an inner story into the mix, it will stand on it's own.
There may be a scene that's taboo, maybe the reader will be thinking, I'd never do that! when inside they know it's something they'd very well do. It resonates.
It doesn't mean the character thinking the way they do is a bad person for doing what they do, or thinking the way they do, in a story. It only means the character is representing the fact that there are real people in this world that think differently from others.
Maybe the character sees a homeless man and thinks a certain way. Maybe a homeless person attacked her mom as they were walking through a park when they were younger. Maybe they have a world view on the subject.
Whatever the case may be, that character has a reason they react to the world you are creating the way they do. It's…
It's been a bit busy after coming off of vacation. Work should be slowing a bit, but it's going faster because people are off, and it hasn't fully slowed.
The next two weeks should be slower, just before school starts, but then it's full swing once again.
Even so, I've been getting in more writing than ever. Over the vacation I've realized a few things and adjusted.
Took a break from the videos, as well. More will be coming very soon.
It may look like I'm on social media less, and that's probably because I have been. I do not want to just post things that aren't relevant. Plus, the time wasted on there is time I could be creating.
The whole reason I had started social media is after listening to a podcast, and other sources, that said it is wise to get your voice out there and build up as you throw your stories out to the wild for consideration.
I have gained great friends, but, as with everything else, there is always the possibility of negative in…
Just finished recording three new shows for YouTube with Gary Buller. Going to see how fast I edit these, being I'm still on vacation.
Each show takes about four hours to do, from beginning to end, depending on how much effects and editing go into it.
I try to make the shows shorter, as those are much easier to edit than, say, a fifteen or twenty minute episode. But the intro and moving segments around, and music yada yada, it takes time.
I like how it's been coming out, the finished product looks pretty darn good, and I'm my own worst critic. But now we just need the eyes and comments to make it better. Maybe subjects people want us to discuss, ect.
So if you get the chance and look at the channel, please leave a like and comment. And the most important thing, please subscribe.
And if we struck a cord, please share the episode, as well.
Okay, now I'm off to drink some coffee, maybe some seltzer, and edit these shows.
It's rough to send out a short story to a place that wants a long time to process it.
There is precious little time we have, especially if one is submitting short stories for financial gain--to live?
Well, that's another story. I don't really think short stories can sustain anyone unless you're already established and can belt them out as fast as possible. When calculated, it just doesn't add up to a livable wage.
Plus, if you're supplementing a day job pay check with it, You'd still have to find the time to write these stories. And to make anything that would be worth while for paying the bills, you'd have to work pretty darn hard.
Short stories, in my opinion, are like an advertisement for the writer. They are also like achievements. "I've been in this," or "I've been published there."
I feel that novels are were the money is.
Though, I've heard there are other ways of writing articles and such that make a decent penny.…
Gary and I review Stranger things season 3. Well, I listen to him. I've only see the first season. I've been meaning to watch the last two, but it's been so busy. Now that I'm on vacation, I'll try and catch up. So many shows!
Say what you will, I think social media actually works against budding artists. If you are posting about your creations, or communicating with like-minded individuals, fine. But when it gets to the point you're checking non-stop, waiting for your phone to buzz to get that like fix, that's when the problem is starting.
I've come to the point where social media in itself is highly toxic. News and politics have crept heavily into my stream. And while I know it's a place to sound off for some, I am on here as a writer/artist and don't want to see that.
So, there are features to tell Twitter you don't want to see these things. And for the most part it works. But then I realized something else.
I looked up from my phone and saw everyone looking down into theirs. They constantly check for any notification, and search, and watch videos.
So thank you Twitter, for making me nauseous to the point where I put my phone down for a bit.
If today was a test to see how much I can take, then I believe I've past. So far.
When life throws curveballs, as the saying goes, you have to go with it. I know it's easier said than done, and I'm not talking about major, life-altering changes (though, those test one's character in their own way).
I'm talking about the little things that happen that keep us from doing what we want/need to do. It seems like they are put there to impede us, as though an unseen force is trying to stop us from doing our thing.
The problem is, when these things happen, and thinking like that (the evil entity out to get you, or a curse is upon you thing) only makes things worse.
I think about that scene in The Neverending Story (epic fantasy story--and maybe a dash of horror thrown in--about a boy who starts reading a forbidden book that sucks him, literally, into the story). But the part I'm referring to is with Atreyu's horse, Artax. They come upon some quicksand and the horse…
I hate when my glasses fog up in humidity. Or when they get smudged, it aggrivates me to no end. But I stop and clean them. Nothing else I can do. I want to see. You know?
I got to thinking about how much work it takes to write a novel. Takes quite a while to read one, imagine the other side of it.
I've read about writers who needed a team to help them put their yarn together. I guess to make sure things add up and all the intricacies that go into a story make sense when seen inside the reader's mind.
Do all writers need that? Na. Some do. The story can definetly be made better even if you don't need the team, thiugh. Some can just put something together off the cuff. Some can't. Or time does not permit them. I mean, having a team is done lots of times on TV series, or movies.
But writing is different.
Then I started thinking of exactly how intricate things can get and I realized it takes a lot of work and a lot of concentration. I mean, one can just get by withou…