Showing posts from September, 2019

Don't Settle for Less

Don't settle for less.  This is something I'm learning each day. If you stand still, become stagnant, there is a risk of becoming complacent.  Yeah, this has all been said before. I know.  But it's the way one moves forward that matters. Constantly learning. Knowing that you can always learn something new. Understanding what type of story it is being written. There are so many moving parts, so many subtle things that can make the story or break it.  Do I know it all? No way! I'm learning as I go.  If you get a rejection, and you know you've learned something new, look that story over. And keep in mind, the story may not be bad, it could just be a situation where they couldn't use that particular subject. Could be one editor wants a certain style, and so on and so forth.  The most important thing is to keep going. The stories are done, now find them a home. I've even seen some who push so consistently they eventually get their stuff published. Stuff

Ignoring the Negativity

Gary and I talk about steering clear of negativity on social media and in general.  WCM 

Movie Review of Child's Play 2019

Check out what Gary and I think about the Child's Play Reboot here!  WCM 

Horror with Marchese and Buller LIVE 9/15/2019

Did a live show today with Gary. Check it out above.  Gary talks about his trip to Korea and we talk about movies and other things.  WCM

Pumpkin Spice is Everywhere

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

Out and About, Fall is Coming

Out picking up a few things. Like pumpkins. I actually new my local supermarket finally had some. They advertised it.  They usually have them when I get back from Puerto Rico, but this year it was a bit late.  Got some nice ones. Usually we leave them out and then carve them the weekend before Halloween.  WCM

Child's Play Wasn't Bad

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.  Gary and I might just have to do a show on it.  See you then.  WCM 

Writing Imposter?

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 point 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 editing phase. Step two: Go over the story and edit. The fun part.  Sometimes things change,like the way you go about editing. There are writers who go one page at a time (Dean Ko

Audio Books vs Traditional Reading

What do you prefer? Audio books, or mainstream reading? Check out the show and let us know! Gary and I talk about what we like. WCM 

A Call for YouTube Support

Image I see many YouTube videos and they so easily ask for subscribers and likes and all that good stuff.  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

Life Corrects Itself

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.  What I had to rea

Sending Out and Finishing Up

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

Back to Work

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

Brightburn Movie Review

This episode Gary and I review Brightburn.  Gary is away, but we've recorded a few episodes that will come out each Friday. More on the way.  Please, its appreciated if you subscribe. Thank you.  WCM