Before I Begin…

I mentioned in my last update that I was thinking about cutting the prologue from the short story. After I mentioned it, I decided it was a good idea and went ahead. the result is that I now have two (or more) collections of short stories now started.  I also went in search of two stories I had begin….and realized that I had flushed them both down the proverbial/creative toilet.

No big loss. Neither were unfolding quite the way I had hoped at the time. Now, they will be parts of my growing project.

I hope to finish another three or four chapters (not sure how long I will draw out Ghost In The Ruins) today….after posting the next chapter. (sorry I am late with it, but we set another 8 – 10 posts and reinsulated the wire on the electric fence, so was out the door before I could do much….)

What Sounds Funny To An Irritated Person….

Before I start, I am announcing that I am postponing the posting of any segments of You’re Too Fucking Loud” until I can afford a new printer. I need to print off the extremely rough information I have as a rough draft so I can actually rework it to look professional. Smooth.

Now, with that out of the way….

 

My day was going great. We picked elderberries today, not that we got a lot (enough for about a pint of juice), but we got some. I suggested to mom that, to prevent any further future spraying by the county, she needed to post No Spraying signs next to the culvert near the bushes that got sprayed. It would ensure that the county would not spray again.

We did a few other things (sought out her empty jars, looked for a canner and a pan, and other things needed for canning as well as cleaned out and emptied the sprayers) as well. When we were done, I came home. She sent home with me several jars of canned pickled beets (I have always loved pickled beets), three potatoes, some tomatoes, and sugar.

I was supposed to fill the car up with gas, but found that there was not enough in the bank to do so….so I opted to go a little longer without. I’m perfectly fine with that. I understand.

That is where the ‘good day’ ended.

I have been struggling to get a small bit of funding so I can start a business. The whole process has been fraught with faux pas. The first attempt was reversed due to someone hacking an account. Second, by the bank’s alert system. And today?

Today, I was asked to do something. I tried to do it. I was blocked by the need for a code that I did not have.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate investing in anything not tangible. But, to humor the investor, I did as I was asked ‘to make it easier’. I opened a cryptocurrency trading account. I hate cryptocurrency. Perhaps I am a creature of habit that is leery of sudden change. Or maybe I just hate the idea of having to invest in something I can’t readily use.

To shorten the story, I could not get the person I was dealing with to understand why I could not do as they asked. Either they did not listen to what I said, or they flat ignored it. Both will piss me off quicker than anything. Don’t ignore me. Don’t not listen to me either.

To say the least, I am growing disgusted with the whole procedure. Mainly because the person on the other end is not willing to meet me in the middle. Thus, I posted something on Facebook something not characteristically in step with me. Something that seemed funny at the time.

It was meant as a joke. It concerned a project I decided not to go ahead with. One meant to be a sequel to The Devil.

The joke is liable to offend a few even though it was not meant to do so. Oh well. Sometimes sadism creeps into an angry mind. Sadistic sarcasm. Something I am good at.

Anyhoo…..

Did I mention there’s a new book due out on Halloween? Here’s the link:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-door-on-the-thirteenth-floor-jaysen-true-blood/1133067861/

about the new story unfolding

first, I must warn that I changed the age of my character. Originally, I set him at eight years of age. I have set him back to seven for the first two chapters.

Much of the story being written at the beginning of this is true. It is based off events in my childhood. The dreams and the ‘vision’ I mention did actually take place. This first episode is based off years 7-11  7-9 took place on the farm. years 10 and 11 were the first years lived in Sidney. It was the first time I realized that dreams meant something. Something more than most would admit.

Our household never had a television in it. I could never watch horror movies, so my dreams have no basis in anything I have ever watched. I did read a lot as a child, but nothing so terrifying as what I had dreamed.

I have never told any of the first few dreams. Or of the dreams I had as a teen. I have, however, spoken to a few about the dreams I had in my early adult life…which will also be detailed in this portion of the Soul Shard series. My suspicions about the later dreams have been averred, so I know that I am right about the earlier dreams as well.

Yes, I have become very adept at interpreting my own dreams. With such vivid imagery and audible dialogue, Or intense action, they are not hard for me to read. At the same time, I do not want to make too many uncomfortable. It isn’t my intent.

The overall Soul Shard series is meant to tie together the loose ends of the other cycles…Alpha Triad and Deltalink International. It is meant to bring a close to The Dimensional Wars in a way that redefines the universe and time/space itself as a concept.

Why I Haven’t Been Working On Any More Books In The Morrow Family Saga

I suppose I should give an update where The Morrow Family Saga is concerned. As you know, I wanted to write my current town of residence into the story through the local rodeo and a nearby state park. Unfortunately, I have not received any word from the county historical society on the information I desired from them–namely the acts that were at the rodeo in 1953/54 and the town’s overall set up (where what business was located along the square and in town…etc.) during the time frame of the story.

As an author, I like to keep things authentic and accurate. Without accurate information, I cannot write a good, historically accurate story. I spent three weeks researching the plot to make sure it was as accurate as possible. I didn’t want a Happy Days style tale of innocence. I wanted the dark, political side of the “age of innocence”.

I wanted to set the scene for the events of the 1960’s; every piece of legislation , everything from the McCarran Act to J.Edgar Hoover’s witch hunt in DC, and beyond. By the “summer of love”, I want to have the scene set for the volatility of the 60’s. Vietnam. Korea.

With ten books per series, each series sets the stage for the one that follows. At the moment, though, I am hoping just to get through the first decade. Although I could work on the 1970’s, I really don’t want to jump ahead.

 

An Author’s Gripe

I remember reading an article where a “fan” of the fantasy genre stated that fantasy was getting too predictable. They complained about every fantasy novel or short story having the same plot devices such as prophecies, magic, a mission that the protagonist(s) had to perform, etc. and asked why fantasy writers couldn’t come up with anything original. I was irritated after reading the article and though ‘if they want a fantasy story without those elements, then why didn’t they try writing the story they wanted?’

Then I realized that those who gripe the loudest are the very ones who couldn’t write a fantasy story to save their lives. Yes, they can always point out what is wrong, in their opinion, with how a story is written.

Novel Idea # 1: Hey book critics: If you can’t stand the standard fantasy novel plots, why not come up with a few new plots, try to write a story around them, then submit them to see if they actually work?

I’ll bet you would find it isn’t half as easy to formulate a story if you removed the very elements that make fantasy what it is. Write a fantasy story without a central prophecy. Write it without magic or an element of mysticism. Take the quest out of it. Go ahead.

I’ll guarantee you that, by the time you are done, you will not have a fantasy story. You will have just a regular, bland, run-of-the-mill allegory with absolutely no point or direction.

Novel Idea # 2: Try to understand that fantasy is known as fantasy simply because the plots aren’t necessarily believable, realistic, or without magic or mysticism.

In fantasy, as with science fiction, there are only a handful of plots or plot devices. what good would sci-fi be without interstellar travel or something scientifically more advanced than modern day? The same goes with fantasy.  fantasy would not be the same if it wasn’t built around some long ago era or based on a world vaguely similar to our own, yet either less developed or more savage. It does not hold up without magic and or prophecy.

Think about it. What are key “concerns” in modern culture? Is it not our aversion to magic, even though we are drawn to it, and yet our obsessive fascination with prophecy–which,  in its own right, is still a form of perceived magic? In our own little way, we sate our desire for fantasy through our modern fixation with prophecy-both in a religious sense and a secular sense.

Novel Idea # 3: Fantasy is fantasy because it cannot be believed, not because it resembles reality.

Fantasy allows the reader to escape from reality, not relive it. It is designed, much like science fiction, to take the reader to other worlds and times, not to remind them of the world around them. It isn’t supposed to be believable. nor is it supposed to reflect reality in any way. It is fantasy simply because it is what all fantasize about: magic powers, mystic journeys, fulfilling a mission or a personal prophecy, etc. Why try to change it?

Novel Idea # 4: Finally, if you are that disgusted with, or hate fantasy that much, why not try another genre?

I will tell you, if you don’t like fantasy’s plot devices and themes, you will not like science fiction for all the same reasons. After all, both science fiction and fantasy rely on two or three different plot devices that have remained unchanged since they were created and every story seems somewhat predictable, if you have studied plots and plot devices.

Go read romance, erotica, Christian Fiction, horror, or detective novels. Oh, wait. All genres rely on three or four central plots/plot devices. it is just how writing is done. deal with the familiar and change as little about the formulation as possible.

In conclusion, I guess what I am trying to say is this: before you gripe about how a book is written, try writing one yourself as you would want it written so you can see whether it would work or not. Otherwise, don’t bitch. Authors write what they see in their minds, not according to what other believe it should be.

Sunday Ponderings

After reading the first book in Will Hahn’s series Judgment’s Tale, suddenly I have the desire to pick up and rewrite my Tales From The Renge serial into a series of novellas or novels.  Tales actually emerged as a short story in 1993 when I was still in college. It languished in obscurity until 2004, when I submitted it to keepitcoming.net as one of two serials for review.

Though it was never very popular as a serial, it was still my most favorite serial to write. I was 40+ episodes into the serial when the e-zine and print mag went under. Let me tell you, writing two serials is not as easy as one would think. It isn’t like writing a new chapter every day. It is coming up with a continuous story, keeping it seamless, and keeping it interesting enough to engage your readers. It is three pages, or less, of a story at a time-often less-to fill a small slot in an e-zine. I was a pioneer of the flash fiction industry and am proud of that accomplishment.

Now, a little over ten years later, it seems that the time has come to dust off the old story (as I did with Breed’s Command when I reintroduced the characters in Going Down in a Blaze of Glory, Lay Your Money Down, and Headed for Destruction.) and reintroduce new readers to the amazing story by turning it into something greater than what it now is. Even stranger is the fact that I am actually looking at this as a welcome change of pace! Odd.

Still, when I began writing, it was fantasy stories…not dystopian, not vampire, not historical fiction, and not science fiction. Those all came later. Well, maybe not sci-fi since The Rocktails Want War  was a pseudo science fiction piece, even if I hadn’t realized it when I wrote it for a fourth grade assignment (the very moment I fell in love with writing and books in general). Oh, don’t go looking for the Rocktails Want War because I have one of the few existing copies of the “book” (the collection of stories and poems written by my fourth grade class about the same little statues) that contain it. Eventually, I may release it, but for now it remains safely within my possession, unpublished…along with the little “menu” I made to go along with the story.

Which brings me back to Tales From The Renge. I had originally paused on the story in an attempt to start the backstory. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far before writer’s block hit. Now, I can begin the story I had begun easily enough. I have the creative wherewithal to start the story. After I Finish posting the current chapters of Price, I will begin on the first Tales From The Renge  book. A nice change of pace from what I have been writing. Sound good?

 

The Next Few Chapters

As you know, I was thinking of expanding the novella. I have decided to do just that. Some of the sub-chapters I am posting will be added to, while new sub-chapters (as well as three new chapters) will be written to build an amazing, dark, romantic, sad, dramatic story with a deeper backstory than before.

New chapters: Akron, Tulsa, and Chicago

There are over fifty sub-chapters to be added, each a new character or event that will expand  the why of this book.

Why does Maggie feel that she is paying for doing certain things in her life?

What events is she damning herself for, and why does she see her mysterious genetic illness as punishment for those events?

Who are her friends?

Since she does not know many of her family (it is not a secret that her father attempted to get as far away from his family as possible, and why is sort of explained in the book), I do not touch upon them as much. I do introduce them, but not as major players and their parts are resolved before the end of the book in a surprising twist.

Much of chapter one became chapter four, Chicago. Chapter two is Akron, and three is Tulsa.

I have also shifted sub-chapters in chapter one, adding four new to lengthen the chapter out. This means that I will be adding to those subs that I have already “finished” so that they are longer than they currently are. As a result, the story you are now reading only resembles the story that will finally be re-released in the near future.

Side Note

Before I piss those of you reading off, I will explain the last chapter…as well as those to follow. The book, though having a very deep philosophical plot, is not to be a “Christian” book. It is to be a horror story fraught with Angels having moments of doubt, Mankind being taken to the very brink of a definite end, a battle that encompasses the world, and a few indictments against man and his treatment of faith. those around him, and his view of what is truly important.

Do not worry, though. Good will prevail over evil. But even the representatives of good have their moments of doubt and bitterness before they prevail. Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of their sexual practices, but because they had stopped caring about those around them. they had forsaken their fellow man for their own personal desires, much as present day man has done.

Those who strive to be “good” do not condemn or judge those around them. They see each and every person they meet as a mirror to their own soul. The weaknesses represented by each person is a weakness they know that they have to work on within themselves. The love we show to others should never come with conditions. it should always be without condition. But we seem to be so stuck on expecting something in return for what we have to offer that we cannot understand that  we should expect a single thing.

The story I am writing represents the struggle within us all. The good, the evil, the determination, the doubt, and the weaknesses we encounter within our own struggles, no matter what we believe. The major players are just characters picked to represent those weaknesses.

No More Music Reviews

Well, not here, anyway. Interested in indie music? I have a blog for that. The Radio-Pirate Presents is my “new” blog for music reviews, news, and interviews. In a couple of days, I will have an all-new review there for a band I have been extremely eager to review.

For those who don’t know, I am friends with quite a few indie bands. While friendship does count, getting these guys to send even a demo of their work to me to review is a monumental task. Finally, after a two-year drought, I have gotten one of my friends to take that leap of faith.

Psycho sin is a much talked about metal band. I see their self-promotion (a band’s and an author’s best friend) all the time. Now, I will get to see what the buzz is all about. Who knows? It might lead to an awesome chance to do an interview.