First Published Story
The folks at http://www.militaryexperience.org released volume 12 of As You Were: The Military Review. This edition contains my first published short story. Cheers and enjoy. “The Concert”
Do you have a routine for your writing? Are there things you have to accomplish, or steps you have to take before you can actually sit down to write or are you one of those folks who can just write anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation? Over the last two months, I’ve found that I’m…
Grad School Problems
I took the past week off from writing here to work on a thesis for a Master of Arts in Homeland Security. The week has been interesting. I’ve been writing non-stop fiction/short-stories for most of the last eighteen months (either on my own or as part of the Master of Arts in Writing program at…
Again, not really a writing update. Just some rambling. Yesterday, I mentioned on my Twitter account that I’m starting to write my Master’s thesis for a degree in Homeland Security. Classes started and I’m spending most of the week working on the research question—primarily with the goal of not sounding either A) dumb or B)…
Not really writing related… Needed a hobby outside of work and writing. Sooo… Started playing guitar a month ago and just learned my first part of a song.
Today’s post is a matter of preference more than anything. I am, primarily, a short story author. By primarily, I mean 100%. I’ve never written a story longer than 40 pages. This post has to do with story mapping. I’ve found that I can keep a 40-page story straight in my head from beginning to…
Superman vs Clark Kent
I grew up in the 80’s, watching Christopher Reeves as Superman/Clark Kent. I recently re-watched Superman II (a personal favorite). While I truly enjoyed Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Terence Stamp as General Zod, I noticed something that my brain has been chewing on for a couple of days. Christopher Reeves had to play…
Too Much Telling?
I was racking my brain for a topic to write about today and I figured I’d mention my own struggle with showing and telling. Most of the work I’ve posted on this site under “Projects” is a first draft. With the exception of the story titled “Hunting”, you can tell that I have an overdeveloped…
Since I’m new to the idea of blogging, I’m going to try to keep this second post simple. In almost every writing course I’ve taken, the same question comes up—usually in two parts. What is the greatest book of all time? -and- Why? I have to go with The Count of Monte Cristo. This story…
My Unexpected Journey
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings I find myself in an odd place, writing this first post. I’m a retired Navy Chief who works…