Sorry for disappearing for the past couple weeks. I’ve been figuring out life now that the crazy summer schedule is done. It’s hard to get used to how little there work there is everyday. I’ve found myself wishing I had more to do everyday. Well…maybe I will do more writing. I’m slowing finding things to work on, but in the meantime, I have plenty of story ideas and poems that have been piling up inside my mind. I have been working on one piece of Flash Fiction the past couple days. Here it is. I hope you like it.
I just spent two hours remodeling my website. It is now ready to explore. As I update with more writing over the next few weeks, the earlier years will begin to fill up with content Until then, the content from 2012 is full enough to keep you busy. Here is the link. Let me know what you think about the new website.
I spent a good deal of time last night wondering how I was going to write my current story. I worried that I didn’t know how to do it right. I worried about the order the story should go in. I worried about this and that. In the end, I pretty much gave up on figuring it out. Instead, I just wrote. It may not have come out perfectly, but it came out. I got 500 words on paper last night. So far this morning, I’ve already put another 500 words down. The story is starting to come together.
Today’s poem is a special one for me. I wrote it second semester of my 8th grade year. I had a huge crush on a girl in my class. I had no idea how to tell her. Instead of gathering up the courage to talk to her, I gathered up the courage to give her a poem. I printed it off and slipped it in her locker during the last week of classes. She never made any mention of the poem. But, after that, I had a small amount of courage that made it easier to talk with girls I like. This poem is my introduction to romantic life in High School.
For the first time in quite awhile, I am writing again with a great level of consistency. Along with this comes the concern of disclosing what I am writing. It’s difficult to talk about what you are writing about without losing the excitement. So, in the meantime, I think I am going to work on re-organizing the website so that it can include older works.
I started writing 9 years ago–at the age of 14. It started with romantic poetry. It developed into flash fiction. That quickly turned into short stories. By the time I was 20, I had written my first novel. The thing is, I don’t have many of my older writings here. They may not be as good, but I love the idea of presenting them as a way of seeing my progress. I will likely start updating them this evening.
It will take awhile. In the meantime, check out an old Sci-Fi Short story. A recent discussion with a lovely girl reminded me of it. I think you will love it.
Certain things spark a writer’s imagination. As I think about my writing history, I have three sparks. Change. Romance. Weather. In the past week, I have come across all three. I found romance for the first time in two years. I changed so much–moving and determining what to do with my romantic life. All the while, mother nature decided Autumn would be a short lived thing in Colorado.
My imagination has sparked. While driving back to my home town this Wednesday, I heard that there was snow in the forecast. Before I knew it, my mind was elsewhere. The moment I got home, I started writing. What came of it is my first bout of creative writing in weeks. I hope you like it.
And, with the strong of a key, the final draft of “The Stagner Chronicle” is complete. I’m so glad to be done and get it out for everyone to see. I am going to order a copy today via Lulu.com to make sure the formatting is alright. If it comes back clean, I will open the book for public sale and link it.
Four book down, a lifetime to go.
I’ve taken an extended break from writing the last couple weeks. Now, as my world settles down, I am back to work. I am preparing a new fiction story that I will likely write into a novel…simply because I need a creative outlet. I hate it when I finish writing novels. It’s like being part of a play and then realizing you have nothing to do after closing night. Luckily, I’m in control of my own writing and I have plenty of ideas that I’d like to transform into words.
I’m also slowly working away on the final draft of The Stagner Chronicle. I will likely have copies available to general public in October through Lulu.com. I’ll keep you updated as I make some progress. I’m about a quarter of a way through my final read and it is still pretty clean. I can’t wait to get it out to you guys.
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I just finished imputing all the grammar/spelling/syntax errors that my beta readers caught. That means that the fourth draft of The Stagner Chronicle is now complete. There is plenty of work left to do. The editing process has entered the polishing stage. This is where things get annoying. All the big problems have been caught and changed. Now it’s all about the small problems. I want this novel to be as clean as possible before I send it out to my readers. If you want to join the campaign, click here.
Today’s article is one of the most extreme and interesting things I have ever written. I spent a good deal of time researching the flow of money in our world…and it left me extremely worried about the way the world works. It is definitely worth a read for anyone who has ever wondered if there was another way.
I had trouble sleeping last night. Some nights my brain just won’t shut up. I was lucky this time. This sleepless night translated to creativity. I’ve always wanted to find a different way to look at culture and the world we grow up in. By telling stories, I want to be able to explain a truth I wouldn’t otherwise be able to put into words. I feel like I have finally done that with the short story below. I will almost certain be turning this story into something more. I already have an outline to make this at least a novella. We shall see.
My Kickstarter campaign to help publish The Stagner Chronicle is ready. All I am waiting for now is the verification of my account. It’ll likely take a few more days before I can officially get it up. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I do believe I can turn it into a success. I hope you will all join me. Until then, enjoy the story.