Back to the Grindstone

 

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.

 

Kickstarter Update

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.

Follow the Money to Understand the Power Structure of Our World

100th Post

Join the Kickstarter Campaign to Publish “The Stagner Chronicle”

I know it’s late, but seeing as I’ve been experimenting with everything in regards to blogging…why not.  This is my 100th post.  The past three months or so have been incredible.  This blog is forcing me to do exactly what I wanted it to do.  I write daily and am improving my craft at a far quicker rate than I thought possible.  I even was able to pull a novel out of nowhere in a matter of weeks.

The next 100 posts will be very interesting.  I am convinced that posting more often and writing about current events will become a permanent part of this blog.  Writing and spreading the word about important matters is all I really know…I couldn’t stay away if I wanted. So…here is update number three from the Manifesto.  Remember to check out the Kickstarter campaign.

Better Questions; Better Schools

Writing on Culture

 

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.

The Assembly Line

 

Script Frenzy

I just finished working on the script for Elance.  It was supposed to be a 7-minute movie…and I wrote 13 pages.  I have a feeling it is too long.  Hopefully the contractor doesn’t mind too much.  Anyway, I am completely addicted to the idea of screenwriting.  The first thing I know I need to do is read through a few scripts from good movies.  Does anyone know how to get your hands on movie scripts?

I’m going to take a break this afternoon.  I will update the Memory Challenge with Day 13 this evening or night.  It’s going to be very different from the ones I have done.  I’ve been looking through the newspaper from my hometown and it sparked several strange memories.  I can’t help but recall the strange circumstances of my high school graduation…and the strange realization that I am exactly who my 18 year old self wanted me to be.

More on that later,
Richard

Mountain Conversations

I spent most of my day in the mountains with a new friend.  I love the stage in new friendships when you are able to talk for hours on end.  Politics.  Old romances.  The role of creativity.  Philosophy.  I’ve always been fascinated with the way that conversations evolve from one topic to the next.  When a conversation goes on for hours, you can usually track it back like an organic, living thing.

I spent most of my evening working on a script for Elance.  With every passing day, I am becoming more and more interesting in screenwriting.  Instead of aiming for writing another novel in the second half of 2012, I think I’m going to try for a movie-length script. All I have to decide now is what story I should write about.  I have plenty of stories in mind.  I just don’t know which one would translate best into film.

Today, instead of a memory update, here in an influence update and a  music video.

Fun
I liked the song, “We Are Young”.  Fun didn’t hit my radar, however, until the some “Some Nights” hit the radio.  I am in love with it.  My inner history nerd loves the video that goes along with the song.  The lead singer is so emotional.  Plus, the romance that they push in the video is so beautiful.  Make sure to watch the video.