Been a week or two but I’ve been working hard on, well, working hard I suppose. I started up a Facebook page for my first book, and hopefully series, named “Agents of S.I.N” (original I know) to try and generate some buzz on Facebook for Gluttony.
Other than that not much to update other than I’m about a fourth finished with Wrath. The incoming surge of terrible weather has slowed me down but I think a change of scenery will help with that. As always I appreciate those who take the time to come and visit my little slice of the internet and those who have taken the time to read what I’ve put out there in book form. Wrath, I hope, will be out by next summer and for those that really have enjoyed reading Gluttony I can promise that Wrath will be bigger and better than my freshman venture into the world of fiction.
Thank you all once again for all the support and I will do my best to keep this blog updated on more than a weekly basis.
Janey was a woman who was oh so sweet
Though she was always sending out a tweet
They were always so hollow
Until a person, a follow,
Started to meander down her street.
The moon that night shined so bright
So beautiful no one expected a fright
“OMG I’m so bored!”
Until a boom outside ceased the light
Her cell phone screen was a glimmer
The situation couldn’t be dimmer
Janey’s biggest fan
A psychotic woman
Invaded her home with a hedge trimmer
Janey hid in her closet so shaken
Her address, the authorities, had taken
Then up popped a tweet
“Hey I see your feet!”
The trimmer turned her insides to bacon.
Given the fact I’ve written a horror/thriller/mystery novel one would assume I would be on top of things when the witching hour approaches. This is not the case. I suppose Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has eaten up a good amount of my time in the last week among other activities. I’d say going to the gym regularly is also a necessary activity that deserves to be added to my daily routine.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go and speak to several fourth grade classes about the importance of reading and writing, along with giving some general information about the writing and publishing process. Needless to say during the first three or four minutes I thought I was going to pass out and end up crushing a child as I felt so very, very light-headed but after that initial bout of stage-fright I was on a roll. I have to admit though, I was pleasantly surprised at how eager they were to talk about writing and I was blown away when one of the kids in the class wrote a twenty-three page short story. That is no small feat, especially for a fourth grader, and for comparison the longest short story I wrote back in the day was fifteen pages, I believe, and it was for a creative writing class that only wanted a four page maximum. It was an amazing experience and I would love the opportunity to do it again or talk to other classes as well.
It was, however, awkward when the children wanted details about my book. Thankfully one of the teachers had my back and informed them it was the kind of book their parents would read. Between you and me though I think I was watching and reading some screwed up stuff back when I was a kid and I don’t think that had any adverse effects. I watched “Dead Alive” when I was that age so bring it!
All in all it was a sobering experience. In the few classes I talked with I saw so much potential and imagination that I had no clue existed. The teachers were so welcoming and helped add to the discussion. It was a great time.
With any luck I’ll have something Halloween related here in the next coming days, maybe even tonight, so stay tuned!
Pending some potential legality issues I technically am now a graduate of college with two bachelor’s degrees. Hurrah! The last four years have been insane. Between college, doing my best to advance my career and even trying my hand in the book world, I have to admit they have been busy but worth it. I have learned a lot about the way I think, how I feel about certain issues in the world, and even if I am a hermit I am still living fulfilling life on my own terms.
I wouldn’t say that I am drained, not in the least, but much like everyone who completes something worth celebrating I want to take a bit of a break, but that won’t be happening for another month at least and there is no real sense in trying to slow down. I’ll have to look into getting licensed when it comes to my first degree and also what positions I could bowl my way through with my second degree. If I have to go from a chubby, tall freak to a outright mass of muscle Tank ala “Left 4 Dead” then that will have to be my next goal.
Next month I have the privilege of heading to an elementary school to talk to children about reading, the importance of books, and writing in general. It’ll be a fantastic opportunity and I cannot wait. I hope they still have the Book-it program. Reading a book in order to get pizza? Hell sign me up for that right now.
I plan on getting back into doing some short stories over the next few weeks. I’ve been dabbling with ideas and “S.I.N Wrath is about 80 pages in. I should have more but college really put the grind on over the last few months. I cannot wait to get back into the game. See you all soon.
Well for one my shoulder is doing a lot better but never mind that shit, gotta man up. As mentioned previously I have two months to go before I graduate with a double bachelors in psychology and criminal justice respectively. It is an exciting time but that is not all. For anyone that may have picked up and read my first novel “S.I.N Gluttony”, which is still available on Amazon and other retailers online, I would like to say that I am coming right along on my next outing which will be “S.I.N. Wrath”.
It is amazing how much more fluid it feels on this second novel. Where there was uncertainty and immaturity in the past I feel like I have grown exponentially as a writer and I have the few people brave enough to give me some constructive criticism about my first novel. Writing is just like any other sort of skill or activity; it takes practice. It is like mentally lifting weights in that I need to tear down my ability and see where my weaknesses are before I can build upon and strengthen it.
After “Wrath” I might begin work on the elusive idea that has plagued me since my senior year of high school. It keeps itching at me right now but I don’t feel like writing two stories side by side would be prudent. Though we will have to see.
The last two weeks have been so very, very exciting. I woke up in the morning a few Thursdays ago and found myself unable to look from left to right or up and down without some extreme pain through my neck and shoulder area. The stiffness of my neck and shoulder was nothing new since I have been dealing with a bum shoulder-blade for the last few years. The pain was entirely new.
Sitting, standing, laying down, it didn’t matter to this brand new stabbing sensation. I finally buckled down and went to visit the chiropractor. I would have gone to a normal doctor at first but I can’t really bring myself to go to the hospitals around my town. I had work to do after all.
So I get in and to my delight the chiropractor was a young practitioner. I did not catch when he graduated from his schooling but I thought it might have been 2010. In either case the years upon years of dealing with assholes like me had not taken its toll on the young doctor and his assistant and they helped out with information, describing to me what was wrong with my shoulder, and even started cracking and popping things back into place.
It turned out that a vertebra or something in my spine that should have been horizontal was more along the lines of diagonal and it was pinching nerves in my shoulder and neck area. It took three visits but the discomfort level every time I left was significantly lowered.
While they don’t have my facebook or any of my blog information I still want to give a shout-out to Dr. Trevor Tennant and Abigail Rose. I don’t put my faith in too many doctors of any sort with my past experiences but you guys are the best.
Three more months. Three more months until I can finally get this camel off my back known as “college”. Thee years and nine months so far of having absolutely no breaks from it since I am a working adult and going to traditional college classes would be a near impossibility. Nearly every week since 2010 I have had to write at least two or three pages on a certain topic and that doesn’t even touch the amount of “discussion” forum posts I’ve had to make.
I am ready for it all to be done. The problem is I will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice. In retrospect I feel those are two solid choices that could open a few doors but at the same time I don’t really live in “Crazytown”, U.S.A or “Everyone’sanevilmastermindtown”, U.S.A either.
I have to hand it to those who are out there working full time and going to college full time. Even though I am doing the same thing I feel other people do much more with their lives even when they have a full plate. Most of the time I feel like I am just lazy. I don’t really socialize and I spend most of my time at home thinking about homework or my next book. Despite graduating in three months I still don’t feel like I have accomplished anything.
I know that can’t be true.
I think my biggest fear is that I will graduate but still have nothing to show for it. The school I am attending just settled a seven million dollar lawsuit and the truth is I cannot even find information as to why they had to settle. That makes me feel unsure about my future. If I threw away four years of my life for something that will end up being worthless then I have no clue where I’m going to go from there.