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I’ve reblogged this gentleman before, because his posts are always short and wise. I particularly enjoyed this one. Check him out!

The Creative Revolution

Sometimes an idea can drive you, and other times it can drive you away.

When I decided to focus on The Dying Art of Conjugation, I was planning to repaint a few rough spots initially. Once I got started, I noticed some dry rot and had to replace a few boards. But now that I am about 40% of the way through the manuscript, I am finding myself razing the entire building and starting over. The idea of this book, started in 1988, was a great idea. My execution of it when I was young, arrogant and lacking experience, was poor. This is why I say your first novel will probably suck.

Now that I am completely re-writing this book, I feel a sense of relief. Patching 100 miles of pavement is a lot more work than just digging up the road and laying new asphalt.

The book will…

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What about that first viewing experience makes horror so attractive? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I intend to write a post telling you all why, but the subject matter is pretty personal and I don’t know if I’m quite ready for it. Therefore, to get back into the swing of things, I decided to write an article on a subject with which I always have fun– horror films.

I’ve been watching a particular horror movie a lot lately– “Sinister,” which I’ve reviewed for this blog (you can find the review in the Cover Your Mouth section of this blog).  I don’t know what it is about this film that turns me into a moth, but I keep battering myself against this piece of brilliantly terrifying art whenever it pops into my mind. In fact, I’ve watched the film so many times, I’m beginning to forget the sensation I experienced on the first view. That sensation– perfect fear– subsided after the first view and now, after about a dozen views, I can hardly recall what about the film scared me so badly in the first place. (more…)

  • Vince is a fellow writer whose blog I follow. I’ve noticed he likes these short posts, and I like them too. I’m a bit of a long-winded bastard myself, so I find Vince’s succinct brevity refreshing. It’s one of the reasons I visit his blog as often as I do.
  • But also, Vince has a talent for pointing out something important in just a few words. I don’t know if Vince intends to be sage-like in his brief utterance, or if he’s simply imparting some personal thoughts. Either way, I frequently find little gems hiding in his words.
  • In this case, I love that he gets at something I consider important– the open ending. As fiction writers living in a movie age (particularly as regards horror of both literature and film), I think many of us are wrapped up in the concept of tying everything up. I wonder if this is sometimes a grave mistake.
  • Vince left his most recent story with an open ending, which he dubbed “poetic.” I love Vince’s choice of words but also his choice of approach. I’m never more pleased than when I reach the end of a story with more questions than when I started it. I think stories lend to education and learning, critical thinking, and creative analysis. If, as writers, we spoon-feed every aspect of the story to our audiences, are we doing them a disservice? Are we cheating them of the enjoyable and enriching experience of asking and answering their own questions?
  • Perhaps we are. Many of my fictional works feature an open ending. For an example of this, check out my short story, “Physical” in the “Under-Belly Fiction” category of this blog or my novel, “At the Seams” on Wattpad (link on my profile page). I write my endings for an express purpose– I want my audience to wonder what I meant. I want my audience to bring their own understandings of life, the world, and other people to my story. And in my humble opinion, one very good way to do that is with the open ending.
  • All that being said, I respect the perfectly constructed plot. I don’t have as much fun with them, as an audience member, but I do respect them. And I’m capable of writing them (I’m working on a series of novels that require such detailed wrap-up, because they are dystopian political thrillers complete with conspiracies and a revolution). This story does not in any way lend to the open ending. The reason why is one part length and two parts content. So sadly, my “open ending” preference doesn’t always work. But, if you’re a writer who always wraps up the ending, try challenging yourself to leave some threads unknotted. You might be surprised how much you and your audience appreciates the imperfection!
  • Until next time, fellows, I hope you continue to love your Under-Bellies as much as I do. And please check out Vince’s blog! You might find little treasures there, as I do!

The Creative Revolution

I just finished the first draft of that story I have been working on. As always, the temptation was to wrap everything up and put a nice bow on it. Instead, I left it hanging in a poetic position. Hopefully that reads better.

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Dave Chappelle signing autographs in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you all remember the Chappelle’s Show? It was a brilliant sketch comedy show, born of Dave Chappelle‘s singularly hilarious mind. It aired weeknights on Comedy Central. I’m sure none of you can forget Charlie Murphey’s stories about Rick James, whom Dave had a particular penchant for characterizing. I know I will never forget Tyrone Biggums, Dave’s rendition of a loveable crackhead.

Anyway, I digress. Do any of you remember why the Chappelle’s Show was cancelled? The series only ran for a few seasons before Dave quit. Do you remember why? I do. At the time of the incident, I was hard on Dave. I thought a man being paid as much as he was should bend over backwards to keep his bosses happy. But since I was not yet writing, I did not yet understand how demanding it was to be a creator. (more…)

Here’s a question for you, my fellow indies and horror fans. What makes a committed animal lover wish she could gleefully murder every raccoon and muskrat in her town? This does:

HorrorofNature

What the hell is that, exactly? That was my beautiful Sunday morning going up in smoke and ash. Besides that, it’s a goose egg. And the Mama Goose who has spent the last six weeks nurturing the eggs is now gone. I didn’t witness her abandoning the nest and the one egg that wasn’t eaten, but I know from experience what she would have sounded like. She would have honked long and slow and sounded a bit like I do when I cry really, really hard. (more…)

Good morning fellow indies and horror fans! I hope you’re Under-Bellies aren’t sweeping the floor this morning. Nothing is worse than calluses on one’s Under-Belly.

Today’s post is a bit of humor I wrote for another blog, “There but for the Grace of Kelly.” My humor rarely puts in appearances, but when it does, it belongs to the Kelly blog. It’s only right that the Kelly blog get the traffic for this article!

Furious rabbit (humor)

Furious rabbit (humor) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article, entitled “On Writing…” is a short bit of humor that explores what it means for a writer to read. Because we don’t read quite like we did when we were children and first fell in love with books, do we? Something happened to the reading experience as we began to take the craft of stories more seriously, right? (more…)

Supernatural season 7 title card

Supernatural season 7 title card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I may be an omnivore with a nose for blood, but even I like a little fun. Harlem Shake videos are generally stupid and make me want to smash my laptop, but as a HUGE “Supernatural” fan, I watch this video a couple times a week (usually when I’m sick to death of writing). Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.