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It’s A Girl!

Better than any poem I could pen, more exciting than any of my stories, I am so happy to announce the birth of my daughter, Arwen Isabella. Born on Sept 1, she is 7.5 pounds and has her mother’s eyes and hair. The rest seems to be daddy. πŸ™‚

So if I’m missing in action here in the WordPress world, know that our family is taking time for bonding. Our three year old is a little freaked out by a screaming baby, lol. I’ll try to drop in when I can, but I just wanted to let everyone know where I had disappeared to and to announce her birth. God bless you all!

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Article about Amazon Books

https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/5/19/15596050/amazon-buy-box-publishing-controversy

The above article was pointed out to me, so I thought of sharing it. If you have books available for purchase through Amazon or you are considering publishing soon, this may be worth the read. If anything it may enlighten you to changes in how books get promoted and who is getting paid for your hard work. 

On a personal note, this is one of the reasons I abandoned most of my efforts to write for a living. It’s crazy out there for authors to make a buck. Though I’d love to be paid for my work, I have become content at the moment with just sharing my writing with those who like to read. On Amazon, you practically have to give books away to get readers anyway. Hopefully things will change in both the publishing world and my attitude about my place in it πŸ˜‰

Rest In Peace Chris Cornell

No poetry today. No stories. Just devastation over the death of Chris Cornell, one of my favorite singers of the grunge era. We have lost so many of these amazing artists. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone), just to name a few off the top of my head. Adding Cornell to the list was unexpected, and like other fans I’m in shock. Today I won’t be writing . I’m too numb. Instead I will be listening to Chris’ bands, Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, and Audioslave, as well as his amazing solo work. For in the 90s he helped provide the soundtrack of my life and moved me on a deep, emotional level. Rest In Peace, Chris.

A Real Neat Blog Award :)


A huge thank you to https://ambroseandelsie.wordpress.com/ for this nomination. 
The rules

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Please Answer the Following Questions

If you could apologize to one of your characters, which one would it be and why? Do you think they would accept your apology or would they go nuts throwing heavy, breakable things at you?

Cole Winter, the lead character and narrator from “Advocate For The Dead.” I put him through every loss imaginable on his way to redemption. I’m not sure if he would apologize or not. That was a lot of abuse πŸ˜‰

Which post and/or character are you most proud of?

This is like the impossible question as I am proud of a lot of my characters. Part of my storytelling process is changing characters. Bringing them to a point of redemption, forgiveness, or anything that will make them better than how they started. So, in that sense I have favorite characters in all that I write. As for a favorite post, I’m most recently proud of the final post for “Time Of Our Death”. Not only did it complete my 2016 NANOWRIMO project, but it was also very satisfying to me as a reader discovering my own story for the first time.

How would you describe your writing style?

First person, straight forward, as if I’m sitting amongst friends telling them something that happened to me.

If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?

I have no idea, lol….more visits maybe πŸ˜‰

What is the best comment you’ve received on your blog?

If someone even takes the time to comment , they are the best. I have some regular readers who comment on my writing and that helps propel me along in what I’m trying to do here. I take every compliment, praise, critique, or opinion as wonderful things. I just feel blessed that I get a comment at all. πŸ™‚

Do you think your writing style has improved since you started blogging?

I would like to think so, but I’m the worse judge of my own work. Often I have written something I think is crappy and it turns out to be someone’s favorite part. But yes, I guess I do feel like I have gone through changes in my writing style. I just can’t pinpoint what they are. 

And, for the sheer random fun of it, if you had to be stranded on a deserted island with one of your characters, who would it be? And which one of your characters would you dread being stranded on a deserted island with?

Again, this is one of those difficult questions, despite it’s fun quality. I could pick characters from every story I’ve written to answer this , but I’ll try to get it narrowed down. Right now at this point in writing, Haru from “vampire boys of summer” would be my pick of who to be stranded with. He seems to be honorable and straight up, someone you could trust. Now, as for one I would dread to be stranded with. Definitely The Kaledioscope Killer from “Advocate For The Dead “

50 Word Poetry

*Okay, I guess I’m feeling inspired this morning or something, so now here I go with a variation on the 50 word challenge. This time around the task is to write a poem of 50 words based on the image heading this post. Again, I selected this from random images on the web. I was feeling kind of hippy this AM so it appealed to me, and this poem resulted. Hope you enjoy! If you feel equally inspired, please feel free to post a 50 word poem of your own in the comments, or on your own blog. Please provide us a link so everyone can go check it out. Thanks*

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Green light and clear water

against her dark skin,

naked she wades into the pool,

letting the glorious cool

bathe her in its liberation,

like an attentive lover,

seeping into her very core,

as she sinks further

to rest upon the slick, smooth stones,

bare to the elements and I.

So, what’s next?

So, what’s next? Every time I finish up a project, I am usually already thinking ahead to what I’m going to attempt and write next. But this time, I’m sitting here at my trusty iPad in a writing funk. It’s not that I can’t think of anything. In fact, if I look back through my writings there are plenty of half started and abandoned projects I could dive into. In fact, that’s where “Time Of Our Death” came from, and I’m sure there are some more half starts that could be bashed into shape, but I don know what I want to dive into. I do know that I need to work on finishing up “Vampire Boys Of Summer” before my wife kills me for leaving her hanging, but I also want to start something fresh, so I guess in the next couple of days we may see some erratic postings. Beginnings of stories. Pieces of abandoned fiction, as I try to find my groove. If you run across something you like or would like to see more of , please slap a like on it and drop me a comment to let me know you think it sounds somewhat interesting or something. This kind of thing helps me weed out stories that are lacking something, and work on things that people actually want to read. I guess you could say I’m like a performance artist. I’m driven by my readers πŸ™‚
And while I’m on the subject of readers, just let me take a moment to say thank you to all who follow my blog, read my stuff, or otherwise like what I do. I appreciate every single like I get on my blog. Whether your like comes as a friend, a kindred writer, or a casual reader, it means the world to me, and is fuel for my creativity. And to those who leave comments, your interactions are invaluable to my growth as a writer, and make my writing process a personal experience to share with others. For that, I thank you for your time and thoughts that you so willingly give in this busy life many of us lead these days. 
Alrighty then, let’s get ready for more storytelling, shall we? 

Advocate For The Dead Opening Theme

If you are familiar with my writing habits, you know I create playlists and soundtracks for my stories. These are designed to help pump me up for what I’m writing, and to help illustrate the story in some small way. Sometimes the songs in my playlists get referenced in my chapters , other times no one but myself is aware of their influence. So, as I have been compiling the rock and roll soundtrack for Advocate For The Dead, choosing songs by artists like Alter Bridge, Daughtry, and other modern rock acts, I came across a very cinematic track by Midnight Syndicate that I thought would make a great instrumental theme if my story were a movie. I play this song every time I get ready to go over another chapter for its second draft. If you like horror or Halloween themed music , you can’t go wrong with Midnight Syndicate, so check out the song  I selected below and have a listen. ..