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Glad I Gave Up Watching TV…and Other Annoying Things

Monday, August 31st, 2015

My mother, my husband, and friends will often slip and ask “Hey, did you see that new commercial for (insert some product) yet?” No. No, I haven’t. I don’t watch regular television. Or “Did you catch the episode of (insert some name)?” No. Same answer applies. If I want to watch a show, I’ll watch it online without commercials. And if I want to catch the news, I’ll read it online, not watch some newscaster give me the 30 second condensed version for the attention span-impaired. There’s a local diner I go to and the news or some daytime show tends to be playing on their TV set when I walk in. The few seconds I catch just reinforce why I don’t watch it anymore.

Is It Ever As Easy As 1, 2, 3?

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Have you ever known someone who things simply never go correctly for? It doesn’t have so much to do with work or their relatives, but rather things they plan at home. This is the kind of poor soul who, after years of this crap happening, can plan something out to the smallest detail, consider every possible variation, and have it all wrapped up with a neat little red bow on top. Only the moment the project takes a step forward, it all goes to shit. I am, of course, talking about my mother.

How To Rant & Sabotage Yourself To The Amusement Of Others

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sitting around with friends and having a little bitch session can be fun and a wonderful way to get crap off your chest. I imagine accountants complaining “OMG! Did you hear the number my boss threw out on the fly? Did he even look at it before he said it? I don’t think he even put the decimal in the right place.” Or whatever accountants say. Authors complain about our muses, family members, computers, writing programs, and, sometimes, reviews. Am sure reviewers complain about their family members, computers, and, sometimes, books they’ve had to read. It’s normal, right? But you don’t bitch about it to the general public.

Bumping Bibles: A Bad Cup of Tea

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

I rarely pay much attention to politics, especially local politics in my state, unless things get really stupid. And I comment on it even less because…well, you can point out stupid, but there’s always that group of people who say “Yeah, but what they stand for is more important and their message is what matters.” Okay, really? For those of you who don’t live in Michigan, have you heard about Tea Party Republican State Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat?

What the Hell Ever Happened To…?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

I was going through the ad papers yesterday—no, not to see what’s on sale this week on Blu-Ray…okay, maybe to see what’s on sale this week on Blu-Ray—and I happened to see that Bon Jovi has a new album coming out. I don’t even remember this being announced. Do you? And while, yes, it’s a couple of new songs with some previously unreleased material, it used to be that when someone like Bon Jovi put out an album, it was an event! Maybe that’s what I miss most about the 80’s and 90’s before social media. Film and music studios used to have to do things BIG, which they often did. Of course, that just makes me wonder what happened to some of the folks back then.

Books: The New Fast Food

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

“Welcome to McAmazon’s! May I take your order?”

“Yes. I’ll have the new Stephen McKing, a side of E. L. McJames, and a Frozen McBarnaby to drink.”

“Would you like to include a McAlan for dessert?”

“No. That’s already a month old. I want something new.”

The first book I ever read by Stephen King was Salem’s Lot and I believe I was in Jr. High. Reading then and up until e-books came out was a whole lot like sitting down and eating a nine course meal. You immersed yourself in the story, you talked about the story with family, co-workers and friends, and then you waited patiently or impatiently a year or more for another book from that author. The whole thing was an experience. It doesn’t seem to be that way anymore.

The Subject of Death on a Monday

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The subject of death has been on my mind lately. Oh, I know why. I’ve written about it over the past three or four months, so I see something about it each and every day when I boot up a computer and open up the latest document I’m working on. There have been days when I’m tweaking a scene in the new story or editing, and I look out the large window in our office and wonder “What if this is an illusion? What if I opened the window, smashed it, or stepped outside the front door and it’s all a dark, abysmal wasteland? Yet, if I close the door, I see the sun, neighbors, birds flying by, cars driving by, and life as I’ve imagined it?”

Because It’s Funny

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Ever notice how some authors really enjoy writing strong characters who don’t take crap from anybody? I think it’s because that’s how we want to see ourselves. We want to be articulate, extremely intelligent, resourceful, and not challenged when we make our mind up. If a character is pulling into a parking lot and another car races ahead and takes the space the character wanted, he/she is cool about it. “That’s not right. You need to think about the error of your ways. Now do the right thing and park elsewhere.” And they do. But what happens when someone cuts us off in a parking lot like that? How do we react? Are we cool? I’m pretty sure the world hears us shouting “You son-of-a-bitch!” Plus they saw us making obscene gestures.

An Audience Of One (Plus Spoilers)

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

An author friend of mine, Brent D. Seth, wrote a blog post last week regarding whether to focus on character or plot…or both. It’s worth checking out. The subject of writing came up again on a Facebook post where another friend and fellow author was having issues with his new story because he was trying to take what he’d written and alter it for a more mainstream audience. My suggestion to him was “Don’t.” Unless you’re writing something that’s product, then focus on just telling the story and let it find its audience organically. It was probably good and bad advice.