Category Archives: Fiction

Here’s a novel idea (Wink, wink)

As I’m sure some of you are aware, I’ve always had the thought that it would be cool to write a book.  Yeah, when I was a kid I wanted to write a book – forget being an astronaut/fireman/policeman/etc.  Call me a geek, that’s fine.  I can admit it. 

Here’s the problem – I have absolutely no idea what to do or how to do it.  I’ve never even taken a creative writing course.  I created this blog to practice writing.  I started a second blog for my short stories, so I could develop my style a little.  This was all my first couple baby steps to get started.  However, I don’t really have any clue where to go from here.

I breezed through my first few short stories, and have plot outlines for several more.  One idea in particular has really been “plaguing” me lately. (Pardon the pun…it’ll make more sense in a couple of minutes.)  The problem with it though, is that it seems to have a lot more potential than to just end up as a short story.  The more I think about it, the more ideas pop into my head and the more I realize that this could be the start of my first novel.  And what better topic for me to write about than zombies?!  (I told you that horrible pun was related.)

I have since met with a couple of published authors.  They have been willing to give me their time, knowledge, and ears to help me figure out where I go from here.  I’ve got some very encouraging feedback, and actually found out that part of my process is pretty standard and even has a name!  Who’da thunk it??  This whole idea is starting to seem at least somewhat do-able.

So here I am stating my intentions to the world…I think I’m going to try to write a book!  It’s a very intimidating thought – the idea of a long-term project like this.  Knowing my lack of patience, short attention span, and very particular way of doing things, this is not going to be easy, but we’ll see what happens!  I’m sure I will post updates as things progress and maybe even post a sneak peek every once in a while so you all can see if I’m staying on track, and if it’s any good.  Who knows?  I sure don’t!

Thank you, that is all.


Be right back…we will return after this break!

Hey there stranger!  Thanks for coming back and checking in with me.  I enjoy our time together, which is why this post isn’t a very fun one to write.

I’ve noticed for quite some time that my posts just aren’t as creative, clever or entertaining as I think they could/should be.  When I started this blog, I was simply using it as an outlet for me to write about anything and absolutely everything…as you witnessed.  I got in a pretty good rhythm, churning out anywhere from 1-3 posts per week.  Keeping in mind how long my typical post is, that’s a lot to keep up with!  Lately, the ideas have started to subside, and I’ve found myself being forced to actually put forethought into what I want/should/could write about.  Writing random blog posts has almost become a bit of a chore…kind of like an obligation to crank one out every so often.  Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE writing, but I think my brain may be switching gears on me.  I’ve been in a bit of a creative tornado lately with projects and ideas for more projects whirling around uncontrollably.  Let the excuses begin!

As previously noted, I have begun my endeavor into creative writing by starting to whip up some fictional short stories.  With that commitment comes less time to ponder the pointless things that I’m associated with.  More time is needed to concoct elaborate storylines, develop rich characters, and figure out plot twists.  Going along with that, my mind is much more pre-occupied trying to figure all of this out and actually portray my thoughts successfully.

Another factor is a lack of worthwhile subjects to write about.  Instead of ideas popping into my crazy little peanut brain like they used to, I have had to actually put thought into things that I CAN write about…not necessarily something that I WANT to write about.  Big difference there.

Also, the timing will be something to consider now as well.  With numerous holidays coming up, I anticipate being much busier and just not having the time required to sit down and spew out 1,000 words. 

If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down here, I’m basically just announcing that my ramblings will be slowing down for a while.  There will no doubt still be things for me to write about and share with you, but the frequency will be taking a noticeable hit in the very near future.  I still have a few ideas in mind to work on, so I’ll still be posting from time to time…just not as often as we’ve all been accustomed to.  Thanks for sticking with me, and when I have something fun to share, you all will be the first to know!

Thank you, that is all.  But just for now.

Help wanted

Calling all bookworms! 

As I have been pouring blood, sweat, and tears over my keyboard trying to crank out some light reading for the masses, I keep coming to the realization that I don’t really know what I’m doing.  Here’s where you could step in.  I’m looking for proofreaders, editors, and critics to provide HONEST feedback, tips, and suggestions in order for me to turn something out that people might find interesting/entertaining, and NOT be a complete waste of time.  If you enjoy reading and have any interest in short stories, mystery, or fiction, then please email me!

Thank you, that is all.

Short stories – My venture into legitimacy

I have been a die-hard fiction junky for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always harbored the idea of trying to write my own mystery someday.  A large reason for starting this blog in the first place was to get some practice writing, hone my skills, and develop my style.  (Did you check the link to see what it was?  Man, I got you so good!) 

Well, as you can tell from the title of this post, it appears that time has nearly come.  A little while back, inspiration struck.  A thought hit me and I got several ideas for some short stories.  The ideas persisted to pester me, and I have decided to begin working on a series of short-and-sometimes-not-so-short-stories.

I have thrown myself into more murder mysteries than I can recollect, and I’m starting to think that I may have learned a thing or two from them.  With prior life experiences that I prefer not to discuss, my background in criminal justice, and influences such as Harlen Coben, Dennis LeHane, James Patterson, Patrick J. O’Brian, Dean Koontz, and Dan Brown, how could I possibly go wrong?

So turn out the lights, crawl in bed, throw a sheet over your head, grab a flashlight, and immerse yourselves into my foray into “fiction.”  Or is it?

In case you missed it, here’s the link again.  Man, you’re so difficult sometimes!

Thank you, that is all.

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