Category Writing

A Gathering Storm

Alright… so:

“The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.”

Sound familiar to anyone?

Yeah, I thought so.

If you are at all like me and have read at least one of the twelve books in the series you’ve read that line at least once. What does that line signify? Well it pretty much signifies that yup, even after RJ’s passing the Wheel still turns. A Gathering Storm, the twelfth book in the series was just released a few days ago. Penned by Brandon Sanderson from RJ’s copious notes it looks to be another massive brick of a book...

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Time Well Wasted…

You ever get the feeling that time, that arbitrary, ephemeral concept just sort of exists to piss us the fuck off?

I mean honestly, if it weren’t for time I’d be happily ensconced in a book without a worry in the work. Or perhaps I’d be scribbling words on a page, forging headlong and onward in the novel in my head. Instead I sit here, Stumbling and typing this trying to wind down from another exhausting day when I could be happily sleeping next to the woman of my dreams…

Actually ya know what… fuck you lot. I’m going to bed. This post can wait.


(But in the interim…. The Trailer for “The Men Who Stare At Goats” is good. Watch it.)

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House Of Cards

Hello once again my dear friends (pretending that there is more than one of you still reading this makes it easier on my fragile ego). I seem to have become quite the delinquent blogger over the past little while. I guess having a family and a job that takes up all your time does sort of prevent certain time wasting elements of life.

So, let me ‘splain… no there is too much. I’ll sum up. Prince Humperdinck marry… errr nevermind. You all know the joke. I’ve used it enough times already that you can all just finish it in your heads at your convenience. Think of it as my gift to you.

So let’s see how things are in Gregtown.

Baby is somewhere in the 5th Month and making mommy rather grumptastic with it’s kickfests. Apparently the Five Nations Cup is being played in Tamara’s Uterus...

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Literary Smartassery

While I haven’t read any Hal Duncan as of yet, I have decided that he’s next on my list of books to read based solely on his response to a bit of hate mail he received in his inbox the other day.

Maybe it’s just the literary geek in me but anyone who can tear someone a new arsehole so eloquently and with such erudition deserves to be read if you ask me.

For the complete story, I direct you thusly. Enjoy.

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Protected: Story Excerpt

Because some of you, Jon specifically, have been nagging me to get on with this tale already I decided last night to buckle down and write through my lack of creativity. This isn’t as long as they other sections, or it wasn’t when I wrote it, typing it seems to have increased it exponentially though. I suspect that has a lot to due with the fact that there is a lot of dialogue. I’m not normally comfortable with my dialogue, but I think this works well to further the relationship between Emma and Owen.

We pick up shortly after we left off in the previous excerpt

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In Six Words…

Awhile ago (Nov 06), Wired magazine ran an article how Hemmingway had written a story in six words and they then challenged a number of modern authors to do the same. The results were amusing but I never bothered trying one myself… or if I did, I’ve long since forgotten it.

Tonight, while randomly link hopping I came across the article again and since I should be in bed and sleeping as I work in… oh less than 6 hours from now, I decided what better way to waste my time than to write a story.

Here goes.

On trial. Evidence lost. Case dismissed.

Now it’s your turn.

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Protected: Another Excerpt From Chapter I

Another small excerpt in the story/novel/whatever. Taking place immediately following the last part that was posted. This one is a whole lot rougher than the last one in the form of formatting and grammar, so bear that in mind.

From a technical aspect I’m still trying to figure out how to address internal vocal thoughts and discussions. That’s neither here nor there though. Just enjoy the story.

EDIT: I just noticed that none of the italicized formating to thought bubbles that I’d done in the word version copied across when I cut and paste it here. I’ll go back later and fix it. It may read funny until then though so be warned.

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Protected: Excerpt: Chapter 1 – New Beginnings

I don’t usually do this. Normally I’m fairly protective of my work and hate letting people see it prior to my finishing it but as I’m somewhat happy with what I’ve accomplished today I figured I’d share the joy so to speak.

This is just the first thousand or so words that I came up with tonight. I’d found the original snippet in an old journal but most of the idea was unusable so it’s essentially brand new. I’m not going to explain it or try to give any background on it or the story it’s associated with. It is a rough draft so I know it needs polishing in places, but I welcome any comments you have, both critical and laudatory.


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