Monday, January 17, 2011

M. Focus

I am sorry that I haven't posted for some time now.  I have been trying my best to come over, read, and comment on your blogs, but I have been really busy.

I have actually been sticking to my New Years resolution and burning through the third revision of the first MS to actually call it complete.  And, so far it has been a success.

Just wanted to keep you up to date and hope to be done soon and can't wait to get back to blogging.

Friday, January 7, 2011

M. Electronic Answers

"Why should I memorize something when I know where to find it?"
Albert Einstein

I had a question today about how irregular one of my son's blood levels is. The doctor gave us the level, but skirted around the question and didn't answer as to how far off it was. So my wife and I like most parents worried and pondered the predicament, but then an idea came to mind.

Check the Internet!

Well we did and after some searching we found the information that we were seeking out.

Anyway, I am sure that you are just saying, so what, right? Well it really made me think, I don't remember not having the Internet. I know that it wasn't around my whole life and I was a teenager when I first used it, but now I can't remember not having it. I really don't know what I would do without it at this point in my life.

So this brings me to my point, do you ever sit back and appreciate the magical wonder that we all use daily? Do you think we will ever end up feeling the same way about EBooks? Really think about it, I am thirty and have watched the Internet revolution come to life in the mainstream, it only took fifteen years to get here.

Would Einstein even have to remember his name in this day and age?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

M. The writing block blues

The hardest part of writing isn't the writing.  Originally, I would have trouble getting the story set and then setting aside the time of the day to write.  Nowadays that isn't the problem.  I have been fighting a duel in my mind with an evil little bug called a writer's block.

I don't know if that is what I would call it, but there is a little nudge in my head that makes me less than satisfied with everything that I write and that I have written.  I am not sure if it is from the countless rejections that I have grown accustom to receiving or if it is just my lack of inspiration.

I know that I have stories to tell, but they just don't look right when they splash out onto the pages.

Anyway, believe it or not, I feel better just for writing this and I don't want to sound like it is a huge problem, because it is starting to go away.  What I really want to know is, what do you do to prevent feeling this way and how do you get it to go away?  Are their some mental sit ups that my grey matter can do to get my writing back in shape.

Monday, January 3, 2011

M. Your real life and your real fiction

Today I was doing some reading and editing of the original MS and as I was reading through, I started to think of the characters in it.  There are quite a few, if not all, that resemble the people I know in an uncanny way.  Most of their personalities are similar to the people in my life and the ones around me.  The way they carry themselves and converse with each other is vaguely familiar and for some even the way they look.

I started to think of the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy coming home to her little farm house.  All of the characters in her story had matched with people that were in her real life.  And in one way or another the fictional characters matched the ones in her real world.  Do we all do that when we think of our own fictions?  Do we find a way to incorporate the people around us and influence us when we write our own stories?