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Where do writers come up with their ideas?

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I still can't claim mastery of this topic but I've had some recent revelations that may help others. I've had writer's block of every kind for years. Most of it comes from the fact that I'm at a time in my life where I have very little time and whatever I do during that time feels like it has to be justified.

For years, I was drawn to every blog, article, or webinar that I could find on creativity and working through blocks. I was able to get some treatment for a bit of an anxiety problem that that helped quite a bit but I still struggled to stick with projects or to come up with anything that I felt was worth writing at all.

There are two things that I've done that, I feel, have allowed me to improve in this area of my writing:

1. I've started to read a lot more than I used to.

I'm up to around twenty-two books this year, though many of them have been audio, I'm pretty sure that this is a personal best for me. If I wasn't a grown-up with two ki…

Pumpkin patch picture

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We did the pumpkin patch today!

Cracked Parenting Post

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The link in this post is NSFW.

I've been toying with the idea of doing a weekly Cracked.com roundup for a while. I read things on Cracked the I often want to share but I don't because if people wanted to read fifty percent of the articles on the site like I do they would just read cracked.

My goal for this blog is to combine parenting and creative writing. I'm not really doing a bang up job at either of those things (or presenting them on this blog) but...I don't know where I was going with that.

Anyways, check out this cracked article on parenting in our modern age.


http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-unusual-ways-technology-makes-raising-kids-more-difficult/





On giving up caffeine and bad parenting

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I've done this before -- I'm not doing it now, and I'm not advising that it be done for any reason whatsoever.

I was with a casual group of coworkers the other day when one of them lamented on the ineffectiveness of her daily coffee intake. "What am I to do?" She asked with an italic i. I told her that the only way to revert back to effective caffeine use is to go cold turkey (I am not a doctor and do not take my random advice). She scoffed at the idea and assured me that she wouldn't be able to function without her daily coffee.

I further explained that I had done this before and you simply have to accept that, for at least a couple of days, you will probably be, not the best parent. Pick which days those will be and go for it. There was much laughter and people seemed to think it was all a big joke. One person said with obvious jest, "I'm sorry kids, I'm going to be a bad dad today."

I'm not always a great parent; just like in anything…

Friday Flash Fiction #1

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This started out as something for twitter but I couldn't quite whittle it down enough.

The dragon flew through the city, fire-breath burning everything. The unknown hero leaped from a skyscraper, landing on it's back; both of them vanished in a puff of smoke.

Reducing Anxiety #2 You Are Not Your Anxiety

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I know - this one sounds a little flowery but here me out. If you have a problem with anxiety, as discussed in the previous post, you need to separate yourself from it. It sometimes even helps to name it. You could name it Bob or something, or the ID or EGO (I know that's not what those terms actually mean).



For me, anyways, this has helped me in instances where I'm actively trying not to feel anxious, situations where I am feeling anxious about my anxiety (if you have an anxiety problem, you know what I'm talking about. In those instances, I often have trouble removing the feeling of anxiety with any other techniques that occasionally work. The only thing left to do is let it go.

I'll still feel the anxiety but I name it and basically acknowledge that this thing is doing this to me. It's not my fault that I'm anxious and I'm not doing it - it's bob that's doing it - that jerk.

As I said this helps a lot, mostly in situations where I'm trying to…

Anxiety Reducer #1

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I have suffered from anxiety for years; I'm 33. In that time I've tried a bunch of techniques that I was told would make me happy and healthy. Some of the things that I've tried are exercising, meditating, and thinking positively. Each of these activities produced positive results but I wasn't actually able to affect (is that the right one? I think so) real change in my life until I realized that my level of anxiety was beyond that of the general population.

I sought help and received it. This allowed me to attack my difficulties from a new perspective, I had a new baseline to shoot for.

This post is becoming a little heady but if you think you have a problem with anxiety or depression ask your friends or family if they have feelings like yours and if they do if they've received help. The fact that you took that online quiz to see if you had social anxiety disorder may be a cry for help. Just make an appointment with your family physician and you can go from there.…

On the Cafe Screaming Incident or (the post that no one asked for)

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Another blog that I read commented on this and I just thought that I would throw in my two cents...not that you asked for it -- but this is my blog.

Anyways, if you haven't heard about it yet -- Hi, welcome to the internet: everyone's angry here. I'm going to keep this short and sweet; nobody in this story was having a good day.

Here's an actual dad blog with linksif you need to catch up. I agree with that blogger. He thinks that the owner handled it poorly but that she has every right to treat people in her establishment any way that she pleases. He doesn't necessarily say that the parents are in the right either though.

The parents should have been a little more considerate and so should the owner of the diner. If the parent's really weren't feeding their child...I don't know maybe they had a reason for it. I can't tell you what's going on in their life and I wasn't there. Also I can't be too hard on either party because I'm not alw…

July Ramblings

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I think that I'm going to go ahead and do some bad blogging today. Feel free to check out on this one. I don't know how useful it will be to everyone - I think that I've just spent more time describing this blog post than I may actually spend on the writing of it.


That's a pretty little picture. I was doing some stream of consciousness writing in my google docs account and for some reason it didn't like the word 'could.' I still have no idea what happened with that. There was no problem on any other use of the word. Even in the following sentence in which I described the very thing that I am here describing again.
Anyways, the point that I was trying to make is that picture was the first thing that come up when I googled the word could when I habitually Googled it to see if I had somehow forgotten how to spell it. 
June was a good month for my writing. I've started a few habits that I think will improve several aspects of my writing and therefore my lif…

Stephen King Writing Quote

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

Things have been pretty busy but I came across this quote from Stephen King that I felt was ... I don't know - I liked it okay. And I wanted to save it somewhere that I would see it again. I found it online but I'm pretty sure that I read it in his boo 'On Writing.'

I actually have several blog post ideas but they are all taking second banana to several other things that I'm working on just now.

Outlining vs. Plotting

Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing
I bought this book last week and I wanted to share it with anyone who may stumble across my blog. I've read several books on writing and storytelling. Sometimes those books or articles will set me off with several writing ideas that I can't wait to jump on. These instructional writings usually offer fun tools that I haven't thought of or another way of looking at fiction that was new to me. 
This books is very short at around 90 kindle pages. The author does support herself with the sales of her fiction. You can find her website here
I'd recommend picking this book up because I found it to be helpful, inspirational, and it had useful tools for writing fiction. I'm looking forward to the second edition that the author mentions on her site.

One criticism is that the author references another writing book on which she seems to have relied pretty heavily. This point deserves a pass though because the…

May The 4th Be With You

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Happy Star Wars Day

Story in Search history

This is another prompt from Chuck Wendig. I don't do all of his prompts but sometimes they can be fun. The writing challenge can be found here. This week he's going to be picking three winners and sending them a book that he's releasing soon.

I don't do all of his challenged but this one looks fun and is short. The parameters are to write a narrative with 6-10 search terms.

Search History:

giant bird bat April 4 Akron Ohio
giant eggs appearing overnight
Easter Dragon april fools
lizard species Ohio
Ohio Lizards two feet
can lizards breath fire?
dragons growth rate
real dragon slayers hire
how fast do dragons reproduce
how to survive in the dragon apocalypse

I wanted to use inconsistent grammar and capitalization because - ya know- search terms. I doubt that I think of grammar, punctuation and capitalization in search terms. Anyways. There it is - just for fun.

I'm Still Here and online journaling

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I'm still here and writing. I've just started running into the same old stumbling blocks that I always do when I start a blog. After I was starting to make some progress I became really insecure about the stuff that I was writing and why did I need a blog anyways.

It's possible that I don't have the mindset that would give me something to post to a blog all the time. I guess that's really why I started this one up again though. I just keep putting so much pressure on anything that I write that it knocks me down to not writing anything.

I think that I am going to keep posting on here. Pushing through the many layers of self doubt and anxiety that keep me from writing on a regular basis and so that this isn't just some solely therapeutic thing for me I'll try to post a link or a piece of generally helpful information in case someone accidentally stumbles across this blog.

That last bit may hold up the publication of the blog posts a bit until I find somethin…

Colson Whitehead Quote

Just a short quote that I wanted to share. Here's the link to a list of twenty writers talking about writing. 
“Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do.” — Colson Whitehead

How I Learned to Clean my Blender and Change my Life And You Can Too

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I think that's probably the longest blog title that I've ever used but I'm going to go with it because I'm blogging without an agenda.

Before I start I'd like to say that if you know why this is a bad way to clean my blender I (equal parts) want to know and don't want to know.

A few weeks ago my wife purchased some protein supplements from GNC. I've always like the idea of protein smoothies - 1. because I know that I don't get enough protein and 2. YEAH SMOOTHIES!

I kept wanting to jump on the bandwagon to simultaneously increase my fruit and vegetable intake with more protein. The only problem was I couldn't be bothered to read the instructions to find out how much of the powder to include in said smoothie.

The other problem was the ridiculous amount of time that is required to actually clean my blender. You have to unscrew the thing and remove the other thing, Oh! and don't lose that rubber ring - thing.


I recently heard from someone who has a…

Oberon is Here: Flash Fiction Challenge from Chuck Wendig's Blog

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This is my post in response to a flash fiction challenge that I read recently on another blog. It's the blog that I've mentioned before that's written by Chuck Wendig. You can see that blog post for the challenge here.
the challenge was to write a piece that was less that 1,000 words using a picture that was provided by someone else as inspiration. I went with the original picture that was provided by the blog's author.
So without further ado - here's the picture and the story.

click here to see the picture Oberon is Here by Kyle Morgan
Twerking(from Wikipedia) - a type of dancing in which an individual, usually a female, dances to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.
Oberon, who's real name was Aloysius Mcgillicutty, had grown tired of his new life years ago. Once it was found that his twerking ability could cause anyone who witnessed it to achieve an enlightened state of mind he had no choice but to…

My Dream Disney Website

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I have always wanted to see a Disney Fan Site where artists and writers could come together and create their own Park-Centric works. These works could be displayed here so that if you wanted to read a story or a comic that someone wrote about an attraction that no longer existed, you could.

Or people could post a script or drawings of an attraction that they made up but can never really create since they aren't imagineers.
Seriously, click the picture and check out the list of attractions that this guy put out there. I would love to be able to scroll through stories based upon attractions that only the most die-hard fans have any interest in.

I would be elated to look through dozens and dozens of ideas that people have for their own attractions with or without a Disney bent. I think that the only way that this would work is to offer monetary compensation or regular contests. I don't think that the money thing would be possible from a legal stand point however.

I also don't…

Camp Nanowrimo 2015

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FYI - Nanowrimo is internet slang for National Novel Writing Month.


So I'm trying Nanowrimo again. The actual Nanowrimo is in November but there's are nanowrimos that happen in April and July. Participants in these events can set whatever goals that they want to achieve.

A lot of the people who participate in these aren't shooting for the total 50,000 words. I am though - because I'm an idiot. I successfully hit my goal when I did the actual Nanowrimo in November 2014 and I came off of that victory feeling really good about my writing.

After that I think that I sat down to work on that crummy novel about 3 or 4 times for a grand total of around 55,000 words. I have to admit that I feel like I turned that victory into a failure. I don't feel as bad about that as I think that I would though. I can still work on that project. I have a lot of the plot figured out.

It is a terrible first draft (they are all supposed to be terrible right?). I do think that I learned a l…

Chuck Wendig's Blog

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Chuck Wendig's Blog Post about Blogging



This was the blog post that I read recently that made me want to resurrect my blog without any thoughts of capitalizing on things.

Without going into too much detail, my wife is a reasonably successful blogger. So, in the past, when I've started a blog, it was with the intention of making money in the long run. Or marketing my eventual novels/short fiction.

I've come to the conclusion that those goals maybe for people who are advanced bloggers. I don't think that I've ever blogged without an agenda. Even when I was in college, the blog that I had was mostly to make myself look cool and pick up chicks.

I'm going to go ahead and let anyone who's considering that path right now that there are much better ways to pick up chicks (having eventually picked one up myself).

Anyways, read the blog post on Chuck's site if you're thinking about starting one up yourself and if you are going to start up a blog without a pri…

New Blog Stuff

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I'm going to try and blog here a little more. Mostly because I feel like it. I'm also not really planning on making this a very marketable blog. That doesn't seem to be working for me so I'm just going to have to give up on only blogging about writing or being a parent or any other single thing that people create blogs about.

I think that I'm just going to go back to the regular updating of my personal blog. Maybe like Doogie Howser (is that how it's spelled?).

OK, not like Doogie Howser. I'm not going to talk to you about asking girls to the prom or something like that or what my current financial situation is. I mean that was his diary for crying out loud. I'm not about to put Diary related stuff online. Although I do think that is the way that people can make money blogging.

Not all bloggers can make money like that obviously but, well - I think that some do.

I think that I'm going to have to remap this blog address to since I'm probably goin…

Fanfiction

This post might not be of great interest to a lot of people but I think that I've come up with a pretty solid group of projects.

I'm going to start doing some fanfiction work. Almost every author that I've heard interviewed recently said that when they got back into writing a lot they started writing fanfiction. I'm going to start a blog that's being written by a fictional character and I'm going to write some comic book crossover series that I'll publish on WattPad and fanfiction.net.

I'll be sure to announce the releases here so that you can go check them out. the blog is going but that only took five minutes. I'll announce it when the're actually something there to read.

On the 2000 to 10000

I keep reading and hearing about this book. I think that I may pick it up soon. It's only 99 cents so it couldn't hurt to give it a try.

I know that everything in it was originally available on the blog by the author but I guess that it's been updated and... again...It's only 99 cents.

Anyone else out there tried this one?

http://www.rachelaaron.net/books-nonfic.php



A couple of new podcasts

I've started listening to a couple of new podcasts that I wanted to let everyone know about. They are pretty new and interesting. It's a lot about kindle marketing, which is fine. I prefer I should be writing and Writing Excuses because they tend to have more about the actual writing process.

http://www.thewritingpodcast.com/

The first is The Writing Podcast


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkgP6WIFsg3vWga2XVs619w

The Second is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing podcast

These can both be found in ITunes.