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A Story So Far

Posted: April 24, 2014 in On Writing, Writer's Carnival

I’ve been writing, off and on, for most of my life.

I remember being in the first grade, being given spelling words that we were supposed to put into sentences and crafting short connected stories with them.

My first publication came in high school, writing for a small student run publication called LEGION. It was a short piece featuring a vampire. Ahem. Yes. (more…)

I write a lot of action scenes in my fiction, and of them, most are a fight of some kind or another. I’m not claiming to be an expert on the subject by any means, but I feel I am a well educated journeyman. Earlier this year, I took the time to write out what I felt are some important considerations when a writer sets out to depict a fight scene.


So I came in second for the synopsis contest over at Writer’s Carnival. What this means, in essence, is that I’ve received a huge kick in the ass to get Continuity out the door, something I’ve talked about for years and haven’t moved on.

It also means putting Milieux on hold, albeit temporarily to focus on this.

The big irony for me is that the person who won is someone I recommended the site to and got month trial for. Man, I shoulda paid more attention when they told me about the danger of good deeds.

I have always felt writing, and sharing what you  write, is one of the more intimate, challenging, self-esteem threatening things you can do. By publishing stories, even in such a limited market as this, I am opening myself up to critique, to a sense of “not-good-enough.”

This weekend at Writer’s Carnival, they are hosting a Post-a-Palooza for their one year anniversary. The site will be swarming with writers, all of with different levels of ability, different backgrounds, and different expectations of what they want to accomplish with their writing.

So I’ve decided to take a risk and put excerpts from my first novel, CONTINUITY, on the site. You have to be a member to read it (sorry), but joining is free. Below is the synopsis I wrote of it for one of their contests. (more…)

So one of the things I am doing as part of the Writer’s Carnival team is writing blog posts and leading group discussions. These are short reads, though it starts to feel very meta. Then again, writing about writing often does.

The idea behind the group discussion posts is to get members engaged, to highlight the social aspect of the site. Only, since it is a writing site, the focus is less on cats and pictures of food or who’s dating whom and more on you know, writing.