Walking into the lair of the beast…

I guess you could say that I’m an “idea man”.

My greatest pleasure from writing comes from the energy of madly dashing down a story idea as it bubbles to the surface of my consciousness, akin to a game show contestant frantically grabbing $100 bills swirling around in a glass booth.

I usually can rough out a solid plot, protagonist and/or antagonist, and it usually has elements of conflict and morality. To anybody other than myself, it might look like mad scribbling’s of pencil on paper, but it’s usually enough to capture the message.

And that might be part of the problem…

Once I know the “how” of the story, have the firefly in the bottle as it were, I have almost no desire to flesh out the story into something readable. To sit in front of my laptop and try to form proper sentence structure, tenses, grammar, and million other things that have never been my strong point, causes massive amounts of stress.

This isn’t anything new, I’ve known this for years, and is probably the reason why I’ve walked away from writing in the past, but at least now I’m admitting it to myself (and you).

What’s the point of having a story to tell, if you can’t tell it? I need to meet my fears head on, tackle my weaknesses, and improve.

Fantasy from the Rock

If anyone is looking for a way to purchase “Fantasy from the Rock”, in which I have a story in, the details are below.

Engen Books

Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!

Fantasy From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)

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Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903347
Release Date: April 27, 2017
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Price (CAD): Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 373

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Confessions of Patient Zero | My Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 Story

I wish I could have been there, but after hearing how sick Matthew made everyone, maybe it’s best I stayed in Nova Scotia!

Amazing job team, you should all be proud!

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Dana Carberry Matthew LeDrew Me infecting young Dana Carberry.

This was originally going to be a series of posts — every day of Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 was it’s own mini-event that deserved chronicling. However, as the title implies, I’ve been a little under the weather. As of today it’s been a week since the con started, and I really don’t want to wait any longer. So I’m going to try and get it all on record. 🙂

So, as a bit of preamble, I’m kind of known among my friends for my immune system. When my friends have children that are sick, I get the call: because I won’t catch it. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve always reveled in it with the utmost glee… that is, until I met Heather Reilly’s youngest daughter, an adorable red-head with a perpetually runny nose. I was sitting for them the week before…

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When are you no longer an amateur?

When I shared this little blog with my friends in an online writing group, several of them suggested that I might be denigrating myself by using the term “amateur author”.

That got me to thinking; “When are you an author?”

I’m sure this question has no limit of answers depending on who you ask, but in the end the only answer that really matters is the one that you subscribe too. While I do have a couple short stories published in print anthologies (the book launch of one of them happens to be today!), I hesitated to call myself an author because I was compensated in contributor copies rather than hard cash.

But does that make any difference?

In the end, I decided that published is published, and how I was “paid” didn’t matter. So then why did I still struggle to call myself an author?

I started thinking about the other writers I know, men and women who have reams of work to their name, novels published, ongoing series, hundreds of followers, and award winners! How in the heck can I put myself in the same category as them?

BINGO! I’m comparing myself to everyone else!

I guess this is human nature, comparing ourselves to those around us, and while it can be helpful in certain situations, I have been shooting myself in the foot on purpose and “limping” as an excuse. I’ve come to realize that the only writer that I need to be better than, is the guy I was yesterday. If I can do that, than I can call myself “author”.

Journaling: Helpful or Time Waster?

For several years now I’ve kept a personal daily journal in which I make note of day-to-day activities, mostly so I have something to refer too if the RCMP ask me for an alibi…

It’s mostly a series of paragraphs listing my daily events, but with little emotion or depth, and that’s why I decided to start a blog here. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t find any pearls of wisdom here, in all likelihood I will be the only person who reads this words.

If that’s the case, why am I bothering?

The answer to that is because I know myself rather well, I guess you could say I’m self-aware of what works and doesn’t work within my pea brain. I struggle to verbally communicate my feelings/thoughts/emotions with other people unless I’ve had a chance to mentally rehearse, and the written word gives me a chance to organize my thoughts.

So I guess you could say, that writing a bit here, helps me mentally switch gears to work on a story, call it my “pre-workout warm up”. I guess that’s enough “warming up”, and time to get to work!