Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Daydreaming

Do you ever just sit and daydream about being some place else. Like maybe a warm sunny beach with cool waves lapping at the shore. Or maybe a rugged mountain top where you can almost just reach up and touch the sky.

When I daydream, my mind wonders to a much further place. Usually a planet or moon right here in our own solar system. Other times to an even further place in the galaxy like a star cluster or black hole. Sometimes my mind wonders to another time in the distant future sometimes to the distant past. What ever you dream of or where ever you dream about, the important thing is to dream. Dream a dream that takes you to a place that makes you happy.



Jim

Monday, October 17, 2011

Moving On Up

After nearly 120 rejection, each of which carried its own degree of dejection, I've decided to try something else. Rather than thinking that my stories and novels are just not any good, I've decided that my writing is not the type of formulaic writing that wins contests and gains the attention of literary agents. With that said, I still believe I have something to offer the reader. Therefore, I've decided to enroll with Smashwords.com and begin offering my short stories while I continue to refine my novels. So, if you have an interest in speculative fiction, stop over and browse my author page at Smashwords.com And if you have an extra dollar laying around, try one of my stories on for size. As of today, I only have one story up but will be adding more in the near future.

Jim

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wild Wednesday Leads to Thoughtless Thursday


Great story flowing onto the paper Wednesday night, so much so, that I stayed up past my usual 12:30 AM self-imposed curfew. The story intrigued me. I couldn’t stop right in the heart of the action. Finally, after two in the morning, the Mountain Dew wore off and I came to a stopping place that would be easy to pick up the next night. The next day went swimmingly until late in the afternoon when having only four hours sleep hit me. I made it through until last night when I sat and stared at the computer screen. I knew what I wanted to say but it just didn’t make it to the keyboard. A vacant spot the size of a tennis ball occupied my skull. Something was missing. I slept my usual six hours last night, so maybe tonight will be better.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wow! What a Morning.


Today I spoke with God. I confronted demons face to face. I traveled forward and backward in time. For a short while, I visited another planet. I witnessed the death and rebirth of planet Earth. …all before breakfast. Do you want to hear about the rest of my day?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Strunk and White’s Elements of Style


What a great little book. Call me a nerd, but Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” Fourth Edition answers many of my grammar questions in one neat little publication. From simple punctuation to more complicated issues of structure, this book covers it all. William Strunk, Jr.’s original “Elements of Style,” published in the 1930’s and sometimes referred to as “the little red book,” is updated to fit modern writing tastes by E. B. White in this little silver book. If that’s not enough for the grammar nerds and writing enthusiasts, this little style manual is now available in an illustrated version. That’s right, illustrated grammar. What more could a word nerd ask for?

You can find your own Strunk and White's here and the illustrated version here.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!


Sayonara, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, Adios 2010. You kicked my heart right in the mouth. Good Riddance. I hope the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Now listen to me 2011. Don’t get any wise ideas from your predecessor or there’s gonna be trouble. You don’t want any trouble, do you? Happy New Year everyone! Be safe and stay well in 2011!