Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Writing? Eh. Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

Good evening, gentle readers.
I hope you've had a good day. Maybe enjoyed some sun.  Had a nice lunch.
It's been unseasonably warm here the last couple of days, not that I've taken advantage of it. I've spent the last two days in bed, trying to write.
Please note my use of the word, 'try.'
Nothing happened.
The screen/page remained blank.
However, I'm hopeful that something will kickstart my creative juices.  The D&D gropu I play with asked me to run a game later this month and I accepted.  I'm hoping it will be a good way to get some creative energy moving around.
I've already got a story in mind.  It's a bit bare-bones, but I haven't run a game in forever and I want to ease my way back into it.
So, I've taken a break from the attempted writing to do some worldbuilding, come up with some NPCs and enemies and flesh out some alternate routes the story can take.
Knowing the guys I''m playing with, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we wind up on a different plane of existence.  That's just the way this group rolls.
At the very least, it won't be boring.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Haiku

Sitting in stillness,
shadows linger in my thoughts.
Where has the path gone?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Writing? Eh.

Good afternoon, gentle readers!
It's the second week of 2016 and, to be honest, this new year has gotten off to a bit of a shit start.
Natalie Cole passed away on January 1st and just this past Sunday we lost David Bowie. Two great musical talents....gone.
It makes one think of the impermanence of existence, of legacies and how we'll be remembered.  If we're remembered at all.
I hate to admit it, but I think writing is my way of giving Death the finger.  The Grim Reaper is going to take me, sure, but whatever I've written will survive my death.  It'll float around on the Internet, maybe printed out here and there, spoken of by people.
My writing will be my legacy.
So, if that's the case, why the hell haven't I written anything lately?
That's a very good question, ladies and gentlemen.
I wish I had an answer.
I could say it's the job.  Things have been crazy at the shop where I work.
I could say it's a lack of inspiration, but that's not exactly true.
Maybe it's a lack of discipline? I used to make myself write every day.
Now?
Not so much.
Now, I have been doing some writing, but it's not really writing for publication.  It's more like personal journaling a.k.a. blowing off steam.
And I haven't even been doing that all that much.
Lately, whenever I sit down with my laptop, all I want to do is watch YouTube videos or check out what's new on Netflix.
But it's 2016. Right? The start of a brand new year.  So, I'm going to try and get my nose against the grindstone again, to publish at least one new story this year.
It probably won't be Shakespeare, but it'll be something.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Holidaze

Good afternoon, gentle readers!
I hope everyone had a good holiday and that you got what you needed, even if you didn't get what you wanted.
My holiday was fairly chill.  I spent it with family and came home laden with leftovers.
New Year's Eve is this week and, to be honest, I'll be happy once it's come and gone.
Let's be honest, folks: the holidays are bloody exhausting!
Here in the States, things start to get nuts right after Halloween. Thanksgiving starts off the holiday trifecta, leading up to Christmas and then ending with New Year's Eve.
For two months people spend money like it's going out of style, buying presents for people they probably don't know all that well, getting 'holiday cheer' jammed down their throats and ending the whole shebang with a night of desperate, drunken debauchery that would leave the Roman Emperors of old shaking their heads and looking faintly alarmed.
It's all just too much.
Thankfully, some of us chose to opt out of the madness.
Thanksgiving is not a big deal for me. I call my family and wish them a 'Happy Thanksgiving' then eat my traditional dinner of pizza.
Christmas isn't a big deal either. My family doesn't do presents. I spend the day with my mom, who insists on cooking a spread even though she doesn't have to, and then it's home again.
New Year's Eve? I'll see in the New Year, but I don't get New Year's Day off.  Instead, it'll be business as usual for yours truly, up and off to work while a significant majority of people are recovering from hangovers. Or waking up next to someone they don't recognize and hoping they haven't just contracted super-gonorrhea or something.
Yeah. The holidays are a bit much and I'll be glad to see the back of them.
However, with that in mind, I do hope you have a happy new year.
Best wishes! - G.