Outdoor Offices


Hello again. Well, I have been diligently writing since I last saw you despite everything that tries to get in the way. I really try to treat my writing time like something sacred that can’t be interrupted. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see it that way. They more see it like “Oh good you’re around I need…” time. Yesterday, due to some complicated circumstances that mostly involve me helping someone out, I ended up working on my book outside for several hours. This strange opportunity to be out of the house on a weekend but still working on my book had a peculiar effect on me. Rather than slowing my writing down, as I had feared it would, it actually sped up my writing. I was surprised to say he least. It got me thinking that one day I would like to have a little glass study outside to do my writing.

In other news, I am going on another media fast. this time i am permitted media one day a week (incidentally I also have one day a week blocked off from my target writing) but not allowed media any other day. (This excludes music of course lest I go completely bonkers.) I think the first media fast really helped me to focus on the work. I really want to finish this by the end of summer. I look forward to the day I am sitting cross legged on a table (yes you read that correctly–I actually gave a presentation in a class this way once because I hate giving speeches) signing books and hopefully getting to meet some of the people reading this blog. What a strange joyous thing it will be when that day comes. Until then, I hope you enjoy the beautiful sunshine. And here is a picture that makes me smile every time I look at it: Image May the road rise with you.

Bright Ideas and Long Shadows

Hello. Me again.

I have been writing and painting A LOT recently. I am still not meeting my target goals consistently every day for writing, but I like to think I am getting closer to that goal.  I keep reminding myself that every single word I write moves me closer to the finish, whether I meet the target for the day or not.

In other news, I now have a new writing chair. My old forlorn chair (which you may recall from before) finally snapped one day. He will be remembered as the best chair ever. He was over 20 years old. The new chair is remarkably similar to the old one. The patterns are very different, but the construction is almost identical:

Rest in Pieces
Rest in Pieces
It's alive, aliiiiive!
It’s alive, aliiiiive!

Not bad for chairs purchased decades apart, eh? I had to do tons of looking to find a fabric chair of similar quality and build. Most of them are that awful mesh, or worse, leather. Yay for amazon!

I have recently been on a “house of horrors” kick. By this I mean the old films that centered on hidden horrors in old decaying mansions.  These films are often in black and white and full of atmosphere. The most recent addition to my collection is The House of the Long Shadows starring four of the great horror actors: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine. I love it as if I had seen it during my midnight wanderings when i was young.

As a child, I used to stay up late then sneak downstairs to a t.v. we had in the basement. I would watch Tales from the Crypt and Big Chuck & Little John. There were times I would be up until dawn then sneak back to bed only to have to get back up in a couple hours for school–no wonder I’m such an insomniac now!

It may seem strange to you that I am seeking such things in the middle of the warmer months (at least for us Northern Hemisphere-ers), but it isn’t really. In Japan, Summer is their season for ghost stories and the like: Ghosts in Japan. I always say East met West and I am their child, I guess it’s more accurate than I realized.

I leave you with thoughts of unnaturally cold creaking manors full of dark rooms, death and delightful depths to be delved.

Summer Sounds


Hello again. The smells and sounds of Summer are in the air and I am back into the swing of writing. It feels good to have taken a step back from the manuscript to let things air out a bit. I knew I was ready to return when I began inventing characters on my way home one day. I have moved beyond the chapter that was holding me up and I feel confident that I can complete it by my deadline of July 31st. This is a personal deadline of course as I have no publisher just yet. I would love for Harper Collins to publish me, but I know how tricky these things can be.

For now, I shall continue working on my dream until its polished, pretty and ready to be presented.  We’ll see what happens from there. May your dreams come true!

PS – Also, apparently, I posted my 12th post on the 12th of May. 🙂