Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 is here! Did I sleep through 2011?

I'm not usually a "New Years Resolutions" kind of guy, but I was inspired today by reading the fine crime fiction and comic book writer Victor Gischler's blog at http://victorgischler.blogspot.com/.  


Victor is one of my favorite crime fiction writers and as I've told him in the past, I'd one day like to be a mix between him, James Ellroy and James Lee Burke. I think I'd be quite an amazing writer if I could accomplish that. Hell if I could write half as good as any of those three I'd be damn good! We all have to aspire to something right?
I'm a beginer when it comes to writing, but I sure love it when I get in that groove and churn out pages.  Holding down a full time job with a wife and two kids makes finding time to write a tough task. My writing time usually falls between 9pm and as long as I can stay awake. Sadly, 2011 was almost completely "writing free" for me, save for a couple of sessions working on a friends screenplay. I want to return to writing in 2012, so I'm making my 2012 resolutions now!

1. I want to make the time to write SOMETHING everyday. Most writing experts agree, this is a must if you're going to be a successful writer. I guess I should follow that rule.
2. I need to finish editing the two short crime stories I have written. I think they are decent stories and would like to try to submit them to one of the online crime fiction sites to see if they are worthy. Both stories are pulp noir and set in New Orleans.
3. Complete the re-writes of my short screenplays, "A Night Full of Blues" and "The Caper", both of which won Best Short Screenplay in a couple of national film festivals in 2008 and 2009. I like the screenplays as they are, but after not looking at them in awhile, I picked them up recently and read them again. Clearly there are flaws that can be improved.
4. Return to work on the feature screenplay I've been working on for about two years. This will be more difficult as I have really changed my opinion of this story. It may end up becoming a whole new screenplay.
5. I want to play more golf! I travel a good bit for work and should take some time to play a few rounds when I'm close to a nice course. This one should be very doable!
6. I need to lose 20 pounds! At 205, I'm not way fat or anything, I'd just look and feel much better at 185. This will take more exercise and a better diet. 


Here's hoping to success in 2012!!


Cheers!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

History!

Osama Bin Laden has been killed by our US Special Forces in Pakistan! This surely is not the end of terrorism, but it is indeed a sweet victory for our armed forces that serve and protect us, so we may all live our lives as we please here in the America! I feel certain the terrorists of Al Qaida will now attempt to retaliate, but for now we can revel in this victory.

I hope no politicians, especially our President, take credit for this, but instead graciously praise our military hero's for their sacrifices, loyalty, fearlessness and dedication to our country.

God Bless the United States of America!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

What the hell? It's 2011?

I can't believe it's already February 2011. I must have slept through the holidays because it was all a blur. Now that I have reawakened, I realize I have really been neglecting my writing. Not that it's my career (I wish!) or that my stuff is very good, just that I haven't spent any time at the keyboard in the last three months. Not a good idea for someone who is attempting to become a published short story writer or a have a screenplay optioned. A writer must write...every day...is what the experts say. Shit, I'm sure they're right. I have a lot of catching up to do.

One reason I am blogging again is just to make sure I write something today. Also I have two screenplays that are "in progress" and need some attention and a short story I have completed that needs some editing. I think the short story is actually fairly decent, I just need to make sure it's tight before I submit it to a couple of online crime fiction sites to see if I can get it published there. I have a number of stories that are half (assed) completed and I must find some time to get back to work on them.

I was able to gather some real inspiration two weekends ago. I had the great pleasure of meeting one of my newest writing hero's, the one and only Victor Gischler! Victor is a fantastic writer of crime noir and has a full time gig as ar comic book writer for Marvel's X-Men series! You can check him out here: http://www.victorgischler.blogspot.com/ I had to go into New Orleans and attend the NOLA Comic-Con to meet him, but it was well worth the time and money. Victor graciously signed all of my novels and took time to talk to me while he signed comic books for his fans of that work. He even accepted a beer from me as a thank you for his time. Now that's a cool writer dude! And it doesn't hurt that he has his PHd from my alma mater The University of Southern Mississippi! I can't wait to visit with him again.

Finally, I found a "flash fiction" challenge at writer Patti Abbott's site http://pattinase.blogspot.com/2011/02/flash-fiction-challengescarry-night.html and I'm thinking about giving that a shot too. The deadline is February 28th, so I'll need to get on the stick if I want to complete the story by then. The challenge is for a story of 800 words or less. I'm sure I can do it, I just hope it doesn't suck too hard.

I'm out.