Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm Not Stephen King or Neil Gaiman

A very busy two weeks. Sorry for putting the posts on hold for so long. I had to live my alter ego in the "real" world to make ends meet. That's a freelance writer's life. Unless you're somebody already well known, like Stephen King or Neil Gaiman, you have to rely on more "practical" forms of writing such as journalism or copywriting in order to support yourself. This is especially so if you're trying to avoid a "day" job, but that's not always feasible for most of us. Because of this, I have to put the short story collection on hold as well. But not for long! I'm in the revision process of the introduction and will be doing some last proofreads on some of my stories from more than a year ago that I'm including. Like all living things, a writer grows and learns. And so if I can improve older stories that I plan to publish then I'll do it. So expect to see The Fool's Illusion out in the next week or two.

Speaking about Neil Gaiman, I came across one of his recent blog posts while looking at several authors' blogs for inspiration what to write here after having been so brain dead from pounding out the latest news on the next "Star Wars" film. If you haven't heard about it yet, you can check it out at J.J. Abrams is going to be a man of two space epics, which I don't think any other director has done in all of film history. So he may be really going where no director has gone before!

Anyway, Gaiman's post talks about his upcoming novel which will be releasing in June. It's called The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The storyline sounds interesting. It involves an ancient menacing power, diabolical monsters from beyond the world at large, and three very unusual women who help the narrator to restore harmony to the world. If you read the plot details you'll probably see that the novel is a one of a kind, which is so Neil Gaiman! I'll be purchasing that one when it comes out.

I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a couple weeks ago. It was so out of sight! Peter Jackson is as good as ever with his directing and makes the perfect choice of cinematography! The next one that I plan to see is Guillermo del Toro's Mama. I think I'll see that Tuesday afternoon since that's when one of Davis's movie theatres has admission price down to about five bucks a movie! You can't beat that. I'm normally a weekend matinee person when it comes to the big screen but I'm not Stephen King or Neil Gaiman. Maybe my book will make the break. That just depends on how much any of you like it and share your impressions with your friends. But that's up to you. I don't ask for charity; I'm not a begger.

Maybe I'll do a review of Mama here at Far Out Fantastic after I see it.

Until next time . . .

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A New Book and a New Look for a New Year

It's a new year and a new year calls for a new template and background for a blog. I was looking through what seemed like hundreds of templates and I'll be be looking through hundreds more before I select one because I am very choosy about my blog's appearance. But you'll see a new look in the next week or two, maybe even three.

Speaking about a new year, as late as I'm running with my book, The Fool's Illusion, it's a great time to put out a new book. I'm coming near to the composing of it. The stories are written, I just have to get them together in one manuscript. I'm presently working on the introduction. If you want a pre-introduction, if you will, you can read one with a free excerpt of the title story at  That will give you the perfect sneak peek to the book. If you want even more of a sneak peek, go to my other posts here at the Fantastic site for two whole, free stories--"The Puppet Show" and "The Bazaar"--that will be included in my book. Think of it as three free excerpts from my soon-to-release short story collection plus some insight on what the book is about and therefore its major themes.

With a new year also comes new enthusiasm for writing and so I feel more energised and eager to get my book out and to conjure up more stories for you. You may even find one of those new ones here, but if not I'll definitely direct you where to go get them when they're published.

I'm not really one to create new year's resolutions by the first week of the new year but I'll be sure to make them at least by month's end when I plan to have the book released. Maybe that could be one resolution I can make for myself and all of you faithful readers: release a book by the stated time frame. Probably another resolution will be for me to write a full short story, including all revisions, by the end of each month. That may not seem like a lot of short stories in a year, but I have to consider the other writing I do for journalism such as at as well as all my marketing and promoting of my stories and articles and the time it takes to do all those things. That resolution's just an idea, but a very good one that I'll greatly consider.

I hope the new year is starting off good for you too and that you'll come up with your own helpful resolutions. Feel free to let me know what they are in the comments box (unless they're too personal, of course).

Until next time . . . and Happy New Year!