Disciplinary Actions

Okay, yeah, yeah, I’ve been slacking lately . . . Ever since my all-too-brief vacation in Hawaii, the muse has decided that she and I are no longer on good speaking terms. As a result, I have stopped waiting for her to snap of her current snit and use...

Playing in Boxes

Boxes have always been an effective tool of the imagination. Who among us has not spent hours as a child using an empty box (large enough to climb into, of course) as a race car, secret fortress, spaceship, or just a comforting place to sit and relax?Several months ago,...

Oceans of Consciousness

Tonight I watched a sunset from one of the beaches on Waikiki. What is it that drives us toward the sea? Is it some primordial memory stored deep within our cells that calls us back to the place where we spawned all those countless millennia ago? Is that why...

Fun and Games

Gaming, for me, is a form of recreation and escape. I hardly believe I would be classified as a “hardcore” gamer, nor do I think I really fall into the “casual” category, but in some strange nether land in-between. I know I will never be as good or skilled...

From Hope to Blood: A Curious Journey Down the Path of Creation

You never know what people will pick up on. You toss ideas out there, hoping that one or more will resonate with others, but there’s no sure way to know which ones will stick or what directions they might head in. I’ve always been interested in the process of...

Script Frenzy: Final Cut

Okay, nothing to see here . . . Move along, move along . . . Well, June has come . . . and gone. Script Frenzy has also come . . . and gone. 2,879 words completed out of 20,000. There’s all sorts of reasons (and a few lame...

Script Frenzy: Week 1

My muse selected a story to work on out of my list of ideas. I was tempted to work on an existing project, but in script form, but the Script Frenzy rules, ur, guidelines say that it needs to be a new project&emdash;from scratch. That was actually all right,...

Script Frenzy: Teaser

From the people who brought you NaNoWriMo now comes SCRIPT FRENZY! Write a 20,000-word (approximately 120 pages) screenplay or stage play during the month of June! At this point, do I have any idea what the story or plot is? No. Do I have any idea who the characters...

Starting from the End

I’m looking for surprises as I tell a story . . . my favorite writers say that in their best stories they didn’t have any idea they’d turn out the way they did. It’s a good lesson . . . not to plan a story ahead of time but...

Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 4 — Points of World View

As I reported before, I received some constructive criticism of one of my fictional characters that also extended into the entire setting in which that character lives. I found myself stewing over the remarks for several days, partly because I continued to be bothered by them and also because...