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Back On The Horse

So, I lost about ten days there. I wish I could say what happened. Burnout, depression, the impositions of the real world? All of it, really. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I told myself I was having difficulties connecting with the work. I started seriously considering another idea far too large to contemplate …

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Dying Off-Screen

I find it strange when characters die off-screen. Maybe it’s the genre fiction I read or the comics I grew up with, but for me, if you don’t see the body, the person isn’t dead. At least, that’s how it feels. Sometimes, I understand it. Given why The Ranch had to part with Danny Masterson, …

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Submissions

Today is the day. I’ve spent a couple of weeks away from the whole “depression epic” that is Requiem For A Doormat and I feel that it’s time to send this puppy into the world. Like a parent dropping its child off at college (or perhaps more appropriately, leaving them at kindergarten), I’m leaving this …

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Dead Talker

Just under six months ago, I decided to take a run at exorcising a demon. Everyone’s heard the axiom, “write what you know”. Well, I took that to heart. I took it to heart so deeply, I had to ask what is the one thing I’m truly good at in this life? Is it pessimism? …

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Done

Well, almost done. One more read-through and this blessing, this pox upon me, upon my family, will be complete. Or complete enough to send out to every agent and publisher that might have an interest in such dark doings. After all, everyone wants to read a story about someone’s less-than-epic descent into depression and suicidal …

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Things I Have Learned

I’m almost done with this manuscript. Last minute changes, editing commas and the like, it’s tedious, but not overtly taxing. It’s allowed me some time to reflect on things I’ve learned in the process of writing this puppy, and not just that I have a tendency to use unnecessary commas (see last comma). I started …

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Generic Storytelling

I saw an interesting quote from a writer whom I respect that said we, as writers, rarely get to write what we want to write. Often, we’re pushed into a corner or a section of the literary world where we’re required to fixate on a specific topic or follow a particular path and it’s up …

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Dead Endings

I just realized I have a massive tendency to kill off main characters for a finale. I did it in my novelette, Jeopardy, and subsequent comic adaptation (still forthcoming). I’ve planned it out for another incarnation of a western comic, plus at least three of my current book ideas end with the tragic death of …