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So it turns out I’m a poet and didn’t even yada yada yada…

So I learned of a poetry project last month and was intrigued by the concept to say the least.  The idea, aptly named Project 411, was to take contributions from as many poets/writers as possible, and compile a 411 line poem to represent the 411 miles of free-flowing freedom that is the Wabash River, an Indiana geographic icon.  I whipped up my 5 best attempts at poetry and clicked on the submit button.

Well, the final product was released this week and I was excited to see my name listed in the participant’s section!  The finished poem is filled with truly inspiring words, so I strongly encourage you to check it out when you have a few minutes.  Make your guesses in the comments and see if you can single out my efforts!

 

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Big news today.  I have several updates to share with you about upcoming projects and revisiting an old one even!  Recently, a close friend and I have formed a writing partnership to help encourage, motivate, and assist each other.  That partnership has spawned a renewed interest within me about writing.  I have created a writing profile on Facebook to make it easier to keep up with news and updates.  Check that out, as I will probably use that a little more often and leave this site more for my short stories. Continue reading

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Blogumentary: Step 3 – Writing

It’s been while since my last update, and honestly the thought did cross my mind to blow this off, but that wouldn’t be very helpful now would it?  For the 1 of you out there that might read this, trying to figure out if you want to try writing, posting my process could be beneficial.  Regardless, it serves as accountability and motivation for me, so here I am.  Okay, enough rambling.

Since my last update, I have officially started writing my first novel.  Exciting, I know.  I decided on a topic that I’m knowledgable about to make the process a whole lot easier – bikers.  At first, I cranked out a handful of pages out of sheer excitement and so I could honestly say that I had officially started writing.  Then I hit a wall.  I got stuck in one spot for months and didn’t know what to do about it.  I ended one scene but wasn’t sure how to get to the next one.  A writer friend advised me to skip ahead and start writing the next scene, then I could always go back and bridge the gap between the two once my mind was back on track.  That’s all it took.  Continue reading

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Blogumentary: Step 2 – Prewriting

First, let me quickly address the long hiatus.  Without getting into details, I have been overwhelmed with projects and life matters.  It happens.  I haven’t forgotten about, or given up on my writing.  I am still working on projects, even if it is at a snail’s pace.

I should also note that my zombie novel has been placed on the back burner for a while.  The ideas for my first book rapidly turned into a trilogy, and that is something that I am just not quite ready to take on.  In the meantime, I have been working on a non-fiction short story, more fictional short stories, and have been developing another idea for a single, stand-alone novel that I can write for my first book – something that is manageable and not as intimidating as a trilogy.  Let me assure you though, the ideas I have for the zombie trilogy are very solid and I am excited to see how they turn out.  Anyway, without further adieu, let’s get back to the post… Continue reading

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Cooking & Booking

Here’s the thing – I’m bad at cooking.  So when I find something I can make, I need to make sure I don’t forget how.  Unfortunately, awhile back I forgot something that I tried once that turned out rather successful.  Since then, I’ve been trying to list all of the recipes/meals I can make.  While I was at it, I figured that there are more than likely a lot of other guys out there who have no idea how to cook for themselves.  If I can do it, then anyone can. 

Cinnamon rolls – Now don’t those look absolutely scrumptious??

So I gathered my recipes and decided to compile them into a collection (a cookbook of sorts) that I will offer through my site once I have a finished product.  So if you know anyone who is graduating from school, about to move out on their own, fears burning the house down every time they turn on the stove, or are just a man in general, then keep them in mind with this rather practical gift idea.  Once this project has been completed, you’ll notice a new page at the top of my site where you can purchase a copy…or two, or three.  So start making your list now!  Be advised that this will not be anything complicated and will only have a handful of recipes that a guy can rely on – short and sweet.

While you’re here, I’ll even let you help me name the project!  Place your vote below and help me decide on a title.

The poll has been closed.

Thank you, that is all.

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Blogumentary: Step 1 – Research

Research has never been so much fun!  I have never enjoyed doing research unless it’s for a consumer product that I am considering purchasing.  More-so, I have never enjoyed what research goes hand-in-hand with…writing a boring, pointless research paper.  (Instead, I’ll be writing a boring, pointless zombie novel!)  However, after talking with a couple of authors, I have come to realize how important and necessary research actually is.  As a writer, it is imperative to know what you’re writing about in order to portray it accurately and vividly so the reader can picture the scene in their mind’s eye.

I fully expected to have to do a minimal amount of research for this project, considering that I pride myself on being pretty informed on the subject (zombies).  The little research that I did anticipate though, which is based on geography that the plot will travel along, was bound to be tedious and mind-numbing.  Continue reading

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Book update: Blogumentary

(Okay, so I may have just made up a word in the title of this post.  If you wanted to write a commentary or documentary on a blog, then what would you call it??)

First, a little background.  In case you’ve missed it, I’ve declared several times that I am starting to write my first book – like here, here, here, and here.  (If you were already aware of that, then thanks for checking back with me!)  I have no clue what to do, how to do it, or where to even start, so I had some meetings with a couple published authors.

I’ve been a little intimidated by the enormity of such a daunting task.  So much so, that I still haven’t completely committed myself to it.  I insist on saying things like, “I’m THINKING about MAYBE TRYING to write a novel.”  I’m basically just running in place, even right now, by simply recapping posts that I’ve already written.

Anyway, once I stated my intentions, I heard from a lot of family and friends that they have had a very similar idea and to let them know how it goes.  With that in mind, when I started to come to the realization that I would finally commit myself to writing a book, I also decided that it might be cool to write about the process itself and track my progress.  Continue reading

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