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!
Filed under Poetry, Projects
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
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.
(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
Filed under Novel, Projects
As I’m sure some of you are aware, I’ve always had the thought that it would be cool to write a book. Yeah, when I was a kid I wanted to write a book – forget being an astronaut/fireman/policeman/etc. Call me a geek, that’s fine. I can admit it.
Here’s the problem – I have absolutely no idea what to do or how to do it. I’ve never even taken a creative writing course. I created my personal blog to practice writing. I started this blog for my short stories, so I could develop my style a little. This was all my first couple baby steps to get started. However, I don’t really have any clue where to go from here.
I breezed through my first few short stories, and have plot outlines for several more. One idea in particular has really been “plaguing” me lately. (Pardon the pun…it’ll make more sense in a couple of minutes.) The problem with it though, is that it seems to have a lot more potential than to just end up as a short story. The more I think about it, the more ideas pop into my head and the more I realize that this could be the start of my first novel. And what better topic for me to write about than zombies?! (I told you that horrible pun was related.)
I have since met with a couple of published authors. They have been willing to give me their time, knowledge, and ears to help me figure out where I go from here. I’ve got some very encouraging feedback, and actually found out that part of my process is pretty standard and even has a name! Who’da thunk it?? This whole idea is starting to seem at least somewhat do-able.
So here I am stating my intentions to the world…I think I’m going to try to write a book! It’s a very intimidating thought – the idea of a long-term project like this. Knowing my lack of patience, short attention span, and very particular way of doing things, this is not going to be easy, but we’ll see what happens! I’m sure I will post updates as things progress and maybe even post a sneak peek every once in a while so you all can see if I’m staying on track, and if it’s any good. Who knows? I sure don’t!
Thank you, that is all.