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  1. Making Music

    Although I was unable to complete the NaPo this year, I have been managing to find time to make music. I recently finished composing all the rhythm tracks for a seven song EP, culminating in my magnum opus "Flight of the Reaper" which has been burried in the music forum.


    Anyway, this song marks the beginning of my second compositional effort, an LP. The first of maybe 10 or 11 songs I will compile together. ...
  2. The lows of High Book Pricing

    A thousand pardons if I come off like a rant. I'm a mashup between J.A. Konrath and Harlan Ellison. I'm a writer advocate and defender of the written word. I also watch the industry like a stealthy Sasquatch. These articles are always meant for Guerrilla Warfare for Writers, my down and dirty blog. There is no BS here. Maybe some inaccuracies. I don't even like posting these articles to my YA website--no one reads me there anyway. I hope you suffer me well.

    First and foremost, ...
  3. a mother sized hole

    i don’t have much to say today. mother’s day is a hard day for me to be okay with. my mother has borderline and narcissistic personality disorder. the former causes her moods to be unstable, as well as her relationships. the latter results in emotional abuse of her family.

    as such, it’s hard for me to be thankful today. rather than being a day dedicated to recognizing the past and what she’s taught me, it quickly becomes a day of rumination and sadness.
    my mother refused to eat ...
  4. Bluebells

    There is a small wood near where I live, close by my town, which is steeped in history. At the northern edge of the wood, there's a walk along an earthen dyke, which formed part of the pre-Roman defence system. A few hundred yards to the east there is a barrow, a large mound of earth, housing the remains of some long-forgotten Bronze Age Chieftain.

    I may well be wrong, but it feels like this small piece of woodland is a remnant of the ancient forests that covered most of Britain at ...
  5. grey clouds

    been a bit since i updated on here. i feel a little rusty, but we’ll give it a go. since my last post, i’ve been working from home.
    with that, however, my room has become my office on top of general chill out and live area.

    so i’ll wake up, turn on my computer and be at work. cool. 10 hours later, i’m done working…but still at work.
    it’s a weird ocean for me to navigate, i tend to need separation of work and home.

    except i’ve been working on it. i wake up

    Updated August 16th, 2020 at 02:55 AM by Greyson

  6. Submissions for Poems to Mayo Clinic - You Can Submit Till May 12th!

    So instead of a blog, I'm working on a project collecting Cheerful, inspiring, uplifting poems or saying for the healthcare workers at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville, FL. I'm opening it up to anyone here at the Writing Forums if you make it here to my blog site I guess......... Not sure where else it might be appropriate to post this...... I have the submission details on my poetry chapter website for all those details, so I'll save it by referring you there. www.northfloridapoetryhub.org ...


    Iniquity is one of those bands that on paper sounds almost too good to be true. They're a tech death band, famed for their elaborate and highly indulgent solos, yet they still somehow manage to have that vicious blood-splattered, puke-stinking quality that so often evades the more technical side of the scene. That's probably because they aren't scared to just be brutal--crushing riffs and back-breaking drums are the meat-and-potatoes of this band, ...
  8. Quarantine Writers

    It’s not all fame, friends and eight-by-tens for us writers during these trying times. It’s no fun for anybody, for that matter. The physical entertainment industry is shut down at the moment, and that includes film production, but development is purported to be moving right along. Book stores are still closed, as of this writing.

    There are so many conflicting thoughts about who has been inspired to write new material during this time and those who have totally lost inspiration ...
  9. Hello

    Back to mostly reading...hopefully will write more...

    Crazy times. Simon says...be afraid. Not me.

    Friday morning...not working...drinking tea and eating sausage and eggs, wondering how much longer I'll be able to buy either from the store down the road. The real problem for me is going to be the enforced austerity that seems to be descending. But this type of environment allows me a meditation rarely afforded.

    Last comment of the day... You're a human being, ...
  10. Golden Rule

    Do unto others
    as you would have them do unto you
    unless you don't like them
    in which case
    you can commit all sorts of evil acts
    unto them.

    Updated April 16th, 2020 at 09:58 PM by Irwin

  11. It's April, and Spring and COVID abounds.......

    So from the depths of social distancing, and isolation I write from my window of laptop screen. I am alone in my apartment and have been for weeks now. I know I haven't been on the forums, and it would seem little excuse for being absent, but my attention has been elsewhere and my inspiration has been about nill for words and poetry. I have finally seen the other side of my recovery from eye surgery, thank God. My eyes no longer bother me like they did, and I am able to pretty much see and ...
  12. Book Review: The School for Good and Evil

    Premise: Two polar-opposite girls, one a beautiful brat (Sophie) and the other a loner who lives in a graveyard (Agatha), are whisked away to a school that trains fairy-tale heroes and villains. But Sophie, much to her dismay, is placed in the School for Evil, and Agatha is placed in the School for Good.

    I saw my younger sister reading The School for Good and Evil and recognized it as a book I had read on a sleepover back in middle school. I remembered it leaving me confused and ...
  13. My battle with a green scaly monster.

    I ventured up to the top of my garden today. How did I let it get so bad? Well, I know how, but why? Allow me to explain. My back garden is quite large, must be near on twenty five metres long and about six metres wide. Some twelve metres from the house an archway runs across the width of the garden, when I say archway it's actually a thick mass of Clematis with an opening above the garden path that leads under it and on to the top border fence. From my back door you wouldn't know what, if anything ...

    Updated April 9th, 2020 at 04:47 PM by dither

  14. Caregiver diary

    3:00 am March 31, 2020

    Vickie awoke, checked blood sugar: low (5, had to fix quick bfast; heated sausage/egg sandwich we keep in freezer for just these occasions.

    3:30 am

    I'm still awake, loaded dishwasher, made self bowl cereal, V still awake was cold needed blankets. Temp outside 51f. Heated leftover coffee in microwave.

    4:00 am

    Both still awake V needed to potty, helped her to b-room and back to bed.

    5:00 am ...
  15. Feeling under the weather

    Woke up this morning
    feeling a bit under the weather
    unsure of what was wrong
    until I remembered
    the four margaritas I drank
    last night. DOH!
  16. The Psychology of Editing

    First and foremost, I am no editor. I’m only an author with some thoughts about this subject. I don’t think an author on this planet can edit themselves, with the exception of Anne Rice!
    Nancy of Melange Books suggested I might share some prep advice when it comes to writing and editing. Particularly editing. We’re all going to go through these stages with our Melange books, and it is inevitable. As authors, we’ll always need new eyes—a fresh outlook from another perspective. I shouldn’t ...
    Tags: editing, editors
  17. Nextdoor to Mayberry

    People are so snoopy when they’re approaching an accident. They don’t want to look, they shouldn’t look, but they’re going to look, gawk, stair, and then bam! They rear ended the car in front of them. The Nextdoor app is like that for me. I use it sparingly because of the side effects.
    But honestly, doesn’t everything have side effects? Every over-the-counter medicine warns of drowsiness and the perils of using heavy machinery. As if we are a society of backhoe operators. Darn! I was ready ...
  18. Guatemalteca

    A note of thanks to Darren White, who really helped with the English translation!

    And I put in the "Balear", in honour of Marjon, because the original left her neighbours out.

    The New Little Princess* (2025)

    Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow) Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow)
  19. In Timeout

    This past Monday morning the governor of Indiana put our state in time out, but honestly it was the mom version. You know, she loves you, knows you’re good, knows that all you need is a nudge in the right direction. So she gives you a faux grounding. Later that day, the mayor of Indianapolis acted like the dad in this relationship who’d come home, heard about what we’d done, and put the hammer down. It felt like punishment. “Go to your home and don’t come out until I say it’s ok. I don’t care what ...
  20. Book Review: Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!

    by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson


    Premise: Alexander Jones serves as the Interbeing League's ambassador to the Hokas, a race of aliens that look like teddy bears and have highly overactive imaginations. Whatever role strikes their fancy—cowboys, pirates, Sherlock Holmes, the French Foreign Legion—they play up to eleven. Wacky hijinks ensue!!

    Wow, buying this book from the sci-fi paperback section ...
  21. Isolation Diary

    To do my bit, I’ve decided to go into full voluntary isolation. Yesterday was the first day and it started so well. I let all my friends and colleagues know on social media that they wouldn’t be seeing me for 12 weeks. I was overwhelmed with the support. There were smiley emojis, clap hands emojis and several urged me not to feel constrained by 12 weeks. It’s so good to be part of a supportive community.

    I started the day by spending two hours thoroughly researching the problem. Two ...
  22. I Am At A Loss

    I haven't been around because I have not been able to write.

    Right now, I think for me, at my age, my greatest worry / concern ( outside of spiritual) is the my stories will not be told.

    I worry that my characters will go unknown, dying with me without having been shared. Sure, I could create the profiles and leave detailed notes in the hopes that one of my children or another writer will tell these stories. It wouldn't be the same. They would put in their own creativity, ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 03:32 PM by MzSnowleopard

  23. Happy mother's day.

    Saturday morning would normally be a shop-day for me and today it will be, I shall.... go shopping..... but the experience, the task of carrying out would be anything but..... normal. Thanks to the shock-waves of the corona-v spreading ever outwards from China. The effects which, the image of a stone being thrown into a pond and the ripples gently pushing out from the epi-center springs to mind, but this is more akin to slab of concrete being dropped into the metaphorical pond from a great height ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 09:15 PM by dither

  24. I'm back from nowhere..........

    So.... I'm back. It's been rough. My eyes, well enough about that. They are getting better. Slowly. My puppy, who hasn't been doing well passed away last Thursday. I had to put her to sleep. She isn't/wasn't really a "puppy", she was an about 12 year old give or take Chuhuahua with advanced heart disease and I've had her on hospice for months now and finally had to put her to sleep. So it's been a rough weekend. I'm okay and working on this new art/poetic project so that helps, ...
  25. weighty, oppressive things

    by , March 19th, 2020 at 04:32 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    i am tired of many things today. i am tired physically and mentally from poor sleep and a listless mind.
    i am tired of the virus. i am tired of the reactions to it. i am tired of being shown humanity’s true face.
    and i am tired of this creative bump.

    but despite this tiredness of mind and spirit, i am being mindful. i have given the advice ‘speak to yourself no different than you would a friend’ and i have begun to heed it myself.

    this week, despite the anxiety

    Updated August 16th, 2020 at 03:00 AM by Greyson

    Poetry , Journal
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