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  1. A flight into the Abyss

    A Flight Into the Abyss

    broken arrow-
    feathers in the wind
    fear unchecked

    let me drown in the mud
    rather than face the demons
    that crucified my pride

    shriveled heart-
    buckling knees
    trembling fingers

    I cry in the wilderness
    for those that I’ve forsaken
    a thousand deaths I die
    for the faithlessness of my acts-
    the facts of my deceit will forever haunt me
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  2. Fractured Songs on Moonlit Nights

    Fractured Songs on Moonlit Nights


    frozen landscapes................brittle bones.................

    ................imploding stars

    desolation.................carnage

    loss................forsaken.................abandoned

    cast aside like a broken toy
    no longer the golden boy
    revolution the only solution
    against a malevolent institution


    shattered.................seared................. ...
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  3. KILL IT WITH FIRE (Now with BASS)

    This is the second demo we recorded together with minimal mistakes.

    The bassist is Mike from Namtaru, and MAJOR RESPECT for learning this song in the same time it took me to write it.



    The final version is coming either tonight or tomorrow.

    We're gonna work some more.
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  4. A month of no writing (fiction)

    Time moves quickly, it seems, in the COVID days. Things that seemed to happen days ago sometimes turn out to be weeks ago.

    For the last month I've been busy with business, which involves writing web applications and other software, and that's a good thing. I need something to support the writing habit.

    I've also been reading Roger Zelazny's Amber series, and since that's ten books, it takes a while. At least individually, they aren't long books.

    I mentioned ...
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  5. KILL IT WITH FIRE (Final WIP)

    The next recording will be with the bass player, but this is a dry run-through of the whole song with minimal mistakes.

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  6. Poets & Epiphany

    Epiphany



    This is the word most misused by poets. It means “something invisible that emerges from something visible.” Poets forget it’s religious and requires divine intervention. To them, it’s “any eureka moment that offers a warm personal gesture of appreciation to a poet from herself.” I’m against solipsism, as it leads to uncertain outcomes.
    The classic case is “pnevma.” Ancient Greeks reasoned that pnevma, “breath,” was life’s essence, since it went obviously ...
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  7. KILL IT WITH FIRE (work in progress, almost COMPLETE)



    KILL IT WITH FIRE

    [Intro 1]
    [Intro 2]

    [Breakdown]
    I GOT A TORCH
    I GOT SOME GAS
    LIGHT SOME SHIT UP
    TURN IT TO ASH

    [Melody]
    I'm gonna kill you all
    I'm gonna burn this shit down
    There's nowhere you can hide
    My fire never dies

    [Bridge]
    [Solo]
    [Bridge]

    [Melody]
    I've risen above the wreckage of what is ...
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  8. My high point as a writer

    In the last blog, I reported that a member of the board of directors of the original author's foundation asked, when I offered, for an epub of my manuscript.

    This was a big step, and a nervous one. I had the audacity to try to follow a renowned author in his field, and to write a sequel which would meet his standards. It's rife with the opportunity for spectacular failure, and I understood that going in. But I thought I had what it takes, so I wrote the book.

    Last night ...
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  9. KILL IT WITH FIRE (5th demo/WIP)



    KILL IT WITH FIRE

    [Intro 1]
    [Intro 2]

    [Breakdown]
    I GOT A TORCH
    I GOT SOME GAS
    LIGHT SOME SHIT UP
    TURN IT TO ASH

    [Melody]
    I'm gonna kill you all
    I'm gonna burn this shit down
    There's nowhere you can hide
    My fire never dies

    [Bridge]
    [Solo]
    [Bridge]

    [Melody]
    I've risen above the wreckage of what is ...

    Updated June 25th, 2020 at 01:09 AM by RhythmOvPain

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  10. The Next Step

    I just moved on in "the next step" for the sequel I can probably never publish ... but that doesn't mean I'm not going to explore it.

    I contacted someone who might carry some weight with the agency in charge of the author's estate. At least if he likes the book and would give me a letter of introduction and recommendation, it could help. He's interested in reading the novel, and agreed he always thought the original needed a sequel.

    This morning my wife and I ...

    Updated June 24th, 2020 at 06:35 AM by vranger

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  11. The ending that wasn't the ending -- or was it?

    Yesterday I noted I thought I might rework the ending of my work just completed, and so I took on that task.

    I had two villians with close ties, and they both died in the last chapter. Both deaths were "off camera", and both were unexplained, though with inference as to what caused them. I questioned the similarity.

    My first thought tempted me to change the second death, or possibly let the man live on to cause trouble in a potential sequel. When I pulled up the ...
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  12. Second guessing myself

    In Robert Heinlein's five rules for writing, he proclaimed:


    • Rule One: You Must Write. ...
    • Rule Two: Finish What You Start. ...
    • Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order. ...
    • Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market. ...
    • Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold.


    Hopeful authors routinely break all five rules. I'm in the middle of breaking rule number three on my just completed work--now back in revision.
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  13. Research

    I spent much of the day wasting my time to discover that I have very low regard for Pro Writing Aid, as detailed in a post in Writing Discussion.

    I loaded both the novel I wrote a sequel to, and my novel, fully analyzed both, and compared the results. The original is better than mine, and I scored better on style, grammar, and other metrics measured by the software. That's not a good recommendation for the software.

    I spent the rest of the day in another review of my manuscript, ...
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  14. KILL IT WITH FIRE

    On a personal note, I'm seriously sick of my content being burried. This isn't like a couple days, this is over a month of every single thing I post being completely ignored.

    This is irking the hell out of me.

    Most of the people I liked when I joined are gone.

    What the fuck even happened to Plasticweld? Why was he banned?

    Ugh.

    Whatever.

    This isn't half the song yet, and it's going to be at least 7 minutes long ...

    Updated June 17th, 2020 at 02:21 AM by RhythmOvPain

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  15. First results in on my sequel

    If you're new to my blogs, in the last few weeks I wrote a sequel to a famous author's work. He passed away long ago, and I've always wanted a sequel to that story. So I finally decided to write one myself. I may never get permission to publish, but it's been a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about my writing, and writing in general, as I wrote it. And now I know what happened next, even if I did have to decide myself.

    I sent a mobi of the the sequel out to five people familiar with ...
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  16. Scrivener vs yWriter - My decision

    I'm going to end the suspense early: I selected Scrivener. (I'm also going to post this in the Forums at PiP's request).

    So what made the difference for me?
    yWriter pluses:
    • Very organized set of forms for things like Chapters, Scenes, Characters, Locations, Items ...
    • Good inter-relation between parent and child elements.
    • Can open multiple scenes at once for reference and editing.

    yWriter minuses:
    • built in Editor is just too limited - deal breaker for
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  17. Once more into the breach

    Having finished a read of the original novel in its 1957 magazine series yesterday, I decided to move straight into another read of my sequel to it. I had not done exactly that before. I reread the novel as I wrote the sequel, then read the sequel once I finished that read of the original, but that was all mixed together with writing the sequel. So this was just a straight read through of both books in sequence.

    I know I have to be prejudiced, but goodness, I think it's seamless. I ...

    Updated June 15th, 2020 at 08:56 AM by vranger

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  18. The Worst Test Ever

    Since I made no progress on new work today, not even my series of aborted attempts to start the Scrivener tutorial (getting the idea I'm not really enthusiastic about tutorials?), I thought I'd talk about a trauma from my youth. Before we begin that, I did finish the magazine series of my favorite book. Despite hints that it had extra material, it did not. It was identical to the paperback and eBook files I've read. My only conclusion is that the "extra material" are the intros each of ...
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  19. Life gets in the way

    I started out the day doing some programming on the new system my partner sold, then had to put it away until he gets a few answers from the client on details I need to proceed. (I should have this in the poetry section).

    Intent on finally getting to the Scrivener tutorial, I watched as our Samsung 4K TV gave every indication it's about to lose its main logic board. In three years, that's the second time this has happened, and really not after that many hours of operation. It was our
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    Updated June 14th, 2020 at 05:33 AM by vranger

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  20. Mechanized Warfare (complete demo)



    This marks my fourth complete song in one month, and my third in two weeks flat.


    I'M KING OF THE WORLD!
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  21. Funny episode

    I just had an amusing and somewhat perplexing episode.

    I've been doing research on the novel I just wrote a sequel too, and I came across a mention of a reader's companion to the author. I did a Google search for it, and the first result was the Amazon product page. I go there, and the blurb at the top isn't very informative, so I scroll down to see what the top rated review has to say about it. I read a few lines of the review, and I"m thinking, "I remember this book. I
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  22. Next Project

    Culture shock (or method shock) time. The book I just finished was almost entirely Pants. I had a general goal in mind for the hero, and chapter by chapter (sometimes scene by scene) I dreamed up what would happen next.

    Now I'm going back to a book I wrote three chapters of 12 years ago. I sort of started in on this book a couple of years back (maybe three), and I see what got in my way. I was very busy getting a house ready to sell and then getting it sold--a process which took more ...
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  23. "Going Live"

    My wife finished her read through last night, and I finished mine this afternoon. I found a few terms that were inconsistent and fixed those, and added one little funny scene.

    I decided it was ready for outside eyes, so I sent it off to five friends who'd expressed interest.

    I choked up again reading the last scene, thought it's the fifth time (at least) I've read it. The MC is talking to someone who died in the original novel, but who remains a constant focus of inspiration ...
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  24. Finishing Touches

    Last night and today my wife did a read through and found about 20 things to correct. That means I rushed my proofreading in the app too much, and I'll admit that. I was eager to get the book onto a Kindle and read it straight through. I've been doing my read through, too. I found a couple of punctuation errors she missed, but most of my changes have been to introduce more interesting wording where I found a "vague" phrase.

    A little alarming, two sections of text were in the ...
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  25. QUICK ENTRY - UPDATE

    So, I've been MIA for a while, here's a quick update. Lot's going on, the pandemic and one would think I would have lots of time seeing as I'm home all the time, boy you couldn't be more wrong. Working on 2 art pieces for ekphrasic poetry, made the artwork, seems those were easy, the poems, eh, not so much. These are for submission for an anthology that I have to turn in 3 poems for which will have to be ready within the next few weeks. Almost ready for that. Another anthology submission requires ...
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