I’m Stealing Stuff…And Making Dad Jokes

That got your attention, didn’t it?

Well, I suppose that, all in all, this isn’t stealing.  Or at least, by common colloquial terms, it isn’t.  Not if I credit the creator.  If it works in higher education, where everything is protected and credit demanded, then it should work for me.

Besides, I gave warning.  It’s not my fault if she didn’t listen.

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DEVILS

I have a good friend who owns a comic book store—Chimp’s Comix in Warsaw, Indiana—and the other day he went live with a new website for his business.  It’s a great thing, much improved from the old one.

But as part of this website rebirth, he asked me to produce some content for him.  Bits and pieces here and there.  Write a story or three or whatever.

So I wrote a story: Devils

Now any of you who have been reading this blog since it started years ago (and are still around after the terrible year that was 2018), may find the story familiar.  I wrote a piece of flash fiction years ago that inspired Devils.  However, I will tell you now, that Devils is the story that I wish I had told back then.

I was limited by the format and length and more, so I threw it all out when I began and created something new.  Devils is a fun, dark short story that I would recommend anyone take a read.  Well, almost anyone.  It isn’t all-ages appropriate, but it could be much worse.  Had a lot of fun playing with the symbolism and trying to express ideas that are a bit more abstract than what I tend to do.

Check it out.  Follow the link above and tell me what you think.  And if you’re ever in the area, check out Chimp’s Comix.

Me and Gift Horses and Mouths

Here’s the thing:

It’s been a while, in my own head at least, since I wrote.  The last several blog posts you’ve been reading come from a very proactive day at work when it was so slow I could saw the clock’s second hand decide to take a coffee break.  Since then, though, my life’s been a bit different, and that’s been making my attempts at writing a bit more difficult.  You see, I got a new job.  Or rather, a promotion at the same job.  A new role.  I’m loving it, but it does leave a little less time to do other things.  At least for now.

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A Hypocrite’s Musical Opinion

Here’s the thing:

Kids these days, they don’t understand the simple joy that was finding a hidden track on that CD you bought.  That moment when you finish the last track and realize that the CD is still playing, so you wait with held breath for the next three minutes.  The euphoric joy as the first chords are played.  Magical.  Then there came the inward pain that came when you realized that you loved that song, and you had to search for it every time.  But it was worth.  Oh, was it worth it.   Read more

Style: I Ain’t Got None

Here’s the thing:

Today, I want to talk about style.  Or more specifically, composition styles.  Now, as far as I am concerned, there is a massive difference between composition styles and writing styles.  Both of these come into play whenever I’m designing or writing anything.  They’re the little things in the back of my head that are always fiddling about with the words on the page.

But before I go any further, a disclaimer.  If it isn’t obvious, I’m self-taught.  Granted, I’m an English major, but that for English Literature not Composition.  Also, that was 10 years ago now.  So I don’t know the correct terms for all these ideas that I’m going to be throwing around.  I’ll try to define them, but if they fall flat or are still incomprehensible, please speak up.  Any comments or questions, I will try to answer as completely as I can.  So let’s get started….. Read more