It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to write anything that wasn’t work related in some way. This happens, work takes over and I set aside all the enjoyable things I do so I can make ends meet. I forgo the few hours of daily writing for a few long hours of work and then the days pass into weeks, then on to months. Suddenly, my stories are just whispers of legend, long forgotten in my mind, but bits and pieces surface as a reminder that those words long to be on paper and the legends cry to be reborn.
Today, I set aside time, juggled my schedule and sat before the keyboard. Words flow into sentences, sentences form paragraphs, and paragraphs fill a page, then two and three. I miss this time where I live in the life of characters spawned for imagination, my imagination.
For the first time in a long while, I am not handing myself the above card. It feels good.
Photo by Unknown, Stolen from Internet.
Seven Deathly Soles
It seems my life is full of projects, one following another, sometimes overlapping in waves of tasks and to-do lists that sometimes seem overwhelming. Its never-ending, writing projects, work projects, personal projects, on and on. I’m not complaining though. There is a messed-up part of me, deep down inside that enjoys all the hectic tension and stress of living under a deadline of some sort.
My favorite projects are always the writing projects. While writing I get to live in the minds and worlds of some character I’ve created. If I’m lucky, that character is massively flawed, torn, and lost. If I’m very lucky, that character gets to find their way back from the Hell I’ve put them in. At times, it works out for them or not, but it’s always pure enjoyment for me.
Lately, I’ve had some special projects, ones that I am honored to be a part of. I’ve had the chance to be set aside some very awesome and talented authors. Both Seven Deadly Sins and now, Seven Deathly Soles have some incredible stories by some remarkable writers.
On to the next project, Machina will be a blast to write.
Make sure you follow these other wonderful Seven Deathly Soles authors as well, Lori Gordon, Christi Craig, Mark Souza, E. Victoria Flynn, Dawn Kirby, and Michelle Anderson-Picarella. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Purchase Seven Deadly Sins II here.
In between life’s responsibilities, I’ve been hitting the keys as much as I can. Mind you, its never as much as I would like but a writer does what can be done in the time one has.
One of my recent works is Left, a seriously twisted science fiction short about a woman who is left behind on a scouting mission, captured by an strange alien force, and it gets worse from there. She returns to exact her revenge on those she feels are guilty. Wrath, a deadly sin. She pushes the envelope beyond simple revenge. Warning, this is not a story for the weak of heart.
Left has been published by 7DS Books in an anthology and I’m proud to say that I was invited to join six other fantastic and amazing authors. Today happens to be the Siniversary, which you can check out and join in on the fun on Facebook and pick up the Kindle version for free. Or just click the image to the right.
Read it, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it.
Make sure you follow these wonderful Seven Deadly Sins authors as well, Michelle Anderson-Picarella, A.T.Russell, Michelle Horst, Tymothy Longoria, Dawn Kirby, and Vicki Adair. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.
A Sunday Evening Post
It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. I’ve been letting my life run things for a bit, taking me in all sorts of directions but its time to change that. My need to write is always there, poking me as I try to sleep every night. I keep ignoring it for other things or I’m writing but just not on my blogs.
With this change, I’ve decided to stir things up a bit. First, I’m returning my God of Nothing blog back to its original format, an opinion blog, where I can sound off on anything I feel like sounding off on. So anything goes, Life, the Universe, and Everything (Thank you Douglas Adams, I miss you!) Hopefully, you will find it entertaining and thought-provoking.
I will keep some of the blog posts on God of Nothing that pertain to writing, my favorite poem from April R. Denton and the guest posts from Julianne Snow, one of my favorite writers. There will be some posts removed, mostly any of my fiction as that may eventually be moved to my Wolf Scott Blog.
Secondly, my Wolf Scott blog will continue to be more personal and geared more towards my writing as an author. It will include snippets and news of my current projects, some guest posts from other writers and authors, and perhaps some reviews.
Look for more frequent posts as I get back into the swing of things. And as always, thank you for reading and please feel free to say a little something about each post you read.
Photo by Wolf Scott, Sapporo, Perfection Sound, CA
Tonight, I am writing my blog entry on a Mac for the very first time. It is a bittersweet thing as I am in the process of retiring my Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop which is pushing seven years in age…in computer years that makes it a relic. I’ve had several computers, both laptops and desktops, the 1720 has served as the best I’ve owned. Until the last year, I’ve had no problems with it at all. However, increasing slowness, the odd bluescreen or two (or ten), and having to rebuild it twice in as many months has moved me to rethink my technology needs.
So on a whim (actually lots of thought and research), I bought this Mac and to my surprise, its damn nice. I still defiled it by installing Windows 7 on a separate partition but only because I need Windows for work Mac’s let you install other operating systems without much issue unlike PCs. As I am writing this and in my personal life I am using the Mac OS but will use the Windows partition for anything work related. After just a few hours, I am already familiar with the Mac OS. It is so easy and I now know what all those Mac users were talking about.
The bitter part, this weekend I will repurpose my 1720, giving it new life as my daughter’s laptop. As a 5 year old she won’t worry about its slowness or care how many more times Daddy has to rebuild it. I will miss my old friend but maybe she’ll write a few good stories…
Photo by Wolf Scott, Old Friend, Perfection Sound, CA
The keys to happiness…
It seems it’s been forever since I was able to sit down and write something, anything. CARMA is under a foot of dust, and my blogs have been a wasteland of emptiness. This new job in the real world is wonderful but it keeps me all too busy and all too far away from my worlds. I’ve fallen down and finding it hard to climb my way out of this hole that keeps me away from my passion, writing. I need to set aside real time to sit and write, even if it’s only a few paragraphs a night.
My personal life, my online life, and everything in between have plummeted into obscurity. I find myself wondering how the hell I let this happen. What happened to my focus? Or rather, why did I change my focus? It’s all very simple really. I was seduced by the work, the ability to be back in the workforce, productive again. Unfortunately, I enjoy my work and I let it take over, but time to get back to the writing, back to what makes me happiest.
Never let the reality take away the worlds you live in, write them down, word by word until they become the stories that we can all enjoy…
Photo by Wolf Scott, Keys to Happiness, Perfection Sound, CA
So here it is, another late evening. I’m finally getting to my blog. It’s been awhile. I’ve been so busy with the new job, the very long drive to and from work, and the most important bit of being a dad.
I miss writing. My novel is sitting on the proverbial shelf collecting dust bunnies the size of rhinos. I know that I’ll be getting back to it once I move closer to work and am not spending my time driving all day but for now my creativity is lost to scribbles and notes written in hurried fashion. I keep my notes cataloged for transcription later but I want to get to it.
I guess life is funny that way…you want to go this way and it pulls you that way. For now, I will have to be satisfied with my few paragraphs every other night. Where’s the time go?
Photograph by Wolf Scott, Liberty Truck, Liberty, Maine
So, I’ve finished my forth day of full time, permanent employment and I must say after so long a forced vacation, I am pleased and happy to be there. My job is of course in the technology sector, which is my second love and helps pay those bills. However, I am missing all my writing time, though, so this weekend will be devoted to time well spent at my keyboard. While I have to play catch-up on my novel, I am also thinking of submitting a short for Ring of Fire Publishing. The fine people over there are publishing an anthology in early July, 2012 and I’m thinking I’d like to see one of my shorts in it. I also encourage all of you to do the same. No laying about like Leo here, time to get to work.
Write a little everyday…
Photograph by Wolf Scott, Lion Napping, San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA
After 609 days of the longest and most costly vacation, called unemployment, I have ever had, I have finally secured a job within my field. I start working again on Monday, February 27, 2012. To say that I am happy is a colossal understatement. I am so excited I’m surprised I haven’t fallen over in absolute shock. There were days when I was ready to just walk out into the ether and disappear in the darkness but I held in there and kept chipping away at the job boards, sending out countless resumes and applying for thousands of jobs.
During my unemployment, I rediscovered my writings and set forth on a new journey, writing and working to complete a novel. While I have written most of my life, I have never completed a novel, short stories and other writing endeavors yes, but never a novel. I have met some incredible people along the way too, people that share my enthusiasm and help support my goals of completing my work in progress. I am thankful to have them in my live and the generosity they have so freely given to help me reach my goals.
Its been a long road to get here but I can see the rest stop up ahead and a new town to settle down in. No, every care in the world hasn’t disappeared, but I do feel at ease now. Tomorrow will be a better day and each day that follows will bring me closer to my goals.
So, I will unfortunately have less time to write now, but I will not stop. I will not give up on this dream…
Photo by Wolf Scott, Into Infinity, Death Valley, CA