The Reason I Run

While I have a few stories that I could link and publish this week for another edition of Nerd News I feel that this week I need to go a little more free form with my post. If the mood strikes me I may toss that geekery together and post it, but not now.

A little more than 4 years ago I decided that I wanted to start running for exercise. I’ve never been a gym rat, I don’t have the time to commit to crossfit or lifting weights on a regular basis, but I needed to do something. I also chose running because I thought it might, initially, require the least monetary investment. I already owned athletic shorts, I had old t-shirts I could run in, if I bought a few pairs of socks and a new pair of dedicated running shoes, paired with a program (Couch to 5K) and its accompanying app on my phone I should be good to go. I also chose it because my wife and I were expecting our first child. I wanted to be able to get down on the floor, roll around, and run around the yard with my kids. Running, I thought, could be a gateway for better health and maybe in the future other exercise. So, I started the program.

I’d had problems with my knees since junior high, so I figured, take it slow and I’ll be fine. I was mistaken. My knees again brought pain and frustration. It wasn’t serious enough to go to the doctor, so I would just rest and once feeling better, I’d start again. The birth of D and the winter months sidelined me further. I got going again in the summer. I’d done some research, changed shoes, and started again. Again, before long I was sidelined, this time, my knees were fine, it was awful shin splints. Months of rest and a fresh start.

Before long, my wife gained an interest and we both began running again. She was my ultimate motivation to keep going. It was fun to be able to go out, pushing the stroller with D cruising along, both of us, spending time  together and exercising.

We have both gotten smarter and stronger in our running since those days. We have both finished a half marathon. She finished it a year before I could make the mileage. She would have run with me last year, but she was pregnant with our second son. Since F has arrived our running has been sporadic at best, but we usually get out individually about once or twice a week for runs of about 5K (3.1 miles).

In order to make running easier for us with 2 little boys we invested in a double jogging stroller. It was well worth it. But, getting out and running has still been difficult. As the weather begins to cool off we both hope to pick up the pace. Running in cooler weather is like running in a new body. The crisp fall air rushing past your face working to balance out a warm autumn sun on your face.

I am privileged enough to be able to be a stay-at-home dad during the day. One of my favorite perks is that if I wasn’t able to drum up motivation in the morning for a run, when the boys wake from afternoon naps, if time permits before my wife arrives home from work, we can squeeze in a run. Today was one of those days. While D was initially resistant, he warmed up quickly to the idea and we got ready to go.

As recently as this summer D has emulated his mother and I when it comes to running. He will put on our half marathon medals that hang on the fridge and run circles around the living room. When we go out for runs he will often start by running up and down the sidewalk then allow me to buckle him into the stroller. He will also grab out headphones and hold them to his ears while doing his “runs”. Like mommy and daddy, as he says. He has even requested and we purchased a headband so he can go on runs.

A few times in the last couple weeks when I go, he wants to run with me. Not sitting in the stroller with F. Okay. He runs on the sidewalk while I jog pushing the stroller against  the curb. His longest distance before today was 1/2 mile. Pretty awesome for 4 years old. Today he said he wanted to run. Sure. Off we go. I’ve run the same route so many times now I have a pretty good idea of the 1/2 mile markers. I thought  he would sputter and ask to sit around a 1/2 mile. Nope. He wanted a small drink from his water bottle and insisted on continuing on. We took a few short breaks for  a drink and to walk about 15-20 steps, but then he would continue to run. He went 2 MILES before he decided he wanted to ride!

When I first started running it was to help improve my own health. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that our son would wish to imitate our love of running. Ever. Especially, so early. I smiled the whole time we were out today. As of today, my boys are the reason I run.

Nerd News…Again

Usually while preparing for The Geek Awakens radio show I manage to find multiple stories that we just don’t have time to cover on air. This week I was only able to scrape together a few which means I don’t have much as far as a Nerd News update goes. Let’s see what else is out there for us to geek out over.

Beautiful Blue Beijing – In honor of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II 5 million cars were required to drive alternately in order to allow the smog over the city to dissapate. The change is absolutely shocking. Two things came to mind when I first saw the pictures after the jump. “Wow!” and a quote from Get Shorty’s Dennis Farina, “They say the (bleep)ing smog is the (bleep)ing reason we have such beautiful (bleep)ing sunsets.” If nothing else it should give us all pause to think about the pollution we feed into the atmosphere everyday.

Cyberpunk Speed Chess – We actually talked about this on air, but it definitely makes more sense if you take time to watch the video included in the link. It’s really a cool idea and as mentally challenging as chess is, I think it would awesome to give this new fast paced game a shot.

NerdCon: Stories – I’ve always been a nerd. Geeking out about stuff is normal for me. As my geekery is refreshed as I spend time reading comic books, enjoying the wealth of superhero movies, and strive for more in my young writing career I have also found a desire to experience a “con”. The link is for a new “con” that will be debuting in the beginning of October. It is meant to focus on storytellers of all kinds. A few featured names appearing are John Scalzi and Patrick Rothfuss. Hopefully it is well received and successful and begs for an expanded encore next year.

I’ve already found a few stories for on air next week, so hopefully I will have a few more fun, interesting, nerdy links for all of you next time.

More Nerd News You Need to Know

Another week another episode of The Geek Awakens in the books. Two weeks ago when I did the Nerd News update I planned on doing one each and every week after we completed the radio show. Last week, I failed. This week, I’m back with a vengeance. Not really, just a few extra news stories that I didn’t get to post last week.

There is some cool, awesome, fun news that is not really of the geeky variety, but it still something worth geeking out about. Beginning this week and from here on out, The Geek Awakens was live on the internet radio station 217 Radio.com. If you can’t tune in at 6:30pm on Thursdays, the show is still being recorded and uploaded to Ustream. (I’ll make sure to share the link on my author Facebook page each week after the show airs.)

Now…on to the Nerd News.

How Fast Is New Horizons? – I’m not a big space geek, but the pictures captured on Mars and those released late this summer from Pluto are really cool. It never occurred to me how long it takes these probes to get where they’re going in space until I saw the GIF in the linked article. To travel through space, beginning from Earth and reaching Pluto in less than ten years the New Horizons interplanetary space probe has to travel crazy fast. And according to NASA’s website, New Horizon’s isn’t done exploring. It is being sent further into the Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is a member. They’ve already discovered four new moons for Pluto. What else is out there?

Batman’s Garage – I think it’s a safe bet that all of us who have seen the most recent Batman movies have looked at the Batcave and wondered what it would be like to have something like that tucked away under your house. Well, a house in Australia now knows what it is like. Part of the tennis court raises and lowers to hide away a garage for the owners car collection. Add a very impressive garage without changing the architecture of the house? With enough money. Sure.

Two Villains for Wonder Woman – As the arrival of the Batman v Superman film draws closer, it is time to start looking farther down the pipeline at the other DC movies in development. It seems as if when Wonder Woman’s own flick hits theaters she’ll have two problems outside of the squabble of Batman and Superman. Sean Bean and Eva Green are rumored to play gods with something against Wonder Woman. Personally, I’m just hoping that Sean Bean can find a role where he won’t die.

No One Hangs Out At the Mall Anymore, Right? – Supergeek himself, Kevin Smith has been inching forward with plans to film and hatch upon the world a second Mallrats movie. Following Kevin Smith on social media, he revealed earlier this year that most (if not all of the original) cast is back on board for the sequel, and now it appears as if he has nailed down his filming location. I’m very excited for this sequel to come to fruition. I’m sure I won’t be the only one making plans to see this on opening night.

More Drones! – Drones seem to be a popular topic for us at The Geek Awakens and this article and the video show what happens when you strap a whole bunch of drones together to make a helicopter-type craft. It’s called The Swarm. So, I guess you can have a flock of geese, a herd of cattle, and The Swarm of drones. Either that or it’s a title for a B horror movie.

There’s A Story Idea Buried Here – Among the many hats I wear, I am also a writer and as such am constantly finding inspiration for stories in the strangest places. You know what else is strange? When the people of a small Irish town found a skeleton attached to a felled tree. A storm toppled the tree and wrapped up in the roots, now exposed to the world, was the top half of a skeleton. The bottom half wasn’t far behind. It was still in the ground below the tree. While many aspects of the discovery are still being investigated, researchers were able to determine that the bones could be nearly 1000 years old. I will be following this story as I continue to develop my own interpretation and get it down on paper. (Maybe it too will someday see the light of day.)

I could go on for days with geek news that we didn’t get to talk about on the show, and expand upon some things we DID talk about. But I’ll leave you with these tidbits for the week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue these on a weekly basis. Check back next week to see what else there is to geek out about.

Comparing Monsters to Rats: A Review of True Detective Season 2

True Detective Season 2 ended in early August. Everyone has had time to sit on it and think it over. Myself included. And when searching online for True Detective Season 2 there is a dearth of negativity and poor reviews. After reading many of those negative things said about Season 2 I stumbled on an article from Nerdist.com by Benjamin Bailey. Finally, there is someone out there that understands more of what Pizzolatto was trying to accomplish with this season.

Bailey is spot on with two very important points. First, Season 1 was very much out of the Lovecraftian mythos. Explicitly, no. Not as if Cthulu makes an appearance, but the vibe, or feel is in line with those stories. Second, Season 2 was not cut from the same cloth. Early on it was clear that stylistically the seasons are different. While both dark and exploring the depths of human emotion and interaction that is where the similarities end. And this is where everything else online tries to measure Season 1 against Season 2. Stop. They aren’t the same and they weren’t meant to be. From the beginning of the show it was meant to be self-contained seasons. Season 1 having different cast and setting than Season 2. So, why are people so intent on comparing apples to oranges? Or is it monsters to rats? (It is a hypothetical. I don’t actually have an answer.)

I will admit that the performances by the main cast in Season 2 were not up to the same standard as Matthew McConaughey’s in Season 1. But in all reality, the bar was set incredibly high. Woody Harrelson, while giving a strong performance, was just along for the ride. To expect all four actors to give performances like McConaughey’s is ridiculous. That said, when the cast listing came out I knew that the one to watch for a breakout-type performance would be Vince Vaughn. While much of what I read online focused on the series in general, I would have to argue that Vaughn did deliver with one of his best, if not the best performance of his career. I rooted for him, even as a crime boss, from beginning to end. I hoped things would end differently for him, but seeing Season 2 through the filter, of what it was, a noir, it was acceptable and understandable.

After Season 1 I went out and purchased a copy of Pizzalatto’s book, Galveston. After reading it I expected a more noir feel from Season 2. And that is exactly what we got. While the detective aspect remained, the feel followed more closely to Pizzalatto’s writing style. I must be the only one not surprised by the turn from the occult to double-crossing-cops-on-the-mob-payroll in this season. I’m also probably the only one that would like the noir feel to continue into Season 3. Early rumors are already swirling that Season 3 will turn back toward more occult-ish fare, but I pray that Pizzalatto is able to weave the two styles together successfully. If he can manage that, I fear that Season 1 may be measured against 3 while 2 will be set aside as an anomaly.

The long and short is that critics and fans alike need to stop comparing the two seasons. They aren’t meant to be binge-watched back to back. In fact they are meant to hit so hard that you don’t want to watch more than a few episodes at a time. In that regard, maybe Season 2 fell somewhat short of Season 1, but aside from that comparison, they should stand separately, on their own merits.

Nerd News You Need to Know

As if I my life wasn’t busy enough, a feeling I think most of us know and understand all too well, I have recently added a new venture to my schedule. With help, assistance, and blessing from my wife I am now a member of the internet radio show/podcast, The Geek Awakens. (You can find us on http://www.pickettandjoe.com) For the show all the members bring geeky news stories that we find throughout the week to discuss on air. Originally scheduled for a half hour program, we’ve gone over time the last two weeks and still aren’t able to cover all the topics brought to the table. As such, I’m going to try to bring additional geekery to my blog on a regular basis. Some of the things we don’t get to discuss I am going to toss up here for you to peruse and read. Hopefully, you find these stories as interesting and can geek out on them like we do on the show.

Photos of Planes Going Supersonic – This article from I F***ing Love Science.com explains how these pictures were taken, but needless to say, as they mention, you’d think these were either photoshopped or part of an art installation rather than actual photos.

CSI Series Finale – There isn’t much after the jump besides a picture and short blurb. My wife and I have watched CSI (and all the spin-offs save the newest) for the majority of its run. Sadly, the last year or two has gotten too repetitive to hold our interest despite the incredible choice to add Ted Danson to the cast as the latest night shift supervisor. CSI has had its success and it is time for it to head off into the sunset. Thankfully, instead of plodding through another whole season they have decided to give it a special series finale episode which will bring back some favorite characters. (Gil, Catherine, and Brass.) I will absolutely DVR this episode and look forward to seeing how they draw the series to a close.

Amazon Trumping Netflix – Recently Netflix said that allowing users to download shows or movies to watch at a later time (while offline) would never happen. Amazon and their Prime Video service have just taken a step to “1-up” Netflix. As noted in the article, while previously only available on the Kindle Fire tablet, users on Android and iOS devices will now be able to save certain shows or movies for later viewing. It’s an interesting debate considering that more and more of the country and the world is so plugged in and becoming a constantly connected society. Regardless, I’ll have to pop over and see what shows and movies they available.

Hopefully, I’ll be back next week with a few more fun, interesting, and geeky stories for you.

Book Review – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is truly an epic book. The scope of what Cline set out to do is immense and yet clearly defined by the synopsis on the back cover of the book. When I pick up a book I try to do so based on what it appears to be of its own merits. With the recent feature film announcement and my history as a geek/nerd and gamer it was hard to not have a preconceived notion about this book. That being said, the bar was set pretty high before I even cracked the cover. As a geek/gamer I would have to say that this book met that bar successfully. As an aspiring author and writer I wasn’t quite so fulfilled.

Simply from a standpoint of incorporating pop culture references from the 80’s Cline does an incredible job. While it is likely that the parts of the 80’s that are nearest and dearest to his own heart mimic those of Halliday it lends itself to a more intimate and explicit knowledge necessary for the Easter Egg Hunt. The tidal wave of pop culture references is both a strength and a weakness of Cline’s story. While essential and intriguing there are times where the references feel like a brain dump or an opportunity to name drop. Some of the references, like the mention of the X-wing in the hanger holds no significance to the story other than to say that he also included Star Wars amongst the impressive list of 80’s references. Sadly, the X-wing was not the only instance of this.

Cline’s choice for using an MMO as the background for this adventure is likely based on the extreme popularity of that style of game in the early 2000’s, while Cline was working on his book. Ready Player One was published in 2011 while World of Warcraft was going strong, if not at the height of its popularity. World of Warcraft wasn’t the first MMO, but by many standards it is still the most successful. His usage of the MMO is both prudent and resourceful. It allows questions of who a person truly is behind their avatar and the sociological inquiries into using video games to escape the real world tangible (albeit ficticious) examples. Cline’s usage of the MMO platform also allows for his imagination and familiarity with the 80’s to populate entire sectors of planets allowing for incredible variances in the setting.

The other thing I enjoyed about this book was the overall plot and outcome. Occasionally, as a sci-fi/fantasy fan I feel like the protagonist hits every possible snag in their journey on their way to the final goal. While Wade definitely has his fair share of trouble there are instances where he gets a break and doesn’t have to “fight” each and every battle.

As a writer the aspects of the book I enjoyed were markedly fewer. The more I write and edit my projects I’m learning about the unending list of things that are required for a story to read well and enjoyably. One of the most complicated things (for me thus far) is pacing, or making sure things happen at appropriate points. This is one of my primary issues with Ready Player One. It feels like there is a lot of exposition and background before much happens, including the finding of the first key and gate. Then a long break occurs in the gunters (egg hunters) progress until a rapid succession of achievements speed things along. Suddenly, the end is in sight. I just wish the gunters progression hadn’t made the second and third gates seem like throw away clues to keep the plot moving. As far as the timeline in the book it gives the same feeling. Halliday dies and five years pass before the first key and gate is discovered. Then less than a year passes and the egg is found and the hunt is over.

There are two other plot issues which keep me from giving this book a five star review and a stronger overall recommendation. The first is Cline’s and subsequently Halliday’s obsession with the 80’s should allow for plenty of material for hints, clues, locations, and gate challenges, but the third gate is ushered in with the use of an image from Rush’s 2112 album. A record that was released in February of 1976. Along with the stretch back to the late 70’s the clue leading to the third key and the doorstep to the eggs seem to simple, the cover art from the album. Years to discover the first key, months for the second, and moments for the third.

The other plot issue I have, and I won’t spend much time on, but is significant and should be addressed. IOI, the evil corporation, tracks down Wade and threatens his life. When he doesn’t back down they set off a bomb, killing him, or so they thought. They actually murder his Aunt and all the people living in her trailer and most likely everyone in the stack below. The issue is this. How are IOI, with all their technology, money, resources, and power able to track him down, but unable to determine his login location? And secondly, without getting lost in the confusion I have with the creation of his new identity, how does IOI go an extended period of time without realizing Wade’s avatar returned to OASIS?

Despite the issues or faults I have with this book, I will reiterate that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would indeed recommend it. I guess I just wouldn’t look at it as an instant classic, but more in a category similar to big explosion popcorn movies. Worth the read, but better if you don’t scrutinize and analyze.

Author Interview: M. P. McVey

This is a book that has been on my TBR list since it came out. Hopefully, I can rectify the fact that I haven’t started yet very soon. Also, a great interview. Down to earth, literally. Love the way this story idea came about.

No Wasted Ink

M.P. McVey is an up and coming fantasy and science fiction author. Please welcome him to No Wasted Ink.

Author MP McVeyMy name is Michael McVey. I write fantasy and sci-fi books and stories under the name M.P. McVey. I live in Columbus, Ohio with my ever-patient girlfriend Laura, and our two cats; a one-eyed cat with a deviated septum named Stanley and an ornery kitten we call Gandalf, the mostly grey.

When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote a couple of short stories during my early years in elementary school. Of course, they were part of school work, but I remember loving the creativity that it involved—writing stories in made up places with strange twists and even stranger characters. It was very empowering for a young kid. Then in the eighth grade I had a teacher named Mr. Evans that told me that I had a ‘way with words’…

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Works In Progress

I keep telling myself that I need to do a better job updating my blog by writing posts. I can tell myself that as many times as I want, it is going to take some real work to get it to happen. I need to make time to not only determine what I want to blog about but also to write said blog posts. Now, I don’t know about other writers, friends or famous professionals, but as much as I love to write, it is not necessarily the most leisurely of activities. It requires a fair amount of brain power and concentration. Neither of which I always have in excess when I have time to myself after everyone else in the house has gone to sleep. To be honest, more often than not I’d rather sit on the couch and watch some TV. Tonight is one of those exceptions.

I re-read a story that I hope to submit for publication shortly in hopes of cleaning it up a little more. Once in the mindset the mental debate began. Work on a work in progress or blog. As I struggle with finding or making time to write I ponder the question about building an author platform. Why would anyone follow an author or read their blog when they don’t produce content? Instead of promising anyone reading this post that I’ll blog more often or even promise myself the same I’m simply going to start working little by little on the projects I have in progress right now. As I make a concerted effort to work on one of many projects, the production both of stories/novels/blog posts will be the happy result. Not as if I don’t have enough projects to choose on which to work. Which if I’m at all like other writers I’ve met and gotten to know a little about it is that we all always have a multitude of projects going all at the same time.

With a cursory glance I can say that I have five or six that I have worked on to some degree in the last few months. For one it may only be jotting down a note about a character or scene in the notebook dedicated to that piece. For another it may be actively editing and reworking it with hopes of sending it to a few family and friends in the near future for early feedback. Another may be limited to mulling over plot points before falling asleep. As much as I am a person that can’t stomach the idea of reading multiple books at once (guess I feel like they all deserve my full attention), I would feel completely disingenuous about being a writer if I worked the same way with my stories. Many times mentally working through a problem will give light to an issue in another work. The other big thing for me is that there are days when I want or feel like doing some writing but the project I worked on last just isn’t lighting my creative fire that day. In those cases it is always nice to have other works to shift my focus and help get the juices flowing again.

My most recent project, a children’s story inspired by a fun time playing sandwich maker with my 3 year old, is different still. It is an odd feeling to have worked such a short time on the piece and feel like it might be ready for other people to see already. Should I set it aside after having written it like I would a short story? Give it time to ferment? Are there plot holes that I’ll need to patch? It is such a different beast that I am still learning how to handle the creative process. While I am thinking and waiting on that it is comforting to know that when I find the time and energy to write, I will always have plenty of working waiting for me.

That all said, guess I should just post this and get on with another of my works in progress in hopes of moving it to the completed pile allowing another germinating idea to take its place in the work in progress pile.

2014 Year in Review

As 2014 came to a close I saw  posts from a few author’s blogs I follow doing a year in review or a recap of the previous year. It gave me the idea to do one of my own, but I hadn’t gotten around to it until now. So here goes nothing.

I only submitted one story for publication this past year. While I originally hoped for more I couldn’t be happier with the result. That one submission was accepted for publication and went live online in early July. “One in the Chamber” was part of Voluted Tales : Darkness Internal #2. It was my first story ever accepted.

That alone makes the year a win.

During the month of May, which happens to be National Short Story Month, I made a very strong effort to write a lot. I succeeded in completing 5 short stories. While all are currently in one step or another of the editing process the rough drafts are complete. Hopefully, a few of those will be sent out submission at some point in 2015.

The other writing adventures that I in progress during 2014 included my debut novel and a paranormal horror novella. I made limited progress on my novel, but continues to be a long term goal for me. The novella I began writing later in the year was originally an idea for a short story but has evolved into a longer project. We will see what 2015 has in store for these adventures.

Every good writer reads and to that I am no exception. As a kid I devoured books. As an adult I would love to have the time I did then to read now. I set myself an unspoken goal of reading a book a month. I surpassed that goal. I managed to read 15 books in 2014. One aspect of my life where I am an optimist in when it comes to books. I always hope that each book will be worthy of a 5 star review. A couple I read this year were, and sadly a few were far from it. My greatest joy in reading last year was having the opportunity to beta read a novel for a fellow author in an online/Facebook, the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network. I read, took notes, and corresponded with the author about my notes and suggestions. Raymond Bolton‘s book, Thought Gazer, was released January 1, 2015. I have a few books ahead of it on my To Be Read list, but I can’t wait to jump back into it to see the tweaks and changes made. The book was excellent before, it’s going to be fabulous the second time.

On an entirely personal note, the best thing to happen in 2014 was, being able to welcome our second son into the world this fall. I am thrilled to watch him learn and grow. Our first son can’t get enough of him and can’t wait until they can play together.

With 2014 done and gone I turn to 2015 and goals and “resolutions” for the coming year. While I have made some goals and resolutions in the past, this will be the first year that they are known to anyone other than myself and my wife. I feel like a note is necessary here because a few of the goals and fluid and others more concrete. We will see what gets accomplished when I return to these as we turn the calendar from 2015 to 2016.

  • Finish/edit/publish my paranormal horror novella
  • Finish my debut novel (tentatively titled Freedom)
  • Write 10+ short stories
  • Submit 8-10 stories to various markets
  • Sell/publish 3-5 stories
  • Read 25 books (10 being indie authors)
  • Find/join local writing group
  • Be more active on my blog
  • Create/promote/post to my Facebook author page

I do have a few other goals/resolutions, but they relate to running. Running is something I’ve taken up in the last few years and have come to enjoy greatly. Fabulous exercise and an excellent opportunity to be outside are two of the simplest reasons I run. That said, I aim to run 3 5k races, 2 10k races, and complete my second Half Marathon (13.1 miles).

I guess we’ll see in 11 and a half months how I’ve done. I’m looking forward to challenging myself this year.

Starting Fresh

I’ve done some research on the best types of blogs to garner followers and one of the biggest rules seems to be to find one topic and stick to that, in turn getting a specific audience. As I begin again to try and write more regularly on this blog and my sports blog, both for practice writing and to help build a habit of writing at least 20 minutes a day, I am haplessly tossing that first rule out the window.

 

I think as time goes along and I begin to tackle this with more regularity a theme will likely present itself, but until then, and for any of those along for the ride, it’ll be bumpy and irregular but hopefully an interesting journey.

 

That said, I feel like there is hardly a better time in my life than right now to start building this habit. 7 days ago my beautifully amazing wife gave birth to our second child, our second boy, Finnegan. Neither of our sons came into this world following the plan or idea that we had envisioned. They both arrived healthy and happy, but there were detours along the way. I know, they’re babies, they don’t know there was supposed to be a plan. That doesn’t change the image one has in their mind for how something like the birth of your children is supposed to go.

 

Why should my plan for becoming a writer be any different? There is a general idea of where I would like to end up with my writing, but I have long since given up the faulty assumption that I’ll publish a few short stories, complete a novel, submit to a publisher and after numerous rejections end up helping support my family with the royalties and advances on future novels. There is always a possibility that the classic route may happen, but I’m not holding my breath. A combination of factors have led me to believe that, in this age of the internet, technology, and independent publishing, another path is there for me.

 

The long and short of what I’m trying to get at is simply this. This blog will likely lack focus and a clear overall theme. It won’t all be writing advice or reviews of articles I find helpful or necessary to the craft. There will be vignettes about my two boys as I learn along with them about what it takes to be the best father I can. I will probably digress into a multitude of nerd topics such as video games, TV shows and movies, books (mostly SciFi and fantasy, but peppered with thrillers, horror, and crime-y books), comics, and music (mostly heavy metal and hard rock). You have been warned. The one topic I promise will be off limits is sports. I have another blog I plan on working on again which will feature me apply my nerddom to that avenue.
The overall hope is that you find my journey through parenthood and the struggles of an aspiring author interesting enough to check in on my progress and my growth. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and musings.