Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Odds and Ends

Yeah. I suck.
Ok I am planning to take better pictures tonight but I just wanted to put these up here to stand as proof that I do indeed suck at taking a picture. Granted it was 6 in the AM, right before trundling off to work and using a camera phone on a dog who did not want to be where he was at that moment.
but still….
It was 3 long minutes with many variations of

Dog now believes his name is Dammitt.
Yeah I do weddings too.

Like almost everyone else in the world, I have always wanted to write a book. I have had a really superb story in my head for the past 20 years or so.
Basically, 2 warring alien races overtake the earth and manipulate the humans for their own battling armies
The only problem is (and it is truly a big one) I cannot tell a story. I am not a storyteller. Just don’t have that talent.
I try to tell a joke and it ends up sounding as if I am reciting a recipe.
I watch these spectacular movies in my head of my book. The dialogue is flowing; the characters are deep and fleshed out.
When I go to write down what I just saw it comes out looking like an accountant with OCD wrote his shopping list.

I haven’t given up though.
I will get this out of my head.

Oh speaking of reading...
Have you read or listened to “The story of Edgar Sawtelle”?
If not, I fully recommend it.

I am also reading,
I guess you would call it the memoirs, of Steve King. It's called “Stephen King on writing. I have always loved “behind the scene” stuff. I won’t even buy a DVD unless it has extras or at least a good commentary.
In addition, I am also reading his latest compilation of short stories.
So far, the former is way more interesting then the latter.

I will be back later.


  1. ok, Dammit is the cutest dog ever, despite the blur. i feel your pain, it's hard to get a shot of my kittie.

    i'm not a good story tell either. i can barely retell a joke that's more than a couple lines long. even ones my kids have told me. it's so sad.

    but you just keep at it! it sounds like a good story.

  2. Dammit is a very cute blur. :)

    try sedating him the next time. beer works.

  3. Good try. Dammit might like my dog, goddammitwalter.

    I think you write very well. Keep working on it. Edit, edit, edit and re-writing is the key!

  4. That's a lot of head-shaking - I'll be surprised if your dog still has a brain tomorrow.

    As for finding your writing voice, try absorbing yourself into the writing of someone with a very strong voice for a while, and then immediately start to write something of your own. Yes, you will sound like that author for a while, but it will help you to find your own voice eventually. Especially if you keep doing that with a few different writers. Whatever happens, don't give up on that story!


Thrill me...dripsome brain droppings here.