I have a place in Ogre Manor, where I sit and… well… supposed to Write. However I can never actually write there. The chair is hard and office like, the desk it at a good height for writing. But when I sit down there… It’s like I’m in the Phantom Zone of writing. Creative Exile. I can Game there. Chat there. But actual creativity doesn’t and can not happen while I am there. Time spent there is time wasted and lost. In terms of Creative Writing that is. In terms of Leveling up my Characters in Borderlands 2, the spot is the Bomb Diggity.
If I go upstairs and lay down on my Magic Bed of Insomnia… Another location for a specific something that Does Not Happen There. On the MBOA, I get ideas and thoughts of writing and the Creativity Flows like the Butthurt of Xbox owners who discover all their games don’t work on the new One.
The only Problem… No matter what position I get into or how I prop up the Pillows of Anti-Slumber… I can’t actually Write on the MBOA. Instead, I just get horny and send dirty Text Messages to my wife. So that doesn’t work either. Because then she comes upstairs and nothing get’s written.
You remember when I use to crank out Gun Reviews and scathing opinions of Things? All that writing I did was at a certain place in a certain location Gandalfo’s. A New York Style Deli in Vernal in a little shopping Strip next to a Smith’s Grocery store in Vernal. On my day’s off I’d go in early and sit at the second to the last table… the one that had a power outlet in the booth. I’d get a little sandwich and a large drink and I’d open the laptop… And I’d write. Like the runners in Chariots of Fire, the words would flow.
I need that sort of place here in NC. I need “That Spot”. I envy the hell out of Writers who can write at home. I can’t write at home. I tried. Every room, every chair… everywhere. And I can write nowhere. Gah! It’s frustration incarnate. I need to find a place somewhere relatively close by, that has a window view of the street and people, that’s quiet, that has a power outlet, and will bring me a cup of something caffeinated and cold every once in awhile without asking me or breaking my attention at my words. Gandolfo’s was awesome at that. I miss Gandolfo’s.
I’ve had a lot of emails asking about how I wrote Uprising USA. It was written mostly on a Netbook, an HP Mini, running Ubuntu Linux and I used Google Docs. Then what I wrote was posted online at WeTheArmed.com. The encouragement of the members there drove it, and continues to drive it.
In Uprising UK, its written much in the same way… However all the new content from what was initially posted on WTA is written on my HTC Sensation smartphone, using an app called Epistle. Then it is sent to Google Docs… Final editing on my end is being done with OpenOffice. Reason being is that I can write whenever, wherever I want. Good ideas escape less frequently.
As you guys know I’ve finished the first book of Uprising and as we speak, the publisher is going through it with a fine tooth comb getting it ready to print. When that happens, I don’t know just yet. Uprising’s sequel, Uprising UK is almost finished… But as it sits, I am needing to take a break from zombies.
I was going to work on Privateer or Silvershot, but a story idea smashed me upside the head and I’ve got to get it out. It’s a Sci-Fi. Something I’ve just never been able to write before. Moreover, it’s a Horror. I’ve recycled the title Vibrant Darkness for this work and I’m well underway.
In this universe, spaceships are sub-light, but can cross the vast distances by traveling through “warp space”. Similar to Warhammer 40K, but I’ve strived for Warhammer’s inspiration, HP Lovecraft. My goal is to make this a Lovecraftian Sci-Fi. But I’ll have to let the readers be the judge of that.
For those who are not WTA members, you will have to wait. This book is going to be published before summer’s end, as is my goal for it. For those that are members of WeTheArmed.com, it’s in the Creative Writing Forum, a Sub-section of the R&R Forum. For Members, here is the direct link.
For those who are fans of the movie, “The Thing”… either Classic or Carpenter… then delight in this little short story. It’s The Thing from the perspective of the Thing, and it’s a brilliant piece of creative writing.
Thanks go to Terry on WTA for posting this up. It’s great stuff.
I keep telling people to read Monster Hunter International, and his following books. They are Awesome +10. His stuff is so good, Larry is now a Finalist for the Campbell Award.
That is so cool, only a master Wordsmith can put it into words. So go read what Larry said.