Le Journal de Das Book, Day 0

I am seldom subject to self-delusion. It has been the bane of my existence, this longing for rationality. No, it is not the desire of my dear, sweet frontal lobe, that tattered handmaiden burdened to my subconscious’ longing for prime numbers in all things. The poor dear is merely slave to its master, doing the…

Influences

I don’t have literary influences. That is, simply, because I have read more non-fiction than fiction. Although I love a good book, I’ve always been far more a movie buff than literary aficionado. I suppose that is why the most common comment I receive concerning my writing is that it is “visual” and the reader…

What is Your Soundtrack

I spent 2+ days struggling with a short story that did not want to come out. I started a few times, but the words didn’t flow, and those that did were not very good. Then, I hit on my soundtrack song. I guess this song hits a particular creative note with me, as I have…

Isolation My Butt, It’s Called Being a Douche

Not having the privilege of being a full-time writer, I am struck by the number of times I see (joking or serious) references to self-isolation. Roughly, they equate to “leave me alone, because I’m writer, and I’m creating.” I imagine this is followed by a haughty fling of one’s writer scarf, as the writer sits…

Lies Writers Tell

“Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on.  It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.” – Luke Angel I often read quotes by writers, hoping to glean a bit of what they think of the process, and more importantly, its place in society. All too often, I come across a…

Writing in Darkness

Each book I write, I make it a point to write differently than the previous books. My first two books were outlined together, and written as a unit. The third was rigidly plotted, outlined, and written to my detailed notes. Book four, I developed the main characters, did eight hours’ worth of world building (a…

Why Come I Write, Cont.

This has been, in many ways, an extraordinarily emotional day. For at least an hour, I did not think I would survive it. However, God willing, I shall. Still, it made me realize I rarely discuss why I write. It is not for riches, nor for fame. I care not for wealth, material goods, or…

Whither Come Books

This is type of vision that Nicki Minaj is pretending to have. You can always tell someone who is genuine in their vision, versus someone merely playing a part. Still real or no, I want to write a movie for this woman. I mean, a different one, not the one I already wrote. I’ve already…

Interview with Mark David Gerson

Today’s Fiction Friday interview is with author, screenwriter, and lecturer Mark David Gerson. Welcome, Mark David! This Blog Blank: It’s hard to pigeon-hole you with just one label. You’re author, motivational speaker, screenwriter, mentor, photographer. … How do you see yourself? Is one of these titles more “you” than another? Mark David Gerson: I’m so…

Getting Out of the Way

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” ~ Pablo Picasso I sometimes write with my eyes closed. Admittedly, those times are (increasingly) rare, and beautiful, but that makes the fact no less important. This doesn’t mean I’m a great typist, nor is it meant to indicate the ease with which I write. No,…