Sep 28


Back soon …

I’ve been involved in a depressive episode lately. I get them periodically; it’s just part of my life that I am learning to deal with. I hope to be back to “normal” in a few days.

I did get “Carrion Comfort” (the story formerly known as “A Very Personal Jesus”) rewritten with a new ending. I’m going to shoot the moon on this one and submit it to GlimmerTrain. Hey, you never know ’til you try.

Sep 14


Wicked Hollow rejected “A Very Personal Jesus”, but with some extremely encouraging comments. I think we’ll be able to do business in the near future.

Hurricane Ivan is still drifting westward, so we may be all right. In today’s news, Tropical Storm Jeanne is heading for the Bahamas. Look out, North Carolina! “Active hurricane season” my butt! They’re breeding like flies!

This has been a Real Life day, so I didn’t get any writing done. Oh well, tomorrow…

Sep 12


Finally got Frances’s mess cleaned up. We were actually very lucky. We lost power and phone for 2 days, lost a couple of window panes, and had a lot of tree limbs to deal with. Off to the west, things are still pretty bad. It looks like a lot of people won’t have their power on before Ivan gets here. He keeps bearing a little bit further west every time I look, so maybe we can avoid the worst of this one, too. I don’t wish any bad on the peole in Alabama and Mississippi, but Florida really needs a break. Ivan should come through here sometime late Thursday or early Friday, if the current estimates hold.

I am finally getting back to writing. Even after the power came back on, I had some trouble with this old clunker of a computer. My old Adaptec SCSI card has apparently given up the ghost. There goes my CD-RW. Time to go shopping.

Journal of a Story, Part III:
“What Does it Profit a Man?” is at 1300 words. I hope to get at least another 1000 today. It looks like it’s going to run somewhere in the 4000-5000 word range. Here’s the deal so far:

Frank Wilson is a successful man just entering middle age. He is married to Jessie and they have 2 children, Justin (14) and Taylor (10). Frank teaches at a very exclusive school for boys. He has the inside track for Headmaster of the Primary School. The decision will be made in about a week from when the story opens.

Frank is secretly bisexual. He has always kept his homosexual activities deep in the closet. No one, not even Jessie, even suspects anything. He knows that his career will be destroyed if this gets out. Instant termination and probable legal action by frightened parents, that sort of thing. Frank is currently involved in an affair with Martin. He is getting worried because Martin is getting pretty serious and is trying to convince Frank to come out of the closet.

Leon Braswell, the very rich and powerful benefactor of the school who has enormous pull with the Board of Directors, invites Frank on a fishing trip at his cabin the weekend before the Board will meet to make their final decision about the Headmaster position.

That’s all I will give away. Let’s just say that things get strange, then very, very ugly and Frank winds up in Deep Doo-Doo City.


Sep 06


Journal of a story:

I thought I would try an experiment (Yes, I was bored!). I got out my Rider-Waite Tarot cards and let them tell me about a story. This is what they showed me:

Protagonist–Nine of Cups
Antagonist–The Devil
A Third Character–Knight of Cups
Conflict–3 of Cups
Possible Resolution–Nine of Wands, Reversed

This leads to an intriguing story, to say the least, and a challenging one.

The protagonist is a successful, confortable, possibly smug, person.

The antagonist is a controlling person who uses any means necessary to gets his/her ends.

There is a third person involved who is a young man with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He is a dreamer.

The protagonist is faced with a conflict involving success and celevration.

The crisis ends in disaster and failure.

The abundance of Cups indicates that love is a major factor in this story. The Devil card, the only Major Arcanum in the group, and the reversed Nine of Wands indicates a very unhappy ending.

My first thought was to go with the easy way out: successful woman has an affair that winds up ruining her. I wrestled with that for a long time, trying to find a reasonably fresh angle, but another, darker thought kept creeping in.

This story has finally decided that it is going to involve homosexuality, S and M, fear. betrayal, and death. That should be fun.

Well, this demon demands to be let out. Off to the salt mines…

Sep 01


“Windows to the Soul” is up at Nocturnal Ooze !!! Happy birthday to me!

2000 word so far today. Chapter 3 is finished except for some details that I need to go back and add before I start Chapter 4.

The novel is now over 9600 words. This is the longest piece I have ever written so far. Feeling and seeing this thing come together gives me the best feeling I have had in a long, long time, even more so since I can see the path to the end of the story clearly for the first time. Being on Forward Motion has been the greatest blessing I have had, as far as writing is concerned. The support and feedback from the Community has been amazing, and the education I have gotten there so far has been golden. I ll have to work very hard for a very long time to pay this debt forward.

Well, break time s over. Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it s back to Hell I go