I recently read that you need to write in your blog more often than I have been if you expect to get people to read it. I don’t really write unless I feel as if I have something people really might want to read, but I guess that strategy is not the best one. So, this blog will be a mixture of several different things.
First, in case you have forgotten, this is the link where you can find links to purchase my screenplay. It hasn’t been selling well, but I didn’t risk anything by publishing it. Honestly, I didn’t know how it would do.
I have also finished a little over half of a horror screenplay that I’ve been working on. It’s called More Things in Heaven and Earth. I have done my best to make it interesting and low-budget.
I have also experimented with writing a verse fiction book — probably in the YA genre. It’s not something like Ellen Hopkins writes. It has more of a supernatural element to it. The book starts when a girl finds an amulet that allows her to read minds.
In case anyone is interested here is the first page.
The Eye Within
of plastic, metal, and steel,
stretched out clothes
spread out on tables;
Books and dvds
telling everyone’s story but
One man’s junk —
It’s all junk,
no treasure that I can see.
The community rummage sale.
As I float through
no one notices.
I am flotsam
broken from the shore
looking for something that
might anchor me.
My narrator is a teenage girl who feels alone even when in a crowd. I have been there, and I think everyone has. I’ve never been a social butterfly; in fact, I’d say that I’m a little socially awkward. How comfortable I feel depends on the social gathering, of course, but generally I’m kind of a wall flower. I’m not really funny, and I’m not a brilliant conversationalist either. The only thing that keeps me from being a totally inept conversationalist is that I do know how to ask the kinds of questions that get people talking about themselves, and I think that’s pretty much the secret to making conversation anyway.
My spring classes are over for the most part with all that I have left to do is to grade a couple of essays and send in final grades. This summer will be a lot less stressful than others have been. Last year we moved and that’s always stressful. We have settled in nicely, and I like where we are. However, I always get restless at different times of the year. My birthday is in July, and that’s one time I get restless, but the worst time of all is the fall. I don’t know if it’s the association with death that the fall and winter have, but I want to change everything during these times of the year. Fortunately, I have a wife who can reign me in when I start feeling that way. (The right combination of meds also helps.)
I am watching the Cardinals and the Cubs as I type this. The Cardinals are ahead of the Cubs in the division – in fact, they are in first place by a game and a half I think. Right now they are ahead 2-0 in the game thanks to a Molina home run. I don’t think the Cardinals can hang on to the division lead because I believe the Cubs will shake off this early season lethargy and go on a tear. They are so deep as a team that for the next few years, the Cubs are going to be the cream of the crop in the division. The Cardinals can continue to get into the playoffs I believe, and once they get in the playoffs, anything can happen.
Yesterday, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday with a really nice party. Several friends and family stopped by the church to say hello. I guess, it was kind of a mother’s day celebration also. All in all, it was a very nice time.
The one thing that I want to do this summer which I have neglected for a long time is just reading whatever I want for enjoyment. I have a couple of books I have not been able to read for a variety of reasons, but that will soon change. If I’m going to be a good writer, I need to read more than I do. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to focus, and sometimes, I just have too much going on or to many things distracting me. I distract often and easily.
With that, I’m going to turn my attention back to the ball game. It’s already the third inning.