Monday, February 22, 2010

Guess What Came in the Mail Today?

Wil Wheaton owns the internets. It's true. I have to pay a nickel everytime I log on. Anyway, on his blog today (I'm a Link!) Wil talks about the Lizard Brain theory. Basically, it's this idea that somewhere deep in our brain there exists a subconsciousness unrelated to our other normal little voice inside.

This is a reptilian mind, sluggish and dormant but aware. It's this parasite that lives inside and thinks only of survival. And perhaps sitting on a hot rock.

The Lizard Brain is the part of us that not only avoids risk but actively seeks to circumvent our attempts at self indentified risks. Including, and this is important, creative works. If you believe that writing for goals and purpose is risky, this dinosaur step child will actively seek to stop you from doing anything to reach your dreams.

This is important for me at this moment. When I was a student, writing was second nature for me. I probably threw away five times as much words as I turned in for assignments, happy. Why? Deadlines. An outside reason for punching keys. Grades, diplomas. Those were the ten ton weights that drove my internal pullies.

That was years ago. Since, without having an external purpose making me write, I haven't been the writer I've dreamed of becoming.


Because, I've become too internal. I'm scared of rejection, of daring to call myself a writer.

I'm a husband. I work 8-5 to provide for my family. I have responsibilites.

Great excuses right?

Maybe I'm not any good...

Seems a little cold-blooded don't you think?

Like a reptile.

Well, I bring all this up to say that today I received my copies of the Genre Wars Anthology of which yours truly is a part.

Regardless of the number of readers, seeing my story in print. Bound. Published. It's a deep strike at that bastard within that wants me to quit dreaming and quit trying.

I know that a lizards tail will grow back, today though I have it my grasp and it feels pretty good.

In my sidebars is a link. Pick up a copy, it's Awesome.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Formula for suck

This plus my leg makes a shitty day.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Genre Wars Out Now!

I'm a pessimest. That comes as no surprise to anyone that knows me.

At the end of last year I entered a short story contest. I came in third in my genre but that was good enough for publication.

That's right, someone was dumb enough to pay money for publishing my bs.

So anyway Sunday the 14th my first foray into public print is public. Click the cover above to go to the storefront to purchase.

All proceeds from the book go to writegirl

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Words and notes

I got a new car a few weeks ago. I miss my little pickup but the new car is better, more powerful, newer, and all that jazz. Also it comes with a MP3 hookup. The truck only had AM/FM. Funny how such a little thing is making such a big difference in my day to day. For instance I've been looking for more and more music to blast while I'm running down the street.

Every two or so years I get big into Alternative Rock from the early 2000's and late nineties.

Below are two songs I've been playing non stop. Especially when writing

Monday, February 08, 2010

What in the Hell?

The rehab of New Orleans is complete I hear... The Saints won the freaking Super Bowl. That is insane to me. Good for them I suppose.

Poor Pat McAfee

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Big Game

Go Colts! Mainly for WVU alum Pat McAfee!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Like for sure

Tomorrow night the wife and I are going to an 80's party. I'll post pics later but we did some work to get our costumes just right.

Problem in 90% of my wardrobe came from closet though.