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I just posted a picture from a Facebook site that I follow this week and the caption stated that the Black Forest was responsible for 15,000 missing people cases last year. I posted it, not taking into account the large number of people is and was even called out on it a little for factual information. Although I would like to do some more research into the subject my time is limited and this is what I have found out so far.

Numbers:

Some sources say that the actual number is 1,500. That would make a little more sense considering it is still an awfully lot of people to go missing. Still it doesn’t mean in any sense that they these people were ever discovered, simply missing. So that could make the number easily higher again. Think about lost kids at a store or mall. My question is, Continue reading

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Thinking about the hot desert temperatures that have already creeped up on us this summer, I would like to bring to everyone’s attention the sounds of the desert that coincide with that heat.

As I was walking through the desert the other day I was overwhelmed by the sound of the cicadas this year. Some years it seems that they are more noticeable as the dominant sound of the desert than others. I even caught one for a moment before releasing it to watch it buzz away in frustration because it flew into me and then the house, and then a car, and then the house’s window again. Each time making its little buzz of frustration louder and louder. Silly little agitated bugs. Ha!

Although this will not fit into my Eerie for Thoughts segment I feel a bit of a creepy feeling sometimes when I hear Continue reading

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Thanks for checking in again. To start things off I would like to give my thanks to all of the fallen soldiers for their sacrifice to protecting our country and freedom. Those who gave all so I could be here today have my utmost respect and I would like to thank them and I give my heart out to their families as well. Thank you on this Memorial Day.

 

I often see the question come up about writer’s block or similar references to not being able to think about what a character or plot line is supposed to do next. Don’t get me wrong this happens but most often I get writer’s fatigue.

Writers Block:

Most times when I read about how other authors deal with this “block” they say they do some reading, go for a walk, watch some television, or maybe just meditate. I am Continue reading

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Thanks again for reading and since I know some of you enjoyed the insight into my character development I thought I would share a little more.

The Tics and Peeves:

I hope I spelled that right but what I mean by this is the finer toned parts of characters when I develop their attitude or their personalities. What makes them Tic? What are their peeves? Really all those little things are what I find interesting in character development. They are the same things that make us stand out in the real world from other people. I know many of us fit into social niches of some extent but we are still separated by those things that make us, us.

When did I Start noticing this?

When I was writing Desert Shadows there were several characters that were developed more than the others. Sometimes in my random thoughts and Continue reading

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Something people have asked me about is how I came up with the characters in my writings. Many times the characters are based on something that I envisioned when trying to capture an audience’s attention to feel a particular emotion or way about a character. Sometimes this is based on segments of my life where I felt a certain way and I try to put these feelings into words for the character for the audience to later relate too. I know, it sounds confusing but that’s the way I look at it. Sometimes certain influences can be from something I saw in my life or a way a person reacts to something. I will change it to make the character different from an actual person I met, but I keep the actions on a similar basis. Sometimes this gets tricky because I try not to mirror everyday life Continue reading

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First off the definition alone separates the two emotions, genres, moods, or whatever you are using the word to describe. Horror is an intense feeling of shock, fear, or disgust. Eerie simply means strange or frightening.

What defines the two the most?

Well, I believe this is up to the individual who is experiencing the mood. One thing that another finds as pure horror might be just enough to give another person the “creeps” or an eerie feeling. Just the other day I was in an area where the houses were few and far between. The wind was picking up tremendously and the sky was darkening. It was not getting dark out but simply getting darker form the dust that was being stirred up in the sky. For some reason this gave me and eerie feeling and made me thinking of this blog as well as two other Continue reading

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Roadrunner Theatre Company:

Just recently on a Friday night I visited a production performed by the Roadrunner Theatre Company in East Tucson. The play was “Leading Ladies” a comedy-romance done with small props, few actors/actresses but a lot of heart and talent. I really enjoyed the play and the performance done by all the actors/actresses and the other parties involved. It reminded me of the beginnings that I am currently going through with trying to get my own name heard and people to read the book “Desert Shadows.”

Many people ask why I wrote the book:

To be honest it was purely “hobby” based. I never thought anything would come of it. After publishing was in the progress I decided to see just how far it might go. I am glad everyone is enjoying the book “Desert Shadows” so far who has read it but it has also Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day first of all.

I hope everyone is trying for one day to be a little extra Earth friendly. I managed to do an okay job but will try a little harder next year.

Today I am going to address a question about my works that has been coming up a lot lately. It is about editing and the subject of word count.

My first draft that I began working with Wheatmark was around 180,000 words. This was because in my sleepless nights I would compile short stories together, journal entries from memories of my past and other random writings into one manuscript. When I decided at one point to take it to see if a publisher would want to work with me it was very long and full of repetitive details. Anyways after my first edit I got it down to just under 100,000 words. Continue reading

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First of all I hope everyone it well and is checking out information about the American Revolutionary War this week. It did begin on April 19th, 1775. At least according to my calendar and to some other sources. I find it interesting that through so much research you can actually find conflicts of certain important dates such as this. And only dating back 241 years. It is not a very long time in human history or even the recorded history of humans. Think about all the knowledge or events that would be so easy to hide or misconstrue over such a period of time.

Desert Shadows and its Relation to this:

When I was writing “Desert Shadows” I found it interesting to add in specific things about historical events that took place. However I tried to sidetrack them to a certain degree that they were Continue reading

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Today I want to share with you an author who has somewhat inspired me to become a writer. Dean Koontz was one of the first authors who ever really held my attention. Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of other books before my first Koontz novel that I loved but I continued to read from his works because there was something there that captured my attention.

Don’t or Do, Judge a Book by its Cover?

Well I know the saying and when it comes to books it is a tough subject for me. I personally decided on the artist’s cover design, out of several, for my book “Desert Shadows,” with the thought of how I first purchased my first Dean Koontz book.

“If I saw it and didn’t know the author, would I buy it?”

I purchased “Forever Odd” by Dean Koontz because of the cover. I Continue reading