Story Ideas and NaNo

November 25, 2008

I regularly read more than a dozen blogs and news feeds. You can see some of them on the right side of this page.

One of the things I really enjoy is finding real-life news articles that instantly hit me as story fodder*.

Unfortunately, there are way too many good ideas for stories and not enough time to write them all. So with that in mind, I thought I would share some recent links. Perhaps they will stimulate one or two tales of your own. If so, I’d love to read them.

The wreck of a real slave ship has been found off the Turks.

Some water glaciers have been found on Mars!

A Shaman’s grave has been found in Israel.

How about Laser-enrichment for making a nuke in your basement?

How about some beautiful spacecraft artwork to stimulate the Muse?

What’s not to love about Mexican Transvestites?

And in case anyone is wondering, I’m afraid I’m way behind on NaNo, this year. Real-life keeps intruding on my writing time. Don’t worry though, the story will get finished and submitted. It’s just not going to happen quite as fast as I would have liked.

*fod⋅der
–noun
1. coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
2. people considered as readily available and of little value: cannon fodder.
3. raw material: fodder for a comedian’s routine.
–verb (used with object)
4. to feed with or as if with fodder.
Origin:
bef. 1000; ME; OE fodder, fōdor; c. G Futter; akin to food

NaNoWriMo Tidbits

November 21, 2008

In case you’ve not noticed, this month is the National Writen a Novel in a Month challenge. I completed it last year and am hoping to do the same again this year.

The current project will be a part of my Common Ground corner of the multiverse. It’s an Epic, Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy. Just so you have some idea of where I’m going with this new tale, here are just a few of the more than two dozen research links:

Blackwater Anti-Piracy Campaign

Live Piracy Map

Sprites, Blue Jets and other forms of Lightening

Atlantic Ocean Tsunami Threat

This will take the tales that started with Guardian Dawn in a whole new direction. After the first draft edits are done, I’ll share an excerpt or two.

A Few Quickies

November 21, 2008

This author brings up some good points on keeping the promises you make with your readers. I like to thing my stories work on that level. What do you think?

Here are ten reasons why books are better than sex.

I have had a lot of people compliment me on my photography. They seem to think it is some ‘gift’ when all I really do is apply some simple principles I learned a long time ago. As a public service, I put together a basic photography webpage that can help you to take much better photographs.

Guardian Noon is OUT!

November 17, 2008

Today is the big day!
Guardian Noon, the second novella in the Common Ground series has just been released by Lyrical Press, Inc. Once again, it features a great cover by Renee Rocco and editing by Stephanie McGrath.

GuardianNoon

Here’s a quick excerpt from Guardian Noon:

Forest Surprise (PG13)

Outside, Tammy stepped over the curb and headed into the woods. “You should stay back at the bikes.”

Charlie shook his head. “Sorry, my macho ego won’t let me watch you wander around the big, dark woods all by your lonesome.”

Tammy was pleased at his concern but didn’t want him to know it just yet. “In that case, let me give you a piece of Native-American woodlore.”

She brushed past a sapling and a thin limb swatted Charlie on the chest. Aggravated, he pushed it aside.

She chuckled. “Don’t follow so close and you won’t get smacked in the face from a branch.”

Taking her advice, he dropped back a little, but kept her in sight as she slowly moved from shadow to shadow. The only sounds seemed to be distant engines on the Interstate. Suddenly, she froze and held a warning hand, palm-open, towards him. He froze and tried to see past her.

The sound of a vehicle startled him, and he could just make out the tail lights and a couple of figures in the dashboard glow. The pickup left too quickly to get any sort of identification.

As soon as it was out of sight, Tammy started moving forward. He followed her, and when they left the woods, he could see a small open trailer in the middle of the fire road. It had a dark tube taped to the top and some wires.

Suddenly, he realized what it was.

“Tams! Stop! Don’t get near—”

His mind registered the brilliant, orange-white flash with a corona of blue sparks and then the concussion threw both of them back into the trees.

You can read the rest of Guardian Dawn and Guardian Noon at Lyrical Press, Inc.

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November 16, 2008

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Some Great Quotes

November 13, 2008

I just had to share some of these.

“Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing.”

–Timothy Ferriss

“This coffee falls into your stomach . . . sparks shoot all the way up to the brain. From that moment on, everything becomes agitated. Ideas quick-march into motion like battalions of a grand army to its legendary fighting ground, and the battle rages. Memories charge in, bright flags on high; the cavalry of metaphor deploys with a magnificent gallop; the artillery of logic rushes up with clattering wagons and cartridges; on imagination’s orders, sharpshooters sight and fire; forms and shapes and characters rear up; the paper is spread with ink—for the nightly labor begins and ends with torrents of this black water, as a battle opens and concludes with black powder.”

–Honore de Balzac

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

-Gene Fowler

“The degree of civil liberty is not measured by the way the state treats millions of those who agree with it, but rather how it treats a dozen who don’t.”

– Ludvík Vaculík

I’m still way behind in my NaNoWriMo bid this year, at 8213 words and about a quarter way through it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick up the pace in the next few weeks.

Wish me luck!

Guardian Dawn Review

November 9, 2008

Another good review was just posted for the first book in the Common Ground series, Guardian Dawn.

“Mr. Stevens’ writing style is easy on the mind and the eye and holds the readers attention from beginning to end.” – Lucille P Robinson

You can read the full review at The Alternative Read review site.

The second book, Guardian Noon will be released by Lyrical Press, Inc. on November 17th. I’ll have some excerpts as well as an exciting contest in the next few days, so stay tuned!

I’ve gotten a late start and need to play catch up!

Right this moment, I’m up to 2743 words. The goal is 50,000 by the end of the month.

Check out my progress at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/233434

Too Long!

November 5, 2008

My apologies for taking so long between posts. The entire month of October was an incredible time-sink what with never-ending edits and the loss of my best friend’s mother. The real Claudine passed away two weeks ago and I had to make a flying trip to Florida for the funeral.

While down in the Sunshine State, I had a chance to take a lot of photos of the old stompin’ grounds. I’ll be sharing them with y’all in the near future. Just as a taste, here’s one of the shots that might make nice wallpaper.

Ichetucknee River

Ichetucknee River