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A Collective of Sorts; Want to Guest Post?

To be a writer is an odd mental phenomena. Whether you subscribe to the notion that we are merely antennas t0 a greater a consciousness or that the imagination is a creation of our brain; you can’t deny that creating characters and stories and articulating them to readers across the world is a bizarre yet rewarding thing. Stereotypes of us as a whole will always be crafted like we are all drinkers or odd folk may apply to some, or many,  but I don’t want to over generalize my own people, but one may actually be true: we are a lone. Writing is a solemn experience between you and your word processor whether it’s a sheet of paper or a blank computer screen. In recent years this journey has become a lot less lonely; right now I am writing this and within seconds other people may read this and comment, share, and communicate. Writing has finally found its own mecca on the web. We’re here and we’re writing now.

This blog has been around for a long while, a couple of years now, but this is my most dedicated approach to it. There are thousands of other bloggers who blog about being writers and that may be a very conservative estimate. This time I’m going to start expanding this blog in a more communal way; guest posts, interviews, blog tour events, and tons of more things.

Want to guest post? Have a new book out and want to be interviewed? Want to just say hello? Go to the Contact Page and drop me a note.  We can even collaborate on a project or anything, just drop a line.

Blogging is a communal thing and I’m going to take it on headstrong.

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I Ride my bike, I Roller Skate, Don’t Drive No car

“I Ride my bike, I roller skate, don’t drive no car. Don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far. For somebody who don’t drive I been all around the world. Some people think I done alright for a girl” – Melanie

Or so goes an old song that one of my coworkers in the meat department sings as he cuts meat and gets dressed in blood. He talks about the 60s and 70s when times were different. When people smoked pot in public and the world almost changed, but didn’t. He talks about Vietnam and the VCs and the racial hostilities back home. It’s quite interesting, but that’s not what this post is necessarily about. It’s more about the song by the folk singer Melanie.

I don’t drive. I ride my bike when I need to go far and I walk when I’m feeling like I need to. I’m pushing 20 and for some reason driving itself has eluded me. I didn’t get my permit until I turned 18 and the reasons behind that lie in my foolishness throughout high school and the pointless endeavors I followed. I tried to take a legit driving test last year and failed. Wah.

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How to Work Two Jobs and Write (without going crazy)

More and more people around the world are forced to work two jobs in order to counterbalance the rising cost of living and avoid the pitfalls of poverty; I am one of those people. I was unable to attend this fall semester of school (for reasons I will explain in another post I’m sure) and to save up money for a car and my own place I have taken the plunge and found myself a second job at Toys r’ Us. Now here’s where things get cloud; I work at Stop n’ Shop in the mornings, Toys r’ Us on some nights (bound to get much worse come season), partake in a semi-social life, and freelance write! Ah where is all the time? Continue reading


The Lovely Blog Award

Yes, in my many years of blogging  I have never been nominated for a single award, but this week I’ve been nominated for three. Woo! Honoré Dupuis from Of Glass & Paper has nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award. This is very exciting and has made my morning. A big thank you to him and a thank you to everyone else who reads this blog. I will now commence the rules according to the award.

Rules: 

1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thanks you very much, it means a whole lot!

2. List several random facts about yourself. Did 25 yesterday; what’s another 7? )

3.  Nominate 15 bloggers.

 

Seven Random Things

1. Yesterday I posted 25 things about myself,  so here we go with another 7. I have been working on a rehash of my short story “Cycles”; this time it’s scary as all hell.

2.  I’m working on changing this blog slowly, but surely (eep adverbs). I want to add a landing page, change the sidebars, and fix the pages.

3. Finnbar5000 and I always discuss opening our own magazine and starting a podcast. You never know. You never know.

4. I am not enrolled in college at the moment, instead I’m working two jobs. Gah.

5. It makes me happy when people comment on my post. So comment will yah? 😛

6. I have never completed a Nanowrimo or Campnanowrimo month, but this November I’m running into the game swimming.

7. Here’s a secret: I’m starting a new health blog following me on the journey as I diet and convert to a healthy life style. Keep your eyes open.

 

Nominees:

1. Cristian Mihai at http://cristianmihai.net/

2. Jeanne adwani at http://geezergirl.org/

3. Shannon A. Thompson at http://shannonathompson.com/

4.  Amy at http://aysjaysandayches.wordpress.com/

5. Maeve Mc Murray http//maevemcmurray.com/

6. Finn at http://finnbar5000.wordpress.com/

7.  Urban Knight at http://urbannight.wordpress.com/

8. Nicole Basaraba at http://universecityblog.wordpress.com/

9. Gin and Lemonade  http://ginlemonade.wordpress.com/

10. Ryan Rawley http://ryanfrawley.wordpress.com/

11. Alexis A. Hunter at http://idreamagain.wordpress.com/

12. Gabriela Vargas at http://cribbings.wordpress.com/

13. Billie Jo Woods at http://usaukwoods.wordpress.com/

14. L at  http://tryingnottobefat.com/

15. Alana Roberts  http://alanaroberts.wordpress.com/

(Don’t worry I’ll have a real blog post later)

Well everyone thank you for everything. Have a nice day!

Damian


Another Award: The Liebster Award

So I have been nominated again for a blogging award and this one comes from Maeve Murray from Wings and Waters as well. The award is based on a solid blog that has less than 200 subscriber, but upon choosing my nominees I may just break the rules a bit. Hey! I found a couple of great bloggers that I want to show off. Truth be told I have just over 50 email subscribers and a handful or RSS guys (plus loads of people following me across my social networks). If you would like to subscribe click the sign me up button to the right of this post or click the orange RSS icon. Do it and keep me annoying throughout the week 🙂 Thanks again Maeve and here we go!

The name of the game is to answer eleven questions and then nominate other bloggers to answer 11 questions of your own. Just to be crafty I’m going to nominate another 5 bloggers separate from yesterday; so no double dipping!

1.  What is the biggest recurring problem you have when writing?

I have the issue of over plotting. Time to time I’ll dedicate hours to plotting just to find myself discarding the whole damn thing and then writing off the top of my head. Plotting can be a good tool, but I usually like to let my characters run the show.

2. What is your method of editing?

Once I finish a draft, I like to let it sit by itself for a time period (days, weeks, or months) and then I’ll go over it with a red pen. First I read it over and look for issues in plot, structure, and dialogue. Then I go over it again for grammar, spelling, and syntax.

3. If you could write one novel, and ONLY one, what would it be about?

Zombie Penguins from Mars. Kidding, but I’m working on a novel so I’m keeping this one secret 😉

4. What passions did you have before you knew you wanted to be a writer?

A New York Yankee. But at the age of six i figured being a writer would be more fun.

5. Have you ever read something that took your breath away?  What was it?

Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck mastered the narrative in that one and the story is stunning. Absolutely amazing.

6. If you could design the cover to your debut novel, what would it look like?

Penguins dressed like Storm Troopers. Seriously.

7.  Have you ever written something you immediately erased or otherwise destroyed?

When I was like fifteen I wrote a book of poems that were probably damn good for my age, but in my teenage angst I tore it into shreds and through the memories away forever.

8.What is your favorite thing about being a writer – that doesn’t have to do with the actual writing itself?

I like the fact that my mind is constantly creating worlds. It’s kind of like having a movie screen built into my frontal lobes.

9. Your book is going to be published!  But the day before it’s due to come out, the stock market crashes and your publisher goes out of business.  Your reaction?

Self Publish it! I’ll sell it out of bedroom if I have to. Some stories need to be told.

10. Is there anything you would NEVER write for money?

Nah. As a Freelancer I’m just a step above prostitution. I sell my intellect to anyone with a shiny dime and I write what they want.

11.  Are you working on or do you ever plan to write a memoir?

With only nineteen years under my belt I have experienced some wild things. A memoir will certainly exist somewhere maybe fifty or sixty years down the line.

My nominees:

http://mittenskittens.wordpress.com/

http://ofglassandpaper.com/

http://thelivingnotebook.wordpress.com/

http://cristianmihai.net/

My questions:

1. How long do you typically write per day?

2. Name the books that have influenced your writing.

3. Are you a Genre writer, literary, or both?

4. Are you into self-publishing or traditional?

5. Do you ever have problems harming your characters? Explain.

6. Do you like to plot or do you like to just jump into the page?

7. How many drafts do you write before you stop?

8. What’s your proudest moment as a writer?

9. How old were you when you began to write?

10. In your opinion, can the craft of writing be taught?

11. Aren’t you glad I’m done asking questions? 😉

Alright everyone once you’ve posted your answers, comment on this post with your post link so I can keep up with the answers!

Thanks again,

Damian


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