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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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Radio Silence Digital EP

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The Radio Silence EP is now available for purchase as a digital download.





What’s the Rush?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Mr. Sepesy was my middle school wood shop teacher.  Made mostly of saw dust, nails, and venom, he ran his class with a drill sergeant’s taste for discipline, fear, and character-building insults.  Did I mention he was positively ancient? Sepesy was an institution at my school, sharing his power saw wisdom with not only myself and my sisters before me, but even my mother.  He used little sayings to inspire good, craftmen-like habits in his students.  Some of them were original like: “if you don’t pay attention on the bandsaw, you’ll chop your thumb off” or “you are an moron.”  Or the best: “I don’t like you but I love you as a human being.”

Mr. Sepesy’s personal favorite, “haste makes waste,” though not an original, is a saying that I will forever associate with him.

Funny that 20 years later, those three words finally resonate for me.

I always used to think I had to bang out new pieces of fiction as fast as my fingers would allow. Maybe it’s because I’m a fast typer and because of that, I feel obligated to operate at top speed; some would say freakishly quick with my fingers.  I’m just (barely) able to keep pace with the story-telling part of my brain. Unfortunately, the grammar, mechanics, and style portion of my brain is often left in the dust.  There is just enough time to grab a hammer from the style tool box as I pound out line after line of prose.

I finish first drafts in no time at all, but I lose a lot of that supposed “head start” in the act of editing and rewriting.  I can’t help but think, if I slow down at the keyboard, my editing sessions will become more efficient and ultimately more enjoyable.  How could I slow down?  I didn’t have to think long to come up with a strategy.

Chop my daily writing goal in half.

I’ll set the goal at say, 500 words of solid prose while striving for 1000 daily. 500 is the requirement and if I get anything more than that I’ll call it a bonus.  But the majority of those words have to at least be worth their weight in…bronze.

Convey my ideas as clearly as possible the *first* time.

I’m not talking about re-writing as I write, but rather taking a few moments to get a sentence as close as possible to conveying idea/artistic vision without losing momentum.  By doing so, I won’t spend ages during edits, scratching my chin, trying to figure out what the hell I was talking about.

I’m altering my way of doing things in a pretty substantial fashion, but to be successful, sometimes you’ve got to step out of the comfort zone and try new things.  My life as a writer is different than it was a few years ago. It only seems appropriate that I figure out a more practical way of doing things.  Finishing projects is not something I’m worried about–I know I can do that much–so I’m sure that I can afford to pull back on the reigns a little bit.

Haste makes waste. Back in Sepesy’s class, my interpretation of those words was a little bit skewed.  Hence the wooden step stool, never sanded or stained, gathering dust in my parent’s basement.  I’m going to reapply them now that I’m older and wiser and see where they take me.

(Thanks to Brian for helping me reminisce)

New NotJustaDad.com Post

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Tonight is my first ever parent-teacher conference. Our three year-old is starting preschool in less than one week and my wife and I are meeting with her teacher to go over the basic get-to know-you questions–”How long have you taught preschool? What is that cage for? Have you ever set a student on…

To Podcast or not to Podcast?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

This is my first post after a long, unannounced hiatus. I’m stating that more for myself than for you, the reader. It’s my way of telling myself that it’s okay to feel rusty. It’s pretty typical to see blogs come, go, and come back again. It’s the nature of the beast. Many of this blog’s readers have come by way of my other creative pursuits–music, writing, podcasting–so many of you know I’ve been busy recording a record with my new band, working on edits for my soon-to-be-published second book, writing a follow-up to said book, working on short fiction new and old, and podcasting a flash fiction series, and voice-acting in an upcoming sci-fi audio drama.

And of course, gaping as my two little girls grow exponentially faster with each passing day.

I’ve scaled my web/new media presence back so I could figure out a thing or two. Nearly four years into the internet broadcasting journey, I came to a place where it seemed appropriate to ask, “what am I getting out of this?” What am I getting out of creating content, fiction and non-fiction, and putting it out there on the internet, freely available to anyone with eyes, ears, and connectivity.

Being a father (and husband) is tremendously rewarding and takes most of my time and almost all of my energy. There is nothing more satisfying in my life than raising these pups. But, my alone time–my creative time–is something I need to survive. I’m a wreck if I don’t nurture that part of my soul. I need to write and I need to make music, I can’t do one and not the other.

So let’s get back to the “what am I getting out of this question?”

When I asked myself that question several months back–the answer was:

Nothing.

The bastards were getting me down, to be perfectly honest. I was having difficulty finding traction in moving my writing career forward. I found it hard not to dwell on the negative reviews of my growing body of fiction and began to focus my energy on the naysayers, trying to figure out how I could please the people that just didn’t get it or just plain didn’t dig what I was doing. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. That is as ridiculous as it sounds. I think the term that describes this mindset is called “self-defeating.”

I didn’t want to give up, but I didn’t want to move forward doing things on the same path.

So, I asked myself another question:

“Why do I write?”

The answer:
I love the power of words and I love to tell stories.

When I considered that statement, everything else started to fall into place. Soon, I was again able to appreciate what a lucky bastard I am. I have a loyal following that is always excited to see new work and who patiently stick around when I’m in between projects. This loyal following is why I will continue to put fiction out there for free. Yeah, it takes time to broadcast fiction to the ‘net, but being able to share these stories makes it worth it. In the end, it’s not about numbers people. I’m not concerned if I have 69,000 twitter followers and 12,600 Facebook friends, in fact, I stopped paying attention to those numbers a long time ago. I’m a story teller and I want eyes and ears and I have eyes and ears–more every day (which blows me away).

Are you still considering podcasting your fiction?

I say go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

Bonus: Frederic’s Little Secret

Friday, August 6th, 2010

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Bonus: the Squidman

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Have a good Friday commute, people.

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Fiction in Five Ep. 3: the End

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Episode 3 – the End
The road ends here (though not for this podcast).

Theme music by Written in Ashes

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Fiction in Five Ep. 2 : Got a Light?

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Episode 2 – Got a Light?
…do you smell something burning?

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Radio Silence EP now for sale!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Radio Silence EP is officially for SALE as of today.







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