Archive for September, 2010

Radio Silence Digital EP

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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





One. Two. Three. Four (NotJustaDad.com)

Monday, September 13th, 2010

And now for something completely ridiculous.

I have been counting almost my whole life and at this stage, well, I can probably count up to infinity plus one. But seriously, can someone tell me why counting to four feels so good?

….read more on NotJustaDad.com

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)

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