Monthly Archives: February 2012

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blog Cool Quotes, Famous Quotes I ran across this writing quote in the sidebar of my cool quotes dashboard. It goes something like this. The author of the quote is Henry David Thoreau.

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

Henry David Thoureau — American Author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resistor, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. (1817-1852)

Thoreau’s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy.

I do believe that the postponing of your thoughts is detrimental to a writer. You should strike while the iron is hot. Strike while the idea is fresh in your mind and do not wait because chances are you will forget that idea that will make a difference for you. I do wonder how many inspirational ideas were lost because those writers simply did not jot them down? Who knows?

This weekend I will be reading from the archives of Three Minute Fiction in preparation for the upcoming contest on March 10th. It was fun competing in Round 7 and I would like to repeat that fun in Round 8.  Same thing goes for the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories children’s contest that should be coming up later on this spring. I will be reading from their archive as well to get an idea what the judges want there.

I am still conjuring up story ideas to be submitted to various different writing contests and magazines. In fact I submitted some haiku to Necone E-books this week and got a rejection notice from the Drabble cast people for wrongfully submitted a horror haiku to them. He he oh well that is a mistake I will not make again! I sent them a note of apology. Things do happen there folks! Well it is time for me to go now. So until next time…William out!

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Woo hoo!

Round 8 of Three Minute Fiction will begin on March 10th. They have not given a writing prompt yet but obivously they will very soon. Now I am stoked! I will be ready for the upcoming competition. It should be be fun. Now tonight I have been writing some poetry. Basically I have been writing horror haiko for the Necone E-books people. Their February contest will end on the 29th so I want to submit a few more haiku’s to them.

I also looked at the sci-fi novel story that I have been writing and having the ever so wonderful writer’s block I just decided to put a few notes as to what might happen on the computer so I can come back to the story with a fresh state of mind, hopefully then I will be able to writer another page or two! Writer’s block you gotta love it! I mangage to keep pluggin along though. So I now I am back to not only writing poetry but to posting here as well.

Here is quote from Peter De Vires.

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning”

Peter De Vires

Today is the birthday of novelist Carson McCullers. She was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia (1917), She wrote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1948 and the Member of The Wedding in 1946. McCullers wanted to be a concert pianist and she began to study music at the age of five. But fate intervened as she contracted rheumatic fever, and was left without the stamina for the rigors of practice and performance.

She tried studying at the Juilliard School in New York. But she lost her tuition money and her time at music school ended practically before it began, which led her to try her hand at writing. Somtimes the best laid plans of mice, men and women do go astray. In this case it worked out for Carson. Well that is about it for me. So until next time…William out.

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Reorganizing my computer…

Not there is anything wrong with my computer. But I thought I would organize my desktop so I can access the sites that Iwant to submit too more easily. I did this by creating folders on my desktop. I have a submissions folder where I keep track of what submissions I did where. I have folders that range from Short Story to Novels. They range the gambit of genres as well. In any case my desktop is more organized now and so I feel that I can be more productive that way. Speaking of being productive, I am still working on my Sci-Fi project. It is coming around slowly but surely.

I submitted some haiku poems to Necone E-Books today. That was fun. The haiku that I am submitting is horror by nature. Here is an example.

She screams from the bed.

He hoisted his axe up high.

Now she lost her head.

Rather ghoulish eh? I think so! But that is what I have been doing along with reading more about the Yahoo Contributor Network. I do plan on participating in that venture real soon. From what I have seen so far it seems like the real deal and people do get paid to write articles for the network.

I along with a lot of other writers are waiting for Round 8 of Three Minute Fiction to start. I am thinking that it will start at the beginning of March. That is my prediction. We will see if it turns out to be true. Now normally I would put a quote from a writer and a little writer bio but today I thought I would change things up a bit. I hope that you guys like it! Well I have to go for now so until next time… William out.

 

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Three Minute Fiction is about to launch…

Good news Three Minute Fiction is about to launch! I am soooo looking forward to competing again! In a post on the Three Minute Fiction Facebook page they named Luís Alberto Urrea to be the judge for round eight. It was also nice to see Kenya back and posting.

Urrea is an Mexican American poet, novelist and essayist.  He is the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. He attended the University of California, San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He currently lives in Naperville Illinois with his family. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at of The University of Illinois at Chicago. A partial list of his awards are The Colorado Book Award in poetry for The Fever of Being, and the American Book Award for his memoir, Nobody’s Son, Notes From An American Life. Like I said this is only a partial list. You can get more on his bio over at Wikipedia, Luis Alberto Urrea.

Here is a quote from Urrea. It comes from the epic novel The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

“…There was nothing one could do when love came. It was fast, and it was strong, and if it were not good, then surely God would not have allowed it such power.”   — Luis Alberto Urrea.

I was not able to make my critique group meeting due to some personal reasons, the biggest being my cellphone went out on me. I do not like to make long trips in my car without communication. It would be just my luck something happens and I have no way to let anyone know about it. So I will meet with my co-horts at the next meeting in Wellington, Florida. I am sure I missed out on a good meeting. They are always quite good and informative.

I am still working on various different projects ranging from my sci-fi novel to working on stories that I will be posting to various different writing contests. One contest that will be coming up shortly is the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest. That will happen during a March timeframe. I will be writing short stories and submitting them to various different magazines and or e-zines that I have an interest in.

All in all, I am going to be pretty busy the next few weeks and I will be posting about there in my blog! Speaking about being busy I had better get busy on those afforementioned projects! So until the next time…William out.

P.S. Sorry about some of the “tags” being misspelled. Though I do check thoroughly regarding spelling, I do wish that wordpress would have a spellchecker for doing the tags. He he! Oh well…See you people later!

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Just finished posting to my

blog  Cool quotes Famous Quotes. I post many different quotations over there that span the range of life itself. I have been blogging there for years now and it has been fun. This time around I posted a life quote from Oscar Wilde a Irish writer and poet. (1854-190o). I am still plugging away at my sci fi story. Like I said earlier it is one paragraph at a time.

Now if you were to ask me how long will the story be, then I would say I could not tell you. But I am aiming for novel length. But then here again you never know. It could come out much shorter and so long as it is complete and keeps the readers attention then so much the better. Right now I am suffering a bit of writers block regarding the story so I have put it on the shelf for a short while with the idea of hopefully coming back refresded and ready to go.

I am working on a submission schedule regarding other writing projects. Those include the Drabblecast, Necone E-Books and I have been looking at submission guidelines for various other publications. One of them is Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. I hope to have submissions for thes markets ready very soon.

Here is a quote from Isaac Asimov

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov    — American Author, and Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University. (1920-1922)

Mr. Asimov is best know for his science fiction books and science books. He is  one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books He is a master of “hard science fiction”. He was considered to be on of the big three writers of science fiction during his lifetime. Asimov’s most famous work is the “Foundation Series”.

Well that is it for now so until next time William out.

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Whitney Houston…

May she forever rest in peace. We lost a great one yesterday. Heaven’s choir just got another angel. William out.

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It’s a Saturday…

I am relaxing and enjoying the day off. Yesterday was a good writing day. I posted some haiku poems to Necone E-Books, and I worked on Chapter one of the Sci-fi story as well. So, all in all, it was a good day. Now after I finish dinner I will do some more writing. My goals are to write more haiku, finish up chapter one of my sci-fi story, continue to learn about the Yahoo Contributor Network, and various other things.

Here is a quote from Nancy Banks-Smith.

Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.
– Nancy Banks-Smith

Phillip Dunne was born on this day in 1908. (1908 – 1992) He was very politically active. He helped to put together the Writers Guild of America and fought against the government blacklisting efforts of the entertainment business in the 1940’s and 1950’s. How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Robe are 2 of his many screenwriting credits.

I find writing to be a very freeing experience. Whatever I was thinking or doing before seems to just vanish in the haze when I write. It is a fun experience. Well that is it for now so until next time… William out.

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