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Jan. 23rd, 2013

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Today, my special guest is Armand Rosamilia, author of Miami Spy Games. This is a Hobbes End Publishing interview about him by Jairus Reddy.

Product Details

First, give me some background on Hobbes End Publishing.


Hobbes End was founded by Vincent Hobbes. I came in around 2006 and purchased the company. We started out as a non-fiction press, publishing mainly lab manuals, along with self-help books. Since then, we have morphed into primarily fiction press, though we still publish lab manuals and have worked our way into the Hollywood scene. We are proud to call oursleves an Indie publisher and have signed some of the best indie authors with the likes of Allison M. Dickson, Patrick C. Greene, Graig Wessel, and, of course, Armand Rosamilia.

How did you first come upon Miami Spy games?

It was an idea presented to me by AK waters. As a publisher who is used to receiving submissions and making a decision from there, it was a little odd to be presented with an idea. The premise of the story was great and I simply couldn't let it go to another press. So without much contemplation, I stated that I was interested in the project and immediately had an author in mind to write the story.


How is it different from other Hobbes End Publishing releases?

First and foremost, it is an episodic book. I have never been involved in a project that has different episodes instead of individual chapters, but it has been nothing but a positive experience. While it breaks from the traditional format of a book, there is nothing really traditional about publishing anymore. I wanted to position Hobbes End and Armand on what could become a trend in the industry and in Hollywood in the near future. We ended up with a great title and I look forward to season 2.


How did Armand Rosamilia get involved in the project

I was approached by AK Waters about an idea he had about a terrorist weapon that turns people into zombies. As soon as the idea was presented, I knew who I wanted to contact about the idea. Armand is one of the most reputable zombie writers out there, and is one of my personal favorites. There was really no question who I wanted to write the book once I was given the idea.

What are your thoughts on zombie fiction?

I was never a huge fan of zombie fiction until 2010, mainly because I didn't really know where to turn to for good zombie writers. Through social media, I met some zombie fiction writers and started to read some of their titles. I became a fan of a few like Armand and Stephen Knight, and like in all genres, I found some to be a little cliche. Now I read more zombie fiction than ever and consider myself a fan.

Will there be a print version of Miami Spy Games coming?

We are hoping for a print version of Miami Spy Games this summer.

Can we expect a second season/novel in 2013?

I really hope so. Not only do I expect a second season, but I expect many, many more in the futute. And with any luck, we may get to see Season 1 on television!

Check out www.HobbesEndPublishing.com to see all our tittles and www.VincentHobbes.com

Miami Spy Games on Amazon Kindle only $3.99!

Jan. 18th, 2013

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The End?

The End. If you're reading a compelling novel, you might find the words The End appear much too suddenly. You crave more. However, if you're a writer, The End marks a culmination of your dreams, your hopes and your skills. For a writer, The End might not come quickly enough. Writing is hard work. Reaching the end is the goal but there's so much between Once Upon a Time and The End that must pour from your sweat and blood ... and ink. It's a bit more complicated than filling in the blanks, especially if you're a fiction writer.

Reaching the end of your novel or short story brings with it a feeling of great accomplishment, quickly followed by bouts of severe anxiety - Is it good enough? Did I convey what I wanted to tell? Will anyone like it? There are edits, rewrites and moments of deep soul searching. Finally, it's off to the publisher. You feel drained, emptied like a deflated balloon. Be of good cheer, this too will pass. Then, it's on to the next one.

Novels are like children, seldom worth the agony you endured to bear them, but you always hope that one wayward child will grow up to become President, or King, or Stephen King. Like life itself, each novel teaches the writer, hones his/her skills, grows the writer. I look back on my first novels and shudder. The story was good, but the grammar, the editing and the mistakes stand out like a killer clown's great bulbous nose. I hope each one improves as my skills improve. I'm sure in a few years, even my latest novel will sicken me, but hey, it's finished.

Do you flounder after you finish writing a novel or do you have the next one already in your head ready to write? Do you spike your finished draft like a touchdown football? Do you light firecrackers in a 21-gun salute? I feel drained. It was fun finishing the third book of my last trilogy, but it was in essence a 230,000 word work. I had zombies and locales and characters on my mind for two years. Now, I can let them go. They've done their job.

Fly away little bird. Fly away.

The End.
 
  

Nov. 29th, 2012

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The Curse of Holidays

                               The Thanksgiving Blues

Oh, I gobbled too much turkey and my stomach don't feel so good
Oh, I gobbled too much turkey and my stomach don't feel so good
Now, my hands can't reach the keyboard
'Cause I done ate more than I should.

                                                                                           JE Gurley


Holidays! They seem so nice coming up, but each one presents its own set of problems - travel, family, finding time to write. First came Halloween. As  horror writer, I could't ignore this one. My wife and I went all out on decorations, lights, fog machines, scary music and costumes. About a hundred kids and their parents dropped by.  Most said our house was the best, but that commendation could have been influenced by the handful of mini candy bars each one received. All in all, I had a good time, but I lost three days of writing.

What with preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, eating said dinner, and complaining about how much I had eaten, I couldn't find time to write. When I did sit down at my computer, my head wouldn't cooperate - too much triptephene. My brain was as sluggish as my body. Like a big boa constrictor, it took a few days to digest my meal an get my brain cells firing again. I lost four days of good writing (Or four good days of writing, depending on the outcome).

Now, with Christmas and New Years just a hair's breath away, I'm frightened. We're having Christmas at home this year, but we'll have friends over. My band, Kamikaze Hounds,  may have a gig New Years Eve. At 58, it takes me a few days to recover from that. My fellow band members are 25-35. I'm the old geezer playing modern alternative rock. Fun but tiring. 

I write all the time, throughout the day, 7 days a week. I enjoy it. Time away from writing makes me jones for it. It's like a drug. Now I even have deadlines. Don't get me wrong, I love holidays, not so much for me but for the way people seem to become - nicer, friendlier (Except on Black Friday. It reminds me of he old horror movie, Black Sunday. People might die a grisly death). It's difficult to feel the joys of the season and still maim and murder people in a ghastly manner or destroy a city while whistling the theme song from A Muppets Christmas Carol.

Still, I try.

Nov. 15th, 2012

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Time Waits For No One

                                                                        Time Waits For No One
 

Writing is a solitary endeavor undertaken by people who seek justification for their efforts in the admiration of others. Sometime it is a fruitless search. Not all writers are authors, or at least published. Some never will be, lacking the talent or the will to go that one necessary step to author-hood. Unlike many writers, I can write full-time. I do not have to squeeze in a few minutes writing between bouts of work, school, kids, or family. This allows me a unique perspective on the writing process. Warped and weird minds (Such as mine) can always come up with ideas for stories. We are virtually surrounded by the bizarre, the impossible, and the unlikely. The daily news, magazines, and the Internet bombard us with countless ideas. The actual process of putting pen to paper (Or fingers to keyboard) entail a lengthy procedure of fermenting these ideas into a tale worth telling.

I am unfamiliar with writer’s block. I’ve never had it. I usually work on several stories at the same time. If I bog down, I switch stories. Often, something that fails miserably in one story works in another. If all else fails, I pick up my guitar and play for a while until the muse re-emerges from her eclipse. Having said this, I realize it can happen. Ideas are seeds that need time to take root in the mind. The challenges of everyday life are a wind trying to scatter these seed.

Making the best possible use of writing time is essential. This entails discipline most artists do not feel comfortable with. You can’t force yourself to write or paint, but you can force yourself to make the most of the time available. First, write. Constant editing is a sucker’s way to avoid writing. Edit only when something you write conflicts with something you’ve written earlier and it’s fresh in your mind. Otherwise, save editing until the story is complete.

Organize yourself. Write on day, edit another, and do social media or marketing another. It’s too easy to slip from writing to something else and let the time you have fritter away. Be thinking about the story. Keep a notepad beside your bed. I’ve often woken up in the middle of the night with a fresh perspective or a weird dream sequence that I could utilize.

Allow time for social media. I don’t mean Farmville. I mean putting yourself out there in a manner that doesn’t make you a spammer. Remember, you’re selling yourself, not a book. Unless you have only one book in you, focus on a writer’s platform. Find groups specializing in your field or interests. Fellow writers buy books, but they’re a harder sell. Social media is also a great way to find advice, helpful tips, and open submissions.

Never lose hope. Every writer worth his or her salt has received his or her fair share of rejections. Get used to it. Take advice from the ones that offer it and consider them golden. Ignore the others. They’re not a personal condemnation. They just didn’t want the story for some reason. Reread it to see if you can determine why. Sometimes reading a rejected story makes the obvious mistakes stand out.

Keep writing.

 

 

Nov. 8th, 2012

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Horror Is Where You Find It

Horror is where you find it. Horror is defined as is an overwhelming, sickening feeling caused by something terrifying, shocking, or revolting - an aversion or abhorrence. We talk about the horror of war, or how horrible the hunting of a defenseless animal is, or even a horrible dress or wallpaper. To most people, horror is a degree of revulsion. This leaves a very wide spectrum for horror. What people once found horrible or terrifying, we now find humerous. Does anyone remember the 1950's movies on the horrors of marijuana? Even movies have changed. In the 50's, House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price (Or anything with Vincent Price), Godzilla, Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman were eye-squinting-watch-with-the-lights-on movies. Today, most people find them quaint, often humorous. It takes movies like Silent Hill, Ring, Saw, Friday 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Halloween to shock us. Very often, we cheer for the monster, Jason, Freddy Krueger, or Michael Meyers. The sad thing seems to be the number of sequels generated by these movies. Psycho is in a class of its own. The shower scene haunts everyone's memory. Have you ever pulled back the shower curtain just to be sure no knife-wielding killer is lurking behind it?   Some directors even blend horror and comedy - Fido, Shaun of the Dead.

It has been the same with novels, though the written word manages to retain more of the original sense of horror than a movie. The human brain can create images far more terrifying than those created by directors. This has always been the secret thrill in reading. Bram Stoker's Dracula, anything by H.P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Allen Poe did and still do send chills racing up and down my spine. I read them with my back to the wall. Modern horror authors, like Jonathan Maberry, Tom Piccirilli, Clive Barker, and Stephen King have carried that horror of the written word into a new century. Horror is no longer confined to demented souls, witches, creatures of the night, or serial killers. Horror is where you find it. Movies such as Red Sand has horror in the form of deadly Geni in Iraq. Granted some movies set in wars fall short - Almost anything on the Scy Fy Channel. Urban horror has taken its place beside urban fantasy, not only apocalyptic horror, but dystopic or secret society. The movie Coma come to mind. It might be classed as science fiction for its medical aspects, but I found it terrifying. Even today I don't like hospitals.

Rabid dogs, mutated slugs, lightning-frenzied earthworms, hungry sharks, even two-headed sharks or Sharktapus, animals have often been the focus of horror. They are familiar creatures turned evil. The next dog you see might suddenly turn into a flesh-eating horror. Alien creatures run a close second. We all know something is out there, after all, we watched X-Files. Religion plays an important part in many people's lives. It has long been exploited for horror. We see demented priests, Torquemada-like Inquisitors, Satan, lost souls, demons, ghosts, and Death himself slaughtering innocents (Or the guilty) left and right. We cheer when the bastard dies but moan in dismay when the big-boobed blonde gets it. 

Horror is where you find it. As a writer, each day's newspaper presents fodder for a story (For those who still read newspapers). Dreams, or more specifically nightmares, are the stuff of novels. Pleasures, that which thrills can, when taken to a higher degree, be a source of pain and horror. As writers, we must remember that body count and blood splatter is great for movies, but grows stale in a novel. We trigger fear, and horror, by playing on emotions, by tickling the senses. H.P. Lovecraft could induce horror simply by describing a room or a location. Words create images and images create horror. 

Remember, horror is where you find it. Now go create something horrific. 
 

Oct. 24th, 2012

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Mentoring the Writer

  As a published writer, I owe much of my success to other writers who have helped me hone my craft, not through one-on-one mentoring, such as the Horror Writer's Association Mentoring program (HWA), but through suggestions, answering questions, and simply encouraging their goals. I know I have a long way to go to perfect my writing (Or at least improve it), but I can easily see the difference between my last novel and my first, self-published novel seven years ago. I am in no position to mentor new writers, but I try to help in any way I can.

1. Critiquing. I have been glad to offer critiques of samples of work sent to me by friends and acquaintances. While my grammar is still in the learning stage, I think I have a good sense of flow and story line. ANy new writer wants to use words. A well-placed note to be concise or a hint that another word or way of phrasing a thought might be more effective can go a long way toward craftsmanship.

2. Encouraging. People often speak with me at book signings or conventions about writing. At first, they are hesitant, but through encouragement they open up about their dreams. Always offer encouragement. A few authors (very few) seem to see a new writer as competition for their piece of the reader pie. I see them as an opportunity to make a bigger pie. Writers are readers, too. The world is buying Kindles and Nooks and ordering printed novels on line at an encouraging rate. I don't think we will ever run out of readers. Writing is hard work and most writers are pulled from all sides by jobs, family and events. Most writers never finish their novel. Encourage others to continue plugging away.

 3. Directing. New writers don't have the base of actively seeking publishers that long-time writers have acquired. Directing them where to submit their particular Work In Progress can set them on the road to publishing. Directing them to active social media sites or writer workshops sites or events are ways they might benefit from your knowledge.

4. Focusing. When I started writing, the most difficult thing was to focus on any one project. Once set loose, ideas sprang from my mind like Fourth of July fireworks. It took time and some good advice for me to focus on one project at a time. I have since learned to manage two or more projects simultaneously, but for a new writer, juggling is dangerous. Unless you have the luck to be a full-time writer, focusing on the limited amount of time available is paramount.

5. Pushing. This ties in with Encouraging. Young writers need to pushed to their limits, almost to the point of self-destruction, for them to see their true potential. Failure is expected. Repeated failure is the norm, but failure to learn from failure is unacceptable. A writer must work outside his/her comfort zone to become a better writer. A mentor can help pick up the pieces and set a discouraged writer back on the path to publication.

6. Delighting. Taking part in any writer's success makes them feel respected. It may be a short story sold for pittance (My fist few were), but seeing their name and their story in print is a big event. Treat it as such. Mentioning your 52 novels in print might not be helpful here. Save it for the Encouraging stage.

Mentoring can be more than being a teacher. Often it is simply being a friend. To all those who in any way helped mentor me, I salute you!

Sep. 25th, 2012

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KIller Con IV

This past weekend I once again attended the Killer Con convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is number IV. Any convention is good. KIller Con is great. It's smaller, so it's easier to meet people. The parties by Samhain Books, Shock Totem, Cutting Block Press/Deadite Press, and Dead Dog Publications were real winners if the size of the crowds, the noise level and the shocked and befuddled expressions the next morning were any indication. The booze and the conversation flowed freely. I sat with William F. Nolan of Logan's Run fame at the Shock Totem party and had an opportunity to talk with him at length about life in general and swap a few stories about Harlan Ellison. Something we now have in common - he wears hearing aids and I'm getting them. (Yeah, I'm almost deaf according to my doctor and my wife)

The panel discussions are always informative. The Dystopian Future panel was lively and funny.There were panels on how writer's are screwing up the genre, the book was so much better than the movie, sex and pain in horror, writing young adult novels, cliches to avoid, and the psychology of serial killers. I attended as many as I could and still enjoy Vegas (And the casino).

Of special interest were a zombie make-up exhibition by Mike McCarty, an alien autopsy by Pat MacEwan, and workshops on self-editing by R.J. Cavender and grammar tips by Mignon Fogherty. A mass autograph session allowed everyone to see their favorite author.  

My main reason for attending were the pitch sessions. This year I pitched a middle grade horror to Angelic Knight Press. Last year I sold a yound adult science fiction novel to Montag Press. Samhain Publishing, Night Shade Books, Fungasm press, Ravenous Shadows, Bad Moon Books, Cutting Block Press, Dark Continents Publishing, Deadite Press, Nightscape Press, Blood Bound Books, Nameless Magazine, Cycatrix Press were all represented. A panel discussion before the pitch sessions allowed the publishers to explain exactly what they were looking for. This avoids pitching the wrong novel to the wrong person. These one-on-one sessions are great for intimate pitching.

The real star of Killer Con is Las Vegas. It's a magical city unlike any other, artificial and extravagant but beautiful. The Stratosphere is at one end of the Strip, but shuttles carry guests to the heart of the Vegas Strip. The Stratosphere has casinos, restaurants, shows and, of course, the Tower. The view from the top is spectacular with a bar for wetter viewing. This trip was more sedate for me. I tire easily and have to take it easy. Still, I enjoyed myself immensely and met old friends and made new ones.

I have photos up on my Facebook page - James Gurley. Drop by and check them out. 

Sep. 14th, 2012

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Writers conventions are more than simply an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, more than just another social media. Cons are a golden opportunity for writers both new and established. Not only aspiring writers attend cons, so do publishers and agents. There are several ways to announce yourself.

1. Display tables. Most conventions have a display table or two where attendees leave business cards, flyers, bookmarks, advertising postcards, and other great swag. Prominently displaying your own swag can potentially reach many readers. it's also a great way to see what other writers are up too, maybe get an idea on how they advertise themselves.

2. Book signings. Most cons have book signings, usually an author's mass signing where you can show your stuff and grab a few autographed copies from your favorite authors. Remember, the big boys and girls  will draw the large crowds, so don't get discouraged. Every sale is a potential for more says as word spreads.

3. Readings. If you're a good speaker with a flair for readings, these are great. Nothing beats having the author read a passage with the intensity with which it was written. However, if you speak in a whisper, stumble over two-syllable words, or break out in a cold sweat in front of a crowd, I would recommend practicing in front of a mirror first. Nothing is worse than a lackluster reading.

4. Parties! Every con has it share of parties, usually publishers with book launches. Not only is a cool place to quaff a beer or something stronger, it's an opportunity to rub shoulders with other authors who may, in a moment of inebriated weakness and largesse, reveal the secret of their success. Maybe not, but after you met them a few times, it becomes easier to talk with them. Big name authors are usually very willing to help newbies. But don't pester!

5. Panels. Attend the panel discussions and don't be afraid to ask questions. That's what they're there for. Don't hog the discussion or use the opportunity to explain your new novel. They don't care. If you can get on a panel, even better. Displaying your book in front of you is accepted blatant pandering, Prepare for the subject matter. Participate. Don't hog the conversation. (I'm not sure why hog is bad, when bacon is so good.)

6. Pitch sessions. This is the reason that I attend cons. Not the only reason, but the financial  reason. Most cons offer pitch sessions. They are a rare opportunity to pitch your novel to an agent or publisher, one-to-one, often to publishers who normally accept only agented material or are closed to submissions most of the time. KIller Con at Las Vegas is coming up. It's convenient for me to attend since I live in Tucson, AZ. I go every year. So far, I've sold two novels at pitch sessions there and hope for a third this trip. Be prepared. You have 10-15 minutes to make an impression. Know your story, tell it succinctly and with passion, and have a synopsis and chapters available to leave with whom you pitched. A business card is great     

Conventions are fun, but they are a tool. Make the most of them. Come away with friends and contacts. BTW. Don't party too late. Sessions start early.  See you in Vegas.

Aug. 6th, 2012

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Selling Yourself

Compared to writing a novel, marketing is a pain for me. It takes time, effort and is often confusing. Some people claim advertising doesn't work, while others swear by it. I've been a salesman before, so I know the basics, but how do you sell a novel? First, don't sell your novel - sell yourself! If you have only one novel in you, then selling just that one novel might work, but if you want to become a long-lived author (I mean your books - no guarantees on personal lifespans), people need to know who you are, what you do.

Name recognition is important. It's the same as product labels. Had you rather be Campbell Soup or Bob's Soup. Bob may make better soup, tasty and chock full of vitamins and all organic products, but fewer people will know about it because Campbell is a household word. Authors like James Patterson or Steven King can say, "I'm writing a book," and it will sell millions of copies because people know what to expect based on past products.The obvious thing to promote yourself having your name prominently displayed on the cover of your book. I've seen so many books with poor cover graphics or badly placed author names, that I have to wonder what they were thinking. Covers sell books. That begs repeating. Covers sell books

Social media can be a two-edged sword. It's time consuming and sometimes hit or miss. Spamming marks you as an amateur, but infrequent socializing doesn't garner followers. Blogs, Tweets, and websites can be useful if you provide content for the effort it takes a viewer to become a follower. Listing your books on Goodreads along with other recomendations can help, but show people you might read their novels too. Remember: It's not advertising; it's socializing. 

Printed material. I often use business cards, post cards, and bookmarks for advertising. The face of each postcard bears the book's cover and how to buy it, and on the back a short blurb. (Short) Any of this material can be obtained on line very inexpensively. Even book stores that refuse to carry your book will allow you to leave bookmarks. I leave some of each on display tables at conventions, book signings, doctors' offices, even airports. People sitting and waiting will pick up anything and read it. They probably won't not rush out and buy your book (Although E-readers now make that very easy), but they might remember your name ot the book's title and tell someone else.

Groups. Facebook groups and yahoo groups are an excellent way to bond with fellow writers, artists and readers. Discussions allow you to express your ideas and perhaps raise a little interest in your writing. Often, specific groups have reviewers, such as zombie groups or vampire groups, who will be glad to review you novel, and expose it to the very people who read that genre. 

Book signings. Be prepared, be friendly and always smile, even if you write macabre fiction. Sometimes it's not the sale - it's the presence. Display your books and material for the viewer, not for your ease. Make them want to stop. Offer candy, mints, juggle - whatever it takes to attract their attention for that split second that makes them stop and talk. Stand and greet them as if they had entered your office or place of business. Remember, you're in partnership with the bookstore or coffee shop. Shake their hand, ask them their name or their favorite author. Interact with them if you want them to interact
with them. 

You. Always remember that you are your product. Treat readers nicely and they will remember you. Be an a** h*** and they will tell everyone they know. If people show an interest or ask what you do, hand them a business card or a bookmark. Don't become defensive if they ridicule you for your chosen genre. Gently remind them that you're making a living at it (Or hope to). Be friendly. If people want to tell you about the story they want to write, but probably never will, listen. Be you, but be the best you you can be.

Jul. 12th, 2012

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Through Golden Eyes

I've been neglectful of my blog posts lately and I apologize. First was 4th of July and a trip to Lake Havasu, Az. It's a beautiful place on the Colorado River, a lake surrounded by mountains. I got to see London Bridge and the fireworks display. It was nice to get away from town, and from writing, for a couple of days and relax.It gave me a chance to see things Through Golden Eyes. Now, I'm working with my Montag Press editor on Oracle of Delphi. She has pointed out so many places where I came so close to what I wanted but failed - a word here, a misplaced sentence there, even a poorly chosen punctuation mark. The story is now beginning to sing.

Well, back to my subject, Through Golden Eyes. They're not glasses that make everything look golden. It's just a way of looking at things from a writer's perspective. Some people look at rude person in a grocery store or restaurant and see a boor. I see a potential character. I don't just acknowledge their rudeness; I imagine the reason behind it. What could drive a normally good, polite person to rudeness? The guy or woman in the car beside me, the kid on the bike outside, the politician on television vying for my vote - each person has a story. It is up to us, the writer, to release it. It is gold to a writer. We must look at things through Golden Eyes.

As children, we all lay on our backs in the green grass and looked up in the sky, imagining animals and objects in the shapes of clouds. That's a version of Golden Eyes. As children, we saw ducks, clowns, UFOs, mountains. As writers we see the swirl of a misty cloud tickled by a moist eastern breeze heralding an approaching shower or perhaps the flag-tattered edge of a roiling mass of clouds driven by a thunderstorm. People, places and things are a writer's tools as play as much part as imagination. Creating characters from other characters we have seen or know breathes a life into them that is already there waiting for release.

In today's tense, terse and tenuous world, It doesn't hurt to look at life Through Golden Eyes. While pessimism is ever-present, allowing it to direct our life is a form of failure. Using bad events that assail us and redirecting them in the gristmill of storytelling renders them impotent and harmless. Our literary character faces dilemmas more bravely or more stoically than we can ever do. The emotional burden we strip from our psyches and with which we endow our characters, frees us from regret and directs the action we now control. Writing must be cathartic to convey our intent.

I had a pair of purple shades when I was young, square metal frames - very John Lennon. They shielded my often red and bloodshot eyes from the casual observer but also changed my visual perspective on things. Colors shifted, edges became less rigid. I am finding that a pair of imaginary shades that allow me to look upon the world through Golden Eyes makes the world a better place, at least for me. Try on your own pair and see what wonders you can create.
    
   


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