Friday, December 30, 2011

Writing Space

I'm so pleased to announce that, for Christmas this year, my wife made me a writing office. I'm so excited that I just have to tell everyone about it here on my blog.

This first picture shows the office from the entrance. Of course, the office was made from a bedroom in our house, left vacant by one of our, now grown-up kids. We repainted the walls, put up new curtains. My wife bought me a new desk, chair, and book shelf.

I know the office seems a little sparse right now, but just give me six months and it will be cluttered full of notes like all writer's offices should be. I'm really liking the office so far. Just yesterday, I woke up early and pounded out a couple hundred words before the coffee finished brewing.

The second picture shows the office as seen from the far wall (with the window) looking back toward the door. Barely visible on the right side, is one of my guitars. Now I can pluck away in peace while conjuring up inspiration for a current story.

The only thing is: Now, I'm really feeling the pressure to make some real progress. Speaking of progress, these are some of my goals for 2012.
  1. I would like to get more organized both at home and at work. I think this office will help me do this because I am motivated to keep my writing space looking neat and functional.
  2. I would like to finish a novel I'm working on now, and make substantial progress on at least two other story ideas. One of the things I would like to make progress on (or maybe even finish) is my, forever in progress mystery crime story that I believe will develop into a series. I'm sure at least local folks will like it because it takes place in a town nearby, involves a philandering and powerful man, a vengeful woman, poison, and a friend caught in the middle.
  3. I would like to publish something under my real name again, although I still have to maintain my pen name audience.
There it is. My goals for the new year. I don't like to call them resolutions, as they may change, grow, or even disappear.

What about you? What are your goals for the next year? I know that, oftentimes, writing goals are hard to achieve but, for me anyway, I know that having a dedicated writing space will surely help. I'm so grateful.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

'Tis The Season

No doubt, the Christmas season is upon us. We may not have snow, or even cold weather, down here in the Deep South, but what we do have more than makes up for those old yule icons of yor.

Those Northerners must be thinking, "how does anyone know its Christmas time in the South if there's no snow, and it's 78 degrees?"

One word: Cars.

Yes, cars! Now we can all be assured Christmas is near when the highways and byways of our bustling little burbs become flooded with cars sporting fake fluffy antlers, and even big red balls, affixed by any means available to door frames and front grills.

Gone are the days where respectable Southerners declare their allegiance to their college of choice (either Alabama or Auburn, doesn't matter which one) through colorful flags, hanging on for dear life with tiny plastic stands wedged into car windows; tiger tails hanging out of trunks.

Maybe, just for this special season, these icons of allegiance are replaced with sway-back antlers. The really smart drivers provide the addition of the big red nose to the front grill for safety. I mean, it IS still deer season you know!

You'd be surprised to know how many times that nose saved the unsuspecting driver from lead poisoning as Hunters sat in tree stands, just a short distance from a major highway, and saw antlers speeding by. Can you blame them for shooting? After all, if they didn't take a shot, at the speed those antlers were traveling, the ... ahem, deer would surely get away. It's that nose that makes 'em stop. That big red nose that surely helps those hunters understand that the deer they are getting ready to barrage with lead, is none other than that most famous reindeer of all - Rudolph! Yep, that big red nose, blocking cooling air from the radiator, is truly the device that must've saved countless lives, although we can't prove it.

But hey, if it makes you feel any better, I hear some Northerners go way beyond any normal, sane decoration, and light their cars up like Christmas trees!

Friday, December 2, 2011

What The Bleep

Hey, don't laugh, maybe they ran out of 'G's. Besides they would not have had enough space to put the letter in there anyway. Just live with it. Shut up and eat your anus wrap.

You know, it couldn't be any worse then when KFC tried to cash in during the 2008 elections by offering the "Hillary" special.

It came in a special blue box and contained two small breasts, two big fat thighs, and a left wing. It sold for $7.25, but if you gave them a ten spot, they'd give you back hope and change! What a bargain.

Okay, I'm not making any kind of political statement here. Just trying to be funny, so put away your knives.

Happy December everyone. I don't know, can we still legally say Christmas?