Happy New Year everyone!
I spend some time in Japan occasionally, so every year we have soba  on New Year’s Eve as a tradition. This year, to celebrate the coming  year of the dragon, the kamaboko had a pic of a dragon. Too cute, huh?

Happy New Year everyone!

I spend some time in Japan occasionally, so every year we have soba on New Year’s Eve as a tradition. This year, to celebrate the coming year of the dragon, the kamaboko had a pic of a dragon. Too cute, huh?

Just got home and wanted to come on really quickly and wish all of my wonderful Tumblr folks a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Here’s a pic from my trip to Universal Studios in Japan. The Hello Kitty float.

Japanese Hospital Stay

I’ve generally been pretty lucky while abroad not to fall terribly ill. This trip, my lucky streak ran out. Had an unexpected stay at a Japanese hospital for five days. I’m okay now, but there’s something a little creepy about staying in a hospital in a foreign country. Especially when almost none of the nurses or doctors speak English. Fortunately, I could bring my laptop in, so I was able to finish up tons of writing. Unfortunately, there was no internet. *insert Wilhelm scream here*

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I’m in Asia for a short stint again, and while hiking through some woods in Japan, I stumbled across this cemetery. Thought I’d take a pic and share with you awesome people. Cool writing.

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The only thing I love more than Totoro is Polar Totoro!

The only thing I love more than Totoro is Polar Totoro!

Today’s boxed lunch in my brand spankin’ new bento box. I tried to get one with Battlestar Galactica on it it, but no such luck.  As you can see, I’m no vegetarian. I appreciate the idea, but I need me some meat.

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Another fine illustration by Craig Pirrall, artist for the cover of my novel Fright Files: The Broken Thing. Check out his site!

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Another fine illustration by Craig Pirrall, artist for the cover of my novel Fright Files: The Broken Thing. Check out his site!

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INSPIRATION
Now and then I’ll get a friend or family member who reads one of my   stories and wants to know just how messed up I have to be to make up   some of my stuff. They think it comes out of thin air, or from a dream,   or the little voices in my head tell me to do it. While that might be   true for other things, the little voices are decidedly unhelpful when it   comes to the writing.
Sometimes I’ll get some information from life that sets me on a path.   A creepy haunted house in a low budget Japanese amusement park (see   photo), or a conversation with a friend, or maybe even a photograph or   show I see. But more often then not, it’s just hard work and patience.
A building process. I’ll usually have a vague story idea, but it’s   not nearly enough. I’ll take it, and I’ll sit down, and I’ll start   plotting. I’m not one of those writers like Stephen King that just sits   down and starts writing. I need to think it out ahead of time. So I’ll   take an idea and work through an outline as best I can, but it’ll be   junk. It’s like the skeleton of a building under construction. Then I   have to start the next step. Adding good ideas and removing bad. This   goes on for some time until eventually I have a framework for a story.
By doing this, ideas materialize seemingly on their own, and I’ll   find myself smiling or laughing or amazed by how well the pieces have   come together. Of course, sometimes the opposite happens, and I end up   scratching an idea. It’s better to do that up front, though, before the   real writing begins.
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INSPIRATION

Now and then I’ll get a friend or family member who reads one of my stories and wants to know just how messed up I have to be to make up some of my stuff. They think it comes out of thin air, or from a dream, or the little voices in my head tell me to do it. While that might be true for other things, the little voices are decidedly unhelpful when it comes to the writing.

Sometimes I’ll get some information from life that sets me on a path. A creepy haunted house in a low budget Japanese amusement park (see photo), or a conversation with a friend, or maybe even a photograph or show I see. But more often then not, it’s just hard work and patience.

A building process. I’ll usually have a vague story idea, but it’s not nearly enough. I’ll take it, and I’ll sit down, and I’ll start plotting. I’m not one of those writers like Stephen King that just sits down and starts writing. I need to think it out ahead of time. So I’ll take an idea and work through an outline as best I can, but it’ll be junk. It’s like the skeleton of a building under construction. Then I have to start the next step. Adding good ideas and removing bad. This goes on for some time until eventually I have a framework for a story.

By doing this, ideas materialize seemingly on their own, and I’ll find myself smiling or laughing or amazed by how well the pieces have come together. Of course, sometimes the opposite happens, and I end up scratching an idea. It’s better to do that up front, though, before the real writing begins.

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