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Monday, August 29, 2011

Addicted to Procrastination


Someone once said, "Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end, you're just F'ing yourself."

I have a theory why writers procrastinate.

Sometimes I'm too attached to the feeling of excitement that comes before writing -- of running what I think is an exciting story through my mind. I'm afraid that when I actually sit down to type it out, it won't be so good, or the ideas won't come. So many days -- many weeks -- I play it safe and just pretend to type, pretend to write the book in my mind.

However, at least in my case, when I DO sit down to write (when I get fed up and can't take doing nothing anymore), what comes out is always fun, always enjoyable.

In each case, I think, "I wish I didn't waste so much time. I wish I got up earlier to do this."

Again, it's the fear that stops you.

TIP: When you feel like not writing is the best time to start. You'll enjoy it! That's how you know what you're doing is your passion, your reason for being.

TIP #2: Passion can be cultivated, just like any habit...good or bad.


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Excellent Quotes

From http://www.inspirational-quotes.info/favorite-quotes.html

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true,
there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright

When I want to read a novel, I write one.
Benjamin Disraeli

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Zen Proverb

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Galileo Galilei

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life
Winston Churchill

Play for more than you can afford to
lose and you will learn the game.
Winston Churchill

Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
Chinese Proverb

Never say more than is necessary.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Ghandi

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right....
Martin Luther

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Scared of (or scarred by) Writing


Why do I feel this way? What is this fear?

I like writing. I literally get ten ideas a day for books, so why don't I get to writing? It's not like I watch TV (or YouTube), or go out. I basically sleep all day before going to work at night. AND I kinda sorta stopped drinking.

I think I know. And it HAS to be because of bad habits. What I need is a schedule and stick to it.

I have to turn writing into brushing my teeth, or putting on my pants...or breathing. That's how it was with my other books: I was so inspired, I just started writing the very moment I woke up. It's true. But somewhere down the line I started getting depressed -- then unmotivated -- then came the beer, and on and on it goes with the reasons. I ended up with bad habits.

I can change again -- change back into the old me. I know what to do to get back into writing.

Quantum Physics - "Reality Jumping"

Here's an interesting idea.

What if two parallel universes collided and created the "reality" your experiencing now? But because these Big Bangs are happening every split second of every split second, you're actually experiencing a new reality right now, and now, and now, and now. (You get the idea). With this, we also experience Time and Motion. Space & Time.

Parallel universes.

Because anything is possible...because your life can be altered just by a simple action...there's a universe where you're eating eggs right now, or not wearing clothes, or showering in chowder, or a famous writer, or whatever. So it makes sense to me, on a very simplistic level, that focusing on a goal is a way to direct yourself into a parallel universe. Taking any action will put you in the right direction. And let's not forget the importance of your emotions. Just as food energizes your physical body, the gas of your mind, your thoughts, is equally important. What's the best mind fuel? Strong, positive emotion. Strong, positive expectation.

Successful people a lot of times say, "I don't know why this happened to me. I don't know why all this sudden success is happening."

It didn't just happen. It's something that's been growing, building for a loooong time. Or here's another idea: If not for a long time -- they put a monstrous amount of positive energy, positive action into a SHORT period of time. That is, indeed, a special, rare type of human.

For writer's, when I research them, it always true that they wrote their whole lives. They deserve their success, regardless if you hate their work.

I'm reminded of these saying:

Hard work pays off.


What goes around comes around.


What you put out, is what you get back.


And my favorite:

Energy goes where attention goes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut's Advice


Vonnegut wrote a little something in 1982 called "How to Write with Style".

Find it here: http://bit.ly/nQuqH9

In short, he says:

  • Find a subject you care about.
  • Do not ramble, though.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Have the guts to cut.
  • Sound like yourself.
  • Say what you mean to say.
  • Pity the readers.
My favorite is "Sound like yourself".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Comedy: The Next BIG Hit Genre in Books

I think it's about time. And by big, I mean BIG. As in, now everyone is writing humor books. People will say, "No, it's not. Look around. It's not big right now. Why should it ever?"

Because things change, silly bear!

There was a time when horror wasn't all that popular. But then Stephen King came around. Same goes for JK Rowling. The big boys even told her, "Listen kid, children's books don't sell. You should get a day job." After Harry Potter took off, everyone jumped on the kid's books train. And I don't remember a time before Twilight when teen horror romance was big, unless we're going wayyy back to Bram Stoker's Dracula days.

All this applies to Agatha Christie (mystery), Dan Brown (religious thriller), etc. So that's what I mean by BIG. Humor literature is doing well (I think). I hear Tina Fey's book is funny, and Dave Berry's pretty good, too (in a not-too-edgy-hey-look-at-me-I'm-Stephen King's-friend kinda way). The only really popular, famous, celebrity humor author I can think of that will be remembered for all time -- as much as Poe for horror -- is Mark Twain.

One day, the headlines will read: "Humorist (Insert author) tops JK Rowling in book sales."

And God bless whoever that's gonna be. Humor is good. Humor heals. We've all heard the stories of people beating cancer by having a good laugh or two or three. But I guess my point is...things change.

And every cat gets her day.

=^.^=


Dreaming comes first....


“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
-James Allen


Monday, August 22, 2011

JK Rowling was sued?

I didn't know she was sued for stealing ideas (apparently for Goblet of Fire) from some book called Willy The Wizard. I'm sure she won the case. And I'd guess she didn't steal anything. It's just odd that the books are so similar.

Really makes you think about ideas and where they come from.

One camp says, well, your mind makes them up and if someone else has that same idea, it's just chance.

And another camp says, there's a place (metaphorically), a universal library where all ideas come from. Someone should take that literally and make a book about it.

Well...I'm sure someone in the world already has that idea!

Haw haw haw.


I Spoke with God again. Or maybe I'm nuts.


I was working at the same time when this happened. Whoever it was, I liked what it/he/she/me had to say.

R: So what do I do?
G: Just write.
R: Novellas? How many?
G: One a week. Eventually, one novella a week. It's not like you do anything else with your day and nights.
R: People will tell me to just write a full-on novel and focus on marketing it. Maybe for a year.
G: Would you enjoy those things? Writing a novel and marketing so much?
R: I'd hate it. Wouldn't be fun.
G: Exactly why you shouldn't do it. (pause) Writing a novel and marketing it a whole year works for some people, yes, but not YOU. Your way is different. By following your way, success will come because there will be no resistance. You are doing what you love, HOW you want to love it.
R: How should I pursue my writing career?
G: Write as many books as you want. Your soul wants to write a lot, so respect that, and have fun with it. I'll handle the things you don't want to bother with. Just don't get in my way.
R: How can I get in your way?
G: By worrying about the things you don't want to do. Think of it like this: I (the ever-knowing spirit -- the very universe) know way more than you. I am on the mountain top. What you see as the ceiling, I see as the floor. When you worry, you try to do my job. And that's futile. Doing things you're frustrated with -- that you do not enjoy doing -- is disastrous. Never let a boy do a man's job. Have faith that I'll take care of everything. I am in the details. Have faith. That's all praying does, if done right. A letting go. A release. Let me do my part. Offer zero resistance by following your bliss.
R: You're saying you'll handle the marketing? That's hard to believe.
G: That's the problem.
R: Me and my big mouth.
G: It's a cooperation. I make the situations happen, and you ACT on them. If you choose to.
R: You're saying that, if I let you do what you do best, I'll just magically meet the right people to help get me where I want to go?
G: There's nothing magical about it. You meet people all the time. Only now (if you do what I say), you'll meet people that will help get you where you want to go. Understand, I am your servant. Yes, I have helped you meet everyone you ever met, but usually it was because you were offering me random orders. If you want to meet the right people, make it clear in your mind (your message) that this is what you want, and let me -- important -- do the work for you. And you let me work best when you do what you do best. Give me a demand, and don't worry about it anymore. Have faith. Faith! It's a lot like fishing. You throw out your line...wait...wait some more...but don't give up! Then, in time, you feel a tug! Then you reel it in, reel it in, reel it in...until you hold that fish up -- that thing you couldn't see before but knew it was always there.
R: I'm impatient.
G: Understand that you live in a reality of Time and Space. The Law of Growth comes to mind. Things take time to grow...to happen. The longer you work toward a goal, focus on it with faith, letting me work FOR you on my end of things, the sooner you will get what you want. It's worked so far in your life.
R: What? I didn't ask for this job, these friends.
G: Not consciously.
R: I did it subconsciously? That's like cheating. How am I suppose to monitor my subconscious thoughts?
G: Like anything else. Practice. With practice, you will no longer be creating by default. WE will no longer be creating by default. You get what you really want. REALLY, really want. So instead of creating by default, you should be clear on these demands you're constantly giving me. Do it consciously from this day on. And demand great things. Your true goal. A BIG goal! And it MUST come to you to help you evolve, to help you be more than you currently are. This is because to experience a different reality, you would have to become a totally different person. You need to evolve, become stronger to handle your new situation. Think about this. Put the old you that you were 10 years ago into your current state of life, and that version of you would not be able to handle that reality. In time, because the universe mirrors your inner wold, the reality the old you is living in will change BACK to suit their beliefs -- create for themselves a world they can handle. You create for yourself realities perfectly suited for your ever-changing beliefs. Give a bum a hundred dollars, they'll waste it on booze. Give Donald Trump a hundred dollars, and he'll make back millions. He created himself into someone able to function (and be wildly successful) in a reality revolving around money. You can say that he is that way because of genes, but that's only half true. You're born with a template, but because you have the freedom to choose -- to be inspired -- you can go against your genes and choose your own way. Trump is who he is because he chooses to be so. He built himself up. So you see, to get the future you want, you must become more to handle more. You must grow.
R: What's this got to do with me and wanting to write a lot of books.
G: It's a great adventure, great work, writing so much, no? Think of how much you will change! This is what you have to do to be ready for your successful future. This is what you will have to go through to be able to handle this future you want so bad. You have to change. Grow. And everyone grows. But not everyone directs their Will (directs their higher self) into WHAT they want to grow INTO. Most people grow by default. Not with focus. Not with faith. They just follow along with the herd. And you know what you step into when you follow the herd, right?
R: Right.
G: Because they step in bullshit.
R: How do I know what my higher self really wants, so I can work in cooperation with it?
G: Follow your passion. What excites you? Your higher self has been uploading stories INTO that lump of goo you call a brain. The higher self -- the soul, the universe, YOU -- needs to work through the physical body to make things. A cooperation is needed between Brain and Soul. And the physical body can best cooperate with the higher self by...perusing what brings them both great JOY. You must trust your instincts, that tug in your stomach, your inspiration. So when you say you want to be a successful writer, it's not you as you know it saying that want. It's you as your higher self. You are actually talking to yourself.
R: It must be frustrating for my higher self, trying to work through me and get what it wants with me -- the physical side of things.
G: It is very frustrating. It's like trying to get somewhere in a car that has a mind of its own and wants to go the other direction.
R: Good thing I don't drive.
G: God thing.
R: I see what you did there.
G: Thanks.

PS: Well, that was fun. The thing that I really get out of all of this is: You have to build yourself into someone capable of handling a reality bigger than the one you are currently living.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Message from God?

I think He/It/She/The Universe/Woman's Intuition/Whatever wants me to write one book a month.

I don't know what good it'll do, but...for some odd reason, I have faith in this. It's just a feeling I have.

I was having a hard time at work tonight, when I asked, "Dear God, what can I do to get out of this mess?"

The answer was, "Write a lot of books. I'll handle the rest. Have faith. Have fun in your writing. Don't worry about the how."

Ask, and ye shall receive. So I'm gonna try this out. No TV; no going out; just lock myself in my house and write.

"But Ray, you have to go out. You have to live life."

Well...I AM.

I feel alive when I write. And if going out and getting hammered drunk or watching TV or YouTube means living life to you, so be it. Me? No more wasting time. Time to prove that I really want what I say I want.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Justin Bieber song slowed down 800%

Idea by Shamantis.



Pretty amazing stuff.

Justin Bieber haters

WHY?

Just let the boy do his thing.

Look, I don't like his music either, but really, what's with all the hate?

Give the boy a break. I heard he came from a poor background, so Jesus, man, chill out. Be happy for your fellow human.


Reading Same 3 Books for Years Now


I think I've been doing this for around 5 years now, but there are only 3 books that I read. And that's not because I'm trying to prove anything. I just can't find anymore books that are as funny as these. If you have suggestions, I'm all ears.


But my favorite books are Forrest Gump, Gump & Co., and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. And that's it. I've tried reading other works by these authors, but it's a no-go. They don't work for me.


I really, truly love these books. They're similar to each other in this way: A series of wacky, funny events wrapped around a thin main story -- mainly, get from A to B, and watch out for any zaniness in between. With that being said, you can guess how my books are =)

It's a great day when you find your writing style.

PS: There's actually a 4th book in this list. It's called The Master Key System. A metaphysical book.

Friday, August 19, 2011

To Outline or Not to Outline?




I tend to use outlines when I'm insecure.

When I first started work on my book Ghost City, it was such a stop-and-go process. Write a paragraph...stop, look at outline...write...stop, look at outline. I HATED IT. So I deleted the outline and decided to just go with it, just like Hemingway and King.

So much better! I feel like I'm running! And I swear, the ideas are coming out so fast. The whole reason I used an outline was because I was afraid no ideas would come if I just "ran with it". That I'd get writer's block. That I'd get stuck. How wrong was I! The ideas are there, and not just that -- but better ideas. Ideas that are more in the flow of the story. I could hear my Left brain (that logical, mathematical, scientific side) complaining -- scared -- afraid of me running into some kind of problem.

Nope.

My Right brain (that wonderful, creative side), knows exactly what it's doing.

So here's what I'm doing now:

1. Write that first draft with my right brain -- just freewrite it. Get those ideas out. Write nonstop.

Then...

2. Use the power of the Left brain to do what it does best: EDIT.

Freewriting, automatic writing...it feels like I'm writing a lump of disfigured clay at first. A lump that the Left brain can mold into something great -- sculpt the vision -- the true vision.

Have trust in your Right brain -- your imagination, your creativity. I don't stop writing when working on that first draft now -- not even for misspellings. That FLOW when writing (the Zone) is so important. It must not be sabotaged.

You can always fix things later. And plus, just like Stephen King says, if that idea you had while writing was so amazing, it'll be there when you go back.

So just relax...and write!

PS: Over the years, I've been jumping back and forth between using outlines and not. Those books I didn't use an outline for are my favorites. They're just better stories. But that's just what I think ^_^


Monday, August 15, 2011

Amazon = Free eBooks

I wish there was an option to make your books free on Amazon. It's a great way to promote your books. (I guess for now, 99 cents is alright.)

You see some listed as free downloads, but it's funny. No one knows what you need to do to have your book become free. Amazon just chooses.

It's all very mysterious.

It's all very ghostly.

Like this guy ----->

~('.' ~)


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Apple Computers

Apple Computers = People will pay thousands for the color white.

Are they more powerful/faster than PCs?
No.

Can you do things on a Mac that you can't do on a PC?
No.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Success....

"Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration."
-Evan Esar

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Weredolphin - A Novel

Not sure where this is going. Got a few random ideas scattered in my skull.

Weredolphin...Weredolphin...Weredolphin...Weredolphin...Weredolphin....

It haunts me!

I may wanna throw in a wereunicorn.

I've already got the cover down: Dolphin in a white circle.

I'll work on it toot-sweet when I'm done with Ghost City.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Beer = Creativity?

Does being drunk equal creativity? Like, is a beer the key to the imagination?

Now, I'm all for drinking and getting hammered drunk, but I can't write when under the influence. Typos happen like crazy. I'm not like Stephen King in that sense (then again, I guess he trained himself to Drink & Write). I can't write when drunk. However, I must admit, I do sense less resistance when I'm drunk. What I mean is, the ideas come quickly, easily.

You don't need to get drunk or high to write that way -- to open that creative window.

I think it's just practice. Just practice free-handwriting a lot. Give that Left brain a rest. Learn to fix all those mistakes later. Get the story out first as fast as you can. Don't stop the flow of ideas.

In short....

Right Brain = Writing
Left Brain = Editing

The two do not mix well together.

But just start with the writing first ^_^

Sunday, August 7, 2011

inspirational quotes

I'm a fan of inspirational quotes. Here's a bunch from

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter.

Lee Iacocca

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Victor Cousins

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.

Dennis Waitley
(as quoted in Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog)

A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Samuel Butler

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

The great and glorious masterpiece of
man is to know how to live to purpose.

Michel de Montaigne

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
or what's a heaven for?

Robert Browning

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Kahlil Gibran

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
Aldous Huxley

If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.

Yogi Berra

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Walking Dead (series )

What an awesome series. I haven't been this excited about a show since The X-Files!

Can't wait for October!

What I really wanna know is what happens next to that dude that tore his own hand off (O_O)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oh, man...editing pains....

You check and recheck...read and reread...and you still -- STILL -- pick up mistakes. You can give your book to 100 people and I guarantee you this: Some kind of mistake, typo, something that'll generally make you feel stupid, will be found.

For example. I was reading through my book Get Kilt and found this sentence: "At the end of commercial, she jumped through a wall."

My question is, should there be a "the" before commercial? You could argue that no, it's not necessary. You can still understand what the sentence is driving at, and besides, people say things like, "Cut to commercial!" all the time. So maybe, maybe, maybe I can breathe easy on this one. But in general, it bugs the living cwap out of me.

Woman, you start to feel dumb, retarded, etc. Stephen King was right, what helps is if you hide your 1st draft for a month. When you reread it, it'll seem like a foreign thing. The mistakes will be easier to pick up.

Some of them.

I mean, I guess I feel better knowing that I still read many mistakes in commercial books.

Two things I'll start doing.

1. Write slower (my hands usually goes faster than my brain).

And...

2. Reread slower.

Just do your best. That's ALL you can do.

Gadzooks.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Evil Dead 4 (a letter to Sam Raimi)

Dear Sam Raimi,

Dude, sir, sire...please make this film soon. We fellow Deadites are hungry for another installment in this fine series. We want to be scared, we want to laugh, we want more Bruce Campbell, we want more of your kinetic direction.

Horror comedies suck now. Shaun of the Dead was boring (aside from that scene with that Queen song). Zombieland was...alright (Ghostbusters with zombies). Evil Dead 2 is straight-up awesome! Many would agree that it is still -- to this very day -- KING of horror comedies.

I'd pay upwards of $100 to see a 4th Evil Dead.

Just please keep Bruce as Ash, and please direct the thing. You, Sam Raimi, are the only one worthy to direct Evil Dead 4. (Oh, I don't know...maybe Peter Jackson????)

Mahalo.

PS: So you're directing a World of Warcraft film? That actually sounds pretty cool. Looking forward to it!

The Dark Knight Rises

I actually am a little excited about this film.

That's kinda surprising to me. See, I hated the first film in the trilogy, and I thought Dark Knight was just...alright. But for some unearthly reason, I really wanna see part 3.

I'd even pay money for it. And how much do movies cost to see now? $20?? Whatever. Because of that, I don't go out to watch movies anymore. The last one was Inception, and that was damn good. Christopher Nolan is damn good.

Inception!

I get it now.

So that's why I wanna see Dark Knight Rises. I have high hopes for it because of Nolan's work on Inception.

Mahalo.