Short stories in the works

Thanks to my creative writing class, I have another idea for a story to play with. It’s going to star a female main character who suffers from severe hallucinations, and other things of that nature. The story is going to be told from her point of view so things should be interesting. So far I’m thinking it will take place in some night school, or library, or something. The big thing is it will be during the night. I’m hoping to have some fun writing this character, and to play with how she sees the world. Once I work out the story I’ll throw it on here to be read by my many, many followers. (cricket chirps)

My other story currently being worked on, the one I mentioned in “Sink or Swim,” will be about an adventure through a rather spooky swamp. I was inspired by a scene in Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (half-assed spoiler alert)  in which Locke and Jean traverse a foggy, foreboding section of the sea on a pirate ship. (End of spoiler alert) My story is supposed to be akin to a “sailor’s tale” kind of thing, except that it won’t take place in any kind of boat. Upon completion, that too will be posted here.

While writing these stories, the one thing I’m having a bit of an issue with so far is dialogue. I’ve read many great books with fantastic dialogue and compared to the great works of people like Brandon Sanderson or Scott Lynch, my dialogue is… well, amateur. I will ponder this issue and work on it. Practice makes perfect and all that.



“If what you se…

“If what you see frightens you, then stop looking…”
“Old Chinese proverb?”
“No, crazy pilot’s advice.”

The newest “broadcast” of Randolph Lalonde’s Spinward Fringe series was just released. So of course I bought it and am rereading the series. One of my favorite characters, Ronin, has some pretty great dialogue.

Sink or swim

Hmm, my first blog. I’m not even sure what to write…er, type. Well to hell with it, if I’m going to become any kind of writer ever, then I damn well better get used to writing . So here goes. I’ll be making myself post semi-regularly, at least once a week, and hopefully I’ll pick up a few readers or something eventually. As for what I’ll be posting, well most of the time I imagine I’ll be talking about my little experiment with writing stories. I’ll post the finished products on here upon completion and then we’ll go from there. After all, I’ve never been one for planning anything extensive.

Before I start posting anything story related, however, I’d like to say a few things about myself. The first thing being that while I would love to be a writer, I don’t picture myself doing anything like that as a career. I plan on going into the computer science industry and become either a video game designer or computer programmer. That being said, I have always liked the idea of being a writer. I read a lot and love a good story. My favorite genres being Science Fiction and Fantasy, I enjoy reading books by John Scalzi, Brent Weeks, Scott Lynch, Randolph Lalonde… well you get the idea. If you haven’t heard of them I highly suggest you take a trip to the nearest book store or download the amazon kindle app or something, because you’re missing out. The story I’m currently playing with right now is going to be a fantasy/adventure kind of dealie. I anticipate it to be something like 20 pages or so, but I’ve never really written anything like this before so I could be way off.

Anyways, I’m a sophomore at one of the local community colleges here in Rockford, Illinois. I don’t drive quite yet because I’m a bit lazy at times. I love to read, I play the drums, I love to listen to music, I play video games, and I would like to become a writer of fiction on the side of my future career: making video games. Oh, and if you know of any good bands coming to the Rockford area, hit me up. I love concerts.

So that’s how it’s going to be. I’ll start posting shtuff and maybe someone out there will listen. No? Well that’s fine too, I need the practice. The internet can be a scary place for us creative types. So have mercy. Or don’t. I really don’t care all that much.