Archive for the 'The Dark Art' Category

17 Jul

New Developments

Wow, has it been that long since I’ve posted anything here?

…Yup, it has. Looks like I did it again.
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11 Jan

Do Not Read

This is the output of a text-generation program that scans text and generates new text based on a statistical analysis of what it scanned. I fed it a few HP Lovecraft stories AND a few of my own. Somewhere in the middle of the output, it spat out this:
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1 Sep

In Deed: Page 100

Here’s page 100 of “In Deed”.

I actually had to look up the name of the ship, because I have forgotten what it was. I guess that’s what happens when I pick some random name instead of coming up with one that has some special connection or meaning.

3 Aug

The Forgotten: Page 43

The scene that’s played out over the past few pages (including today’s) is one of the things that difficult to do with short-chapter serial fiction. This would have gone on for thousands and thousands of words in a regular story, especially since there were actually TWO sets of actions taking place (past and present). But I can’t take months to unfold just one scene, so lots of things got shortened or just hinted at. I think it gets the point across, but I still get the feeling that the scene was shortchanged by virtue of the format.

26 Jul

Book of Dark Places: Darker

There was an error in the old Book of Dark Places website that prevented people from viewing the story “Darker” in it’s entirety. Basically, once you got about halfway in, there was a broken link and you couldn’t get any further unless you could guess the date of the next post. That’s all fixed now.

[sarcasm]Thanks to the OVERWHELMING number of people who pointed out the error that had been there for literally years[/sarcasm]

Anyway, I was viewing the story in its entirety and something occurred to me:
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22 Jul

The Forgotten: Page 38

This latest episode of “The Forgotten” almost didn’t get written.
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14 Feb

Dark Icon: The Movie

Your input is requested: Out of everything I’ve written, what story do you think would make the best movie? Crusade? Henry County Horror? Inquisitors? Expedition? Maybe something else? I’m interested in your input. What would YOU pay money to see on the big screen.

The reason I’m asking: NO, I am not going to make a movie, so just calm right on down. I’ve done my research. Getting a script accepted in the traditional way, with the treatments and the submissions and the re-writes, etc… is work. No, I mean WORK, work…. as in, you spend more time doing bullshit than you do actually writing the damn script… and then it doesn’t pay all that well. I know this already, and I refuse to play that game. HOWEVER, as I’ve said elsewhere, I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story (thus, the “Book of Dark Places”) and I’ve got a couple of old screenwriting books and some screenwriting software that I have never used. Might be fun to actually learn to do this thing. But I don’t want to take too much energy away from what I’m already doing, so I’d rather not have to think up something entirely new just to play around with. If I come up with a good enough product, maybe some internet-based content folks might be interested. Most likely I’ll just post it in the Library for comments.
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27 Dec

I Don’t Understand Writer’s Block

As I randomly surf various writing blogs and websites, I always come across articles about Writer’s Block.

How to Beat Writer’s Block.

Way’s to Cure Writer’s Block.

10 Tips for Sufferer’s of Writer’s Block…etc…

I don’t get it.

No, really… I don’t get it. I’ve never had this so-called “writer’s block” and I’m having a very difficult time understand just what it is, how it happens, and why its such a big deal that everybody and their mother has to write about it. I don’t want to jinx myself and say that I never WILL suffer form a lack of creativity… but I honestly just do not understand the concept.

Not having enough TIME to write… I understand. Not having enough energy to write… I understand. Too many distractions and other obligations… been there/done that/still doing it.

Having nothing to write? That’s inconceivable to me. Trying to explain “Writer’s Block” to me is like trying to explain the concept of dehydration to a fish.

I’ve quite recently come to accept the fact that I will NEVER live long enough to write all the stories that I have stashed away in my notes and/or memory. Maybe you think I’m bragging or being some kind of egotistical asshole…. no. I literally have more ideas than I have time left to live. And yes, that is EXACTLY as depressing as it sounds. If I lived in a cave with all my needs taken care off and nothing to do but write and stay alive… I would still die with a stack of notes on my hard drive. I have no shortage of ideas. Given any specific idea, I have no shortage of ways I could implement it with characters and plotlines. No shortage of ways I could weave it into OTHER ideas that I’ve had before to create something larger. Writer’s Block? Please… I come up with an “epic storyline” every third day. Once a week, during a ‘slump’.

So maybe writer’s block is about the actual words. Have I ever sat down in front of my word processor and the words just weren’t there?

Yeah. Wanna know how I fixed that? Eight hours of sleep, followed by eight hours of work. Works every time. By the time that empty word-processor screen shows up again, I’ve got plenty to say. I may not have the TIME or the ENERGY, but the words are chomping at the bit and ready to go.

So I just don’t get it.

29 Nov

Ant fungus

I saw this one a year or so ago, and just came across it again. It’s some kind of nature-show footage about ants infected with a fungus that essentially zombifies them and makes their heads explode. No, really. Okay, not EXPLODE, but still…

It’s not gross or gory, but it is certainly not for the overly-imaginative. Especially the bits at the end where they show other infected bugs and the narrator says “The more numerous a species becomes, the more likely it is to become a victim of this fungus.” (paraphrase) The images were spooky enough as it was without him saying THAT.

People ask me where ideas come from. Well… there ya go. I could SO write a story about that. Only in my version, the heads actually DO explode. And they’re not ants: they’re people.

25 Nov

Lovecraft’s “Supernatural Horror in Literature”

I’m a pretty big Lovecraft fan. I’ve read all of his stories, but I must admit I’ve never read any of his NON-fiction. I recently stumbled across one of his essays entitled “Supernatural Horror in Literature”. It’s pretty lengthy and there are definite touches of the typical Lovecraft style. But here, those obscure words and long, winding sentences are put to work explaining the history and inner workings of the specific subgenre of horror that he helped create. It’s worth a look, even if you don’t actually read it all.