Monday, September 1, 2014

Sometimes the best way to improve your writing is to work with another, more talented writer, on a project. More details will follow as things progress.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Shadows of the Past

It always amazes me how how much things change, and not always for the better. I used to be pretty passionate about telling stories. I'm not the best writer but my heart was always in it. That was a year ago.

It has been a difficult few years with many personal challenges and, as a result, my passion has waned. I just couldn't keep my head in the game and no amount of inspirational quotes or motivational videos was changing that.

Recently, I was puttering around with my laptop and decided to do a little maintenance on my email inbox. I knew I had a lot of old emails but I never expected to find over 2000 from as far back as 2011. Now most folks would just delete all of them and call it a day. Not me.

I painstakingly went through each and every one of those old emails. What I found was astounding. Mixed in with the normal spam were emails pertaining to failed projects and unreliable people. What I wrote in those emails read like it was written by a stranger. This guy, ignorant of upcoming events and shortcomings, was genuinely passionate.

This "Manny" was driven and happy creating stories. You couldn't help but feel for this guy as he and his friends traveled the road to their dreams. It was not to be.

After going through those emails I was filled with anger and sadness. It all seemed like a waste of time and effort, with only a single, independent, micro-published, 8-page digital comic book story to show for all my hard work. That realization shook me up.

Most of my friends suggested I delete all the emails and "move on". I'm not going to delete them. They're not only a reminder of what NOT to do but also that, ultimately, its all my fault. I should have done things differently.

I'm more determined than ever to continue my dream of telling stories, that I think others will enjoy. I'm reading more novels than I ever have before, even absorbing the best aspects of the terrible ones. I'm writing more, whenever I can, on my laptop, note pad, smart phone, etc.

I'm not psychic and I can't tell you what the future brings but I've got my fingers crossed.

Let's try this again.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

HERO CHRONICLES and the bump in the road

Hero Chronicles #1 was released as a free downloadable comic book, for a limited time. I wish I had the forethought to announce it here on my blog, as well as on my Facebook page. Regrettably, the time was cut short by restrictions from the website we used for downloads.

Apparently, rules are now being enforced that prohibits online file storage accounts to be used by multiple users. Therefore, by letting many readers download a file, that was owned by us, was not allowed and the account was abruptly barred from such use.

Right now, the administrators at Infinity Comics are working on plans to make Hero Chronicles available for readers, both digitally and in print form. The gears are turning and hopefully things will be working again soon.

In the meantime, feel free to check out our Facebook page, if you haven’t already. We’re updating it constantly with art from our talented artists and announcements of future plans.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Another Try

As I sit here, at my desk sipping an extra-large coffee, the caffeine begins to clear the cobwebs from my mind. I begin to remember why I started this blog. I needed an excuse to keep writing and try to learn my craft through practice and this was the perfect outlet.

I’m envious of those that are naturally gifted and their skill comes to them much easier than most. It’s a simple truth that to some, certain skills are learned easier. I’m not one of them.

I’m still sorting through the not-so-fun aspects of my life which include finances, family health, etc. I’m also doing my best to help a comic book company succeed. It’s not easy.

So I return to this blog with hopes that I can pick up where I left off and continue my goal of being a better writer. For those faithful few that have followed this little blog, thanks for hanging around.

So, let’s give this another shot...