Of Killing Darlings.
I recently wrote a story that included a lot of backstory, something that, at the time of writing it, I couldn’t get away from. I needed it for me. When the it was finally all written I cut that whole thing, making the story fully half as long as it used to be. See, thing is, I like the backstory that I wrote. I wanted it to be there. But it just didn’t work for the story, and so I...
These are my friends; see how they glisten. See this one shine, how he smiles in...– I can’t stop listening to Sweeney Todd.
Cases of Buttons
My first novel was about an old man and a young girl and their journey to fix whatever had gone wrong with the world (all the color and detail had been lost, tastes disappeared, everyone else had either disappeared or had become some strange zombies). Anyway, the idea was that the closer these two came, spatially, to their destination, they would age. The girl would grow older and the man would...
"For Those Who Believe in Prayer for Our Nation" →
“We should be afraid, very afraid because our apathy is leading us to perdition. It is time for all Christian Americans to raise the battle cry and take our nation back!” I will be extremely honest. This is the part of America that I am afraid of. Some points to think about: “Prayer warriors” taking the country back - crusades? Mosques are apparently all funded by Saudi...
If you love it so much, why don’t you Merry it?
carolinemartin: After many months of no videos, I return! I wanted to do something with this footage for a long time but just didn’t have the disk space to do it. Hope you like it!
My.....Laptop is Dead.
At least until January when I get back to MSU and have access to the ole’ Windows disk. Then I can run recovery and hope that works. But until then, I just have to hope that all the half-written stories on there aren’t actually gone. Because that would suck. Anyway, off to Michigan…only we won’t get there today=> Snow.
Buckled Knees by Will Knox This guy might be...
People On The Internet
I was going to write a long ranting post about what the state of blogs on the internet has become but I started to and it didn’t make any sense. Instead, I’ll just say that, as expected, my comment on that person’s blog was never accepted. Of course it wasn’t. I don’t care, I just want to point out that if that person disagreed with me and had valid reasons to think...
Michael Kelly's Lateral Thinking Puzzles. →
If you don’t pee your pants at least a little, you’re doing it wrong.
Ed [redacted] wrote at 9:04pm lol congrats! Just let me know what hospital to...– Facebook wall post, congratulating someone who just graduated Nursing school. Here’s a tip, Ed: try to avoid any/all of them.
Barack Obama's "Redistribution of Wealth" In... →
I was searching for things for my philosophy paper and I came up with this…and though I don’t like arguing with people online, I read the first comment and then I couldn’t help myself. My response is awaiting moderation which means it probably won’t ever see the light of day, but here’s what I wrote anyway. “There is an assumption inherent within your argument...
I'm Now Following Dan Meth
I should rename this blog to “Adam Holwerda’s Not-Quite-Dan-Meth Experience” And, while we’re on the subject. I’ll talk a little about the title of this blog. The reason it sucks and will probably be the reason I’m never hired by anyone ever because there is an apparent bathtub-based drug connotation inherent in the word “meth” (who knew?) is...
Books on speed
magicmolly: Like some after-school pusher trawling the playground, my Uncle has gotten me hooked on William Gibson. Neuromancer is great. If I can’t be on permanent psycho-metabolic overdrive, at least I can read about it! (or through it.) The book has long strings of appealing jargon, paranoic set pieces, neon and sleeping pods. The works. There’s even an aspirational character named Molly....
ericlodwick: supersonicelectronic: EXTREME WINGSUIT BASE JUMPING This is one of the MOST EXTREMELY AMAZING VIDEOS EVER and the full clip has finally been posted! Definitely check it out, you will not be disappointed, I promise!! If I don’t do this before I die, something is wrong.
Arcade Fire + Sergio Leone = Win →
The Short Story...
…is much better suited to be audibly heard than is a novel. I find that I’m continually putting stories on my MP3 player instead of books because a story I can listen to in roughly half-an hour, delight in, and move on. Also, you can fit a lot more stories into a gigabyte than you can books. Just yesterday I listed to Harlan Ellison’s “Jeffty is 5,” read by the...
This morning, driving to work I watched a baby rabbit fling itself into traffic Fur matted against its frame with dew Ears pinned back to match, a white streak Screaming in harmony with the tires When I was nine and an explorer I found a hole that breathed and shivered And counted off three tiny heads I plucked them up with eager hands Held those vibrating lives between palms Until each bounded...
I love John Malkovich.
Deadlines, Things A Week...
I’m thinking about a creat-o-binge which would begin this weekend, on my way to Alabama. I have about ten stories that are almost done but I just haven’t bothered to finish. I want to see how many of them I can finish by New Year’s. Then, I was thinking about doing a Thing-A-Week (a la JOCO) which would be some kind of finished piece of writing every week. Poetry, fiction,...
I get calls from strange numbers and I don’t answer. No message is left and they call me again and I don’t answer. What if they just want me to answer so they can trace the call and find me and kill me or something?
In the future, yeah.
I have never experienced a moment of panic
like that which comes with the interment of a finger into the opening of a bottle and the subsequent inability to remove it.
I need to get on writing. Get on with it. Get on it. Whatever. What’s 500 x 365? 182,500? That’s a lot of words. If I wrote 500 words every day for a year, I’d have more written words than I’ve probably written total (barely). And I wrote 500 words yesterday. Dude, if I do this though…that means I’m going to have to write 500 words today. I don’t know....
What Holograms Might Look Like...Really. →
This is too interesting. I’m wondering if there’s a way to make the same sort of mirror occlusion system without a the physical aspect - imagine using a rapidly spinning field of plasma, or some electromagnetic field that would scatter the image in the just the right way. All in all, very very cool.