The Journey Onward

I had an urge to do some free writing, so here’s something to brighten up your Wednesday. Enjoy. 🙂

His tears mingled with the wet sand as he knelt, pounding his fists until he had nothing left inside of him. They did it? They actually did blew it up and now he was marooned far away from the world he knew. There was always a part of him that hoped that his cynicism toward Mankind would be proven wrong, but as the broken monument loomed nearby, he was forced to accept the terrible realization.

He ripped a scrap of cloth from the rags across his waist and used it as a handkerchief to wipe the last of his grief away before throwing it away. After all, his world had been destroyed and what was the point of caring for the environment now?

His companion sat on her horse, watching him with confusion. She had never known any other existence. Her head jerked around behind them. The sound of a horn carried over the wind. They weren’t far behind. She grunted to him and pointed.

“I know,” He said as he adjusted the rifle slung across his back before climbing back onto his horse. “They’ll always be a few steps behind us.” He tightened his grip on the reins and urged the horse forward. Despite his grief, he gave the monument one final look as they passed by.

“Come on, Nova, we need to find more answers.”


PROFANITY! …in writing…

Hey Mother Cluckers!

This particular article is brought to you by Samuel L. Jackson. Okay, it’s really not, but if he were reading it, he would probably approve of the following content…hehe.

Having your characters swear is not a new thing. In fact, I’m fairly certain that using cuss words in writing is probably almost as old as written communication itself. If not, then it #@$!% should be…

I have a few writer buddies out there who love to use F-Bombs. I mean LOVE to use them. Every other word in dialogue is F-This or F-That. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a well-placed Shit or Damn as much as the next guy, but a lot of it comes off as gratuitous and I’m not a fan of that.

Fecal Matter on Toast!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude by any means. In fact, the expression “cussing like a sailor” was one of my guiding principles both in and out of the Navy for the longest time. However, with age comes wisdom and with reading comes vocabulary. The beauty of having an extensive vocabulary is that you can modify the most disgusting and crass of things into language that can be utilized anywhere and with anyone. To me, that’s a mark of intelligence.

Forking A, Dude!

I use a particular rule of thumb when I am deciding what goes into one of  my stories:

Unless it advances the plot or adds insight to a character, it’s probably best to leave it out.

But Wallace, you may be thinking, I have characters that are crass and low-brow and thorough pieces of crap. If I don’t use profanity in their speech, how will I convey their personality?

Glad you asked. 😉 I’m not saying don’t use profanity. What I am suggesting is to save up those oh-so-special colloquialisms for those time in the plot where you need to make a particular point. In Parallax, Jack Pratt, swore maybe 4-5 times and then only when the circumstances were dire enough or he was frustrated enough that he needed to vent. Look, we all react to circumstances in different ways, but in Pratt’s case, he was up against overwhelming odds and when rational thought goes bye-bye, there’s only that special language to fall back on.

Again, I’m not saying don’t use it. Save those special words for special times to give your scene that extra-special punch. Do it right and your readers will start talking.

Thanks for your time and remember that sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air and yell “Well, Fudge!”

Recapturing a Moment in Time, Part 3

I never thought that this particular article series would go for a third installment, but due to the assistance of a very cool friend, I will be feasting my eyes on my story, Paradox, for essentially the first time since 1990.

I’m very happy about these turn of events and I wanted to share with you all the good news. No, I’m not especially pleased about paying such exorbitant fees, but the longer I wait to recover this particular, the more I end up paying. So, eff it and bring on the plastic…hehe.

What are my future plans for Paradox?

Most likely, I will clean it up by updating it and then put it out as a new story on Amazon. One thing is for certain that I will not repeat the mistakes of the past and allow it to slip out of my hands again. My document scanner is not with me at the present time so it will be fun to retype the entire document into Scrivener before I bring it into the 21st Century. Obviously, more content will be added because in its present form, as I recall, it wasn’t exactly novel-length.

I will make this promise though that when it finally is back in my possession that I will post a special excerpt from the story for your reading enjoyment. Based on what the US Copyright Office told me over the phone earlier today, I should expect to have it sometime during the Second Quarter 2016, so next year should be a pretty interesting time for me.

Okay, that’s all for this installment and thanks for your time. 🙂