Status Update 10-23-15

Well, I promised an update. Here it is:

  • Again, I’d like to thank the guys at Typehammer for plugging my Story and critiquing it. If you didn’t listen, it starts at about 15:30 and goes on for about 5 minutes or so. One note though: the idiom we were talking about was “vale of tears,” not “veil of shadows.”
  • Still working on the two pseudonymous stories. Did not have any real production this week. Sorry.
  • Is “Lives of Tao” any good? Got it on nook for the heck of it. Working in “The Peripheral”.
  • Took Dale to Kent for an eye Appointment on Thursday. Saw more of the Benghazi hearing than was healthy.
  • All in all, not my most productive week ever.

Couple neat links related to the Star Wars Trailer reveal:

  •  12141165_1067854223245330_8106853540890870095_oBloom County 2015

  • Chuck Wendig mentions that Dumb Star Wars Boycott.
  • Disney World had a cool event for the Star Wars: Force Awakens Premier. Guests would watch the Movie at AMC Disney Springs, followed by a private party at the studios. Alas, it’s sold out.

That’s about it for this week.

Status Update 10-16-15

While I try to journal and keep up a daily practice, I don’t always keep it up and have decided to do a regular update here every Friday, inspired by Alexandra Erin’s blog, Blue Author is About to Write.

Part of the reason is that I’ve had a great week:

  • Posted all of “Entomophobia” in Scribophile and have gotten some excellent feedback. Thanks Everyone!
  • I posted it on the Typehammer Group and the guys from the Podcast will be talking about it on Monday’s Typehammer Podcast. Thanks Guys!
  • I did a flash fiction for the Horror Writer’s group and posted it.
  • Posted 13 critiques to get the Karma to post the above. Was not yelled at for being a jerk once.
  • Started work on two new e-books I’ll publish under pen names. One is erotica, one is a get-rich-quick joke.
  • Closed down and redirected a few defunct blogs I used to run in order to focus all my writing on Byzantine Roads. Copied the 4-5 posts that I still enjoyed over here.
  • Got a metabolic panel done and am already on Norvasc. Can’t wait until my PCP sees my Triglyceride level. Yuck, but I’ve been dealing with family health issues, so it feels good to get some stuff done for me.


Couple neat things:

    • In my recent post on Writer’s podcasts, I mentioned the defunct “Horror Writer’s Podcast.” Well, it’s back from the dead with a new co-host and posting again.
    • 3/4 of the way through “Ancillary Mercy” and loving it. Nice change of pace after slogging through “Seveneves” and lemming hard off of “The Scarlet Gospels.”
    • “A Very Murray Christmas” coming to NetFlix:



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Nightmare Variations: Edward Gorey Type Poems

Charles McCoy

Old Charles McCoy

Was a very rude Boy

He bullied the class

And farted at Mass

But when he stole Shep’s Toy

He lost a chunk of his Sass.



Ichabod Smee

Ichabod Smee

Would only take glee

In the torture of others

(Or so said his mother)


And so you could see

Why he had to be smothered.



I’m trying to re-develop a writing practice and habit, and since I’m not there yet, I’ve been working on just a couple little stories and poems to post here. So, here’s a couple Edward Gorey type character profiles. Like the previous entry, it was just a late night fun exercise where I let my imagination go for a bit.

Nightmare Variations: The Cannibal Chantey

Split the skin boys
Spit the nuts,
Filet his loins
And spill his guts.
Lambs are cute
And sheep’s for screwing,
Turnips are roots
And Hands for stewing.
Crack that skull,
Take out those eyes,
Boil the tongue,
The brain’s served fried.
Split the skin boys
Spit the nuts,
Filet his loins
And spill his guts.
Hogs ain’t bad
And bacon is great,
But the meat we love,
Is best served late.
Flay the skin,
Start at the top.
Fry it thin,
Make it boil and pop.
Split the skin boys
Spit the nuts,
Filet his loins
And spill his guts.
Veal poached in milk
Is just sublime
But a baby’s cheek
Is as smooth as silk.
Pickle that heart,
In an onion brine.
Blood and buckwheat
Sausage shines.
Split the skin boys
Spit the nuts,
Filet his loins
And spill his guts.
Tender Chicken Breast,
And duck that’s pressed
But when your goose is cooked,
Fried Liver is best.
Liver, Pancreas,
Lung in stew,
Boiled potatoes,
Carrots and onions too.
Split the skin boys
Spit the nuts,
Filet his loins
And spill his guts.


The other night I couldn’t sleep, went out to the computer and started free writing. I ended up with a humorously graphic little quatrain, and gave myself permission to go as far as I could with it.

The next morning, I took a look at it and was appalled. But hey, it was kind of fun, So I decided to keep it.

I thought it had a kind of Call and Response format to it, so I reworked it as a kind of sea chantey. Imagine the foreman calling lines one and three, with the sailors responding with lines two and four. Chanteys are work songs, designed more for the rhythm than any meaning, and are repetitive. So I think it works.