February 10, 2016

My World Can Be Yours: 2/6/16

As always first, for your easy peasy lemon squeezy reading pleasure, a fresh post at I Are Writer!

And as always 2nd, a recap of the week.

To echo the post at I Are Writer!, no writing was to be had this past week, as obstacles too tiring to mention prevented me from doing so. However, on the bright side, I have a George Jetson work week this week.

To elaborate, during one particular episode of The Jetsons, George was complaining about how tough his work week was: three days per, three hours per day.

So for me, I'm taking a paid day off prior to Lincoln's B-day and a paid day off after President's Day. Which means that I'll have a six day vacation to recharge my batteries and what not. And to tell you the truth, I really need to recharge my batteries, as I seem to be suffering through some unwanted side effects to the previously mentioned Lyme Disease diagnosis.

But, enough of me yapping about my medical maladies, 'cause I'm pretty darn sure that you didn't come here to spend two minutes out of your very busy day to read my non-sexual moaning and groaning rant.

For those of you who can't access my Tumblr blog, it was mostly an apology post about not making time.

However, this week, I do plan on making time. Not for goofing off, 'cause I pretty much do that 24/7/365 when I'm not at work, but for writing.

For the past month or so, I've been trying like a dog in white-hot heat to get into some kind of groove with my writing, but like Fido there, I have not been crossing the plate to complete the home run. I have been doing little sacrifice bunts and infield fly rule pop ups, and quite frankly, it's getting quite tiresome to be a mediocre utility player.

So for this week, I'm going to do my damnedest to move out of my mediocrity and become a valuable asset to the team, so to speak. How, you may ask? By pursuing that tried and true philosophy of sitting ass in chair, moving chair to moldy-oldy computer and write. The minimum goal for the week is to complete chapter 3 of my untitled WiP.

And, the only distractions I plan on having this week, is to celebrate the wife's 54th b-day, and Valentine's Day (back-to-back).

So tune in next week, when I'll have a good writing update at I Are Writer!, as well as a better update here. And, I can promise you, no more of this until April:

(c) 2016 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.

February 3, 2016

My World Can Be Yours: 1/30/16

Up first for your enjoyment, a very new blog post at I Are Writer!

Up secondly, a nifty little recap of my week, so to speak.

1} In conjunction with my post at I Are Writer!, I am looking for a few brave souls to critique a short story of mine that I re-wrote for my short story trilogy. I had a beta reader all lined up, but they had to graciously bow out due to real world commitments, which as we all know, should rightfully take precedence. The story in question I have rewritten in the present tense, so I want to make sure that not only does it flow smoothly, but there isn't any head-hopping to be had as well. If you're interest, please drop me a line to discuss the particulars.

2} I went surfing at my local B&N store over the weekend with the wife and found two nifty little books in their huge bargain section. One is a dictionary on sarcasm, which if you know anything minuscule about me, you know that I am a legend in my own mind when it comes to sarcasm, which was easily confirmed and instantly dismissed by my daughter Jenelle (who actually talks like John Cusack acts).

The other book I found was by Roald Dahl. I've seen the movie numerous times, yet I've never read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Sad I know, but as I've mentioned previously, I was not a fan of Young Adult/Middle Grade books as a child/teen or as an adult. But, as I move into the later century of my life (I will be 51 Memorial Day weekend), I decided that I should make an honest attempt at reading certain books that movies that I like were created from. And what better place to start than with this particular book.

3} I actually had something planned for bullet point numero trey, but, I figured everyone kind of/sort of knows what happened with the Blogger Followers gadget, I thought I would try something else. If you don't know happened, the blurb is this: Blogger re-wrote the code for said gadget, so that said gadget only works with people who have Google/Blogger accounts. Said tweak caused people to lose followers (I lost about 20 across all of my blogs) from their blogs.

So, we'll end this post on a frustrating note. Sometimes Life (or higher power in lieu of) will throw you a knuckle-slider just to show you who's really in charge. Two weeks ago (Jan 19th) I had my knee drained. No big thing, but the doctor said afterwards, "This doesn't look good. Come back next week for the lab results."

Came back the next week and he said, "The results were mostly positive. Go get some blood work done and come back next week for the results."

Came back the next week (that would be Feb 2nd), and he said, "You got Lyme Disease. Go get this script filled and call your doctor to see what the next step is."

Contacted said doctor and he said that the 30 days of antibiotics should do the trick, oh and that I might have sub genre called Lyme disease arthritis, which happens when you're older.

Yay me.

(c) 2016 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.

January 27, 2016

My World Can Be Yours: 1/23/16

If you so desire, a fresh new post at I Are Writer! (of which you can leave a comment at this post) can be had for the inexpensive price of two minutes of your time.

Or, if you so desire, a fresh new post here at Father Nature's Corner to be had for exact same price.

I'd mentioned last week that while I was writing the opening paragraph, I came up with what was sure to be a hit (amongst the fans of me, which number about, oh, 1) phrase for my blog posts. I dig consistency, so the phrase would have worked quite well. Alas, poor Horatio, I knew him Yorrick.

sound of crickets chirping in the background

Yes, well, ummm....be that as it may, I came up with a new title for my posts: My World Can Be Yours. Simple yet highly functional.

Anyhow, I was reading Anne R. Allen's highly informative blog the other day, when she got to talking about the collegiate degree one can get for writing and persistent myths that said collegiate degree expounds upon. As I read this highly informative piece, I got to thinking about literary fiction/non-fiction in all of its inglorious annoyance.

For those of you who thought they knew everything that there is to know about me, guess again. I have an almost pathological hatred of anything literary, fiction or otherwise. While I'm willing to experiment with almost every genre at least once (and from those of you who I've bought books from over the years, can vouch for the veracity of that statement), literary is the one genre that I will shoot first and maybe ask questions about later.

I'm not sure why I developed such a pathological hatred of that genre and to a lesser degree, those who partake in it. I do know that reading a story in which the writer talks down to me, or turns into preachiness (literary non-fiction is notorious for this), or even worse, turns it into a manifesto about themselves, irritates me to no end. I also hate anything that seems to be formula driven (this originated from working with newspapers in the mid-90's). The literary genre is notorious for being so formula driven that the vast majority of writers are interchangeable with their stories.

Now I may sound like a close minded individual when it comes to the literary genre, but rest assured, I have tried on numerous occasions throughout the past decade or so to read literary fiction/non-fiction. Only once did I read a book from cover to cover in that genre, and that was a debut western by Clifford Jackman called The Winter Family. I haven't written a review for it yet, but chances are that it may get a 3 star rating from me on Amazon when I do write it.

For the most part though, reading literary fiction/non-fiction has been a frustrating journey of ginormous info dumps, ego stroking to the nth degree and prose drier than a prolonged water drought. I would rather read....well, I can't say what I would rather read...actually, I can. I would rather read a anti-police screed containing a forward from this ego-driven monster, than another piece of literary fiction/non-fiction that has blurbs glorifying the writer as the newest true genius of (insert sub-genre here) literature.

And that, my friends, is a rare rant for this blog. Tune in next week, when I'm pretty positive that I'll get down off my soapbox and talk about the more mundane things in my life. Maybe.

(c) 2016 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.

January 20, 2016

Answer: What's This Called Again?

First up, a fresh new post at I Are Writer!

I Are Writer!
Secondly, the question to the answer of, "What's this called again?", is, "I never said what it was in the first place."

Seriously though, the immediate issue that has cropped up with the not-so-new-but-definitely-retooled-Father-Nature's-Corner, is uniformity. To whit: at I Are Writer!, every single blog post will have the same three words, with only the date being changed the weekly basis. I would like to do this same for this one, but I'm a bit stuck on what to use....Aha! Just came up with the perfect phrase to use while I was writing this paragraph. Three cheers and a tiger for me (as Smokie the Genie would say)!

In other briefly assorted weekly news, of which a very small smidgen can be found at my other blog (of which you can leave a comment here for), I decided a few weeks ago to update/refresh my business cards. For those of you are new here, and that means since 2009 or so, this is what my business card initially looked like:

January 13, 2016

An Old Blog, A New Blog, And Less Stress

As I've been alluding to for the past few weeks, I've been thinking very long and very hard about what I want to do in regards to my blogging and my writing, and I've recently come to a decision about. My New Year's resolution is this:

Write more, blog less, and be more active in social media.

1} Write more.

I really haven't done much in the way of writing since, oh I don't know, 2014. I spent three quarters of 2015 prepping this novella for release on Kindle, Smashwords and CreateSpace. The remaining one quarter was spent rediscovering my writing groove, specifically, working on a re-write for novel as well as developing another short story trilogy for the Kindle.

Because work has been the the constant thorn in my side, I decided starting this year to prioritize my writing output. Which leads us to resolution part the 2nd.