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The Sound of Silence

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

It seems, over and over again, that life wants to challenge you. That it wants to test you and that’s exactly what 2016 was like for me. A year in which I looked outward with great hope for what could come. To the possibility of growth as a writer, of fulfilling my dream of publication.

I think I wrote 2 paragraphs last year.

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2015: The Long and Winding Road to Nowhere

I try to keep in mind that it’s a long journey. It’s not a race. It’s about staying focused, continuing to do good work, make my family and community proud; that’s all I really want to do… and pay my bills.

Gina Rodriguez

I saw that quote and couldn’t help but to laugh about it as it basically sums up a lot of things for me. 2015 has been a pretty quiet year for me on social media and my site but it has been anything but quiet in, well, real life. The birth of my second child, a career that keeps me busy and more changes in my family & personal life that, honestly, I’m not going to go into detail about. Let’s just say it’s been busy everywhere but on the writing front, which makes me sad.

I have been so busy with work, family and life in general that I’ve barely touched “Why We Start Fires” which completely goes against my goal of publishing this year. It’s getting closer to being complete, just a few more hills (that grow into bigger and bigger mountains daily) to climb and lots of heavy editing to do. It will get there, one day, and I can’t wait to have everyone read it and I really hope you see how all the hard work and time put into it will be worth the wait.

 

In the end, I’m still writing, still working towards my goal but family (and bills) come first.

Here’s to more time to write and making 2016 the year of fire. 🙂

Until next time,

-Brad

Rolling Along

Happy New Year to all!

It has been a while since I’ve made an update here on my official site. 2014 was a whirlwind as I lost a loved one year ago yesterday, in April I started a new full time position at a new company, my daughter has grown leaps and bounds and so many other changes have taken place. So where does this leave my writing? It’s still there, I have not stopped and I am writing whenever I can but it also means that it is still moving along at a snail’s pace. I have never been one to rush things just to have it out there. I’ve always tried to take my time, make sure that anything I am putting out is the best quality it can be and that I am truly proud of what has been delivered.

Some writers can crank out 4-5 novels a year, others can go 5 years + to put out a single novel. It really all depends on how much time we have to put into it and how quickly the story comes to us. “Why We Start Fires” has been in the works for several years now and I promise you it will be out, I just can’t say when. I’m hoping for a 2015 release but I am not going to brand it for this year like I have for the past couple. When it’s finally released the book will be as solid as I feel it should be, it will have everything poured into as I could and hopefully will grip the readers to the very last page.

I thank you all for sticking around, for checking in and interacting with me. The best is truly still to come.

-Brad

Life

Life really has a way of testing you and stacking things up. I am not going to dive into all the details but my life lately has been, well, beyond full. So many things going on and going wrong has really challenged me lately. I have barely known which side is up with everything that has been happening. Needless to say my writing has suffered from all of it. My mind just hasn’t been in the right creative mind space that it needs to be in. I’ve sat down numerous times to write on Why We Start Fires with very little work coming out of it. I just cannot seem to concentrate on much of anything right now and it just drives me even crazier.

The end of all the madness is not quiet here yet but I am determined to find my way back through this seemingly endless forest and come back to where I need to be. Thank you all for sticking around and with me through the silence and I hope to be able to share more of the world of Why We Start Fires soon.

Brad

Keep on Trucking

‘m still working myself into a normal routine with the ol’ blog here but my main concentration has been on writing my manuscript. I’m making decent progress as I get the story hammered out. While I have been writing I am also researching, well, everything. From editors to agents & publishers, formatters, ISBN registration, paperback/hardcover printers and so on. Making myself prepared for when I get to that point I will know what I need to do.

I wanted this blog to be about my journey into writing (thus the name) and I promise to start sharing more of that journey with you all. It’s been an interesting trip so far but it is just getting started and I do want to take everyone along for the ride. I’ve met some interesting people and found out a good deal of information that i hope to pass on, to readers and others who are looking into writing their first novels.

I have added a widget to the right column with links to other author blogs. Make sure to go check them out, give their books a read and enjoy!

Until next time. – Brad

There and Back Again

ell the craziness of life has wrapped me up again. Trying to get things ready for a well needed vacation before our first daughter is born this fall which is a lot of preparation in itself. I’ve been trying to put my graphic design on the back burner a bit but paying jobs just keep coming up and I just can’t turn down decent money. All in all I’ve felt like I’ve been pulled in a thousand different directions lately.

I spent some time last week editing what I have written so far on Why We Start Fires after I realized I had repeated the same thing in a chapter about 5 times. Now that the quick edit is over I’m back to writing. As someone mentioned on my Facebook page and I totally agree with it is best to do all editing printed out on paper. I did not notice half of the items I corrected when looking at my story on the iMac. It’s also nice to have that print out of your work in your hand as you are reading it. My writing is going a bit slower than I would like simply because of how much I have going on but it’s getting there. I’m hoping to get some good writing done this weekend and on the few extra days I have off after returning from vacation.

As I’ve mentioned before I constantly have a thousand different ideas popping into my head for new story ideas. I’ve come up with another idea recently that I believe will be the next story I write after Why We Start Fires. I have several extremely ambitious sci-fi fantasy stories on the back burner as I want to establish my writing a bit better before attempting them. One is planned as a series so I really want to be prepared before plunging into that world. The story I came up with recently will be called Farewell to Everything and follows the life of Charley Wood, a 40 year old man who had lived a rather plain life. After recently being diagnosed with terminal cancer Charley chose not to go the route most do, getting treatments & fighting the disease and decides to sell everything he owns, saving only a few choice items and leaving everything and everyone behind. After randomly picking a destination in Europe Charley ends up discovering something incredible; A life worth living for. It’s going to be a dramatic dark comedy type of novel with a lot of heart and emotion. I’m really excited to get to work on it as I have a few great moments in the book already mapped out. It will make you laugh, cry and overall take a different look at life.

That’s all for now as life is calling me back to it. More news soon.

-Brad

Reflecting on Days Gone By

Life

So yet again life throws me a curveball or two. Family members stricken with illness & beloved family pets losing their health battles and passing away has made the last few weeks not only tough but tiring and really lacking in anything I could call “me time” until recently. The good thing is that one of those members of the family are looking better and the other is going to have surgery soon to correct their health.

Sadness can be a griping and debilitating thing, even when you are grieving over a loved and cherished family pet that has passed on. You never know how much a pet means to you until they are gone as they really do become a close member of the family. I tried sitting down and writing a few times through it all but the pure emotion of the situation had taken over and my mind was completely clouded by thoughts of things going on around me and not of my story.

Coming up next weekend is my 10 year high school reunion and it, along with other things going on in my life, has had me reflecting back on the past 10 years. I’ve gone through a lot of changes with the biggest being my weight. At my heaviest I was around or over 400 lbs (I don’t have an exact weight, the last weight I can remember was 380 lbs but that was a bit before I started losing it) and at my lowest during my weight loss was 210 lbs. I’ve gained about 20 lbs back but I’m still proud to say I’ve kept off nearly 180 lbs in 7 years (the weight loss started in July 7 years ago). I’m not happy with those 20 extra pounds back and if I can get over my more recent injury I will be working on taking that 20 back off. Once I receive a photo someone had of me from high school I plan on posting up a comparison photo in a new blog entry that will give my tips and tricks on losing weight. Someone even told me I should write a novella telling about my weight loss which I may do one day.

I checked out The Dark Knight Rises yesterday with a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think Nolan ended his trilogy well although his finale was a little drawn out and slow at times he handled everything with care. He is a masterful storyteller. I still believe that The Dark Knight is my favorite of the three but that will take another viewing of The Dark Knight Rises before I can fully make that official. Nolan did a fantastic job rebooting Batman and I’m interested to see where it goes from here. Nolan is finished with Batman but we all know they won’t let that franchise sit dormant for too long.

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Restarting the Fire

Well, it seems like I might have some bad luck when it comes to trying to post and write in a consistant manner. My day job became very crazy for a few weeks there and I basically worked 2-3 weeks straight before getting a full day off. Not a lot of fun and it not only left me physically drained, but mentally as well. It was rather difficult to write when all your mind is thinking about is sleep, sleep and did I mention sleep?

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The Spark that Lights the Fire

I guess I could also title this post the long forgotten blog! It has been a while since I last put up an update and I apologize for that. Things got a little crazy and hectic plus my graphic design work that I do on the side picked up a bit as well. I’m going to attempt to keep a steady flow of updates coming as I continue to work on my debut novel.

Throughout the years that I have been working on my writing I have started and stopped on several different stories. Once I started on one, another idea would pop up and I would then start work on it. I have finally been able to settle my mind down a bit and concentrate on one story so far and have set it to be my debut novel. You can read an initial and very early blurb about the story below:

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