Month: April 2012

The Weekend Warrior and Dave Mustaine


The Weekend Warrior

I’ve been doing a considerable amount of reading and writing this weekend. I have a very unorthodox writing routine. At present I am working on two stories at once. I have actually started a third as well. This weekend I’ve been feeling more “heat” form the first two of my stories. I use the term, “heat” to mean inspiration and urgency to write. In other words, The Muse seems to have arrived for the two stories and has indicated a desire to take an active part in my writing sessions.

My first story centers around a tragic accident that takes place at a rehabilitation facility. The second one involved a summer rock festival from the nineteen sixties.

When I take a break from my writing I will often stop to listen to an audiobook. Once again I listen to more than one at a time. Yesterday, I listened to Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. I highly recommend this autobiography if you can tolerate Dave’s frequent use of the F bomb. Dave discusses in depth his relationship with his former band, Metallica. He also describes how he came to be a Christian and the choices he has had to make playing in a heavy metal band. Dave talks about the decisions he has had to make as to whether or not to play with “satanic” bands at rock festivals. Dave Mustaine does an excellent job of explaining how he deals with these situations.

The Writing Process (Part Two)


The Writing Process Part Two

As I am writing this post I am still recovering from a tooth extraction I had done earlier this week. My mouth still feels weird and my stomach is starting to feel queasy again. This could be due to the penicillin I am taking. My extracted tooth was abscessed so my dentist gave me the prescription for the antibiotic. That’s the great thing about writing. You can still write when you aren’t feeling that great.

I’m still a novice at writing fiction but I have discovered some things already. Recently I have been getting up with the cows and the roosters to do most of my writing. The house is quiet and peaceful in the early hours of the morning and I find this very conducive to getting some productive writing done. Stephen King has written that If you have a regular consistent writing schedule, the Muse will quickly find this out and will join you during these writing sessions. So far I have found this to be true. There are days though, when I don’t feel like writing at all. I have found it helpful to listen to Stephen King’s audio book, On Writing as soon as I get out of bed. I have found On Writing to be very practical and inspirational as a writing tool. After about fifteen to twenty minutes of listening to this audio book I am ready to write.   

On Reading (Part Two)


On Reading (Part Two)

The next time that I recall reading books that were not on the required school curriculum was in grade ten. I had difficulty adjusting to high school. I especially struggled with the math and science courses. During this time I was also very involved with playing hockey and this ate into my study time. The fact was that in grade ten I pretty much felt like a fish out of water. I often didn’t have my math homework done because I didn’t understand algebra. Mind you, I could have asked my teacher for extra help but I didn’t avail myself of this service until grade twelve. As a consequence for not having my math home work done my math teacher would ask me to leave the room for the duration of math class.

As I didn’t particularly fancy standing outside the door and staring at the cement walls I would go to the school library. I liked it in the library because it was quiet and peaceful. To pass the time I would browse the book catalog. From just walking up and down the aisles of the library I would often find books that caught my attention. I recall picking out books about Jack the Ripper and an anthology of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It is likely not a coincidence that when I became an adult I was drawn to books by Stephen King. I recall that I was very much a loner during my high school years and still am today. The escape to imaginary worlds offered by books helped me cope with my teenage loneliness and angst.

On Reading (Part One)


On Reading

I have loved books and reading for as long as I can remember. This is most likely because one of my grandmothers was a school teaching and introduced me to books well before I started kindergarten. I think I began reading for my own pleasure in grade five. One of my friends had a voracious appetite for the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Most of this author’s books were about Tarzan of the Apes or were science fiction novels about visiting Mars. I noticed that my friend appeared to have an addiction for these books. He was often reprimanded by our teacher for reading Tarzan books during math class. My buddy, John, had one of those old desks where you could lift off the top of the desk and it would remain in the upright position. John thought that if he kept his desk top up the teacher would not know that he was reading a book instead of following along with today’s math lesson.

The conclusion that I drew from this was that the novels that John was reading had to be awfully good if he was willing to risk feeling the wrath of our teacher. I asked John where he obtained his Edgar Rice Burroughs and he said he bought them from The Hudson Bay store. In those days there weren’t any suburban malls. There was only downtown Winnipeg and that’s where The Bay could be found. For a time I remember going to the Bay every Saturday morning to buy a new Tarzan book.

The Writing Process


The Writing Process

During the last couple of months I have started to get serious about my writing. I am a beginning fiction writer so I am still learning the ropes. I have been listening to the audio book version of Stephen King’s, On Writing. I would recommend this book to any beginning writer. I get up very early in the morning and listen to one disc per day from this audio book collection. I have found that to get the most benefit from these CDs one needs to listen to each disc several times. There is a wealth of practical, useful information for the aspiring writer of fiction. The key advice that I have picked up from Mr. King so far, is that to get good at writing, one must read a lot and write a lot. To this end I have started writing for at least two hours per day and every chance I get I read a book on my Kobo ereader or listen to a contemporary novelist’s audio book.

Nancy Grace and Charles MansonNancy Grace and Charles Manson. On Monday evening I was watching The Nancy Grace Show. During this program she did a segment on Charles Manson. For those who are too young to remember, Charles Manson and “his Family” were convicted foe a series of high profile murders in the late sixties. Apparently. Charlie is now again scheduled to have a parole hearing. I can’t see any way on earth that Charles Manson will be released on parole, even if he is in his mid seventies. Why is this? Because Charlie still has fans and followers. Charles Manson even has his own web site. It wouldn’t be too hard to imagine Manson assembling another “Family” from his fan club and it is quite possible that he could promote another “helter skelter”.


Nancy Grace and Charles Manson.

On Monday evening I was watching The Nancy Grace Show. During this program she did a segment on Charles Manson. For those who are too young to remember, Charles Manson and “his Family” were convicted foe a series of high profile murders in the late sixties. Apparently. Charlie is now again scheduled to have a parole hearing. I can’t see any way on earth that Charles Manson will be released on parole, even if he is in his mid seventies. Why is this? Because Charlie still has fans and followers. Charles Manson even has his own web site. It wouldn’t be too hard to imagine Manson assembling another “Family” from his fan club and it is quite possible that he could promote another “helter skelter”. 

Wrestlemania 28


Wrestlemania 28

I would have to say that Sunday night’s Wrestlemania 28 was one of my all time favorites. The show got off to a great start with Lillian Garcia’s singing of America the Beautiful. This is the best rendition of this anthem that I have ever heard. The surprise of the night was seeing Sheamus regain the Heavyweight championship in eighteen seconds. It was inspiring to see Big Show redeem his reputation at Wrestlemania by defeating Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental title. The highlight of the evening was the classic battle between Triple H and the Undertaker. This match would have to go down in wrestling history as one of the best wrestling matches of all time.