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Genocide and the Will to Write

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by thislegofmine
Stock image of a pencil from morgue file

This is a picture of a pencil, because I’m writing about writing, har!

 

I’ve been having trouble writing recently.  I sit down and a million distractions get in the way.  Pushing through has been proving to be hard.  This seems to be a theme with everything right now, I’m not eating like I should and exercise is next to not at all.  Maybe it’s the season.  Either way inspiration seems to be hiding for now

 

I’ve decided to start rewriting Long Shadows Made Short so that it reads better.  I’m a better writer and it needs some fixing.  I’m never going to give up on it, not until it’s right.  I also have a book I’m working on in my head that’s based on the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia during the 70’s, but in a future sci-fi setting.

 

In reading over some of my other stories, someone once asked me if I really thought Genocide could happen to humanity again.  I reminded them that it’s never really stopped.  Even after Europe and America discovered what Hitler did, Stalin and Charmin Mao continued Genocides in their own countries for decades.  The mass killing of our fellow human beings for one stupid reason or another is a theme that keeps repeating and therefore needs exploring.

 

I believe in Science Fiction as a tool for mankind to explore the best and worst possibilities of humanity and technology.  Within a book or a movie we can see these worlds from a safe distance, reminding ourselves where we need improvement and most importantly, where we are great.

 

Right now I’m really just lacking motivation to write.  I know at some point I’ll put my fingers on the keyboard and drift away.  It feels a lot like listening to a Rush song or a moment of pure bliss.  Hopefully it happens soon. 

What do you guys do when you feel a blockage?  Take more writing fiber? 

What are your thoughts on Genocide and war crimes?  Should novels focus on the good and forget the bad or is horror a part of human life that can exist in media safely…teaching us lessons we can stop teaching ourselves?

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Lothar’s Stratagem by Libby Sinclair

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by thislegofmine

Lothar’s Stratagem by Libby Sinclair

Check out my friend Libby’s ebook.  

Microfiction: A Man Goes Down Town

Posted in microfiction, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2012 by thislegofmine

A man goes down town.

He walks along the street as the light turns from yellow to red.

Across the street another man has a baseball bat in the back of his Ford Taurus.

Both feel uneasy.

On the corner it counts: 3, 2, 1, person.

Microfiction: Suffering

Posted in microfiction, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2012 by thislegofmine

He gently whispered, “Life is suffering.”

I laughed to hide the tears.

Microfiction: Taller

Posted in microfiction, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , on July 27, 2012 by thislegofmine

The room is full of tiny people who like to listen to themselves talk.  Recently Clarence began to grow taller.

Microfiction: She Called

Posted in microfiction, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by thislegofmine

When she called  –  he put down the gun.

Microfiction: But You’ll Drown

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2012 by thislegofmine

“If you breathe in the air you’ll drown,” His grandmother said about the passing sandstorm.  Unwilling to accept this he took in a deep breath and coughed salt water all over her rug.

 

“See what you made me do,” the child admonished.

 

“Just like your father,” his grandmother responded.