The more time that passes, the more I realize how much I could be writing. Life doesn’t always go the way that you want though and I’ve been having to adjust to the changes in my own life for the past couple of months. Behind the scenes, a lot is going on, when does it ever stop? That old saying, “progress not perfection.” Well, I’m living by that right now. I know my website isn’t perfect, but it’s the progress that matters to me. I know how far I’ve come and I know what I’ve had to go through to get here so I’m not giving up.
In the upcoming weeks I am registered to attend writers workshops and virtual events to boost my motivation to write and get my pen to paper. I’ve had a few stories in the works, some of them I started years ago and filed away to get dusty. I didn’t know what or really how to write, now that life’s thrown some more shit on me I think I’m ready to tackle these stories.
Zips. (Aim 70,000w)
A novel about drug dealers in a small town that’s growing fast. You don’t know the life of running from police, stealing from stores and robbing strangers until you’ve done it yourself. Losing friends to drug abuse, street racing, and one day a fallen tree takes a teammate away. Health issues and no money are killing the last family member you have.
Living in the ghetto isn’t what it looks like and after reading Zips you will have some idea of the street life. What the younger generations seem to envy so much, because they don’t realize we do this to have what they do. You are not aware of the true loss that lies ahead… in life, or in death, the truth must confront you.
The Dishwasher (Aim 6,000w-10,000w)
A short story/novella (undecided) of Clarence Clemens, an old man known as the #1 dishwasher in the small town of Tremaine. Clarence finds himself confronted with many different problems in his life. Not a surprise to him growing up in this town and never leaving. Some people love him but the others hate him. He’s been to every restaurant, gets free meals, all the people know him and the locals tip good when he’s around. Clarence doesn’t know the people as well as they know him… someone is out to get him. Somebody is jealous… and jealousy kills.
Always Means Never (Aim 20,000w)
A twisted novella of child abuse and occultism. “I’ll always be there for you… no matter what.” This phrase is like a triple edged sword, lethal on all sides. When people abuse children they become stronger than their abusers, more powerful and brave than they ever could be. The more abuse they are put through the faster they age, but it never shows. They are not vampires but immortal in their way… when they turn 18 they become unstoppable… Didn’t you know becoming an adult is a ritual?
and the one I’ve been working on the longest, my pride and joy…
BRAINWASHED (Aim 100,000w +)
A BIG detailed and graphic novel of my life put into a book. You could call this a memoir, but it’s not. I will probably spin this into a novel series, depending on word count because there is so much to this story. (Almost) all of these words are necessary. Similar to Zips, the characters are tied to reality and based off my own life with some fiction to keep the story flowing. It’s up for reader interpretation what is ‘true or false?’ This novel is taking the longest because it truly is the hardest one to write. The people I’m writing about are real (fake names for the story) and some of them passed on now… I can’t ruin their names(obviously character names are altered to protect the identity of the real person). This story needs to be told somehow, the truth needs to be set free from my mind.
Thank you for reading. Will update soon.