Friday, April 9, 2021

The Chosen - a unique way of telling the same story / Happenings In The Outhouse 09-April-2021

Long ago, I said if you gave a writing prompt to the top 20 bestselling authors in the world, you'd have 20 different stories.

Well, let me ask you this: how many dramatic/theatrical versions of Jesus Christ have you seen?  Probably many, and some are favorites.  I recall one as a kid that used to play on TV quite often, usually around Easter, that fascinated me.

That being said, how many different ways are there to tell the life of Jesus?  Too many to count, would be my guess.  Well, The Chosen is a quite unique telling of the life of Jesus, mainly from the perspective of those around Him.

Season 1 (I believe there are either 7 or 8 planned seasons, all crowdfunded) is out on DVD, but you can watch the entire first season for free online, through their app.

Episode 1 of Season 2 is out now--it was released Easter Sunday--and I highly recommend it.  Even from a storytelling perspective, it's a unique way of telling a story many of us have already heard.

Friday, April 2, 2021

What's new? / Happenings In The Outhouse 02-April-2021

Another short one today.

As I finalize the fifth novel in the Central Division Series, Tattered Robes, I'm contemplating what's next?

I have a story I wrote several years ago--it's actually the second novel I ever completed--and I've been on the fence about rewriting it and then publishing it.

Basically, I'm using what I had written before as an outline--gasp!  I know, I don't outline, right?

Well, I've done this before two years ago, on a fantasy novel that I started and then went another direction when personal issues became more of a focus.  It should be fun as I love the story.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Imperfection Written In Stone / Happenings In The Outhouse 26-March-2021

I'm taking a slight diversion today as I am continuing the final edits to my latest work in progress.

Last weekend, I visited my wife's gravesite.  I've done this many times, and once we got the headstone last summer I had solar lights set up to see it at night.  It's a beautiful sight.

Anyway, I've read the words on the front and back many times before, but this time I spotted something different.  A typo.

In the book of 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, starting at verse 4 it reads: "Love is patient . . ."  Well, on the headstone, it reads: "Love is paitient . . ."  It was at that moment that I could feel my wife's arm looping through mine, as she did numerous times before her passing.  I chuckled, and I'm positive she did too.  You see, in life we're striving so hard to be perfect, even though it's a feat we can never achieve.  Only one who has ever walked this earth has ever been perfect, and that is the Son of Man, Christ Jesus Himself.  Not even the likes of Billy Graham or Mother Teresa could ever achieve perfection.

But there it was, an imperfection written forever in stone.  In life, there are so many issues that are much bigger and more important than a simple typo.  The typo will act as a reminder not to take trivial issues like that too seriously, that we as humankind should strive to be as best as we can to one another.

I did look at the correspondence between myself and the funeral home last year and, sure enough, I approved the headstone--typo and all.  Oh, well.  My bad.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Tattered Robes / Happenings In The Outhouse 19-March-2021

 Tattered Robes, the fifth novel in the Central Division Series, is completed, coming in at a little over 78,000 words.  Which equates to around 350 pages.

I'm hoping to have the editing completed and published by the end of this month.

What's it about, you may ask?

I have not written the official blurb, but it centers around the investigation behind the brutal murder of a Catholic priest.

It was an interesting, complex story to write, and at the same time it was a bit of therapy.  Next week, I'll share the official blurb as well as the cover--crossing fingers.

Stay tuned . . .

Friday, March 12, 2021

Inches Away From Completion / Happenings In The Outhouse 12-March-2021

Just a quick update.

I surpassed 75,000 words on my current work-in-progress, the fifth novel in the Central Division thriller series.

By this weekend, it should be done.  I am nearing the climax as of yesterday morning.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Writing Is A Dish Best Done Daily / Happenings In The Outhouse 05-March-2021

Most writing advice is individualized, and is thereby crappy advice.

But there is one simple piece of advice (and this goes for most anything) is to make a habit of doing something daily.

Yes, even writing.

I'm in the middle of reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (yes, all fourteen books plus a prequel novel) and in looking at the publication dates, that man had an impressive writing output.  Another fantasy author I admire is Brandon Sanderson.  He can churn out the novel behemoths at regular intervals.  Yes, I'm still waiting on a few other fantasy novelists to finish their series . . . Martin?

What does this mean to me?  For the past month or so, I've had a few setbacks, which has eaten into my writing time.  And because of it, I find myself taking longer to get back into the story.  This could be the reason why George R. R. Martin is taking so long with finishing his monumental series, simply because he has written other things in the meantime.

I'm not comparing myself to Martin by any stretch of the means, but when you're busy with other obligations or distractions, it's harder to get back into the story.  I've had to go back to the beginning of my latest novel three or four times now to re-read the whole damn thing--I've enjoyed reading it, but for crying out loud I just want to finish it.

The same goes with exercise or any other habit.  Do something daily.  Even in little drips.  You'd be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Longer than expected / Happenings In The Outhouse 26-Feb-2021

The latest novel is taking a bit longer than expected.

For the past few weeks, northern Minnesota has been hit with a long stretch of sub-zero temperatures.  Why should this matter to me?

Because I had other things on my mind, like vehicle troubles, not being able to go to the gym, and frankly the stress of it all came to a head.

This week, things are slowly getting back on track.  I went to the movie last weekend, The Little Things, and loved it!  I may write a review on it soon, but as far as serial killer style suspense movies, it ranked up there as one of the better ones.

For now, I'm cutting this short.  See y'all next week.