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Greetings, Bearers!

Yes, I realize I’ve been absent  for the entire month of March. My apologies. Between my other job (teaching), my writing, and this other thing called a life that I have, it’s been difficult to sit down and do any real blog entries.  I have given some though to a few of them, and I will add some more entries later this month, but for now I need to ride through the bumps of too many time committments made back when I thought I could manage a calendar.

Ha!

Anyway, I do want to say that I actually do have some cool news coming out soon. I want to wait until things are a little more established, but there is something new for me that I can’t wait to share with you in (hopefully) the next few weeks. I’m pretty pumped up about telling you the news, but for right now I need to do the “sit on my hands” thing lest things don’t turn out the way I hope. Anybody else ever had that?

Anyway, for those of you who have recently bought purchases of my work (fiction and non-fiction), I want to say thank you.  As I tell every other reader, I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it. And if you like what you  read, tell others about it!

Okay, I’ll be back soon. REAL soon if all goes well.  Promise

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean.

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Greetings, Bearers!

In between my writings, I wanted to give you a little bit of food for thought.  Imagine if Cheech and Chong had somehow supplanted Jim Henson and took over Sesame Street….

Enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers (and writers)!

First of all, a shout out to those who have taken the chance on reading my books and short stories, as well as to those who have decided to check out my nonfiction book Beneficial?.  I hope you’re enjoying and benefitting from what you’re reading.  Expect some more releases from me soon, as I’ve been really cruising on the writing as of late!  If all goes well, I’ll have another installment in the Surrealities  series ready for you to enjoy, and possibly some other tidbits as well!

Anyway, on to my major discovery.  I don’t recall whether or not I mentioned it in this blog at any time (too much of a hurry to get this out to look) but I’ve found one of the greatest things in the world for aspiring writers to read in order to improve their writing game.

The Farmer’s Almanac.

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No, I’m not kidding.  Not by a longshot.  The Farmer’s Almanac has to be one of the most interesting publications I’ve ever picked up.  If you’ve never read it, you might get the idea that it’s all about… well, farming.  And some of it is.  But there’s also a whole lot that isn’t.  And what isn’t about farming gets rather far out there.

For example, I first read the 2015 Almanac and found this great article about Northern Lights which delved into the scientific study and analysis of these beautiful heavenly phenomenae.  In doing so, I caught an idea that might end up being incorporated into a story that involves a little bit more of a hard science fiction angle than some of my previous stuff.

And believe me, there’s a treasure trove of things in there just waiting to supply me (and you, fellow writers) with a library of inspirational ideas.  Count on it.

So if you’re looking to up your writing skills, give the Almanac a shot.  It’s meant to be read over the course of the year, so take your time with it.  Read EVERY little bit of it.  You’ll find the quaint, the wise, the accurate, and the humorous all rolled up into one wonderful publication.

Okay, that’s my writing tip for the day.  Bed calls, and with it sleep.  But I’ll be back to writing and reading more come the morning.  And I hope you will be as well!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, all readers (If you’re one of the many Bearers in the Vein universe, I’m not ignoring you.  Promise!)

So as I said in a previous post, I was working on writings that were not only fiction but also nonfiction as well, and I’ve put together something that needed to be addressed with regard to Christianity and the implementation of worship in the church (If this subject does not interest you, you have my permission to skip and peruse my fiction works 😀 ).

I have written a book (in my actual name) entitled Beneficial: Considering the Contemporary Worship Movement, which is now available on both Amazon.com  (in paperback and ebook formats) and Smashwords.com (in ebook format only).  As a Christian, and in particular a Christian who spent many years involved “rockin’ for Christ,” I wanted to address this issue, as I truthfully have seen little written about it and believe that a text needs to be put into print that addresses the issue in a fair and honest manner.

Below is a copy of the back cover summary:

For the better part of the past thirty years, the contemporary worship movement has taken the Christian church by storm. It has crossed denominational and congregational lines, replacing hymns, pianos, and organs with praise choruses, guitars, and amplifiers. With a decided, adamant resolution, many of its proponents have set their faces toward seeking musical innovation, relevance, and novelty, all in the name of ushering in a new form of worship.

But does new necessarily mean good?

In this book, Jeremy Aiello evaluates the contemporary worship movement. Drawing from the Scriptures themselves, from respected commentators, and from his own experience of nearly two decades’ worth of involvement in contemporary worship, Jeremy looks at the genesis of contemporary worship, its practical implementation, and the results that can and do stem from its usage, in order to answer the question many have asked in reaction to contemporary worship: “Why?” Drawing from both research and experience, “Beneficial?” analyzes the contemporary worship movement, and calls the church of Jesus Christ to do the same.cowobookcover-copy

Okay.  I’ve said my peace.  I may write more nonfiction in the future (most likely religiously themed).  But in the meantime, more fiction writing now.  If you find this to be an interesting topic, please let me know.

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean (aka Jeremy Aiello 😀 )

Greetings, Bearers!

A belated “Happy New Year” to all, as I’ve been behind on my updates and writing.  The ironic thing about time off for me is that oftentimes it’s one of the most difficult periods for me to try to write.  So unfortunately my writing had to be put on a shelf for the better part of eleven days :(.  The good news is that I’m back at it, and I’ve got quite a bit done, not only with novels but also with short stories, some of which I’ll be releasing in the near future.

Also, I’ll be soon releasing a new nonfiction book as well regarding Christian matters, and doing so under my actual name rather than my pen name.  If you’re curious, I’ll explain later why I have a pen name in the first place.

Okay, back to work for me.  Keep up the reading and may your New Year be a good one!

See you in the Vein (and in the other things I’ve written)!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

No, my silence has not been due to the travesty that was the Michigan-Ohio State game:

Kinda hard to win a game when you’re playing 11 on 14. (Do I still sound a bit angry?  Do I still care about the fact that apparently no Buckeye ever holds on calls?  Well.. maybe a little bit..).  The lack of updates here has been due to 1.) my writing (still going), 2.) my business in my other job that pays the bills, and 3.) the approach of December 25th, the annual time of year where we manage to make what should be leisure time as laborious as possible.

Which reminds me… I have a little gift for all of you.  But first, I want to speak to a question that I don’t think I’ve taken the time to answer in detail.

One of the things that has been proposed to me is that I try to write a Christmas piece.  After all, people say, it’s done by a great many other writers, J., so why don’t you do that as well?   And it is true that you’ll find special Christmas works done by authors much in the same way you’ll see musicians put out Christmas songs and albums.  It’s pretty customary for artists to do, both for artistic and commercial reasons.

All that to respond to those who ask me if I’ll be scripting a Christmas story with “No… not right now.”  Let me explain why.

First and foremost, Christmas is a sacred season for me.  As many know, I am a confessional Christian, and while I don’t push it down the throats of others, I don’t hide it either.  Meaning that my approach to Christmas is one of serious reverence and serious consideration.  I would not feel right simply putting out a piece that missed the point of the holiday (or worse yet, twisted it in a terrible way).  When and if I do decide to put something out there, I want it to be respectful and honoring to the One born in Bethlehem that night.  I’m not saying my work will necessarily be a sacred/religious one; I’m just saying that I don’t want to put out something that is blatantly in conflict with the Christian faith.

Which brings me to my second, related point: to be frank, I simply have not had much success with ideas for Christmas stories.  Actually, let me rephrase that: I have had ideas for Christmas stories, but they’ve all ended up being either decidedly not as Christmas-related as I’d like, or far too predictable and sappy (much like those Hallmark channel movies you see around this time of year… Does anybody actually watch those movies?).  And I don’t want to do that.  I like to take unusual angles with writing, and I feel that I would be cheating you, my thousands (:D) of dear readers.  I don’t want to put out a peace that people read and shrug their shoulders at.  I want something that is fresh, different in its approach.  And that can be a very difficult thing to do with Christmas, as so much of it is dealt with in many a book and movie.

With that being said, don’t rule out a Christmas tale from me.  This “guilt attack” seems to come upon me every November, and each time I do deliberately give thought to putting together a Christmas tale, but due to the reasons I’ve put forth above, nothing ever manifests itself.  Nevertheless, if I do get a good idea, even if it’s in the middle of May (and I do NOT like it when people obsess over Christmas outside of the Christmas season, btw), I’ll work on it.

Now, having said all of that, I do have a little gift for you.

Between now and January 5th, 2017, you can get my short story 2-pack  Surrealities part III for free.  Simply go to smashwords.com, enter the coupon JH83H, and read to your heart’s content! Even though it’s not really a Christmas item, consider it my Christmas present to you.  If you like it, pass it on to others, and let me know what you think!

Okay, four more shopping days ’til Christmas…or is it five? I’ve got wrapping and writing and bowl games and boxes to tend to.  Good grief… I might need a day off from Christmas!

Anyway, enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

Greetings, Bearers!

Still writing… Still here…  putting away a lot of pages while I work full time as well.  Haven’t forgotten about you,  promise. 😀

Updates to come.

In the meantime, get ready for Thanksgiving, and great football rivalries.

(Yes, I’m biased as to who I want to win.)

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m a little late for it, but Happy Halloween anyway.  A great deal of October was spent with a lot of work (including, I’m happy to say, a LOT of writing which is being prepared for being put out there soon), as well as staring in disbelief at the screen after seeing the Cubs go to the World Series for the first time in 71 years, so I didn’t get to update you guys on more things.  My bad.

But be that as it may, I’ve got some good stuff to share with you.  One of the things I like is the short fiction genre for horror, not only for literature, but also for films.  What I’d like to do is give you a few nice films available out there that I highly recommend for some good goosebumps and second looks over the shoulder before bed.  I won’t spoil the plots for you; it’s better to just jump headfirst into these movies, as it makes for a better scare 😀

“2am: The Smiling Man”

“Selfies gone wrong”

“Lights Out” (apparently this was the inspiration for the full length movie)

“Pictured”

“Occupied”

And, on an unrelated but important note, a bump for my poem dedicated to the Cubbies: “A Hundred Years Plus of Solitude”

Enjoy the links, and keep reading!  More will be on the way!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

 

Greetings, Bearers!

So, my coaching leaves a little to be desired.  But you know what?  My girls had fun, and so did I.  It was quite the learning experience coaching a powder puff team, one that I’ll remember as being a highlight of my time as a teacher.  If you have the means, I highly recommend trying it out.  It’s a blast.

On a sports-related level, it’s also made me appreciate how much work the big guys like Harbaugh, Saban, and Meyer put into their craft.  They have a lot of micro-managing to do as head coaches, even while delegating authority and duties, and it really is a full time job. So, while I’m hardly at their level, I have received a small glimpse of what they do, and perhaps on Saturday afternoons I’ll be a little less quick to snap when a coach makes a decision that brings about a less-than-desirable outcome.  It’s not the same thing seeing the game from the sideline as it is seeing it from the comfort of your armchair at home.

Anyway, I have a little more writing done, and hope to get Surrealities, part 4 out sometime soon, maybe even before Halloween.  And while I did have to sacrifice a bit of effort and attention from working in the Vein, that will no longer be the case.  I’ve missed my adventures with my friends in the Meridian, and need to see how they’re doing.

Not too well, I hope 😀

Anyway, to those of you who are new to my works, let me say hello and a thank you for taking an interest in my stories.  If you’ve liked them, pass the word on to others!

Okay, back to writing.  Or licking my chops for future Michigan football matchups.

Or, maybe both.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m still alive, working, writing (never will quit writing), and coaching!  Yes, that’s right: I’m putting my money where my mouth is.  I’m coaching a high school freshman girls’ flag football team.  Okay, so it’s not my beloved Michigan Wolverines (who are doing great so far), but it’s still coaching, and with the assistance of a couple of helpful fellows from the boys’ football team I’m putting this thing together for a game two weeks from now.

I’ve never coached a day in my life.

So pretty soon here we’re going to see if I’m Jim Harbaugh or Jim Tomsula (if you know anything about 49ers football, you’ll get that reference).

But new things will be coming soon.  So spread the word about what I’ve already got out there and what’s to come!

In the meantime, I think I’ll keep a journal/diary of my coaching.  And maybe I’ll share it, if I feel confident enough.

Or not 😀

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean