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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)



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!

Well, for the moment I can come out of the sports closet and proudly announce my love for the Chicago Cubs, as they lead Cincy while I write this, hoping that they’ll win this game  (Don’t worry… there’s still time for them to muck it up 😦  ).  I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and still have a love for them as well, although right now they’re down by seven against the Rangers.  People have asked me what I’ll do should the Cubs and the Tigers meet up in the World Series.  I’ll have to let you know when that happens 😀  .

(And who knows, it may happen before I reach 80…)

One of the things I do as a writer is listen to, and give advice to, other writers.  We bounce a lot off each other on message boards, and especially with regard to the specifics of our craft.  I thought I’d share a few of those with you in this post.  Even if you’re not looking to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor, you may find some of these helpful in any situation where you have to sit down and plink out your thoughts on a keyboard or write them on paper:

1.) The better a vocabulary you have, the better you can write.  Improve your vocabulary with a thesaurus.  If you see a word you don’t know, look it up on a dictionary (the widespread availability of portable tablets makes this easier than ever to do).  

2.) When you walk through a mundane activity, try to think of a creative way to describe it.  Suppose you’re the one in charge of taking the trash out to the curb every week.  How could you write about it and set it up in a way that makes it sound bigger and more enticing than just “I took the trash out”? Think about the sounds, the sensations, the color of the sky when you walk out the door with those garbage bags in your hand: what do they look like?  How can you tint your script with an innovative or poetic shade?  Doing so will draw in your reader, give him/her something to think about and enjoy, rather than saying in an apathetic tone “Oh, nice story.”

3.) Read good writers, especially the classics.  From Shakespeare to Melville to Milton to Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, fill your mind with the words, the descriptions, the structors of these and other embraced writers.  Even if they don’t fit your style or genre, give them a look. Remember: there’s a reason why some books and authors have the enduring legacy that they have.  They know something about putting together words and phrases.

Well, that’s it for now.  Only two and a half innings left, and we might break this six game losing streak!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Hello, all

This one’s going to be a little bit of a departure from my normal talk.  Before I get out of here today, I just wanted to drop a word of condolence for the family and friends of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo. Mr. Santo, 70, passed away early this morning.  A member of the Cubs for over a decade, he belonged to the famous 1969 Cubs team who had a mostly successful summer.  He broadcasted the Cubs games alongside Pat Hughes and the legendary Harry Carey for 20 years.  His voice will be sorely missed.  I thoroughly enjoyed his color commentary during the games, and he was part of the motivation for my poem, “A Hundred Years (plus) of Solitude.”

Prayers and thoughts for his family.  May God be with them all.

J. Dean