Friday, October 14, 2011

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Alas, there was a time, long, long ago.....a time where this blog was supposed to include "written triviality." I sat here last night, drinking Woodchuck's last fermented apples of the season (Try the stuff, it's great) when a wild flight of fancy took me. I want to write a Halloween story! Buh...buh....

BUH! Get it? Dramatic woodchuck? I know, I crack myself up.

Why, you ask?

    "Jarryd, a holiday-themed story will never sell. The markets and time-frame are too narrow."

I agree, it will likely never sell to a professional market. But that's not my purpose. My purpose is simple creative fancy. You see, before I got home to sit in front of the computer and drink fermented cider, I attended a meeting of my bi-monthly writer's group, the Palm City Word Weavers. We are a motley crew of experienced veterans and new talent. I am neither experienced nor talented, yet I do my best to learn from both. Anyway, at this meeting, several of my fellow writers presented Halloween-themed stories for critique. Needless to say, I was inspired. I had the privilege to listen to whimsical stories about magical pumpkins and creepy stories about the weird guy next door. As I listened, I got to thinking.....

    "Hell, fall is one of my favorite times of year. A time when harvest apples, leaf-diving whimsy, and the spirits of the dead all get together. Why can't I write about that?"

Good question, Jarryd.

I want to write this story. I may not be able to sell it in the traditional sense, but it'll give me something fun to read at Howl at the Moon next week. Plus, if it turns out well, there's this little contest the story would be perfect for.

So yes, the prospect of a sale on this one is a bit slim at the get-go. Who cares. Sometimes, you just have to write what you like. Until next time...

Be sure to fly all of your fancies,



  1. O Jarryd ! Have I mentioned lately that I love you ?? um, well, not that way! Just ... well, since I'm hard-cider-less at the moment, I won't get too effusive. Let's just say, you crack me up and I love it :)

    Your last post kinda scared me. All erudite and stuff. So, I deferred posting until I worked up my courage, and here I am ... and you have yet another post ! I'll just pretend I didn't see the other one so I don't have to put on my thinking cap to post a comment to it.

    As for this post, I did see the wheels churning last night during PCWW and even was sitting close enough to you to smell the wood burning ! lol I absolutely can't wait to hear your tale at the Howl ;)

  2. Awww, I love you too! It's stewing up to be a good one. I'm gonna keep it under my hat for the most part until Howl, but I can hit you with the title and tagline =). The story is called "Nox," and the tagline is simply "What happens when you catch night by the tail?" It'll probably clock in over 5 pages, but hopefully Serena will let it slide so I can read all of it next week.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog for my chocolate giveaway. I'm now a follower of yours and I look forward to getting to know you better. I'll share with you something an author friend told me:
    Keep on writing and never stop. Believe in yourself, because there’s a reader out there that will like your voice and what you have to say. We write because we have to. There’s no price tag on passion.

  4. Oh, I can't resist chocolate =). Thanks for the follow and the advice. Writing is hard, but it's completely worth it so far. I appreciate your heartfelt words. Hope to see you around the blog =).