Thursday, March 11, 2021

Turning the Page

The time has come to close the shop.

 

April of 2010, I began writing the first part of a long story that had been swirling inside my head for too long and it needed to be freed. April of 2012, part one of the story was published, and like Victor Frankenstein, I screamed, “It’s Alive!”

 

I started this site shortly thereafter for the purpose of promoting my books, but the interest I had hoped for never materialized.

 

Since I began this great adventure, I have scribbled down many stories, long and short, but I am not a writer, and to call myself one would be dishonest. I simply self-published three poorly edited books. I could not afford proper editing, which is a must.

 

A writer by definition is someone who writes. I have learned it is not so straightforward. It is a profession that requires dedication, persistence, a vivid imagination, and the ability to create something from nothing.

 

It is hard to fathom that two USB flash drives, in a small wooden box, hold 11 years of thoughts.

 

Alas, the age of compliance has no tolerance for a dinosaur like me, so I must say . . .

 

Goodbye

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Broke Punctuation



After reading a brief narrative about how punctuation evolved over the years, I noticed it had an eerie similarity to the seven Ecumenical Councils.

Wikipedia Note: The first seven Ecumenical Councils, recognized by both the eastern and western branches of Chalcedonian Christianity, were convoked by Christian Roman Emperors, who also enforced the decisions of those councils within the state church of the Roman Empire. Acceptance of councils as ecumenical and authoritative varies between different Christian denominations. Disputes over Christological and other questions have led certain branches to reject some of the councils that others accepted.

The key words in the above text are enforced, acceptance, disputes, and reject. Let’s translate that to today’s world, shall we?

The Enforcers are the Literary Police whose only purpose in life is to point out mistakes. The Acceptee’s are the Readers; they like a good story and don’t dwell on disputable punctuation. The Disputers are unimaginative 12th Grade English teachers and College Professors; they know everything, just ask them. And finally the Rejecters, they're people like me; we play with punctuation like a child plays with Legos.

Out of necessity, jimmy and I convened our own Literary Ecumenical Council to determine our preferred definitions of punctuation.

A Period means stop, start a new sentence, go pee pee, get a drink, then continue reading.

A Comma means you need to take a short breath, or perhaps, you just want to be a drama queen, and, add, an excessive, amount of, pauses.

A Semicolon is for adding extra thoughts or for specific, important stuff; or to make a crazy long sentence that takes the readers breath away; hey, you gotta exercise somehow while reading!

A Colon is for listing things like: rum, coke, ice, and lemon. A cool refreshing drink while reading is vital.

Quotation Marks are a writer’s paradise. Inside them you can say it and spell it however you want! Quotation Marks are like Las Vegas – What happens in the quotes, stays in the quotes.

An Exclamation Mark means you're excited about what you just wrote! More than one is redundant!!! , but fun!!!!!!

A Question Mark denotes a question or confusion. What? HUH?

Parenthesis they are a writer's VIP room. (See Quotation Marks.)   

Dashes and Ellipses – use them for extremely . . . exciting . . . dramatic pauses, or . . . you simply want the reader – to take a breath. Breathing is very important.

There you have it! Dr. jimmy says that exploiting and manipulating punctuation is a great way to relieve stress.

Note: Italicizing and Underlining mean you probably should pay attention to those words; there might be a pop-quiz about them later.


Librarians are the gatekeepers, protecting written knowledge for future generations to study and explore.


“Mr. Kafka; did you reread Homers Iliad last night?”

“Yes . . . yes I did, jimmy.”

“That explains it.”

“Explains what?”

“Nothing. I’ll make you a grilled cheese sandwich, and then we’ll go take a nap under the willow tree.”



“Thanks jimmy. That’s a great idea!”

-jk- 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Meaningful Intent



Books are awake dreams that take us to far-away places.

Words and their narratives are the extensions of a writer’s vision, destined to be experienced by an eager audience. Embrace the wonder of the written words, cherish the mysteries they provide, and delight in endless tales of the unexpected.

      Be a gentle reader.

The pages of a book are the pavement your imagination walks upon; turn them with care so others may follow in your path.

Bewilderment surrounds each chapter read, and swelling enthusiasm ignites spirited anticipation of hopeful outcomes. Plots twist. Hero’s rise. Villain's fall. And love is lost and found.

If at story's end brings a tender tear or despair from final outcome, rejoice and be content. Conclusion of the final word read should neither be happy nor sad, books blissfully consent that you read another.

Only when stars cease to shine and inflamed inspiration dims will books be silenced. Until such time, the written word will forever have meaningful intent.


-jk-


Of the journey taken, sometimes a memory is not enough, so a souvenir is a must - forever keep your books safe from harm.