It seems that some people take what I write about to heart at times. While, yes, writers tend to draw from their own lives and experiences, that doesn't mean I'm pulling directly and entirely from my life. So, to you, my dear readers, I write this disclaimer. I hope you enjoy my writing. I know that I pour my heart and soul into every word. With that being said, I'm a fiction writer, and by definition, I write what comes to my mind and may not always have a basis in truth and everyday life. The only nonfiction writing I do is this blog, Mutterings. My writing is meant to reach people from all walks of life and to allow those same varied people to connect to something. That is what we do when we read, no? We immerse ourselves in a … [Read more...] about Disclaimer
I have family and loved ones in Houston, so Harvey hit close to my heart. This one's for all of you who are suffering or have suffered. We've Got This Water tumbling, rocks crumbling, earth shifts. Where do we go from this? We get bolder. We can conquer. We are survivors. We get stronger. Waters flood, trees snap, winds howl. Skies open and drench us. Wow! We get bolder. We can conquer. We are survivors. We get stronger. Together we can rebuild. We can make it now. Disaster Relief … [Read more...] about We’ve Got This
I've been a fan and patron of Chick-fil-A for many years. I stood by them even during the gay boycotting despite being a member of the LGBT community. I can't remember a time that I haven't enjoyed Chick-fil-A in my 33 years of life until today. The Chick-fil-A in Eastgate, Ohio is a disgrace to the name Chick-fil-A. I drove into their drive-thru and though seeing how long their line was, was confident that Chick-fil-A would batter it down as they always do. I was disappointed. After approximately 10 minutes of not moving, I backed out of the drive-thru line and pulled into a parking spot. I grabbed my two-year-old daughter from my car and carried her into the restaurant at ten minutes until 9 pm (they close at 10 pm.) After standing in … [Read more...] about Not to play, says Chick-fil-A
Dear Writer's Block, It's not you; it's me. I simply can't have you lording over me and casting your shadow as I struggle endlessly to craft the next great novel. While I've loved the challenge having you with me creates, I don't have any room in my life for you anymore. Therefore, I must bid you adieu. I hope you find someone else, some new fledgling writer to torment. I know with you on their backs, looking over their shoulders, and constantly on their minds, they have no choice but to struggle through and become better writers. I wish you the best, away from me. Far, far away. Au revoir. … [Read more...] about Dear Writer’s Block
Well, I mentioned in my last post under this category, Mutterings, that I often use writing prompt books such as 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly. Today is no different. Today, I was flipping through my writing prompt book and found a topic that interested me. It hit home as it said I was a children's book writer and wanted me to write the first few lines of my new book. While I'm not a children's book writer, I am a young adult fiction writer and am in fact working on another novel. So, I thought, why not? I'm going to share some of it with you today. Into the Darkness by C.K. Austin Chapter 1 He shot me. The bastard actually shot me, my mind screamed as I fell to the ground. Blood poured out of the hole in my shoulder as I … [Read more...] about Into the Darkness – Teaser
As a writer, I often turn to writing prompt books like 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly, to get the creative juices flowing. As I was perusing it this morning I saw an interesting topic - "When was the last time you got lost?" Now the obvious meaning to this questions is the literal one. When was the last time you got lost? Were you a kid in the grocery store or an Uber driver trying to pick up your next passenger? Maybe you were a patient trying to find your new doctor's office to which you had been referred. Whatever the case may be, most would read that and take the literal interpretation of that question to mind and answer it. While my mind did flit in that direction at first, I've recently had some life changing, heart-warming and … [Read more...] about When Was the Last Time You Got Lost?