Impatient Writing Cow Says.

There is an epidemic that has struck millions (possibly even a handful) of writers in this little globe we call Earth. This terrifying disease has crept its way along the history of writing since before SNL was good again and has strangled the hopes and dreams of many. The name of this incurable disease you ask? Called “impatientwriterphilia” by people who like big words, those that suffer from it have named it “Get-it-out-of-my-head Syndrome.”

Many, at least two that I know of, suffer from GIOOMH and I fear it may be spreading. To understand any disease, we must look at its symptoms before finding the proper over-priced drug to cure it.

Symptoms include but are not limited to the following.

  1. Hearing conversations in their heads that won’t shut up at night until they write it down.
  2. Writing without care or respecting Literary Nazis as they should.
  3. Writing without plotting!
  4. Having more make-believe friends than those that exist in “the real world.”
  5. Knowing the difficult decision that must be made between peeing and finish writing a sentence, or a paragraph, or a book.
  6. Noting they have used an Oxford comma but can’t stop writing to correct it…or wanting to.
  7. Replying with “What?” repeatedly the day after writing.
  8. Being so prolific that people think they are in a coop publishing group.
  9. Pretending they are having phone conversations when actually dictating a scene into their iPhone.
  10. And finally, and most obvious, they often use pen and paper.

Writers that suffer from GIOOMH are libel to produce works of literature without complaining about being published. As you well know, true writing is only done for the purpose of publishing. To add to this insult, GIOOMH can lead to the most dangerous disease of all; WFF (Writing For Fun).

“I’m scared, Mac,” I hear you say. I know. Me too.

I cannot stress enough how much these people need our help. With their untamed desire to write, there will be too many books that fall short of the Pulitzer Prize winning works and at a fraction of the price. Without your efforts, these people will continue to “self-publish” and enjoy it. I say, “No!” These diseases must be stopped in our lifetime and you can help…kinda.

With small, monthly payments of twenty five dollars or a Starbucks gift card, we will give these poor souls decaffeinated coffee and begin the long process of “writing the correct way.” Won’t you join me and shake some sense into these people? I know you will.

One day, we will look back on this experience and relish the knowledge that we took part in slimming down reading lists across this globe. What a beautiful statement we will make about Freedom of Speech and Self Expression on that fine day.

 

😉

Eric/Mac

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Orphan’s Blade Complete

Hard to believe, but Orphan’s Blade is complete. Here’s the link: http://ericemcclure.com/free-stories/orphans-blade/

I was shooting for 50k and came in just over 47,000 words. Note too shabby for discovery writing.

From the email I’ve received, I agree that this was a change in my normal style but I’m glad so many are enjoying it. This effort to feel out first-person has been a heck of a learning curve. Though I’m certain I have not proved to be good at it, I think I come away with many lessons learned.

I owe you a big “Thank you” for allowing me to try something new in full view of readers. It was a learning experience and I appreciate your patience and support.

Now, I’m off to work on “Winter’s Song”. Wish me luck!

Bless and Keep,
Eric/Mac

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Orphan’s Blade Update: Found and Lost

Hello All!

Obviously behind on updating Orphan’s Blade, BUT I have added to it today. In this segment, I fought this terrible need to kill off this poor sap of a main character and follow what I imagined how things would continue. Given this was supposed to have been a short-ish story, I can’t spend too much time (aka word count) on this next installment. All the better, if you can imagine, as I meant this writing exercise to look at future use of first person…of which, I’m still not convinced.

Anyway, here it is for your reading. It’s is sad, but so is Nithan’s life. Sorry. Will supply tissues upon request, 🙂

Have a great day and thank you for your continued support.

Bless and Keep,

Mac

 

Click here to read the chapter of ‘Found and Lost’.

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Tethered Lives Complete

Huzzah!

Several years ago, I started typing a backstory to some characters I had created for a game. That was the beginning of the “Healer’s Tale Trilogy”. What an amazing ride it has been since hitting the submit button for the first time.

Today, I live out another dream; writing a full-length novel and making it free to read. That’s right. “Tethered Lives” is now available in its entirety.

I can’t describe how much fun it has been to release a story as I write (minus the nerves, of course). Though there are bound to be typos, I hope that is somewhat understandable and hasn’t cause too many disappointed readers. Still, one must take a step to go see what is what behind the hill.

In the next few weeks, I’ll find or create a cover image (always a tricky thing) and look into binding it all up into a downloadable e-book.

Let me also thank you for all the email. They have been so encouraging and I am grateful.

So, there we have it. The first, but not the last of free stories for people to read on computer, tablet, or phone. Just click here to go straight to the story or use the tabs above.

Bless and Keep,
Eric/Mac

 

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Orphan’s Blade Update: Two Priests and Awaken

What does one do to a doom and gloom character? The easiest way to progress would to give them more trouble in hopes that they “snap out of it”. I have high hopes for Nithan to do just that, still, he’s not quite there.

In these next two chapters (read here), I wanted to further the story by using the characters around him. It seems plausible enough as we often reevaluate our circumstances when hearing the opinions of others. Having ripped Nithan from the life he once knew and thrown him into a very chaotic life, that isn’t as easy as it might sound. After all, who could he count as a friend? So, in my own way, I needed to have someone reflect his “life sucks” attitude back to him in a new light. To do this, I will need to put people in his life that he would actually listen to. You will have to judge if that was done well enough.

Bless and Keep,

Eric/Mac

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Tethered Lives Updated

Hi All,

Chapters 1-16 of ‘Tethered Lives’ are now available to read. Click here to go to the page.

Hope you enjoy the story so far!

Bless and Keep,
Eric

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Orphan’s Blade Update: Three more tales.

 

I have released three more memories from Nithan Hall (read here) and writing them was quite the experience! Due to the nature of the collection, I find my mind wandering as much as he recounts times and troubles in his life. Occasionally, they are rather bleak or without much in the way of honor, but that is the character. I hope that I can stay true to his way, though he is not my typical main charater.

My thoughts are that I should give random glimpses of his life, but set them in some type of order as not to lose the reader. This is becoming more difficult as I go given how time, as Nithan experiences it, is not the typical Sunday through Saturday or even month by month life we have. Because of this, I am trying to set each memory on a timeline that we can relate to in hopes that the story is easier to follow. Though I originally intended to mark each chapter with a date in the story and bounce around, I think it would simply be too confusing.

I will need to keep this story on the novella side of word count simply due to time, but I do hope the tales are entertaining and, in the end, create a well-rounded read.

With that, I leave you to it. Drop me a message using the ‘Contact’ page or post thoughts on this blog. Always a joy to read reactions.

Bless and Keep,

Eric/Mac

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The Other Side of the Coin – A Case for Triss Merigold

A few days ago, my phone vibrated in my pocket signaling I had received an email, Facebook update or a Twitter message. Pulling the phone out of my pocket and viewing the message under the table (as I was in a meeting after all), I saw that I had been tagged by friend and fellow writer, Paul Davis. A few moments later, I was free of the conference room and able to take look at what I had been attached.

The post was on the Witcher site. The picture? A remake of Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ poster to include two of Andrzej Sapkowski’s beloved characters from his Witcher saga. The question? Which team would you choose, Team Yennifer or Team Triss? Neatly tucked in the myriad of comments was Paul’s reaction, “Eric E. McClure. I know you are for Team Yen.” Of course, he was right. So I voted, as he had guessed I would, for Yennifer of Vengerberg and smiled at his opposing vote for Triss Merigold.

Oddly enough, I found myself reading the thousand-plus reactions of others. The number of votes for Triss was amazing enough, but the comments were very heart-warming (negating the prepubescent statements of some, of course). The posts, though there were similar ones for the character of Yennifer, were everything from fondness of her personality to borderline marriage proposals. This is impressive as I love a good character as any reader does and was happy to see the appreciation of what the author had created. Still, I voted for the other candidate.

Today, quite randomly, I found myself reflecting on how a well-written character touches the thoughts and heartstrings of a reader. Ever the curious monkey, I decided to consider why this particular character has taken, from what I can tell, the majority vote. To make it a bit more entertaining, I ‘invited’ my friend to do the same given he was the one that tagged me on the post. Here is what I came up with, Paul Davis…you evil little man. 😉

For those who have played the PC/Console games of the Witcher series, Triss is probably the second most recognizable character apart from the protagonist, Geralt of Riva. It makes perfect sense to me why so many, through seeing her partnership with Geralt, would consider themselves ‘Team Triss’. However, due to the challenge of this post, I feel that I need to push aside the ‘game’ and go to the source, which in my humble opinion are the books. Spoilers ahead.

Of all the pro-Triss situations I can remember from Sapkowski’s novels, I will fixate on one that would sway my vote. In the shortest of terms, it was a part in ‘Blood of Elves’ when Triss comes to help Geralt when he is confused about Ciri and her training.

In the Witcher world, boys are basically brought to a keep in Kaer Morhen to be trained as hunters of monsters. Within this training, these lads are given potions to augment their senses and mutate their bodies. The result of this training and mutation either creates a talented monster hunter or kills them in the process. This works well enough for the witchers, but Ciri is not a boy.

Crillia (Ciri) is taken to the keep for training but starts to show signs that she’s not always up to snuff. Geralt, emotionally dulled by all the potions one takes to become a witcher, finds himself unable to comprehend what is going on. Well, the reader can figure it out before our hero does. Still it is when Geralt calls upon the aid of Triss that it is laid out before us. Triss recognizes Ciri is coming into womanhood and the “men’s only club” hasn’t a clue how to handle it. It’s priceless to read. So despite Triss’s desires to have Geralt as more than a friend-with-benefits, she focuses on setting ground rule for the “men” to follow and helps Ciri to understand the changes in her body and the emotions that come with it.

Now, I could point to how often Triss helps Geralt, her epic powers as a sorceress, her personal drive for set goals, or even the romance aspect between the pair, but it is this particular point in the book where Triss endears herself to me. As a parent, I understand well enough the struggles of this time. Though Triss is portrayed in the books as more like an older sister to Ciri, few could state that her actions in this short segment in a young girl’s life does not give her ‘parent status’ kudos. I certainly do.

So, there it is. The other side of the vote. Triss Merigold is an amazing character both in depth and talent. She is easily lovable and shows a compassion that we, as readers, can relate to even when dealing with a harsh world.

There, I have done my part Mr. Davis. I’m eager to read your post defending Yennifer.

Cheers!
Eric/Mac

P.S. If you have not read the novels of Andrej Sapkowski, I obviously recommend them.

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Tethered Lives – Update – Chapters 4,5&6

A bit late due to a lapse in health, but the next three chapters of ‘Tethered Lives’ is now available to read. Click here to go to the page.

Hope you enjoy the story so far!

Bless and Keep,
Eric

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Orphan’s Blade – Update

Hi All!

I have just added the next two chapters (Hepstone and The Odd Job) to the Orphan’s Blade story. Click here to read. (Sorry for delay. Have a lovely cold.)

In these two new chapters, I needed to give you an understanding of what Nithan Hall’s life was like after “the curse” of the first chapter. Since this is to be read like a journal entry dictated to a friend, I hope that the character solidifies in your mind as I attempt to randomly grab a scene and, true to my way of writing, write what I ‘see and hear’ in my own mind. I hope that the chapters are not so random that it becomes distracting and less interesting. With the understanding that Nithan is grasping at memories that are dimming in his mind, I will do my best to find threads that link them either in a time period or subject without missing a feeling of hurried tales told by a dying man. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

That being said, I intend to release two or three chapters of Tethered Lives tomorrow night.

Drop me a comment or an email to let me know what you think. I’m always curious.

Hope you are enjoying the stories!

Eric/Mac

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