What I Wish I'd Known

Your First Novel Will Probably Suck

It’s true. But think about most of the first things that you’ve attempted in your life that involved creativity or skill. Think about the first picture you drew, photo you took, essay you wrote… Mine firsts were all crap. Cute, I’ll admit, earning many “aw’s” and chest-clutching mommy smiles as she showed my hand-painted hand-turkey to her friends, but none of those grammar school masterpieces made it into a museum. And I’m okay with that.…

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Creating Interesting Characters

Create interesting characters with relatable conflicts. That’s the basic advice I’ve heard or read from most podcasts and websites. It seems simple enough. So when I created a character for my first book and gave him all the qualities for an interesting character (citizen of the empire, poor son of a baker, can use magic, awakens in a slave-village and helps start a revolution to overthrow the empire he once loved) I was surprised that…

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Website/Blog Niches

As I was writing a different blog, trying to find inspiration…I found it! I’d been listening to an archived podcast of The Creative Penn (one of the three podcasts I subscribe to, including Writing Excuses and I Should Be Writing) and decided to follow a successful writing blogger’s advice—create your niche. So, I opened my blog and asked myself, “What does it mean to create your niche?”, immediately followed by, “One more thing I wish…

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Writing With Depression

It’s not a beautiful topic; it just resonates. A quick jaunt through writers groups and forums is all it takes to see how pervasive depression is within the industry. I guess it’s the nature of the creative industry to attract introverts. It takes a particular breed to enjoy sitting in front of a computer for hours on end or at least willing to put up with it enough to make a living; that breed simply…

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The Past Is Beautiful Right Where It Is

Tennessee is beautiful. My family and I moved here to be closer to my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Thankfully, we got news last night that the tumors are shrinking! I was skeptical about the move at first but quickly warmed to the prospect once I saw how green and lush the state is. It reminded me of where I grew up, in a small community in the backwoods of Napa…

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Killer Games

Now that we’re all moved in to our new home (well…almost moved in), I have a moment to breath and write. Plus, I felt inspired by an argument I got in with myself while taking a shower—do violent video games make people violent? It was a topic I skimmed over in philosophy, though I hadn’t given much thought to it due to the reasoning of the argument. It goes a little something like this: studies…

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Moving…

It’s one of the greatest stressors in life, along with getting married and having a baby. Despite that, I’ve moved quite a bit over my life, even to another country. Now I’m at it again. This time it’s Tennessee. I’m pretty excited about the move—returning to large, green trees is something my soul’s been craving for a long while—but it still comes with its stress. There’s the packing, organizing, more packing, wrapping, packing, bubble wrap,…

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Change

My friend and I were chatting the other day, once again solving the world’s problems. This time the topic was our deteriorating climate, when he finally says, “Yeah, I get it. We put ourselves in a bad spot. How do we fix it?” I grew up in the 80’s and graduated high school in 1994 when we had to chisel our homework on concrete slabs. During that era, being a bully (to some extent) wasn’t…

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Philosophical Rantings

This is an insight to the mind of James Eyler. Not that it’s a very welcoming mind, or terribly exciting; however, it’s an insight nonetheless. What follows is a thread of thought that I had while in a graduate level philosophy class in 2014. Personality Personality = what differentiates one person from another, without considering the physical body—memories, likes, dislikes, morals, beliefs, personal taste, mannerisms, etc. Many people identify themselves with their personality, and cannot…

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