This page is for stuff... mainly my thoughts on writing, and whatever else I can think of.  

This page will hopefully be organized and updated with additional content soon (I'm lazy, I know) but for now, here's a bit about my writing history.

I began writing several years ago. I've long had stories popping into my head (Proving the old adage that nature abhors a vacuum) and if I don't write them down, I forget them. However, my main problem was that I was ignorant of the mechanics of writing. If anyone saw my old drafts, I'd die of embarrassment. I even had two characters peaking within the same paragraph in places. I also didn't know that you were supposed to write linearly; the first thing I wrote was the epilogue. In fact, I still write non-linearly, jumping ahead to write sections or chapters.  

My first story was an untitled piece, which was later named (by my editor Emoe, because I couldn't think of a title) "For The Love". I had a plot outline in my head, and I started by writing a short outline, and then starting at the beginning. I plugged away for a few very short chapters, but what I wrote looked more like a synopsis than a story; my chapters were about a thousand words long. I re-drafted a few times, and got to work.

At about that time, I got to know a wonderful man by the name of Ed Wooton. Ed was one of the best-known editors around, but fortunately for me, I didn't know that (Otherwise I'd have been too nervous to send him my scribblings). Ed helped me in many ways, and I was about ready to try posting the few story chapters I had. I was still ignorant of many things, and the first site I tired turned me down flat, without saying why. Turned out, I had the thousand-word-chapter problem; very short chapters. Well, That was easy enough to fix, so i got to work, but then I received an E-mail; Ed Wooton had passed away. Ed was basically the only person I knew in the online writing community, and he was my editor. I was heartbroken, and missed him. I abandoned any notion of posting stories online.

However, the voices in my head would not shut up. With Ed gone, and having lost interest in online sites, I still liked to write, but never intended to post my writings anywhere. One day, while chopping wood of all things, a story line popped into my head. (proving that nature really does abhor a vacuum.) I saw a guy, down on his luck, at the end of his rope, get a major break. Everything was wonderful, but there was this other storyline hovering around, featuring a guy who had a little nuclear project running. (Yep, Let The Music Play). And as I always do when a storyline occurs to me, I felt compelled to write down the main elements, and then start filling in details. I made it to around chapter eight, plus an outline and the epilogue, before other projects came to mind. One of them was "Mixed signals". a story I do intend to brush up and start posting.

However, there was something lacking, something big; Readers. I needed feedback, and just typing things that only I would ever see was losing its appeal. At about that time, I discovered GA. I spent my time reading and learning, and then I heard about the anthology. I had a look, and decided to give it a try.

I had a story idea and drafted it. But it just wasn't working, so I scrapped the outline and started over, just writing to see where the story would take me. I had a blast; and then soon enough it was time to send it off to my wonderful editor, Emoe. He sent it back, and the red ink had flowed! I'd made a plethora of errors, everything from sequencing to punctuation, and you name it, I'd done it. I worked on it, fixed it, and got some more advice and tinkered a little more. I finally worked up my nerve to attach the file to an e-mail and send it in for the anthology. I waited nervously, expecting a rejection.

Not long after, I learned that it had been accepted. I then also learned that many of the other contestants would be hosted authors. I panicked; I didn't want to humiliate myself (Nothing I'd written had ever been online before), so I considered withdrawing, but Emoe calmed me down. I also realized that, even if it was abysmal and torn to shreds by the readers, at least I'd learn something. The deciding point, though, was that after Emoe had gone to all the work of editing it, I couldn't just pull out, so, I bit my lip and let "No Shirt? No Problem!" go online with the 2006 Summer Anthology.

It was my first story to ever be posted, and to my utter astonishment it was well-received! That was it, I was hooked....

All of a sudden, writing had became a lot more fun for me, so I did a lot more of it, always trying to learn. (I still do, I'm still learning!).

Shortly thereafter, a new user registered at GA. He and I began PM'ing, and he showed me a draft of the first chapter of a story he was working on. It was very good and I said so. Shortly thereafter, he mentioned another of his stories, "Shot of Bourbon". I sure knew that one! It was one of my favorites from the days when I first discovered gay stories online. He'd changed his handle, so I said "You're Blackheart?!!?!?" He confirmed that he was, and we began talking more and more. His new handle is Shadowgod, and I continue to work with him to this day. His stories were very inspirational, and still are, though even more so now.

I met Graeme in a similar way several months later, but with him, I already knew who he was; one of my favorite authors. I consider Graeme and Shadowgod to have been my mentors. Thanks guys!

My writing style tends to vary. I enjoy action/adventure stories, so they make up a large part of my work. I also enjoy experimenting. I've written in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, and mainly I confine my experimentation to short stories. I write "For The Love" in 1st person, as I'd heard somewhere that mysteries often are. I chose 3rd for "Let the Music Play" because there was no choice. I find I enjoy both, but 3rd is certainly more powerful and far easier to use.

I have many interests; I love to travel, I love gadgets, and I have a hobbyists interest in many things, ranging from military history to science. I find all of these useful in writing.

Writing has hooked me; or more precisely the readers have. Getting feedback, for me, is the soul of writing; seeing how what I write comes across is invaluable to me, because what the author sees in his head is so often different to what comes out on paper.

I would therefore like to dedicate this page to the people who, in my opinion, deserve the lion's share of the credit for the stories that go out under my name; my wonderful team of my editor and betas, and my readers.

Buckle up, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

CJ

 

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