Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Flow: I don't know what it is that other writers call it. But for me, the "Flow" is the way a story comes together in terms of events that happen to a character. In my mind, the events of before bring forth the events of the future chapters. Now somewhere when the Flow is happening, somewhere there is a small place that keeps track of events that occur. If it's calm and not too distracted, it means that the story is going along wonderfully. But if you do something, say something, or cause and event that is out of sync to those earlier events, the Flow becomes turbulent. It is small at first, but as you go on chapter to chapter, the Flow begins to make itself more known. It becomes the distraction. And the writing peters out until you have to go back to find where the change occurred. It keeps me going, yet it keeps me from finishing the story until the Flow settles down. For some, this might be a mistake, to rewrite to how the Flow occurs, but for me the Flow is also an awareness of the world I've created, and it is the way some deep part of me has settled in on what 'must be' for the best stories to be told. So why do I write about this? Because this time I didn't see the change in time, I consciously forgot a point I made in the story, and Flow became turbulent and now I'm having to reread what I've written to get back to the Flow so the story may begin again. I also write this for other writers who at some point, may have their own "Flow" begin to become turbulent and show itself as writer's block or distractions that normally don't occur when writing. Just a thought to consider the next time, you as a writer begin to find yourself not quite 'getting' into the Flow.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fantasy and sci-fi in real time the 'gritty' universe: Zombies

In the world of today, our view points of the universes we read in comic books attempt to mix together the current view of reality with the fantasy that is comics.

This is especially so in the idea of comics with superheroes and monsters.

It is a converse viewpoint in a way. For we as fans desire to see the real world come together in our fantasy so as to better interact with it. And yet, in our desire to bring the fantasy closer to reality, we in turn unconsciously espouse a desire to live the fantasy when the real becomes all too real. (Family problems, school issues, work pressures, and of course, 'the stupids,' are just a few examples.)

But in some comics, the reality and fantasy mix becomes a bit hard to intermix. In these posts, I'll explore the reality. Not to ruin anyone's day, but just to show where some things might come from. This is my point of view, and not meant to insult anyone simply point out possibilities. Zombies...and the human ability to focus, and it's drawback.

Ironically, while the monsters such as zombies are most easily seen as fantasy, a part of our deep fearing mind, the Id, creates these monsters from such simple things as a mall crowd, or the inevitable text-fiend on the street.

It is not to say that people are mindless, but it is easy to become distracted, to focus too deeply on one's current task to consider the idea of watching out for others unless they come into the immediacy of your peripheral vision. It is in this ironic place of self that stems the monster the zombie.

But that is the reality. It is just annoying, of course. And sometimes dangerous because it can be a zombie driving that car or truck next to you, or behind you. So focused on what's going on inside the vehicle that they forget the outside world totally. It can be for a split-second. But in that split-second, the world can change.

So in this way, yes, zombies are quite real. They may not quite be decayed, or broken down and shambling. But they can be for that one moment in time, that crucial moment in time a sadly mindless thing moving forward without thinking and change your entire world.

It can be walking across a street while texting.

It can be driving while talking on a phone.

It can be simply lost in thought.

A trip of the foot, a bump of someone can bring you back and one is safe.

But in a car, or on the street, it can lead to being a part of the dead.

And this is where reality returns. Because the dead usually stay dead. And lost forever are the thoughts, the dreams, the inspirations of those you love, forever.

Sorry for the bleh thoughts, but something came close to reminding me of that edge point this week. Everyone is all right, but all it took was one person's loss of attention on the road ahead to make a big change in life. Nothing medical, but certainly a set-back in life.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Legacy is Newly Edited and online.

Professionally edited, newly polished, Legacy (A Novel of the Age of Power) is online.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Editing of Legacy is done

Now off to the proof reader Ashley Davis. (Not a relative, I'm a pen name)
She now has a site page as well to show herself.

So far I like what she has shown for catching my mistakes. Next week I'll be working with her to get the book to better specs than what is online.

To reiterate, this is a polished version of the book. The story remains the same, but there will be dialog improvements as well as corrections of grammatical errors that has bothered many readers.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coming Soon! Paperback book!

The Legacy book will be up for sale come next week for 15.50 as  trade paperback. This is for those who can't or don't wish for a kindle. Hope you enjoy it when it comes out for sale!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Introductions are in order

And so it begins. This is my first posting on the blog. I am the author, Jon Davis. The writer of the book Legacy~A Novel of the Age of Power. As I am about to publish the book as a trade paper back I thought it would be a good idea to get the readers of my book a chance to offer feedback and potential information for the future of the series.