This is the professional and public journal of author Craig Alan Loewen who writes under the names C. Alan Loewen or Alan Loewen or Stephen King.
No. Wait. Sorry. Scratch that last name.
My purpose in writing is to entertain and I trust my journal will do the same. My intentions are not only to promote my work, but share with you the adventures and misadventures of a man who sincerely desires writing to be an important and major part of his life. I would encourage you to "friend" the journal and come along. The road will sometimes be bumpy and a little lunatic, but I trust it will be ... interesting.
Also, I'm what is known as a parlor magician so I post a lot about that as well.
So settle back with a nice icy mug of ginger beer and read on. You may want to visit here first and read my bibliography.
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This collection was just released today.
Interestingly, I sat on the release of this collection for three years.
First, most of my readers know me as a writer of fantasies that are driven by plot and atmosphere or humor that is deliberately sophomoric at best. This collection of dark fantasy is going to catch a number of readers by surprise as some of these tales are truly, truly dark.
Secondly, some of these tales dance close to the definition of horror, but I avoid that genre distinction as most horror today relies on the gross out. There is a body count in this collection, but the violence takes place mostly off screen and my corpses are bloodless. But there are a few passages ...
Finally, twice in this collection I use strong language and I have debated its use in those two instances for years. Ultimately, I have decided to retain its use simply because there are times one's literary characters are going to say something much stronger than 'Gee willikers!' Anyway, in The Pig, I use the word 'damn' in its accurate definition as referring to the title creature as accursed. In The Pond, I use a stronger version invoking the Deity because I wanted to strongly convey the personality and attitude of one of my characters and give another reason for her fate (one of the darkest pieces I have ever written). In an age where the F-bomb is used as a verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection some will think me too scrupulous, but I do not use strong language in real life and as a writer and public speaker, to me words are building blocks. I try to use them with some care.
Nonetheless, if your tastes run to the dark side, these ten tales may tickle your fancy. However, be warned that they also bite.
I share it with you now once again. Completely free. Because I love you.
by Alan Loewen
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Last night I had a dream my youngest son worked as a private detective in Gettysburg.
Inspired, I wrote this in ten minutes:
by Alan Loewen
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(Not that anybody in their right mind would steal this stuff, but if you do, I will hunt you down, strap you to a chair, and tell you my Gus the Pus Sucker story)
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I have been very faithful in working toward the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words, but have encountered a serious problem.
Doll Wars spans 300 years and it has a cast of almost 20 characters and a magic system that is deliberately unpredictable. My goal for this story is ultimately it will be the third part of a quartet of stories that will be bundled together as a braided novel.
And the story has gone completely out of control.
Because I want to truly publish the Doll Wars collection, I need to step back, redo the titular story with fewer characters, create a reference calendar (some of the characters are over two hundred years old and they refer to common events that occurred over a span of three centuries!). I need to create bios for the characters and description sheets. Even though the magic system is deliberately unpredictable, there must be some rules so I have to sketch out a grimoire.
NaNoWriMo, I'm very sorry, but I have to leave you behind in a difficult decision. As my ultimate goal is that 50% of my annual income derives from my writing, please don't take it personal. It's just business.
- Current Location:United States, Pennsylvania, Gettysburg
- Current Mood:artistic
I''m happy! Why am I happy?
Look at this scan of a big article in today's Gettysburg Times. :-)
To see it in a readable size on your computer screen, right-click and click on View Image. You may need to left click on the image to make it larger.
This Saturday I will be teaching a course in how to write one’s memoirs. The calls are coming in and I believe that both classes (I am teaching the same class two different times that day) will be well attended.
However, I have already spoken to several people who would like to take the class, but they will not be there, not because of time conflicts, but because they listen too well to their Internal Critic.
Everybody has an Internal Critic, that shrill, interior voice that damns us for daring to think that we can be creative, be successful, be effective. Many authors confess to having one and I know very few that don’t.
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Okay. Today, my official NaNoWriMo count is 10,069 which is just a tad over the 9,996 words we should have accomplished today.
Tomorrow's count is 11,662.
In other news, White Rose just killed Isabella in battle. And the big battle in Doll Wars has yet to happen. Want to see the rough draft (and since I am writing as fast as I can with a noose around the neck of my Inner Critic this is as rough as it gets)?
White Rose and Isabella are animated dolls that stand about 4 feet tall. NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!
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As the story I am writing for NaNoWriMo is becoming very complex, I have had to create a backstory to keep the continuity logical as well as keep track of the numerous characters.
By Alan Loewen
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(This is a work in progress)
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