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Mundane

Mundane? I Beg To Differ With You

Opinion by VJ Miller, Sr.

You Need To Be a Little Laid Back:

Some people find simple pleasures in the so-called, “Mundane” things in life.  What is so odd or ridiculous about:

  • Laying on your back in a meadow and watching the clouds slowly drift by.
  • Observing a caterpillar as it chows down on a leaf.
  • Sitting on the shoreline watching the waves slowly roll in.
  • Observing kids building a sand castle.
  • Watching an ant struggle to move a large grain of sand.
  • A squirrel poking its nose through the leaf litter in search of some juicy morsel.
  • Listening to the distant wail of a freight train engine horn.
  • Watching distant lightning as the storm slowly rolls in.
  • The sound of rain as it seemingly fries the street.
  • The silence of huge nighttime snowflakes while they drift down all around you.

And the best part is because all of these things are absolutely FREE. Continue reading Mundane? I Beg To Differ With You

Voice Before Facts When Writing

by VJ Miller, Sr.
Planet of Statues cover
Issue #2

Why Voice before Facts? As I zero in on the final chapters of my next book, Planet of Statues, I stand at 40k words; where it will top out is beyond me right now. Planet of Statues is the second book in the series, Realms Uncharted Presents. I’d planned on a one story per issue format of 18 to 20k words; something easy to read in one sitting. As has happened in the past, one of my stories has taken on a life of its own. One short story, Beware the Pedaler, was planned to be only 8 to 10k but finally topped out at 18k. My novel, Mask of the Crime Czar I expected to be around 60k actually ended up with 85k.

Planet of Statues is the story of the hyper-ship, Searcher and its crew who are on a deep space survey mission to find planets similar to their own home world for either colonization or a source of elements they can exploit. The one caveat; any planet with intelligent life or what may evolve into such life must be avoided. Continue reading Voice Before Facts When Writing