|This is the first G-rated short story I've written since joining the WSS contest on Good Reads.|
Too BeautifulVERSE 1Too Beautiful by Garrison-Kelly
With your angelic soul and gorgeous voice
You left my heart with no other choice
You made me want to know what it’s like
To be with the siren from behind the mike
This couldn’t be real, but only a fantasy
Only a fool would ever keep asking me
To share this dance, to share this kiss
To share this hug in a moment of bliss
You have everything a man could want
A voice that with every song continues to haunt
A face like an angel straight from the clouds
A soul that screams with passion so loud
It wouldn’t be right to tarnish your name
In an animalistic act that knows no shame
Though it hurts to let go, I know that it’s right
To watch you walk away in the pale moonlight
My heart breaks with every girl crush
My mind knows better than to go for the rush
Not every blonde is a surefire catch
Not every brunette loves more than cash
Not every supermodel is meant for me
Not every actress gives their heart out for free
Solitude is all I ever really nee
Grading SystemYou all have probably noticed when I review something I give it a generic grade of either pass or fail. Over the time I’ve been giving reviews, things have gotten more complicated than that. It’s suddenly not as simple as a P or an F anymore. In fact, here’s my grading system in a nutshell:Grading System by Garrison-Kelly
1. Extra Credit: This is an extremely rare grade that I give to a medium that I not only liked, but thought it exceeded expectations. Whenever I watch something, I usually expect that it will be likeable. When I give something an EC grade, it really blew me away and changed me forever. The only movie to get this grade so far is The Lego Movie, because it gave me the creative fuel I needed to get out of a slump of depression.
2. Pass: This is the most common grade I’ve given any movie, TV show, match, or book. When I watch something, I want to enjoy it, so I don’t intentionally pick out flaws or even dig very deep to find them. An example of a UFC match with a passing gr
Clair DeusNAME: Clair DeusClair Deus by Garrison-Kelly
OCCUPATION: Witch Hunter
Back in the years 2007 and 2008, whenever I was strapped for fantasy movie script ideas, I would come up with multiple lists of 100 original characters and randomly select from those lists to determine which ones would be in the same story. The list items would have a name, a race, and a class. That’s it. No back story, no psychology, no flaws, just the basics. The good stuff would be developed as I wrote the script. Unfortunately, Clair Deus, Human Witch Hunter, was never randomly chosen for a script, so she stayed on the list she was a part of indefinitely.
But the more I thought about the potential Clair Deus had, the more I began to develop her for no real reason inside my own head. I always envisioned her as a medieval dark fantasy version of Kate Beckinsale’s character from the Underworld saga. The few differences were, Clair had gothic makeup on her face and used crossbows and magic wands instead of guns a
The Lego MovieMOVIE TITLE: The Lego MovieThe Lego Movie by Garrison-Kelly
DIRECTORS: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
GENRE: Kids Adventure
RATING: PG for comic mischief
GRADE: Extra Credit
In a world inhabited by Lego characters and creations, the evil Lord Business plans on using a weapon known as Kragle to freeze Lego parts in place and make everybody conform to his ideal utopia. The only thing that can neutralize Kragle is a special block known as the Piece of Resistance, which came into the hands of an everyday dork named Emmet Brickowski. Emmet has no fighting abilities nor creativity when it comes to building things, unlike the Master Builders he aligns himself with, who take full advantage of their creative prowess. Can an everyday loser like Emmet become something greater with this quest or will he forever be a conformist member of Lord Business’ bland culture?
This movie was so awesome that it became the first of the ones I’ve reviewed to be graded “extra credit”, which means it exceede
Though I wasn’t tagged by her, I stole this Christmas meme from my good friend Kat. The rules are simple: post ten different wishes you want to come true this Christmas and tag your friends to do the same. These wishes can be anything from something small like a new fuzzy hat to something bigger like world peace. I’ll tell you right now that I won’t be tagging anybody for this meme. Instead I’m going to leave it out in the open and get robbed blind by those who want to “steal” it. Without further ado, here we go!
1. When I returned home from my vacation to San Diego, I suddenly had better cardio (I wasn’t out of breath all the time) and a thinner face when I looked in the mirror. I don’t know how I got these things (probably from happy stress instead of angry stress), but my first wish is to keep the momentum going so that I can be happy and healthy for the rest of my days.
2. Also when I returned home from San Diego, I haven’t seen my yellow kitty Nacho anywhere. He’s usually the first to come out when I put food and water down in the garage. My second wish will involve two parts. One, bring Nacho back to me. Two, give him the courage to come in our house and want to be adopted by my family. Luna could also use some courage for the same thing.
3. Back in November, I started work on my current novel Watch You Burn, about a schizophrenic college student named Mario Bryan whose obsession with cartoons got him involved in a war only heard about in the anime he’s watching. So far I’ve written six chapters out of twenty and my wish is to keep the momentum going until it’s finished. Unlike Fireball Nightmare, Watch You Burn is going to be a big hit. I know it.
4. This is going to sound cliché, but I actually do want to wish for world peace. I wish for a police force that protects its citizens instead of brutalizing them, a foreign policy agenda that involves diplomacy instead of bombs and tanks, and political action to keep guns out of the hands of those who don’t deserve them. Yes, I’m a tree-hugging, hippie-dippie liberal. Get used to it.
5. Coming up sooner than later, I have an interview with the social security offices to keep my disability benefits going indefinitely (because schizophrenia and autism are kind of permanent deals). My wish is that this interview will go smoothly and wonderfully and that my benefits will continue.
6. My next wish is for an MP3 of Becky Lynch’s WWE NXT theme music. They won’t release it on iTunes or Amazon and there doesn’t seem to be any decent copies on You Tube, so finding this MP3 will take some diligence.
7. I have many items on my media wish list for music albums, but one of them is “Peace at All Costs”, the latest effort from Otherwise. I became a fan of these guys ever since they opened for Three Days Grace in Seattle back in 2013. It’s only right that I’d want their newest album.
8. In addition to albums, my media wish list also has items for books. There are 56 items on this list, so I’ll only give you one of them: anything from Ned Vizzini’s bibliography. I’ve never read anything from him before, but from what I’ve heard, he was a damn good writer before he committed suicide last year on account of his mental illnesses.
9. I wish for a chance to see CM Punk’s first match in the UFC. If you don’t follow professional wrestling or mixed-martial arts, CM Punk was most famous for his time in the WWE where he was a multiple-time world champion and had a knack for cutting rebellious and thought-provoking promos. He left WWE in January 2014 due to him not getting along with management and also because he had a long list of injuries that WWE was exploiting. CM Punk’s first UFC match will take place sometime in early 2015, hopefully against Jason David Frank a.k.a. the Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
10. My final wish is a simple one: light bulbs for both of my lava lamps. I keep promising that I’ll get them at Fred Meyer or Albertson’s, but I keep forgetting about them and therefore my room lacks serious color (aside from my grape lights and fake Christmas tree).
We’ve got ears, say cheers!
***COMEDIC QUOTE OF THE DAY***
“Dear Preparation H, I ate this whole dang tube and I still got these here hemorrhoids! Man, my mouth’s so small, I can’t even eat a jelly bean anymore! But I can whistle real’ good!”
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American Darkness (contemporary drama anthology)
Brawl Mart (urban fantasy novel)
Confessions of a Schizophrenic Savage (poetry and song anthology)
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Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: My favorite way to deal with writer’s block is by imagining the scenes of my stories from beginning to end. Sometimes when I’m alone (or at least when I’m sure I’m alone), I’ll do a back and forth dialogue between characters out loud. If it wasn’t for this method, the characters in my current novel Fireball Nightmare would all be two-dimensional wash-ups. It’s supposed to be a fast-paced bloodbath, but stories and emotions are just as important as the high-octane violence, if not more so.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Listen to your heart. Write about things you feel are important to you. Taking advice from others is okay and often recommended, but ultimately, you’re the one who makes the final decision on your writing, not the audience, not the editors, not the admins, just you and you alone. If somebody tells you your writing sucks, put as much distance as possible between yourself and that person. Nobody has the right to bring you down. If you still feel like your writing sucks, then keep working on it until it doesn’t. Never give up hope.
Q: How do you get inspired to write?
A: I draw inspiration from a lot of different sources whether they’re from other books or not. I’m a huge fan of heavy metal music and I often use it to channel aggressive feelings in my writing, especially during scenes of violence. I’m also a fan of professional wrestling as evidenced in my 2014 dark fantasy e-book Brawl-Mart. People like to criticize wrestling for being “fake” and I always tell them that Harry Potter is also fake, yet nobody’s complaining. Yet another source of creative fuel comes from the computer game Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. If it wasn’t for that game, I wouldn’t have such a fascination with barbarians. Deus Shadowheart, the main character of Fireball Nightmare, probably wouldn’t be a barbarian or even in existence if it wasn’t for Diablo II.
Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
A: When I was a child, I loved playing with Legos and I had a set from the pirate franchise that was a volcano with a swinging skull door in front. I called this set the Volcano of Doom and it has since been the inspiration for the main deity of Fireball Nightmare, Vahd (which is just a respelling of the acronym for Volcano of Doom (VOD)). Realistically, Fireball Nightmare is just an excuse for me to use a favorite barbarian character of mine named Deus Shadowheart and an idea I had for a dark fantasy apocalyptic role-playing game I made up called Valley of the Damned. When two kick-ass things come together, it’s instant magic. The makers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup know this very well.
Q: Describe your desk.
A: It’s a hand-me-down from my older brother and has been in my possession since 2008. I have to be careful with it because it’s small and shakes easily. The upper tier has my computer screen, pencils, flash drives, and tissues on it. The middle tier holds my fan, house phone, speakers, tape player, keyboard, and sometimes a bottle of Diet Mountain Dew. The bottom tier is where my computer tower, printer, and power strips are located. In addition to writing stories and poetry, my rickety desk has also been used to draw some…interesting pictures.
Q: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A: I’ve lived in many places over the course of my childhood, but the one place where reality hit me the hardest was when I was going to high school in Chehalis, Washington. My freshman year was best known for the verbal bullying I have endured and almost committed suicide over. Due to the crippling PTSD (and eventual schizophrenia) I’ve suffered, most of my writing is influenced by dark and disturbing themes such as death, bullying, mental sickness, sex, and violence. I do have lighthearted stories in my archives, but I will always be known as an R-rated author.
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: I’ve been writing all of my life, but the time when I started taking it seriously was January of 2002. My first writing project was a videogame idea called Final Fantasy Hardcore. It had the same magical premise and romantic leanings as the games in the Final Fantasy series, but it was set in a dystopian future and had tons of mature content. My two favorite characters from this series are a charismatic barbarian named Deus Shadowheart and a perverted scientist named Dr. Scott Cain. Ever since scrapping Final Fantasy Hardcore, I’ve been trying to find a story for those two to be a part of. I think I’ve finally nailed it with a dark fantasy novel I’m currently writing called “Fireball Nightmare”.
Q: What’s the story behind your latest book?
A: My most recently published e-book as of now is American Darkness, which isn’t really a novel, but a collection of emotional short stories in a contemporary setting. There are 22 different stories jammed in this anthology, but the pride and joy of this series is one called “Another Brick in the Wall”, which obviously takes its name from the Pink Floyd songs. It is a classic verbal confrontation between a strict US History teacher named Sid McDonnell and a stressed out student named Sam Keith. This is a scenario I have always fantasized about, especially considering I had some rather unsavory teachers in high school and college who deserved a tongue-lashing.
Q: What motivated you to become an indie author?
A: My circumstances were the reason I chose self-publishing over traditional. I live in a town called Port Orchard, where young adult writers don’t have an outlet for their creativity. If I wanted to go somewhere to fulfill that need, it would have to be either Seattle, Bellingham, or Tacoma, all three of which are big cities that are too hard to get to. I don’t have a car or a driver’s license, so I have to depend on others for transportation. The people in my family who have driver’s licenses have schedules of their own and can’t ferry me to the big cities on a daily basis. Instead of stressing myself out by traveling to the big cities, I choose to use the internet to make my presence known. I have a lot of work to do in order to market myself, but I wouldn’t have self-published if I didn’t believe I could do it.
Q: How has Smash Words contributed to your success?
A: I haven’t sold very many e-books yet, but when the money starts rolling in, it will be because I chose Smash Words. Simply having a place where my writing can be immortalized is good enough for me. I write regularly on Deviant Art, Good Reads, Blogger, and Face Book. Smash Words is different from these places because it gives me a platform to organize my writing into a tangible product instead of just bits and pieces. Sometimes people need to see the bigger picture in order to make a decision about whether to be a member of an author’s audience.
Q: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A: Exercising my creativity is always a fun part of the business, but my favorite part comes from the feeling of accomplishment I get after I write something. I have taken something from my screwed up psyche and made something beautiful out of it. I liken this to the scene in the musical Pink Floyd the Wall where the main character smashes his hotel room in a fit of rage and afterwards makes a piece of art out of the remains. It’s a creepy way to think of my accomplishments, but then again, lots of creepy things go on in my mind.
Q: What do your fans mean to you?
A: My fans mean everything to me. Every time they give me a compliment or critique on my writing, it helps me become a better writer. Even if it’s a short compliment like “very well-written”, it’s enough to boost my confidence to continue putting myself out there. I’m shy at first, but when I begin to get comfortable with a group of people, we do so much for each other.
Q: What are you working on next?
A: It’s a dark fantasy novel called Fireball Nightmare. The first act, which is known as This Is Violence, deals with a forest-dwelling barbarian named Deus Shadowheart who will go to extreme means to protect his home from city developers. The main reason he does this is because he is a servant of the volcanic mountain god Vahd, who will erupt into apocalyptic fire if his forest is destroyed. The second act is called Valley of the Damned, but I won’t get into it right now because too much of the plot will have been revealed.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: This is going to sound ironic coming from a lifelong writer, but I didn’t actually become a bookworm until 2009 when I picked up a copy of The Cleaner by Brett Battles. The books I read in college were slow-paced and dull while The Cleaner was exciting and quick. It’s because of this drastic change in pace that Brett Battles will always be my favorite author. Others include fellow introvert Susan Cain, Sherman Alexie, Carl Hiaasen, and Stephen Chbosky. Realistically, I’ll give my patronage to any author who can dictate a fast pace with his or her writing. Bonus points to go to any author who can almost bring me to tears. I haven’t cried since 2007, but I came very close to doing so with many of the authors I’ve read books from, particularly Stephen Chbosky.
Q: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A: To be honest, I don’t have much of a professional or social life in my small town of Port Orchard, Washington. To put it bluntly, I’m unemployed and have very few friends. I don’t have much of a reason to get out of bed every day, so the closest thing to inspiration I have is walking to the grocery store to get three giant bottles of Diet Mountain Dew. Walking is a fun exercise that helps me clear my mind, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to rock out to heavy metal music on my MP3 player.