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My Final Blog on WordPress

I’ve been writing blogs for over five years now.

My first blogs were on MySpace.

MySpace for crying out loud!

Writing blogs has been a help for me. It gave me an outlet, a voice to talk about my thoughts, opinions, stuff I liked, stuff I hated, and a bunch of stuff in-between.

I quit for a short time, and it was actually kinda nice. But for some reason, I came back, thinking I had more to say. And I do have lots to say, but is should be through my prose, my fiction (or super fiction, as I call it).

So, I’ve decided, again, that this will be my last weekly blog on WordPress.

Period

End of line.

 

One reason I’ll be shutting down this site is that my blogging is that it doesn’t feel like it is doing anything constructive. I knew these blogs weren’t going to change the world or anything like that. They have helped me with my writing skills. But in recent years, I have begun to notice the pointless negativity, pettiness, and unpleasantness that has become social media.

I wrote a blog touching on this, about how people take it personally when you have an opposing opinion, or you say something fairly innocuous, but they take it as an attack on them, or as someone once said “it invalidates my opinion”. Great line from a psychology book, but kinda fulla shit, especially if one comment by one person can affect your thoughts and opinions so harshly. We don’t all think alike. I have an opinion/ thought/comment, you have another. It doesn’t invalidate anything. It’s just different, or even worse, just a stupid comment!

It is these kind of things that have started to bug me. But if you try to talk to people about it, IE: an actual conversation, it usually reverts to a clash of opinions or some smart-ass  totally ignoring your thoughts so that they can post something they think is clever. It has been my experience, long before social media came along, that an open conversation, two-way conversation, with open-minded people, involves actually listening to the other person, not just repeating the same shit you said before in different ways. You may as well be talking to a wall.

Thankfully, the people who have commented on my blogs have been thoughtful and open-minded. Hopefully, I have responded similarly. But it is the mentality that has made me realize that, besides the people who actually follow my blog, and read, and even comment on them, for everyone else, I’m just talking to myself. It is the same thing with social media. It is becoming tiresome. The novelty of it may finally be wearing off. It is a tool to make connections, talk about what you are working on, and sharing something with friends. But otherwise, it is a place for people of all stripes to bash others and say terrible things about anyone opposing them. As much as I need to use social media, I’m becoming less and less of a fan.

The other reason, the one that is more important, is that I want to turn my attention to writing what I should be working on, the Infinatum. Earlier this week, I realized that most of my blogs were about 1000 words long. Probably too long for a blog, in hindsight, but I realized that those 1000 words should be put towards my stories. Sure some of my blogs are timely, or talk about current events or subjects that I think need mentioning. But sometimes, it would feel like I was just phoning it in. And if you heart isn’t in it, then you probably shouldn’t do it.

Also, I have a lot I want to write, and it seems I create more and more to write. I recently created a band of pan-dimensional pirates and expanded some Victorian Age heroes, both of which I hope to have appear in one of the many books of the Infinatum I have yet to start writing. Honestly, if I don’t starting writing them, I may never get them finished. And I truly want to write them. I have no idea if they’ll be good, or even published, but this is what I was always doing, from when I was a kid, to the present day. Making up characters and stories. But now, I have a little more knowledge and, hopefully, skill to do so.

Finally, part of using social media is to network, something I haven’t been doing as much or as well, as I should. If I am ever to do something with all that I’ve created, I need to put up or shut up. I need to do more to put what I’m working on out there, as well as meet others that are in the same boat, or like-minded folks to have one of those actual conversations with.

I am going to shut down this blog completely. But I’m going to go through the blogs I have posted and re-post them on my Facebook page. So for now, my blog page on WordPress will remain, I just won’t be posting new blogs on here. However, I may post blogs on my Facebook page. You can click the link below to go there…

https://www.facebook.com/Infinatum/

There are other links on my blog page to my other social media presence. So feel free to drop by there.

 

I sincerely want to thank all the people who subscribed to my blog, those who read it semi-regularly, and those who have commented on my blogs. I have been grateful for every visit, view and comment. Hopefully, if you like what I’ve written here, you’ll support my endeavour to make my novel “The Black Wave Event”, my shorts “Pry” and “Irregulars: Origin of the Species” published works.

Thanks for the you time, and as always…

Stay Tuned.

🙂

September always feels like a fresh start. From 1978 to 1999, I was in school, except for maybe one year. From kindergarten, through grade school, into high school, and eventually a few goes at college, I was in school. So it’s understandable why September feels like a good time to reboot one’s self.

It’s also a good time to take stock of my current projects, future projects, and such.

1. The Black Wave Event – A novel:

Well, it is done. But as I mentioned a few times before, I originally wrote it in present tense. As I have been reading through it, proof-reading and re-writing it, I’ve also been altering it from present to past tense. Actually, it has been immensely helpful switching it from present to past. I’ve been able to understand the differences better. For some reason, for the longest time, I had difficulty writing in past tense. But thanks to my switcheroo, I’m doing much better on my new material.

I hope to have the BWE finished by the end of the year. Next year, the really terrifying step, unleashing upon the world. Thankfully, it’ll be baby-steps. After copyrighting it officially, I’ll seek out professional readers or an editor to fix up my mistakes. If things go well, maybe by this time next year, the BWE will be ready, and I could be, officially, a publisher author! Whoa. Nah, I’ll just be a writer, thanks, lol.

 

2. Tales from the Infinatum – short stories and book series:

I may have mentioned I’m a glutton for punishment. Maybe, other writers have the same grand ideas that I have. Then they would be gluttons for punishment too. I haven’t even published my first novel and already, I have outlines for 18 more books, making them a series, called “Tales from the Infinatum”.

Now before you think I’m so full of myself that I would presume myself to be a literary genius, I’m most definitely not. But here’s the thing; these characters that exist within the Infinatum, have been rattling around in my head for decades. Plus, as I develop new stories and ideas, I also develop new characters, and more complicated and interwoven plot lines. Originally, the series consisted of 8 books, all taking place, roughly, within a few decades of each other. But after developing and expanding the history of the world my characters inhabited, it now involves new historical setting and characters inspired by popular literal characters of their time. From Greek mythology, to the likes of Spring-Heeled Jack and The Shadow, the Infinatum has continued to grow and grow.

To accommodate all these cool new characters and settings, the book series went from 8 to 18 books.

At some point, I have to start writing all this. So, I have no one to blame for all this but myself.

In the meantime, I have a few short stories that I can work on. These are ideas I either had before, but couldn’t find a decent place to fit them in, or they were pretty much stand-alone and I preferred them that way. Here’s a hint of them…

“The Job” – Ann Bricken meets up with her old high school friends, all of whom are successful in their own right. But when Ann tells of her recent employment, working for a mysterious, global advanced technology consulting firm, her friends are skeptical, until her work comes a calling.

“One Night Along the PCH” – Selina Cruz isn’t a fan of the famous California highway, or her current driving assignment. But when an irregular carjacker takes her for a ride, her eyes are opened, and her heart is broken by the terrible truth that she learns.

“American Schizoid” – Nicolas Kay is insane. He’d have to be. After all, he drives a Late 1970’s Lincoln Continental that talks to him, transforms into a walking battle tank, and has portal to a pocket dimension in the back seat that takes him to a remote cabin in Yosemite National Park where a beautiful, loving woman is always waiting. But when he picks up a wandering cowboy on his way back to Las Vegas, he learns a shocking truth. He may not be insane at all.

“The Future Prometheus” –  In a remote town in the Soviet Union, one of the world’s greatest minds is slowly losing her body to a crippling disease. She is given a chance for freedom, and eternal life, in an artificial body of her creation.

“Lessons” – Dr. Osaka Lo relives his life that eventually lead to his death, and his rebirth.

 

3. Under Construction:

Even though the plot outline for the first book of my series is finished, everything after book 8 still needs a lot of work. So when I’m not proof-reading finished material, or writing new material, I’m still developing plot lines, story lines, updating characters, and double-checking to make sure the continuity of everything is maintained. Continuity is pretty important, because there are a few times when other characters or events are mentioned, or even replayed from a different perspective. It can be a little complicated and occasionally daunting.

But honestly, I love doing all this shit!

FYI, just because I have an 18 book series in my head and on file, doesn’t mean that all the stories have been told. I’m just telling the main arc. Hell, it isn’t even the totality of the Tales from the Infinatum! There are so many more stories to tell, from certain individuals (IE: Pry, which I still have to finish that short story series), to groups of characters, to characters and adventures from different time periods and other dimensions!

4. Beyond the Infinatum:

Everything I just mentioned doesn’t even include the ideas I have for non-Infinatum stories. After all, I had a bunch of ideas for feature film scripts that I outlined, but never started. Those could easily be changed into prose. One of my favourite ideas is this…

” True North” – While working at the National Archives in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Molly stumbles across a mysterious item. It hints at one of the greatest historical cover-ups in North American history, involving the British’s attack on Washington DC, and the startling confession of then president James Madison. When she and her uncle begin to follow the clues to uncover the truth, they find themselves in involved in a secret that both the Canadian and American governments have tried to keep quiet for over one hundred years.

 

I actually did some actual RESEARCH for this idea! It is a cool idea that I hope to write someday.

I have a lot of work to do. But at least its fun work!

Stay tuned! 🙂

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Kate Heartfield

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