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My mind is a whirlwind of thoughts and imagination. A simple raindrop, the smell of a trash heap, or the touch of a bee's stinger is enough to immerse me into a new story idea. My passion is writing and my inspiration is everywhere. So far, my focus has been in short stories, however I have many novels floating around in my brain. Recently I have also been handed the opportunity to review the works of others and share them with everyone that reads my blog. Feel free to find me on facebook (facebook.com/esselprattwriting) the web (EsselPratt.com)or follow me on twitter (@EsselPratt).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Infendo Radio Episode 282: Family Friendly Rivalries


Welcome one and all to episode 282 of Infendo Radio!
We start the show by discussing our stolen ‘best Nintendo podcast’ slogan. My own Co-Op adventures with Rayman Legends and a quick Wonderful 101 update. Scott Pratt, Harrison Milfeld and myself (Lewis Pugh) then talk the Nintendo News with updates and new Wii U games hitting Kickstarter. Finally finishing on a feature around Nintendo and Kickstarter.

As always please send your listener questions to contact@infendo.com (my mail bag is empty!) and we will discuss them on a future show.
Feel free to add us on Miiverse:
Lewis Pugh: Leuvsion
Scott Pratt: EsselPratt
Harrison Milfeld: HybridMETA
Let us know what you think of the show in the comments below!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Celebrate Life, Despite Grieving the Loss


Too many times we take for granted the people and places around us, without giving a second thought to the impact that they have made.  We all have at least one of those people in our lives, but usually fail to show our appreciation towards their compassion until it is too late.  Whether it be due to not knowing how to show our gratitude, maybe the person would rather not be glorified for something they deem to be a part of their duty, or our busy lives just prevent us from devoting the time to show our thanks, deep down we know that there is more we can do to celebrate those that impact our lives.

Today, my wife and I heard news of the passing of one of those individuals.  He has helped us through difficult times via various means, and never once allowed us to return the favor.  He was, and still is, a very respectable man within our community, and has built a legacy that I hope can maintain its existence despite his passing.

He leaves behind an amazing family, which not only includes his wife and kids, but also his employees, the patrons that found comfort within his club, and the many bands that serenaded the venue throughout the years.

I know that most of you reading this will not know this man, although his impact on many has been far reached.  For those that do know the fantastic man that has made an impact, I urge you to not only grieve his loss, but more importantly celebrate his life.





 


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Editors, The Unsung Heroes!

You work through the depths of your imagination and discover the perfect tale hidden deep between your thoughts of love lost, and the time you forgot to wear pants to school.  Over the next few days, weeks, even months, you write until your hand stiffens with cramps.  After a few edits of your own, you check it over one more time before sending it off to the publisher for approval.

Then it hits you...the publisher accepts the story, and the editor gets to work on ripping your masterpiece to shreds.  You receive the suggested revisions back and gasp.  How could he or she be so evil and rude to dismantle all of your hard work?

Okay, let's face it.  Many writers go through the emotions above when accepted into an anthology, magazine, or as a new novelist.  However, despite being hit in the head with reality, your story needed some work.  As a writer, it is very easy to overlook our mistakes and the fluff that adds words to the page. 

We have to remember that the editor is there to help us.  He or she might come off as rude or blunt, and that is okay.  In fact, I would rather be told of my errors flat out, rather than receive a sugar coated revision that does my story no justice.  An editor's job is basically to give us writers some bad news.  They don't have the glory (usually) of presenting us with the golden contract and promise of publication.  They give us the harsh reality of what we need to accomplish to achieve publication.

Sure, there are some editors out there that give the others a bad name.  They might charge a writer to edit the work that they want to publish, essentially taking away from any promised royalties (assuming  there are royalties).  Some will charge to edit work with promises of publication after being paid, but have no real contacts with publishers.  Those are the editors that deserve the chastising that we so often give the legitimate editors that want to help us out.

Recently, I have had the opportunity to work with two very amazing editors.  I should be working with a third very soon.  My experience with them has been nothing but positive, resulting in submissions that were much more solid than I could ever have imagined.  So, I want to take this opportunity to thank both of those editors (you know who you are), and praise their work that so often gets tossed avoided like cooties. 

Remember, an editor is there to help you out, not hold you back!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Infendo Radio Episode 281: Welcome to the Nintendo News!

Infendo Radio is back, once again and we have another amazing show for you!  This week, Scott "Essel" Pratt, Harrison Milfeld, Lewis Pugh, and Holly Fellmeth skip the fluff and talk about the current news.
Topics such as the 2DS, a Wii U price cut, Windwaker HD edition Wii U, and Mighty No. 9 will flow through your ears.  I sort of feel bad because a couple of us kept talking, without giving poor Holly a chance to speak.  The next episode we will surely give her the floor.

Give the show a listen, and share your thoughts, views, question, and input below!  Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes and leave us a comment/rating there.  Of course, we are still accepting reader mail via tips@infendo.com





 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Guest Spot On The Evil Jester Podcast

Last night I had the honor of being a guest on The Evil Jester Podcast, with host Charles Day, his minion The Evil Jester.  The other guests were the amazing Bram Stoker Award winning Joe McKinney and the always entertaining Bill Zombie Zak Snider.

In the chat room, it was a blast chatting with Taylor Grant and Tommy B. Smith.

We chatted a little about ourselves and what we have been working on, but a good deal of the discussion was centered around our writing methods.  To outline, or not to outline, that was the question.  When you have a spare hour, be sure to give the show a listen and share your writing methods in the comments below.