Sunday, January 25, 2015

250 Words A Day Challenge! Day Three

Old inns, old houses, old trees and grassy yards, an old town filled with old landmarks; each landmark reminding Todd of an old and unique pain, where they might have once been comfortable reminders of a happy life he had before.

In the inside pocket of his jacket, a slight weight reminded Todd of why he even came back to Windy Hills. Feeling heavier than its actual weight, Todd found the words of the letter rolling back through his mind, as though he had read the letter many times.

In truth, he had read it once and only once. But the one time was all he needed and the words haunted him and stuck with him since he read the first word and recognized the familiar handwriting.

The actual contents of the letter were unremarkable. It wasn’t the specific words, which he was trying to push out of his mind so as to not suffer their chilling effects any longer. It was who wrote it that made all the difference. And it pained him to think of meeting the daughter of the woman he loved face to face for the first time in many years.

So close to the anniversary of Amy’s passing, Todd already faced the weight of an emotional day, where he didn’t need familiar landmarks to lose himself to the dangerous roads of melancholy nostalgia. Those winding roads only ever travelled as a spiral, wandering circles moving ever downward into a pit that represented the worst of us.

Todd found himself in that pit often and he was never proud of the despair he felt and his unwillingness to let go. He knew the only reason he was going to meet with Charlotte, Amy’s daughter, was because he had an addiction to Amy’s memory. There would be no closure. No healing words or moments of emotional recovery.

Todd would breath in the scent of another memory and let it convince him that he was somehow close to touching Amy again.

250 Words A Day Challenge! Day Two

The engine already running, Todd put the car into gear and left the street that rested between his old diner and the building it sat in and the park that marked the town square.

People walked around the park. Some faces familiar. Some not. Even where he didn’t know the faces, however, Todd recognized enough of their features to name exactly which family they came from.

Windy Hills, a small, close community, had always been home to certain prominent families, as well as many not so many prominent ones. Even though Windy Hills had a healthy population, it was still easy to know all the families, if not the individual members, by name.

The park was largely unchanged. In spite of the economic hard times that swept through the town and shut down many businesses, the park had somehow persevered through all of it. Todd had the bittersweet knowledge that it wasn’t the external weight of a bad economy that led him to close the doors of his and his grandfather’s business. It was his choice.

But the decision would stick in his gut for a long time as one of the worst decisions he had ever made.

Did I have a choice? he thought.

Todd had plans to drive around the town, take in all of the images that he used to associate with the idea of home. He knew that he wouldn’t do it, however. Because once he started the look around, he knew he would eventually find the former home of someone he did not want to remember. The home of the woman who had his heart. The woman who was with him no more.


It was on account of his driving that he did not close his eyes and blink out the tears.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

250 Words A Day Challenge! Day One

Not movie related, but I thought I would post this here because, well, reasons.

I decided to do something a little different than NaNoWriMo (for those who don't know what NaNoWriMo is head to to find out.)

NaNoWriMo is not for everyone. While I'm a three time winner, I'm even a little burnt out on it. I also have no problem writing 2000+ words a day. So, I thought, I would like to slow it down. Why? Well, because instant gratification isn't always good. Some days, it's good to get a ton of words. Other days, it's better to get something closer to 250 quality words. Yes, quantity can be its own quality, but future you, who is often an editor of the novel that present you wrote, will thank you for those quality days.

So, the 250 words a day challenge. Instead of the 1,667 words a day for 30 days during NaNoWriMo, 250 words for 200 days.

For me, it's all about pacing and learning to edit better. For others, it's all about learning to write a novel over the course of a year. 200 days. This means you have 165 days off that you don't have to write. You can write more than your 250 words. I did. I wrote 350. I'm also going to post my results here. So, with today's explanations being the only addition to my word count, I will post the beginning of the novel here.

Feel free to join me and start writing your own novel. It's novel writing time!


Some things don’t change. Some do. People repeat “almost aphorisms” like this as though they are making some profound statement, but really, they’re just saying something everyone already knew.
Todd hated people like that.
Todd Gaines watched the old building from across the street. It did not move, as buildings usually didn’t, and he felt foolish for expecting the old, decaying structure to somehow communicate its history to him as he stared at it.
Still, his eyes met the edifice and for many lost minutes, Todd willed his old business to tell him what happened in his home town. Sitting in a rental car that looked too new to belong to the area, it was both strangely difficult but all too easy to finally peel his gaze from the same spot and blink out the memory and emotion.
Memories bled into Todd’s mind, but only as small bursts of familiar images, with no context accompanying them. Some were painful. Some were happy. He didn’t want the context. The emotional weight of even the smallest hint of memory was too much. To give that memory depth would likely kill him.
Todd’s old diner, which had belonged to his grandfather before him, once stood as a proud landmark in Windy Hills. Sitting near the town square, where a small fountain dedicated to Arthur Foster Willingham, a town founder, still spouted water, everyone knew Danny’s.
Daniel Gaines was Todd’s grandfather, a good and honest man by all accounts, far different from his son, but not so different from Todd. Todd admired his grandfather, who raised Todd after Todd’s father fled and Todd’s mother, Daniel’s daughter-in-law, passed away.
A staple of local dining and an important part of tourism, Danny’s was well known. For years, Todd had to tolerate town council members not only using his restaurant as a meeting place, but also as a de facto visitor’s center. It took convincing, but the council members talked Todd into allowing them to set up brochures near the front entrance.

Todd found his eyes on the steering wheel of the rental and decided he’d had enough.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Void Zone Episode 138, or "Yet More Controversy. Only, it wasn't controversial. And we cut it out. But left in references to it. We also didn't cut the title."

As Brit says stupid things and makes the recording time a million hours long, we cut it down to size so you folks wouldn't have to sit through all of it. Nick and Steven, however, will likely never recover from this episode.

In addition to Brit's nonsense, the guys reviewed The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fast and the Furious (from 1955, so no Vin Diesel), and American Sniper!

You can download the episode at this link OR stream it below!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Void Zone Episode 137, or "Avoiding Controversy? Too Bad!"

As we stumble into 2015, the guys actually managed to have interesting and relatively important discussions. Unfortunately, Brit ruined it.

They also reviewed The Congress, Battle Royale, and Selma.

Download the episode at this link or stream it below!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Void Zone Episode 136, or "A Callback to Nothing."


It's time to review the year of film that we here at the Void Zone had!

Which movies were our favorites? Which were the absolute worst? (We'll try to keep those at Bay.... Bay...... Michael Bay....)

Get the episode here at this link or stream it below!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Void Zone Episode 135, or "Nick's Wrestling Name is Honesty."

As wrestling names are discussed, evils committed, and confusion abounding about pretty much everything, Steven, Nick, and Brit still find time to watch movies. And talk about them. Luckily, Steven isn't dead.

Also, they reviewed The Wind Rises, In Your Eyes, and Into the Woods.

Get the show at this link or stream it below!