Apprentice Wordsmith A Writer's Blog

Method Writing -- The Making of "Bael-Sur"

In December 2017, the YouTube channel Tale Foundry released a video about H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. I’ve never been a fan of horror, but Tale Foundry’s video inspired me to take a stab at writing a weird and creepy story. As I was brainstorming the plot of my short story, I found Cryo Chamber’s Lovecraft-inspired soundscapes. These massive works provided the perfect audio atmosphere for writing “Bael-Sur”.

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Writing Prompts 14

I’ve been thoroughly blessed the past couple of weeks. But with those blessings came a major increase in my workload. It’s Friday evening. My brain is mush. So no witty intro for this month’s prompts I’m afraid. Enjoy!

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Friday Fiction -- Bael-Sur

It feels so long since I last wrote to you. I can’t remember when I last wrote a letter to anybody. So much has happened, and I scarcely believe any of it.

I’ve told you about Bael-Sur and the monster that lurks within its caves. I’ve been there and back to Manaus. This afternoon, I finally sent my official report to the Brazilian government and my financiers. I told them that the monster of Bael-Sur was little more than fumes, fungus, and jaguar bones.

I must confess. The official report is not the truth. The truth is far stranger, something I don’t understand. May never understand.

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Idea You Can Steal 16 -- A Place Outside of Time

My neighborhood has gotten close to a foot of snow this month. And more snow is in the forecast. So I’ll have good reason to stay indoors and work on my stories. Here’s an idea you can use the next time the weather keeps you inside.

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The Writer's Responsibility -- A Manifesto

I’ve tried to write this post for months. At times, I was too scared to write it. Other times, I was more scared of what would happen if I didn’t. I’m going to touch on topics that are often discussed when talking about media – be it books, movies, TV, video games, etc. But honestly, I don’t think I can add much to these discussions. These topics can also be interpreted as political issues. The last thing I want to do is spark a political flame war in the comments. Yet after much thought, I’ve decided that it’ll be best for everyone if I share where I stand on these things. If only so you’ll better understand where I’m coming from.

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