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Sometimes You need more than a tweak.

Alas, it has been a while.

In that long span of time a lot of fortunate and unfortunate things have unfolded. 

Of course the battle of having free time to write is always and forever only half way won.

Personal life, such as health was a set back along side the new area we have to deal with at work (which is entirely too chaotic, but the pay is pretty good.) However, one day I dream to make writing a living, even if it allows me to reduce to a part time job and allow me to not work for the labor industry; to be more specific, skilled labor industry. It’s hard work for starvation wages and I honestly prefer to write for what I currently make. 

Now comes the major point of my post for today. My writing, as you may or may not know, was fairly close to completion. At least the 2nd draft was. (The first draft was hand written, which I find crucial for grasping the true emotion as a creative writer.) 

But I have been plagued by one chapter that seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. I personally have a limit to explanation giving and I felt I crossed it. I was willing to let it pass, since most people cruised past it, only noting slight boredom from that chapter. I was not satisfied. Then comes a day very recently. (Thanks to a movie inspiring me) I’m happy to say that a rework is in progress and I’m way too excited about where is has led. Once I finish it tomorrow I will have only two chapters left until I’m completely done with phase two. 

Yes, it has taken too long to reach this point ever since I started this journey, but for me this will be a personal accomplishment. 

Thanks everyone,

 Stay tuned!

The Page Turner

Reading pages upon pages, listening to book after book and watching anything remotely creative doesn’t always fill the gaps on protocols and edicit.

So I took upon myself to hand over two major enteries to my book to a fellow military man; A retire (XO) Naval Officer aka my current Director for my civilian job. 

The two enteries are from perspectives of a dozen or so Naval officers and how they would operate/communicate to one another in a formal setting and in a combat one. 

I’m fluent in regular army SOP’s (standard operating procedures) but I was worried about my naval SOP’s. 

Good news! Turned out I was pretty spot on and best of yet, he gave me two thumps up (more like appraisal in person and desires to read more) but I took it for what it was worth!  

Stay Tuned folks!

The Terran Myth: What You can expect! 

As we began our journey several months ago into the TMU (Terran Myth Universe) through the thriving “Keys To The Universe,” I never really gave you a good picture of what the landscape looks like. To be more accurate the “space-space.”

Let’s give you the scale I’m working on:

Experts estimate that there are between 200-400 billion stars (not planets) just in our single galaxy alone . Some believe that we can easily have closer to a trillion. They also believe there is, at the very least, 100 billion solar systems (a collection of planets orbiting around a star) within our galaxy. Based on the numbers and odds experts believe that 40 billion of those planets are esitmated to be already “earth like,” with 11 billion orbiting stars like our own.  Meaning if we had a way to transverse space then we can easily find new real-estate amongst the stars.

Just so you are aware, I chose to go with 400 billion- go big Or go home, right? As well as sticking with the estimated 40 billions earth like planets.

 Now!

Imagine with me if you please, a future so vast and old that no planet has gone unclaimed. The human population has climbed to unfathomable amounts as it spread to the hundreds of billions of stars within our galaxy. 

Terra-forming uninhabital planets (to make earth like) has become an ancient form after being in use for millenniums. To us, it would be like the art of growing great crops or other farmlands. It’s been mastered, stream-lined, and by this point, broken down into hundreds of privately operated proprietorships.  

Space travel, by this time, is nothing special or unique. It is nothing more  than if you or I went to our nearest airport and caught a flight to another country. It’s commercialized, it’s privatized and it’s “nothing new,” to the current generations.  

There are millions of different technologically developed societies; many live for peace and many lust for war. However technology, like nuclear weapons are today, is regulated heavily by the superior forces that controlled them in the beginning. The superior Big Ten (the 10 largest super powers in the galaxy- which I’ll cover at a later date) insure there is a clear technological gap between factions in order to protect their own interest and to keep the balance of power even between its small neighbors. (Which superpowers currently do today.)

The hardest part about going out on a scale this massive is culture. So to put it straight; money makes the galaxy go round. The more money one had, the more strength it has and with it either peace of war can unfold. 

If you want to know more about these tech gaps visit my post on the Tier system that divides civilizations in the TMU. Which can be viewed at Keys To The Universe – Tier I

The story will describe things that will further fill in the details of TMU as it relates to events happening within the story. 

Now that pretty much sums up the general idea of the TMU, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Or even offer suggestions of things that could be seen in the future. 

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More to come so stay tuned! 

It is complete! (Teaser)

Let the drums of triumph echo their beat in the distant. Let the fire works of victory light the night sky. Let the dance of accomplishment flow through the soul! 

Why?!

The story has been completely written. .. Yes. I said it. Front to back the story is finally completed. Total word count is 123,000ish.

Now the fun part, 2-4 weeks of intensive editing and scene changes. 3 editors to comb through it. 

I want no stone unturned for my first release for a novel. Word count is expected to drop a few thousand. 

I’ll be back later to provide further detail! And a new feature to the TMU is coming. 

Stay tuned!

It’s official. 

I have broken my streak of laziness !

I have offically registered my domain name. As you will see this is no longer “bbshortstories.wordpress.com”

Unpredictably, this page has evolved over the time I’ve been posting. It has gone from its original intention as a place where I post my short stories and ideas. It has now transformed into a full fledge multiverse of writings. I’ve done book tributes, book recommendations, soon maybe literal book reviews, short stories, ideas of short stories, full size novel synopsis/plots, novellas, movie reviews, novels I’m working on, extensive expansion of a Universe within a story, and  just normal general thoughts because I feel like it.

So I felt the short stories aspect needed to be broadened. Now it’s a story place, as much as it is everything in regards to reading and any  entertainment (movies, books, ideas, stories I hear, TV shows etc.) that reflects greatly on imaginative writings. 

You are now looking at the SkylerhawkesStories.com

So, as I should have done 5 days ago.

WELCOME! To my new humble abode!

I hope you visit frequently. I like to think it’s thought provoking and homey.  

So to my fellow writers, bloggers, editors, publishers, facebookers, Twitter’rs and any other form of cyber warrior out there! STAY TUNED! 

Soon to come!

Hello Everyone,

As you know, or hopefully knew, you are following what originally started out as being a short stories blog, with lengthy short stories posted on a monthly basis. (Yes, they were generally long.)

As time progressed this blog has grown, and as of 10pm (eastern standard) tonight I’ll stop being lazy and make it my own domain. To celebrate this very very late mile stone, I will featuring a small piece from a bigger story that belongs to fellow writer, poet, and friend of mine.

It’s exciting stuff, and it will be good to get in touch with my roots again. I.e posting a short story! 

So thank you everyone; for the traffic, the few people inspired enough to hit the “like button” and those even fewer who comment or message me their thoughts/comments. It means a lot. I know there aren’t thousands of you (yet) but to the many who activity flow through my website you make it enjoyable to keep the tradition going. 

And as alway, stay tuned! 

Why not another one… Tribute! FrontLines Series by Marko Kloos

Well… Well… Well, look who we have here. Good to see you made your decision towards your new life. You have just graduated from slim, to kid. 

Now sit back, relax.. Kick your feet up and tell me about it.

Oh, you prefer to stand? I see the military has shit kicked some discipline in you. Maybe you might be more than a kid. Hmmmm we’ll see.

So you wanted to be a spacer; a marine, but you got placed in the Territorial Army? Kid, I hope you know that’s where the real soldiers go. That’s where you’ll find the real meaning of ground pounding. Besides that we have The shifting dirt, the fresh unrecycled air, and the very predictable weather patterns; you just can’t beat it having all that in your favor. Up there, in space, on terraformed/terraforming colonies, you get what you get and most of the time it is playing soldier and organized skirmishes.  

Hmmmm… What’s that noise there in your pocket?… call to arms? ….Ah… Which PRC? 

Oh… Detroit.. Well then I guess this ends our chat for today. The next time I see you, I predict you’ll be made into man. I’ll see you soon kid.. Stay safe. 

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This is just me being over fan-bitious. 

I’ll do one more to close out book one, but I think that’s all I’ll do. If you want to know more about the books and/or the author. Follow this link to his website Marko Kloos Website (http://www.munchkinwrangler.com/terms-of-enlistment/)

As always, stay tuned! 

Book Series Tribute: FrontLines by Marko Kloos

Ask yourself one question; if you could be anything in another life, what would it be? Wait, don’t tell me. Let’s add in some very defining attributes to your life.

You’re poor; you live in government welfare housing with hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. Adding more salt to the wound that is  your life, you are forced to live off government issued Calorie rations, meal to meal; Everyday. Not to mention if your neighborhood doesn’t fall in line with the laws, the government can and will cut off food, water, or electricity. You know, since you are living in “their city.” Besides all this, there are an abundance of criminal gangs roaming the street; mostly trying to take anything everyone else has.

So let’s recap, you’re dirt poor, your sole dependency is on a government that finds you very expendable and your neighbors would rather rob you at gun point than help you.. Your alternate life sounds fantastic.

So I’ll ask you again, if you could be anything in this life, what would it be?

Wait.. wait.. Wait.. I almost forgot. You’re only way out is joining the military.

Yeah I know, limits your options.

Sounds easy right? … Well I’ll just stop you right there and inform you that you might just be S.O.L. The military actually discourages you from serving.

I know I know; that’s complete nonsense, because if you walk outside right now you’ll probably be bombarded by recruiters. Well slim, in this new life, the recruiters sit back and think of new ways to turn people away from this prestigious military.

I can tell that our minds have clicked during this conversation and I now have second thoughts. I won’t ask you what you would be in the new life. What I should ask you is, could you even survive this new life?

Oh, you think you could? Well slim.. Good luck!

As always stay tuned!

A fault in lengthy writing

 Maybe it is not me, but then again maybe it is. 

Time and time again, I have come to notice that the longer a story is either sitting on your desk untouched or if you are writing incredibly slow, the longer your mind will mold, modify, and change it. 

Constant tinkering may be the death of me, and a constantly active mind that day dreams about the story will only drive me there faster. 

Long ago, in a time where a decision was made and a method was put into motion, my story was just beginning to unfold. Now, in this modern day of times, after undoing a method and scribbling through books, my story is completed. Yet it isn’t finished. This is only because it will be the first i shoot to publish, so all bases must be covered. So bid me time and luck as I endure a few more weeks of hardworking in life and in my stories future! 

As always stay tuned!

Ideas #4 revisited!

Hey Folks!

In a surprise (just so you know this is a random fact) walmart accidentally sold me four tables for the price of one. It was pretty interesting to discover that when I arrived home.

Back to the topic at hand! 

As those of you who are following this flash back with me, or those many who motivated the beginning of this; here is another section to the mystery of Erum and the village!

Part 4 of the Ideas

As always! Stay tuned!