Places No One Goes: Part Two

Places No One Goes

The following is a transcript of the audio logs made by Agent Darren Hollister, Charlie Class Field Agent.

 The log was recovered from site G2 in Columbia’s Northern Mountains and details the failed Mission 365H.

 Audio log was recovered from forest surrounding Site G2, along with various damaged equipment. At the time of transcribing no agents, living or deceased, have yet been recovered.

 Transcription not to be distributed to any agent under Bravo Class. Highly classified.

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Places No One Goes: Part One

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The following is a transcript of the audio logs made by Agent Darren Hollister, Charlie Class Field Agent.

 The log was recovered from site G2 in Columbia’s Northern Mountains and details the failed Mission 365H.

 Audio log was recovered from forest surrounding Site G2, along with various damaged equipment. At the time of transcribing no agents, living or deceased, have yet been recovered.

 Transcription not to be distributed to any agent under Bravo Class. Highly classified.

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Only the Desperate Need Apply

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I stopped in front of the building and took a final moment to decide if I was really ready to do this.

I’ve donated blood before, it wasn’t a big deal, but this time I felt uneasy. It was one thing to give blood away it was something else to sell it. I checked the address I had written down on a scrap of paper and glanced at the door. The building looked like a house, the run-down residential street with tired looking two story homes certainly didn’t help the impression. I looked at the house again, it really didn’t look like the right place. I turned to head away, determining to check the street name again when a small sign on the gate caught my attention.

“Fir Street Clinic”

I did a double take, this place certainly didn’t look like a clinic, despite what the small sign on the gate claimed. My stomach rumbled, loudly. I grit my teeth against the hunger cramps setting in and headed up the garden path and into the building. I blinked rapidly at the surprisingly brightly lit reception.

“Hi,” I said to the woman sitting behind a small desk. “Um, I’m Kevin, I’m here to…”

“Surname please,” the woman snapped, not looking away from her laptop.

“Oh, it’s Black, Kevin Black.” Her hands moved quickly over the keys, eyes focused on the screen. She paused after a long moment and reach to the pile of papers next to her, after rifling through them she handed me form attached to a clipboard.

“You’re late,” she said. “Fill this out and take a seat.”

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Motivation? What Motivation?

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I don’t know about you but for some reason every year in November my motivation dies a horrible, fiery death.

December is my month of looking to the next year, I spend 90% of December planning projects, drafting marketing schedules, organising holidays and events, you get the drift I’m sure, planning becomes my only focus. In light of that, I try to get all of my current projects finished in November so I can dedicate December to MAXIMUM PLANNING. But for some reason every November I suddenly lose nearly all of my mojo. It happens Every. Single. Year. It’s as if my subconscious and my body know I’m getting to the end and just kind of collapse in on themselves, to exhausted and fed up to make the last leg of the journey.

This happens in all areas of my life, in my writing, marketing, day job, exercise, diet, friends, family, you name it, my ability to put MAXIMUM EFFORT into anything perishes.

It revitalises again in December without fail but for those few November weeks, I’m a big blob of apathetic, moaning rubbish.

I’m in that state now.

So, in an effort to drag my backside into gear I’ve been looking at ways to increase motivation and have come across a few handy tips that I’m going to try. I’d be interested in hearing your tips as well, help me drag my sorry butt out of apathy and back into the realm of the active.

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When Writers Need to Plan

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There are loads of different kinds of writer out there, that’s a great thing about writing is that there’s no wrong or write (haha!) way to do it. As long as you end up with a high-quality finished project at the end of the process your process can be whatever you want it to be.

That being said, there is a way to divide writers, that being the planners and the seat of your pants writers.

I’m a planner, always have been and I imagine as I age and hone my craft my planning will get stronger and stronger. That is a trend I can already see as I used to just outline, compared to now where I plan each chapter of a novel before I start writing the thing. However, a lot of my friends who are also writers hardly plan anything. They produce marvellous story’s all on the spur of the moment. The story carries them through and is tidied up and expanded upon in the editing process.

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What to do This Halloween!

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Halloween is getting closer, and with it, plans are afoot for fun things to do to celebrate the spooky season.

It’s sometimes nice to do things a bit differently, after all, there’s only so many Halloween parties you can go to before it gets a bit dull. So, I am going to share with your different things to do besides the usual trick-or-treat and parties.

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Announcement: Halloween Giveaway

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It’s that marvellous time of year again! Halloween!

This is my favourite time of year, the time when the air starts to get that crisp autumn chill, the wood burners get fired up and the whole place smells of wood smoke, food and damp leaves. I love going for long walks in the countryside or forests currently, the colours, the smells, the whole atmosphere of everything settling down for the winter is something I find truly inspirational.

Loving autumn and being a horror writer, naturally this means my favourite holiday is Halloween, closely followed by bonfire night (but this is only because I can stand around a massive fire and eat maximum hotdogs. Something about eating outside in the cold with a big fire just makes food more delicious).

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