Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Find Time To Write

I'm writing this post for the Writing tips/info page of this blog. I have a feeling I won't be putting a lot of info in this tab. I'm no writing guru. I love to write, but as far as giving tips and pointers, I'm probably far less qualified than some other folks. So here on this page I'll just mention my way of doing things from time to time, and possibly lead you to other great pages with tips and info.

First, it's important for any writer to make time to write. There's no excuse not to write. I worked for a major jewelry company for six years. A large part of my job was to stand post and make sure no one stole anything. When customers were in the store, I stayed vigilant, ready to pounce on anyone who might consider grabbing a diamond ring and running for the door. However, most of the day, the place was empty. Especially on a cold, snowy day in Columbus, Ohio. So, to occupy my time, I kept a small spiral notebook in my suit jacket pocket.

That small notebook was my best friend. I wrote down so many book and screenplay ideas. In fact, I created a whole line of children's books which I plan to release once I find an illustrator. If you're a writer who went straight to the computer, give an old fashioned notebook a try. There's something great about not having to plug in to get work done. You just flip open your book, put pen to paper, and let go. Yes, it does mean more work in the long run since you'll have to go back and type everything you wrote by hand, but it prevents you from having that lousy excuse we all use. We all tell ourselves we're not writing because we just don't have the time. With a spiral notebook you can always find time. Jot notes down in an elevator, in the parking garage when you get to work early, at your desk if you have a minute of free time, in the park while watching your kids play, in the bathroom (gross I know, but I'm just sayin'), or even in the kitchen while you're waiting for the spaghetti water to boil.

Even when I was in the military I found time to write. While other people were smokin' and jokin' at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, I was spending all of my free time with my nose in my book. I always found time to write. Now, living in my wife's beautiful country of Panama, I'm spending more time writing on blogs and writing non-fiction info about Panama, but I'm still finding time to squeeze in a little bit of fiction writing.

If it means setting your alarm an hour earlier, just so you can sit down with a cup of coffee before the kids wake up, or staying up after they go to bed, or spending your lunch break at work handwriting your book or typing it into your Ipad or laptop, give up a little bit of time for your passion. Give yourself time to write. If you really want to...you'll make it happen.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's get this party started!

Hey everybody,

Thanks for visiting Razorblade Tumbleweeds, sharp thoughts being tossed around in the wind. 

If you've visited this site in the past, you've probably noticed that I did a poor job keeping up with it. The problem was trying to figure out which direction I wanted to go with this. I've focused more on my Expat in Panama blog www.thestayathomegringo.blogspot.com. Now it's time to get the ball rolling with my personal blog, all about my writing, what influences me, and what makes me tick. 

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Christopher Powers. I write using the name C. Michael Powers because surprisingly there seem to be a lot of other Christopher Powers' out there in the virtual world. So C. Michael Powers it is. 

I write just about anything in all different genres, but lately, I've been drawn to the urban fantasy world. Not so much vampires and werewolves like many other urban fantasy writers. Don't get me wrong, vampires rock and werewolves are nuts, and I'm sure I'll dabble in those story lines sometime in the future, hopefully my own souped up versions, but for now I'm knee deep in this Mirror Images story line I've been working on.

So what is Mirror Images? It's what I like to call "Kick Ass Urban Fantasy." Relentless action--A love story mixed with maniacs and monsters. Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man is available now in e-book and in paperback. Check out the synopsis, and if you like what you read, please grab a copy of the book, "like" my amazon pages, read the book, and leave a review. All of that helps so much. And if you like the cover art, let me know and I'll pass the word on to my younger brother, who created the cover. That's him shoving his hand through the mirror, like only a psycho former Marine could. 

Click here on Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man by C. Michael Powers to be taken to the Kindle e-book page.

For the Paperback click here.

Here's the synopsis for book 1: 

When an average Joe's reflection in the mirror switches places with him, he finds himself trapped in a strange mirror world, battling his way back to the other side so he can stop his reflection from destroying the life he knows.

"Have you ever wondered why so many people in prison claim to be innocent? It's 'cause most of 'em are," Dozier whispered.

On the other side of the mirror, lies a horrific world where each of us has an image, our violent replica, capable of fulfilling our darkest desires, and only released into our world when we're unable to follow through with an evil deed. Gabe Cutter, an average paper pusher, has his life ripped out from under him when his image switches places with him, hell bent on destroying the life Gabe knows, and killing his cheating fiance'. Now, stuck on the other side of the mirror, Gabe must join together with a band of stranded survivors and find a way to get back to his world before his image destroys it. Along the way he battles his way through maniacs, monsters, and ultimately his own heart, as he realizes that the woman he's been trying to save...wasn't worth the price of admission.


So as I said before, if you like what you just read:

Click here on Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man by C. Michael Powers to be taken to the Kindle e-book page.

For the Paperback click here.

Stay tuned as I start vamping this site up...no, I don't mean I'll be hanging vampires from the rafters, but I'll be kicking it up a notch. Visit again and see new tabs appear, as I strive to bring you into the Mirror Images world.