c.a. davis

// filmmaker | editor | storyteller \\

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August 27, 2013, approx. 11:43pm, after a jam session, my ears still a bit numb

So for those who still read this site, you'll notice I posted two incredibly short, incoherent, and odd pieces within the past day. As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I wanted to take a crack at short/flash fiction. Turns out -- after an initial dive into the deep abyss of flash fiction -- that most of it is incredibly short, incoherent, and odd pieces posted within the past decade.

So here's the thing: I'm purposefully going a bit mad with my fictional voice in order to understand it, to better control it. Right now, I have little to no grasp on it. Hopefully these short, bad stories will spur some sort of growth. Sorry to make you (my approx. 200 a month strong) internet readers my guinea pigs. Anyway, bear with me while I find my fictional voice.

Other news: my first ebook -- my long-form non-fictional essay the Sevem Maxims -- is complete and you can download it here. Well, that's not entirely true. The document has a couple errors which bars it from being published to major sites. So, until I fix those errors, the best place to find it is on my SmashWords account. I'll fix it. Eventually.

Unfortunately for my writing (and, more importantly, my readers) I have a day job that keeps me from, well, writing. As do the plethora of my other hobbies and creative avenues. But, that's okay. Because, as you can see, I do find the time to get some writing in and delivered in some way. So, I guess what I'm saying is... Sorry? For the wait. And the bad fiction. But mostly for my tendency to procrastinate.

Okay. I guess I'll sleep now.

Monday August 5th, 2013

So my last post was my (admittedly) meager first step into the world as a writer. It's not easy to put months and months of thought and energy into a piece of work and then throw it into the world to be (presumably) torn apart by an audience. I barely had the nerves to release

the Seven Maxims

as a PDF, searchable really only by word of mouth. But, as promised, I am working on creating an eBook document of the draft I have up now. (By the way, did you know how hard it is to publish an eBook?? Formatting is a bitch…) So, despite feeling

really

nervous about being brutally judged upon my first non-fiction essay, that eBook will be published (by me) via Smashwords.com (and thus to all major eBook dealers) in… about two weeks. Hopefully. And it'll still be free.

In other news, I've already begun the process of a new non-fiction piece that'll be not as philosophical as

the Seven Maxims

but certainly as introspective and contemplative. I really see

the Seven Maxims

as the ground work from which the rest of my writing will stem, defining the way in which I think about things. Anyway, the next book will be more expansive and thus will take years to complete. I plan on it being an anthology (of sorts) on my parents, my life, and "the American Dream" -- a critique, really, of the system on which modern civilization (past ~300 years) has been fixated. I'm sure it'll be a doozy. 

Until those years have passed and I've actually had time to write it, I'm working on flash fiction pieces to either submit to other magazines or just compile into an eBook for a small fee (I don't know, one dollar, two? Maybe I'll post a fiction piece on here then see if it'll be worth two cents). In any case, be on the look out for any work I may get out to you guys.

One more thing: August 19th is "Talk Like a Pirate Day," and I'm cutting a pirate music video especially for the occasion. Be on the look out for that as well. Music is by a Nashvillian by the name of

Tom Mason

(and his Blue Buccaneers). Great guy. Great musician. Hilarious (pirate) band.

And now, this:

Everything I've wanted to do with music videos... Has. Been. Done.

Hello, Again

I've been away for a while.

Figuratively, at least. Really, there is no excuse for my silence. Perhaps I'm just not the blogging type. I think that much has been figured out. My short essays thus far have really been more of an exploration into non-fictional writing more so than pseudo-intelectual blogging. In that light, I think it's safe to say the experiment paid off, although it may feel rather painstaking that my thoughts come sporadically and with much time in between each piece of writing--this is really directed at myself, as my frustration in writing is the immense amount of time it takes for me to craft the vagueness of thought into the compounded and limited formation of words onto a page.

But it has been fun.

Sadly, however, I must admit that my blogsite will inevitably collect much more dust than it already has. I do still write, however just not as quickly as one would require in order to maintain a captivating blog amidst a vast ocean of content vying for as many eyeballs that it can preoccupy with fast, flickering colors and heavily compressed sounds. So instead of putting up large posts, I'll keep things short and even more sporadic than as of late.

To start, here's what I have been up to the past five months (the poor excuses I mentioned) and why I haven't been active on my or other anybody else's blogsite:

I've been writing a large essay over the past half year that deals with, well, everything. It was spurred by the growing ideological warfare between religious and anti-religious people across the world and my distaste for, well, all the other distate. I noticed how odd of a position I hold when it comes to such things--how I can argue for the better qualities of religion against an atheist as well as how I can argue for the better qualities of atheism against a religious zealot--and so I decided to delve deep into the heart of the problem, that which I've found to be is certainty. Countless of hours of discussion, three books read, several philosophers researched, the limit of my own sanity nearly reached, and seven months later, I've come up with something of which I think--

I think

--I can be quite proud. If you like blow your mind out of the water, then this essay is for you. Best of all, it's going to be free and released as a PDF as well as in e-book form, complete with a spiffy cover, wandering yet poignent prose, and an incredible message of which anybody of any creed or non-creed can easily benefit. So keep your eyes open for an essay titled,

the Seven Maxims: a hopeful endeavor

, coming within the next two months.

Second, I've been rather busy with my other profession, that of video editing. Over the past fall and winter, I completed two more music videos directed by a good friend of mine, Ryan Newman--you can see them below:

Third, and probably the best excuse of the three, I spent five weeks abroad, visiting my lovely lady in the middle of her own journey in France. You can read about it here:

A Lille Girl in France

.

Finally, to reiterate, even though this blog has fallen more and more silent, that does not mean I am through writing. I will do my best to write on topics as they come to mind, but these posts will be much shorter than the previous ones. All of my long-form writing will be done sparingly and with much more attention and time, hopefully to be released as

the Seven Maxims

 will be--free (so long as I keep my day job) and with utmost clarity, craft, and emotional involvement. So, any suggestions of blogging topics would be welcome!

Oh! I've also taken up drumming. Incredible. Everybody should find their instrument to play.

All of that said, I'll leave you with one last taste of what my essay will hopefully feel like when read (sensory overload? good), that of the late, great Alan Watts, my latest philosophical obsession. Enjoy: