"To entertain, inspire, frighten, teach, and entice as many readers as possible." - Keith Helinski
Wastin' Away Press features Keith Helinski's writings, ranging from short stories online to movie reviews over the years. Also features an assortment of Keith's interests. If you like what you see, check out Wastin' Away Press's official Facebook.
"Livin’ the Dream is a collection of various short stories/flash fiction/short shorts that are both inspirational and lighthearted. Some stories connect with each other. I did have fun putting these stories in the order they are in, but there is no specific pattern or coherent point to why they are in this order.
Well, that’s all I can think of for now. I hope you enjoy your stay at the delightful Wastin’ Away the Dream resort and spa!”
I’ve always gotten a mixture of opinions in regards to my stories being on Amazon. Some are shocked, amazed, proud, and happy I made it to Amazon. Others feel I need to aim higher, check out real-deal publishers, and that Amazon isn’t that big of a deal.
I have just as much mix feelings, but the reality is MOST publishers won’t touch a new writer (or in my case, ‘amateur’ writer for various reasons). What also makes real-deal publishers shady - unless one could afford an agent that could talk-up a sweet deal, MOST publishers screw new writers out of royalties.
If I was in the 1970s/1980s era, I *might* be able to have success selling short stories to magazines. That is a thing of the past. Now, everything is digital - which is why I benefit of being on Amazon. I don’t want to be an Amazon author the rest of my life. I just see it the same way I was attached to MovieFreak for ten years - it’s a phase (and an important step) for my writing. And I strongly believe my \m/ novel will find its audience (readers) on Amazon.
I looked around the place. It was a fairly decent size shindig. There was looped Beach Boys/Bob Marley/and feel good summer tunes playing in the background. The booth’s tables had maps of various islands. I found out later on, some of the locals joke that the islands on the tables represent all the places the owner of the bar, (Jim Bufet, Buffet, Buffett - something like that), had gotten laid at. I never really met the owner. I have heard of his music though. I guess he comes by a few days of the year (always on the days I’m not working!)
There were palm trees all around the place as plants. The girls working there were cute (especially one in particular, who was filling ketchup bottles; I didn’t know her name but I was in complete awe over her. “Man is she beautiful,” I thought: tanned, short, with glasses, and of perfect form). And that sea salt smell. I loved that smell the second I walked into the place (and every time since). I could get use to this place. I shook the manager’s hand, and took the job.
"Before I could respond to her card, she laid one on me. It was…magical. It was …Fourth of July fireworks. It was…Christmas morning. It was…heaven on Earth. It was…simply put, wonderful in every sense of the word. My hand touched her smooth face. The kiss didn’t last long. She pulled away, making a smock noise. She smiled, and then kissed me on the cheek.
“Goodnight,” she said.
“Goodnight,” I said.
She turned around, opened the front door, and went inside. She then turned toward me from inside, giving me one last look before closing the door.
“I just took your advice,” she said.
“And what’s that?” I asked, still dazed from the kiss.
“I just did what made me happy,” she said with a smile on her face.
She then closed the door. I stared at the door for a moment or two. Then walked back to the spot. My spot. My island.”
"Despite the negative reviews, I hope you will find enjoyment with Wastin’ Away. If I inspired/entertained at least one person from it, I am happy. If I bored/offended/or irritated anyone else here, I am sorry. Truth be told, you can’t please the masses. In this Margaritaville-world, there’s just too many rip off’s. Why write a pirate treasure hunt, when there’s plenty of story residing at your local Wastin’ Away!"
"It was a fun little writing project for me. It wasn’t meant to be anything more than that. It’s free, so at least no one can bitch that I am profiting from this story. If I had to give a rating, I would give RAISE YOUR GLASS between 2.5 to 3 stars. No, it isn’t a great story (or my best) It’s funny, though (at least, to me!) I am grateful a handful of readers thought it was funny as well.
I think Twilight is one giant inside joke. I don’t get why it’s so popular, and the Twilight fans don’t get why Twilight is so easy to make fun of. I don’t even think avid Twilight fans realize how silly they are. I made this point once in the introduction, and I will say it again - the dialogue in RAISE YOUR GLASS came from real people, the same people that will embarrass themselves online with the reviews they write. The same people that will make YouTube videos, praising how wonderful Twilight is, like that Emma Clark fruit-cake (the real life Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan!) If I had to dedicate this ebook to anyone, it would be to THOSE people who inspired this story! And it’s the uproar that keeps this story in the top ten Amazon list.”
"Every single author/writer says that there is magic in writing. It’s like being on cloud nine: no one can touch you. Sure, the daggers are set at the heart once the creation is out there. But no one can touch you at the very moment you are in that mindset of piecing letters and words together to create a story. It’s an escape, an escape from the harsh reality of this gloom-and-doom world, even if you are writing a gloom-and-doom story. It’s also a lonely job, which is what I enjoy the most out of it. I am not bothered. My only regret is not having enough time to do this job."