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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.
As silly (and cliche) as this question EVERYONE asks themselves on occasion, this has actually been a topic me and my wife has been talking about for the past week. What would we do with a million dollars?
Karii Lynn has her own intentions with it, that are very noble. Me? Well, I am a LITTLE more selfish guess. Now, there are a few things that come to mind, of course. A trip to Florida (or hell, ANYWHERE in the world). Relocation to Florida (which is still one of those pesky dreams that keep coming up from time to time). Buy a 55 inch 3D TV, ahem! I could even expand my movie/book collection farther.
In truth, there only three dreams/wishes I would love to accomplish *IF* I had the money. A million dollars certainly would be a good start.
1) I would buy the rights to Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER book series, and turn it into a TV show on HBO! Okay, fine - laugh it up (and let’s be honest, this is as unrealistic as it gets). However, the proposed idea has been floating around Hollywood for YEARS. It’s one of those development hell projects that can’t get any farther than a screenplay. The reasoning behind that: nobody see the potential. HBO is a home for the 8 book-series (so it wouldn’t be dumbed/toned down, like the horrid ‘Under the Dome.’ Each book can be represented as a season. Am I the only one out there that has this vision?
Ideally, a million dollars certainly wouldn’t achieve much (buying the rights to the Ayreon albums, and turning them into movies would likely to happen before I would even get a chance to even be close to getting my hands on THE DARK TOWER). And let’s be honest, who would take the author of ‘Wastin’ Away’ serious.
Which leads me to…
2) A dream I had since I was 15 years old, is to own a movie theater (going back to my roots of working at the movies). I would LOVE to buy a movie theater somewhere in Florida, and run it my own way. It has to be a 15-screen movie house (14 digital projectors, one 35 mm for nostalgic proposes, so I could showcase old classic movies). I would even remodel the multiplex, adding a movie memorabilia/movie poster shop (saddens me movie theaters don’t provide).
This would be perfect in the 90s. But we are talking 2014, where independent movie theaters that aren’t part of a chain is as scarce as a drive-in theater. Owning my own movie theater would be cool, but would also be lethal if I ever wanted to be successful.
Which leads me to the third (and the most logical) dream to achieve if I had a million dollars…
3) Convert my WASTIN’ AWAY PRESS website/name into an actual, full-fledged book publishing company, and give writers like me a chance to get published. When I launched the Facebook page/Tumblr blog, the idea was to share my writings/interest to the world. I want to do a lot more than that.
Of course, there’s self-interest in this - I would have a platform to write whatever the hell I want to write (which all writers should have that freedom, a belief I even made as a theme in my \m/ story). I know I am not the only pesky writer out there that wants to get heard/read. The first and foremost difference my publishing company would function compared to the rest, a writer wouldn’t need an agent to be published.
Three crazy ideas, but hey - at least it’s not a big screen TV I don’t need! :p
When I think about differences between the novels and the comics - and there are many of them - I always keep in mind Jake Chambers’ famous phrase, “there are other worlds than these.” The Dark Tower contains many levels, and within those levels are parallel worlds which mirror each other, but which are not exactly alike.
I always view the Dark Tower comics as existing in one of these parallel worlds. If the Dark Tower novels exist in Tower keystone, or the central world of the Dark Tower universe, then the Dark Tower comics exist in a spinoff world, one which is very similar to, but not exactly the same as, the one where The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, and the rest of the Dark Tower novels take place. When you think about it, this idea of parallel worlds isn’t so very different from contemporary theories in quantum physics. According to these theories, every time we make a decision and follow a certain path in life, another reality is born where we make a different decision and follow a different life path. For example, imagine that you are walking down the street. You come to a crossroad. You have a decision to make - you can either turn left and go home or you can turn right and go to the shop and buy a lottery ticket. You tell yourself that buying a lottery ticket is stupid, so you go home and take a nap. However in a parallel reality, a different of you turned right and bought a lottery ticket…and won! (But don’t be too sad that in this where and when you didn’t buy that lottery ticket. On another level of the Tower, you were hit by a van before you even reached the store.)
"I have had years and years to think on the bridge in the woods. Your impossible bridge. I know all about bridges like that one. I know all about roads that can only be found with the mind. One of them is how I find my way to Christmasland. There is the Night Road, and the train tracks to Orphanhenge, and the doors to Mid-World, and the old trail to the Tree House of the Mind, and then there is Victoria’s wonderful covered bridge."
I can’t ignore the fact that Stephen King is one of my inspirations for writing.I always quote him on my Wastin’ Away Press blog.I frequently make references to THE DARK TOWER series.But the book that really pushed my butt to write, the book that is of my favorites that I always seem to re-read over the years: Stephen King’s ON WRITING.One of the many pieces of advice King always give to us young writers is - ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH YOUR WRITING, even when writing fiction.
Once you get done with this book, you can either praise it or bash it; but the one single thing you won’t be able to say is, ‘he wasn’t honest enough.’Not to spoil this book, but there is a story included that is called THAT DAY.It is about 9/11, which has been overly written about the last 11 years.My story isn’t as unfamiliar as everyone else’s.In fact, I suspect a lot of readers will be able to relate to THAT DAY.I found myself crying as I was writing it last year.I think I was being a little too honest.
Sometimes, though, honesty bites you in the ass!Also included in this collection: a controversial, satirical story called RAISE YOUR GLASS, which is a true story about a guy (me!), standing in line at FYE, waiting for TWILIGHT to come out on DVD around midnight (which is scary enough!)I did it out of obligation to an ex.Twilight fans did not appreciate the story online, however.I think you might, though!
Anyhow, I hope I achieve a mixture of chills, thrills, some scares, some LOLs, and perhaps a few sniffles along the way.This ebook is meant to be the other side of that LIVIN’ THE DREAM…coin…IT’S MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE!
"I can’t ignore the fact that Stephen King is one of my inspirations for writing. I always quote him on my Wastin’ Away Press blog. I frequently make references to THE DARK TOWER series. But the book that really pushed my butt to write, the book that is of my favorites that I always seem to re-read over the years: Stephen King’s ON WRITING. One of the many pieces of advice King always give to us young writers is - ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH YOUR WRITING, even when writing fiction."
"I’ve really gotten into The Dark Tower series, which is really just psychedelic: It’s a combination mushroom trip/Halloween ride! The Dark Tower series is my favorite fantasy/western/sci fi series that exists. I like it better than any other series, period. I like it better than the Lord of the Rings, I like it better than any series. I’ve read it three times now. I love it, and the reason that I love it is that Stephen King seems to have went mildly insane right around book four!"
"True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring — once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome… except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners. And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous."
"I have written enough novels and short stories to fill a solar system of the imagination, but Roland’s story is my Jupiter—a planet that dwarfs all the others … a place of strange atmosphere, crazy landscape, and savage gravitational pull. Dwarfs the others, did I say? I think there’s more to it than that, actually. I am coming to understand that Roland’s world (or worlds) actually contains all the others of my making…"
"Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do - the wind that blows through the keyhole - is the breath of all the living universe."