"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.
"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."
"There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all. And yet
Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,
And blew. ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.’"