"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.
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"I kept to myself that first year. I even had a special spot I found where I hung out most of the time and watched the sunset on my days off. Most people wasted their free time playing video games all day, or shopping at malls. Me, I spent all my free time here, watching the same beautiful sun retire until it was ready to grace its high beams the next day. Most people don’t even take notice of the simple yet majestic sights around them. And the best part, you don’t need to max out your cards or dress to impress for these moments. All you need to do is just open up your eyelids once in a while, and be entertained by the world’s finest show: a sun curtsey for you."
I walked into a few of the local bars, looking for work. No one would even look at me since I didn’t have a place to live (minor setback), and I wasn’t 21 (major setback). I walked into a place called Wastin’ Away, expecting the same routine from the other joints. There was something quite unique about this place though. All the other hole-in-the-wall bars had the same bland, stale beer aroma. Wastin’ Away had a scent of sea salt. That’s right. Sea salt.
The pink exterior of the building sets the place apart from the other bars too. There was a plane right outside the bar, like that feeling of an escape to paradise. But I was in paradise!
Author of Raise Your Glass; Stuck in The Twilight Saga, Hellplex, Wastin’ Away, Now Seating…, Raise Your Glass; Stuck in The Twilight Saga, Emotions, That Day, Raise Your Glass, Journeyman, and Collision
Currently ranked 2.12 out of 43 ratings over at Goodreads. Majority of those ratings revolved around the ‘Raise Your Glass’ reactions, which was always mixed.
Hoping whenever \m/ is unleashed (next year), my ranking increases a bit. I think it will.
I remember our last day together.It was March 6th.We spent the entire day together, and even ate at Quizno’s.That night, I dropped her off a few blocks from her apartment.It was raining.She looked at me, matching her tear stained face with mine.Fresh tears were starting to fall down her face.We kissed. Fresh tears started falling down my face.Rain drops can be heard, hitting the vehicle in all spots.The rain matched our feelings perfectly.She got out.She didn’t want to draw it out any further.She walked toward her apartment, and that was it.That was the last time I saw her in person.
"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."
"I have been saying this for years, and I stand by this: Ayreon is a genre all on its own. Not only is there a mixture of various types of rock music, but there is a story behind the album, every album is a concept album. And every concept album expands into a greater story. It’s very difficult to structure a story behind an entire album. Concept albums do exist. But what Arjen did was go above and beyond a concept album, inviting various singers/musicians/etc-etc, to help Arjen tell a story through great music.
Some Ayreon albums are stronger than other albums, but every single album has a distinct sound/feel/story, and that is a talent MOST bands/musicians do not know how to master. Arjen, on the other hand, keeps proving he is the master with everything he touches.”
"RAISE YOUR GLASS did get published/printed last year in a college publication in Maine called The Binnacle. Nothing big or anything. I don’t even think you can buy it. When the story got accepted, I received a positive email from a person name Gerard NeCastro, who wrote:
“We received nearly 500 submissions for this edition, and we have selected about thirty of them for publication, so we think you should be proud of your work.”
Regardless of the negative backlash this story has been getting, I am proud of it. And I know it has a share of fans too…”