"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 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…”
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"So while many may critique Wastin’ Away for their own self-righteous reasons, just know, this piece was a stepping-stone for me. It was a self-taught lesson in writing. There are things I like about it. There are things I don’t like. Hey, at least I am not being pretentious about it! I know it’s not the best story ever conceived (in fact, I would rate it 3.0 if I read it for the first time).
Let’s be honest, though, does any of Jimmy Buffett’s songs have real depth or substance? When you go to Margaritaville, do you ever go there to ponder about life? It’s an escape, plain and simple. I wanted to blend the escapism Buffett had harnessed so perfectly well with his Margaritaville empire, and the realities of working at a restaurant, all day - every day, and create a mix drink of some kind. That may not make a very compelling story on your way to Key West while reading on your Kindle during your flight, but that’s the difference between the tales of fiction-land a lot of authors pull out of their asses when they write Buffett rehashes, and the reality of everyday going on’s at Margaritaville.”
"Roger was 30 years old when he decided to abandon his old life, and make a new one. But what made him decide? What motivated him? What kicked him in high gear? What made him tick? What drove him to the edge? If he mentioned to anyone that it all started with a woman, people would laugh in his face. Behind his new life he created, it secretly all began with the woman he loved. An engagement that was more engaging than meant and the lust for another he thought he loved, but somehow slipped away. He knew it seemed so stereotypical no one would believe him, but the real truth is scarier than fiction."
"As a writer in this self-publishing world, it’s hard to predict how a story is perceived by readers. Some sell well. Some do not. And just the same, some of my stories sell well. Some do not. However, I had a good feeling about RAISE YOUR GLASS, and knew the kind of reaction I would get.
This isn’t a great story by any means, and I never intended it to be one. I just wanted to have some fun poking at one of the easiest targets in current pop culture: Twilight and the Twilight fans (and this was a year before the infamous breakup between Bella and Edward!) I had fun writing the story. I had fun publishing it. And I am having fun watching reader’s reaction. I smile just as much when I read a negative review from a pissed off Twilight-er, especially the ones that criticize my criticism while spelling criticize wrong!”
"In truth, movie critics do not get the respect they most certainly deserve. Critiquing itself is an art form that is much unappreciated. Sure, anyone could bitch about a movie and get paid for it. But does anyone know about movies as much as say, Roger Ebert? The same applies with a restaurant critic, or a wine critic, or a music critic.
Ebert (and a lot of well-known critics) had as much influence in the movie industry as those that make the movies. I also like to add that Ebert had given me much inspiration for my writing then, and even now.
Couple of years ago, I had a project idea: collecting all my movie related writings over the years and putting it all in a book of some sort. I even had the idea of naming the book simply (and very appropriate) MovieFreak.”
"There is no question I took a lot of inspiration from Robert Bloch (and Alfred Hitchcock) when it came to the ending of Now Seating… And if you know ANYTHING about horror movies, then you would guess some (if not, all) of the horror movie references sprinkled through out the story. Consider this my Rango or Super 8 to the horror genre, and what I love about the horror genre.
At first, I had an idea of revisiting the Roadkill Girl from Hellplex. But then something else came to me…a character that is as crazy as Leatherface, as secrete as Dexter Morgan, and as less obvious as Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins Norman Bates, not the Bates in the books).
Norm Cain was born.
I wrote the ending first, then went back, and wrote the beginning. It’s so hard to make twists like in Psycho these days, since it has been done to death (pun glory!) But what hasn’t been done in a good, long, while, is actually following the Psycho formula from the beginning by investing much needed time with the ‘victim.’ Stephen King is known for writing slow starts to a fast-paced climax. Pay off is grander by going that route.”