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Finished with Charles Manson, Full Steam Ahead!

February 6, 2007

I finished the sample piece of writing about Charles Manson today. It certainly has been a weary few days even though I have written many essays in the past. This particular assignment was not like any other I have ever taken on. I had to research the crimes that Manson was responsible for. During that process I have tried to maintain a fully detached way of looking at the entire story but it all got a little too much for me this evening when I ended up on the verge of tears. I had just read the court testimony for the death of Wojciech Frykowski who had been stabbed, bludgeoned and shot until he died in the Polanski’s home. Until that point in my investigation I had been able to be completely objective and then suddenly I realised what I was reading about, I realised just what the hell had happened to this people. They had been brutally slaughtered and I had been keeping it all under control…Interestingly I found it was much easier to write once I had this emotional release and realisation. I wonder why?

Writing this piece has opened my eyes to who Charles Manson is inside and out. He is a man of an unparalleled lack of morality. To this day he does not regret his crimes and so help us God this man is being considered for parole this year. I am proud of the piece I wrote, I believe it captures the facts and states them in a way that is understandable and easy to read. I do feel that it is one of the more comprehensive biographies I have read about Manson both online and in similar books to the one that this piece is being considered for.

I have been considering what I am going to start work on next and I have come to a conclusion that has two subjects. I could write about the Cuban Missile Crisis or I could write about John Kennedy or I could write about John Kennedy’s assassination which has always been something that has fascinated me.

I shall be sending this piece off to the publisher tomorrow and I will see what they say. Maybe on grounds I have not yet thought of they will find it to be total and utter crap at which point I will publish the piece on my blog and let my usual readers decide if they think it is total crap. If they decide that they like it and want to acquire it for the book I will make sure I mention the ISBN and title of the book once it has gone to press. I must say I prefer the latter. It would be amazing to be a published author at 20 years old. I don’t think magazines count towards that goal.


A Week of Firsts, But it’s Been Productive – And Who the Hell is Charles Manson?

February 3, 2007

When this week started last weekend it promised to be just as dull as the week before. I was still looking for someone to hire me as a writer, or something, still struggling with the notion of college…still struggling with my position on the Earth but it was about to change for the better.  The change started in the strangest way and it was when I was doing one of the things I do best in life: complaining.

I bought a book about famous assassinations, got it for 1.98 and decided it would be a fun read. There was a chapter about John Kennedy which I thought should have made for about 15 minutes of reading. I was not prepared for what greeted me when I opened the book to page 300. The book which is written in formal English is one of the poorest examples of a book I have ever read. There are grammar, syntax and factual errors throughout the entire chapter about Kennedy. As the perpetual complainer that I am I decided to call the publisher. I proceeded to highlight all the errors I could see and * the ones I thought were in the most need of attention. When I called the publisher of the book they were very nice and heard me out. Not only did they hear me out, they got the book out and noted the errors I was laying out! I was amazed at their reaction, but it didn’t prepare me for what happened next. After I told the publisher that I am a writer they asked if I was looking for any editing / proofreading or even writing work. Very excited I told them that I was *of course* looking for work! They asked me to send in some of my work and they would get back to me.

The next day while standing in a beautiful church thinking about life my mobile phone rang. It was the publisher who I’d spoken to the day before. “We would like you to write a sample piece of writing” – That’s great! They want me to write a sample, which means they are interested. The subject: The Serial Killer and criminal mastermind, Charles Manson! Yikes! I thought,  a serial killer that’s a little odd, but I agreed to do it. I need the work. So for the last few days I have been compiling research, watching A&E biographies and carrying out comprehensive internet research on Manson. I learned a great deal about this character and started to write the piece last night. I will say this though. I will never be writing about a serial killer again. Just so everyone knows. It does freak me out a bit to be delving into the affairs of this complete misfit character.

So this week has been a rather interesting. I have discovered that both my local libraries organise books in the strangest of ways and it is very difficult to find anything. I have managed to find a few written sources for the research but most of the biographies for a man who has spent 70 percent of his adult life in prison read in very much the same way. I am making it my business to write a biography that is not a copycat of all the others.

Other events of the week include: A brand new idea for a screenplay which just seemed to pop out and I need to write it down as soon as I can. Start research and begin prep for a long article and discussion regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Maybe the publishers that are having me write this article about Charles Manson will let me write about Kennedy or the Crisis for a book. Wish me luck!