Where I’ve been and The Untitled Poet Society

I know I posted a while back (a long long while back) about how there would be an unexpected hiatus and how I promised to come back with some new material.  Well I was gone a bit (just a bit) longer than I expected but I do have some new material just like I promised.  There is a slight catch, however.  I’m currently working on another project called  The Untitled Poet Society, and I’m trying to get the ball rolling there, so I’ll be posting most of my new poems at the new site but providing links here.  For clarification, The Untitled P.S. won’t be replacing this blog at all–they’re two very separate and different beasts.  I’m very excited about my new project and it’s a collaborative one, so if you happen to stumble upon reading this post, please, please, please check out the submission guidelines  at The Untitled and submit one of your own poems there!…Wow, this is starting to sound like one really bad advertisement, however, believe me when I say this, your collaboration at The Untitled would be greatly appreciated! For now, you can continue checking here for links to my new poems.  I’ll try to update again regularly.

Thank you for keeping on reading,

-Ethan

Updates and stuff

It’s hard to believe sometimes time can slip by without really noticing it. What I mean is, I feel like I only posted my latest entry a week ago, when in reality, it’s been almost a month. Yikes! I’m still writing, but I suppose since now I’m no longer posting a chapter of something right when it’s written no one knows it but me. I’ll try to have some new content up here shortly–as well as work on The Brew a bit as I never wanted that to go neglected in the first place.

This all being said, I do have news that will affect my posting of at least poetry. This semester I was finally able to enroll in poetry writing course. Woot woot! This course requires me to make a portfolio of any poetry I write during the semester. Because of this, I won’t be able to post any poem included in the portfolio on my blog until the semester ends, and since I want as many poems included in the portfolio as possible, it may be hard to produce some extra poems to post here. In the mean time, I’ll try and write some short stories to put up here, and at the very least, concentrate on my new blog The Brew. The good thing about this poetry course though is now I finally have an academic excuse to write and I’m pumped for it! And as a result of all of this, you can probably expect to read some pretty great poems on here at the conclusion of the semester.

To wrap up, this blog may seem bare for a bit, though I promise to try and keep that from being the case, but I haven’t gone anywhere and my writing hasn’t stopped. Hopefully this gives my readers something pretty special to look forward to. We’ll see. Until then, have fun reading what is on my blog. If you’re just now discovering it, there’s enough to keep you busy for a while.

As always, enjoy!

-Ethan

Final Chapters Posted!

I’m excited to finally post the final chapters.  Unfortunately I feel like I started hitting my stride in it when it finally ended, though I suppose that’s how these things usually go.  Now, I don’t usually like to do this but I have a few disclaimers before you read the last three chapters.

There will be some parts in these final chapters that may contradict the earlier ones.  When I started writing, I had a few ideas of the routes I wanted to take in the plot, and I began with one path in mind–the one I liked the least but found the most practical.  Well, I changed my mind and decided to write the ending I wanted from the beginning.  So naturally, I need to go back and edit a bunch of things but I’m okay with that.  Just know that right now everything may not connect as well as it will later.

For these reasons, I also struck the reveal of the killer Mr. Brewding’s real name “Walter Rachstein” from the last chapter I posted, Chapter 11.  This will be a much different reveal that you’ll read in these last 3 chapters.  You will also see that in these last 3 chapters Brewding will never be referred to as Brewding, and instead just the killer.  When I go back and change some things, I’m taking the name Mr. Brewding out, but leaving in an easter egg for readers who knew the original name.  I love the character, but the more I wrote, the more I realized how little that name really fit in the atmosphere of the story.  I also didn’t really like making the name I originally came up with to represent my poetry also represent a bad guy in my story.  I am, after all, the writer, not the killer. 🙂

I’ll leave all the chapters unchanged up for a week or so before I take them all down and really begin completing this book.  Yes, there is a difference between finishing a book and completing it.

With these last chapters I definitely went more of a sci-fi route, which is what I wanted from the beginning.  I was hesitant to do this because I was worried it could blow up in my face, but I think with some revisions to past chapters it will really work.  The concept perhaps could be a bit cliche but I tried to put my own nuances in it to make it, well, umm, my own.  When I go back and “complete” this book, there’ll be a lot more supernatural in it, which is what I love, so I hope it’ll be great.

The last thing you’ll notice is the title change to “Watcher, Book 1: A thousand, thousand faces” which I find also suits everything much better.

Like I said before, I’m really excited about this and I hope you all like it too; and if you don’t, feel free to leave some constructive criticism.  I’m totally open to it!

Without further ado:

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

All of “Watcher, Book 1”

Enjoy!

-Ethan

The Brew! And updates on other stuff as well…

So this is just a quick post to let you all know about my new blog I’m running parallel to this one, called The Brew.  Don’t worry, WordPlay isn’t going anywhere–I just want to have a blog to talk about the things I do when I’m not writing, then I won’t feel bad when I do something instead of writing…Heh, cognitive dissonance works in funny ways…So feel free to head on over and find out what’s Brewing at itsabrewworld.wordpress.com.

Also, just wanted to give an update on the Mr. Brewding series.  I’m working on the final chapters as I’m writing this post (is that even possible?) and I hope to have those posted by some time Monday, so you can look forward to that as well.

That’s it for now!

-Ethan

Chapters 7,8,9, and 10

Finally, four more chapters for y’all to read! I’ve been sitting on these ones since about Sunday, trying to figure out what could stay and what needed to go.  For whatever reason, I’m a lot more self-conscious about these four chapters than the previous six.  I’m not really sure why.  Maybe it’s because things are wrapping up–I dunno.  I do know that this still has been an interesting process.  I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve gotten behind on the deadlines, and I wanted to be more consistent–I think it’s just that the more self-conscious I get about what I write, the less motivated I am to write, and the more frustrated I get with myself that I’m not writing–that just turns into a vicious, endless cycle.  So, I’m going to keep writing and try and finish this.  A lot of things are probably going to be a bit goofy, intentionally or not, but I hope in the end I’ll have a product with a lot of potential.  So, without further ado:

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

 

Enjoy!

 

Ethan

 

Up late writing

I’ve been up late the past few nights trying to get caught up on writing the chapters I’m behind on.  I have about four more of them written at the moment.  I’m going to try and upload by tomorrow or the next day whatever I have–I don’t think it’ll catch me up quite to the daily amount, but it should get me close.  I’m trying to take my time on these current chapters for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m getting closer to the end of this story, and 2) this means that I’d like for everything to be wrapped up pretty tightly–everything needs to connect.  So everything I write right now, I’m scrutinizing just a little bit more.  And yes, you read correctly, the story is drawing closer to an end–it’ll probably be wrapped up some time next week.  Because of this, you’ll be seeing some small filler chapters along the way to drag it out a bit more, but I want this to have as much of a natural end as possible; so, when it ends, it ends.  What will I do with the odd number of days left over for daily writing?  I’m not quite sure yet.  I’ve already been pretty bad about keeping up with the daily posts, but the point was to have deadlines to motivate me to finish this story before the middle of next month and that part is working.  I’ll probably just end up writing some short, stand-alone stories, or more poems for the leftover days.  We’ll see.  I’m not really sure how coherent this all is, but I just wanted to give an update as it’s been a while since I last posted.

Hopefully you will have something more interesting to read soon!

Ethan

UPDATE: Unmasked! *gasp*

My name’s Ethan Guberman.  Around March of this year I began testing the waters, introducing my poetry to the public by assuming the masked identity of Mr. Brewding.  It was definitely an interesting process–one that finally gave me the confidence to post, now, under my true identity.

So why am I doing this now? I’m not sure if I know the exact answer at the moment.  I do know that the process of writing “Our Friend Mr. Brewding” so far has helped me learn a lot about myself.  One of the things I’ve discovered, I can’t expect to keep writing, keep maturing as a writer, and keep developing Mr. Brewding as a character without realizing that Mr. Brewding and I are very different–I promise, I’m not trying to play this up as some daring epic straight from Jekyl and Mr. Hyde–and I promise, I don’t struggle with multiple personalities.  If you’ve read the chapters posted for this series so far, you’d see what I’m talking about.

That all being said, Mr. Brewding isn’t done.  I may not be him anymore, but I’m still planning on keeping him around–just merely fictitious, like he should be.  That also being said, I think you’re all in for a surprise if you think the way you know Mr. Brewding in his series isn’t going to change–his development is far from done.

As for changing the name of the site, that’s still something I’m playing around with.  If I wasn’t going to ‘be’ Mr. Brewding anymore, I figured it was appropriate for that name to change for the site as well.  I’d already anticipated this change and thought of the name ‘WordPlay’–domain wise, that was taken.  I started then to like the idea of ‘WordPlay’d’ which is somewhat of a wordplay in itself.  I don’t like this name as much as the previous one, especially since sometimes these types of names are taken less in a light, witty way and more in an obnoxious, pretentious way, but I’m happy to keep it around for the time being.

So, where are the rest of the daily chapters for the series?  They’ll be here, I promise.  The last few days have been kinda crazy and the fact that I’m finding time to blog at the moment is sort of a miracle.  I promise that when I do post chapters, it’ll be ‘chapters’ with an ‘s’–multiple chapters to make up for the multiple days chapters have been absent.

I truly hope this unveiling, if you will, doesn’t disenchant or disillusion the charm or appeal of my site–I don’t think it should, but you never know, if the mask was all the unique I had going for me, I may be in trouble.  All this aside, I’m really excited to be posting now as myself–it feels so pure, more me.  Duh!

For my readers out there, I’d like to thank you for continuing to read my poetry and prose, unencumbered by the knowledge that it was written by a creepy insomniac with a mask.  I hope you continue to stick around now that that mask is gone.  My face may have changed, but my words won’t.

So for now, I hope you all join me in this new journey.  I’m really excited!

Peace to everyone,

Ethan

P.S. The pic kinda sucks, but give me a break, I suck at taking pictures! haha!