Friday, September 7, 2018

VIDEO UPDATE ON MY NEXT NOVEL!


Hello, fellow authors!
I just wanted to give you a brief video update on my next novel. Check it out here!


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Poetry: "A Thought Away"...




























A Thought Away

The man on the corner
Stooped now
Memory shrouded in the purple-gray of decades past
Watches the small boy
Grasp a mother’s hand
But remembers well he does
That crystalline moment once upon a time
Of a mother’s touch
Of an all-enveloping smile
Of a perfect love
All so very long ago
But today...
...simply a thought away




Photo and Poetry by Vines


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another nice review for my Hollywood novel!



Connecting with readers means a lot to any writer. Here's a nice review I recently received on Amazon for my novel LUIGI'S CHINESE DELICATESSEN...


"Jim Vines brilliantly captures the Hollywood experience with the acerbic wit and painful truths of a veteran screenwriter and once star-struck hopeful. While he may claim that 97% of this work is fiction, it’s clear that his characters are based on the Sunset Boulevardians he knows, and that he himself has suffered the peaks and valleys of a fickle industry. “Luigi’s Chinese Delicatessen” is hard to put down, as we keep hoping that [main character] Trent will get his big break.... Anyone who has ever thought of trying this game should read this book twice before heading out for L.A. Well done!"


Friday, October 20, 2017

"The Words"





There’s this glorious and astounding magic that happens when I put pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard...

I go to this alternate realm of consciousness. 


It’s where I meet characters who speak to me, who take me to interesting places, and who introduce me to compelling situations. 


I’m not certain where any of this comes from because none of it was there when I sat down, when I was convinced I didn’t have any words in me. 












But still, it's all there. 


So even when the thought of a blank page makes me feel a little queasy, I force myself into that chair anyway... 


...and it's after a minute or two of laying down those once elusive words that I have to wonder what all the fuss was about. 


The words come...



...they always do.









Copyright © 2017 by Jim Vines


Thursday, October 19, 2017

A HALLOWEEN POEM...








THE STEPS

The thin silvery blade
thrust brutally into me,
piercing flesh and sinew,
and I mounted the stone steps
with a great and heavy despair,
heaving, clawing,
depositing a warm, crimson trail in my wake…

Above me, my world,
my sanctuary;
beneath me, his looming, hideous form,
that sniggering, taunting laugh,
that grim, ghastly voice intoning:
“Dead before you reach the top,
dead before you reach the top,
dead before you reach the top.”

Presently I became enveloped by a pervasive, all-consuming
void,
and it weakened me;
and my eyes faltered;
and, as the steps took me, a vague, distorted image:
my left hand, its feeble digits
against cold, damp stone…

This—this—was my end;
this night,
this place,
and his laugh—it tore through me yet again
as the void gently, inexorably,
stole all that I was,
all I ever was,
all I ever would be.


(Poetry and photography © 2017 by Jim Vines)





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Friday, September 22, 2017

On being a writer...






“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Writing is important to men and women who do it well. When you’re writing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.” 
-- Jim Vines (with an assist from Steve McQueen)