Author Interview – BeaJay McNeice (AKA Bill McNeice) – Contemporary Fantasy Novels and Poetry Anthologies

Hey there everyone.

Welcome to the start of another exciting week, I hope you are all well rested from the weekend.

To kick things off into overdrive and help banish the Monday Work Blues, I have another author interview to share with you.

This is my ninety-ninth interview in the ongoing Author Interview series, so a milestone is about to be achieved!

Let me introduce you all to author and poet BeaJay McNeice (AKA Bill McNeice), as he gives us a very candid, lucid and entertaining look into his writing, his thought processes, his inspirations and plenty of writing tips, tricks and advice.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the show friends.

 

Hi there BeaJay, thank you for spending some time with us to discuss your intriguing fantasy novels and eclectic poetry works.

Let’s start with your novels, which you describe as inner city fantasies that do not include dwarves, elves, wizards, or dragons. These elements are often found as staples of the fantasy genre itself. Can you give us a brief description of each of your fiction novels, their story/character arcs, what challenges your protagonists face across the course of their adventures and what ultimately defines these works specifically as stories that operate within the realms of the fantasy genre.

When it comes to fantasy, I have been told that a fantasy is any story where things outside of ordinary circumstances happens. It is a fantasy because something fantastic happens within the story. I have taken “fantastic” to basically mean “beyond commonly accepted human capabilities”. That gives me a great deal of leeway in what happens without having to have dwarves, elves, wizards, dragons, vampires, werewolves, or other traditionally fantasy type creatures.

My first novel, The Vision of Second Samuel, introduces a character, Samuel Rhee, who seems totally normal. However, he has glass marbles in place of natural eyes, and can see things like visions that show future possibilities. That enables him to stop construction site vandalism, and see the true potential of an adult adopted crack baby in fighting illiteracy in the inner city.

A young woman he has befriended gets burned out of her apartment, loses her job, starts living in a $20 a night flop house, and befriends the adult adopted daughter of the owner of the flop house. The daughter has the mind of a six year old because her mother had been on crack while pregnant. Sam’s friend manages to help the daughter learn to read, and then assists the daughter in helping about 30 illiterate street people learn to read in just one week. What is accomplished by Sam and the daughter sounds fantastic to me.

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My second novel, Second Samuel’s Vision Revealed, is a continuation of the first novel. In this story, Sam and his friends put a stop to a crooked real estate investor who is trying to eliminate the inner city ghetto area completely. In this story, the true depth of Sam’s ability to ‘see’ things is revealed, and due to tutoring of students by the daughter with the mind of a six year old, the inner city school becomes one of the best in the entire country.

Then there is the hit man who gives up being a professional killer to become a funeral director, and a short person who learned to read in the first novel becomes a daily columnist in the city’s newspaper. Of course, to make it really fantastic, there has to be at least one supernatural healing, and the inner city transforms into a virtual paradise. Another excursion into fantasy without the usual fantasy genre characters.

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In my third novel, Perry Normel Fun With Liu Syd Dreaming, I take a capability that some have, known as Lucid Dreaming, to an extreme. Because one of the characters is named Liu Syd, I have to refer to it as proactive dreaming, wakeful dreaming, sleepless wake dreams, etc. In this story, school bus driver Perry Normel, on summer hiatus, gets a curse placed on him in an Oriental restaurant. He then has to dream his way out from under the curse.

In the process he finds a catfish in a dream that sometimes has hands instead of fins. When he wakes, he finds that catfish is now in his apartment as a pet. He meets his long dead great grandmother in a dream and manages to cure her child, who later becomes his grandfather, of Down’s Syndrome. He even finds his soulmate in a dream, only to meet her in real life and marry her.

Fortunately, Perry succeeds in getting out from under the curse, and in the process changes a young woman from being a rancid individual to one who elicits the good out of others through their dreams. It is a fantastic story where the majority of the character names are puns that reveal details about the characters. The names are explained in the addenda at the end of the book.

My fourth novel, Winning By Way of Losing, is less fantastic than the previous three, but it still has elements that are fantastic. A man, with the help of a friend, learns how to win on demand at roulette, and later almost all casino games, by determining what will lose and betting the opposite.

To help him hide his ability, his friend then comes up with a way to travel to and from the cities where he gambles by simple public transportation like local bus lines and subways. However, the gambling commission still finds out what he is doing, but they can’t figure out how. In return for his keeping his ability secret, the commission allows him to live in relative peace.

When a young woman whom he cared for deeply is raped and murdered, he helps her friends entertain themselves in a much less dangerous way. As he thinks things through, he decides that he needs to straighten out his behaviour, as well. The way he can win, and how he and his friends live, is fantastic in its own way. Besides, being able to win on demand at roulette, craps, and most of the other casino games is beyond what is known to be possible.

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My fifth novel, The Quote-A-Thon, is a chronology of the first and only season of the TV show “America’s Next Narrator”. It is basically a retelling of an urban legend about the quoting of Psalm 23 by a young man who does it perfectly, only to be shown up by an old man who quotes it in a much more meaningful way.

There are auditions nationwide to get contestants for the show. Then the ones who made it through the audition process go through a series of live shows where the audience chooses who is the best at quoting pieces. The grand finale is held at Carnegie Hall in New York. The competition is won by the quoting of Psalm 23 in a truly spectacular way.

The whole competition is followed by a young man who is the caretaker of his old grand uncle. He and his uncle are almost always at each other’s throat. They are able to get along well enough to go to the live shows on the way to Carnegie Hall. The nephew is planning to win the audience challenge that will be a part of the grand finale.

In the process of going from show to show, the nephew and the uncle are able to finally get over their differences and have a good relationship. In fact, what happens at the finale changes the lives of all the contestants and the judges, as well. It is a fantastic story of a TV show that set the stage for many of the talent based competitions that have been on TV over the last three decades.

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My sixth novel, Losing In Place of Winning, is a sequel to the one about winning at roulette. In this story, the guy who can win on demand finds that he is being forced to lose at the new casino in town. The problem is that all the roulette wheels pass the gambling commission tests.

He must first find a way to prove the roulette wheels at the new casino are crooked, and then he must find a way to help the gambling commission convict those responsible and send them to jail. He has to do all of this without revealing how he wins on demand.

In the process of solving that problem, it is discovered that there are people in the gambling commission that are crooked and responsible for the new casino being able to cheat as it does. That means that the guy who can win on demand, and his friends in the commission, are now in danger of being killed to keep what is going on at the new casino a secret.

There is a wondrous estate just across the state line where the guy and his commission friends can hide to stay safe. There is technology that allows the use of actual roulette wheel spins from across the state for gathering data to prove things. Finally, there is statistical analysis so precise it can show when a roulette wheel throws even one number that is not truly as random as the numbers on a roulette wheel are supposed to be. When every detail is taken into account, it turns out to be more fantasy than reality.

The seventh novel, The Uncalled Witness, is interesting because it doesn’t actually have a real plot, as such. It is more a collection of anecdotes focused on a man who is totally dedicated to the MASTER and serves HIM in the way of the Anointed ONE.

It does have a few fantastic sections. It tells a number of humorous little stories, but then gives the deeper meaning behind each of them. It even goes through the thought process behind thinking through a story of a travelling peddler, a mercantile owner, and a funny tree with heart-shaped branches to get to its deeper meaning.

There is a place around the one third mark where it deals with the rape of a teenage girl. It is emotional, but it shows how one can use a tragedy in one’s life to help others get through the tragedies in their lives.

In the end there is a chapter where a world view is presented that answers all the issues that crop up in other world views. However, it is just presented. For a witness simply shares what he knows to be true, and leaves the arguing to the lawyers, the deciding on a verdict to the jury, and the passing of a judgement to the JUDGE.

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My eighth novel, The Undefined Process, is about a fellow named WyBea Normel. He happens to be the son of Perry Normel from the third novel, so I guess that makes this story a sequel to the one about dreaming oneself out from under a curse. Some tidbits of the other story are shared in this one, but only as an aside to the main story.

The real story here is about a nonconformist college instructor who has a vacation cabin in the mountains. It is destroyed by a lightning fire that somehow melts a laptop and a desktop computer together in a way that produces a hybrid computer with truly unique capabilities.

As a result of demonstrating that one does not have to understand a process to use that process, WyBea gets connected with a world famous illusionist. He ends up helping the illusionist develop an act where a person is moved back and forth across a stage in unbelievable ways. However, WyBea refuses to let the illusionist know how it is actually done.

The illusionist tries to find out how it is done by having a private eye search through WyBea’s home while WyBea is at the illusionist’s estate. In the process of that search, those conducting the search steal the hybrid computer and ship it to China. There the Chinese Mafia try to figure out what the system can do.

WyBea tries to recover the system, and eventually does on the night the Hope Diamond gets stolen from The Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Wybea secures the hybrid system so it can’t be stolen again, and takes the Hope Diamond to a sheriff in California within half an hour of when it was stolen. That’s an interesting trick since the place the diamond came from is roughly 3,000 miles east of where WyBea and the Sheriff are.

After the Sheriff helps WyBea return the diamond without getting arrested in the process, WyBea then uses the undefined process to recover enough gold from abandoned mines to make him independently wealthy. So he quits being an instructor, and takes up a life of leisure. Such is the fantastic life a person can have using an undefined process that is on a hybrid system that was created by an accidental fire.

My ninth novel, Willie Waykkop By Bettie Daunt, is a love story told in the setting of an old folks home. Harold, a resident at the old folks home, begins having dreams where he is a much younger man, named Willie Waykkop, who is able to get people through problem situations. Grunelda, another resident, starts have dreams where she is a much younger and extremely lovely young woman named Bettie Daunt. Bettie is a very fearful young lady who is afraid of almost everything.

The strange thing about the dreams those two were having is that they are in each other’s dream. It was a single dream with Willie and Bettie sharing together in it. As these strange dreams continued, Bettie and Willie ended falling in love with each other. Of course, that meant Harold and Grunelda had to fall in love, as well. There were even interesting items that seemed to cross the boundaries between the dream world and the real world.

There is another character referred to as Unsociable. She, as a result of her personality and character, was living in a delusional world that for her was a living Hell. Her life there at the old folks home stands out in stark contrast to what is experienced by Willie and Bettie. Her daughters and son-in-law prove, through their dedication to her, what it means to love unconditionally.

The story gets real interesting when Harold and Grunelda pass away in their sleep sitting across the table from one another. Of course, that means Willie and Bettie have found the joy of a paradise that only true love could bring. It is truly a fantastic love story.

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If any of your fiction novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

I do not follow current TV series and movies well enough to be able to recommend specific performers for specific roles. I could make suggestions about character qualities, general appearance, and such, but I feel too unknowledgeable to name any specific performers for roles in the adaptations of the stories.

Some of the Beta Readers of the novels as a part of the editing process have suggested that the novels would make good Made For TV Movies. I have, because of the individual I am, refused to use foul language in the novels. I have, as well, avoided any explicit immoral behaviour and exploitive violence. I have tried to make my novels of a quality that anyone of any age can read them.

If any, or hopefully all, of the stories are adapted to movies or TV, I would expect them to be of such a nature that the broadest possible audience would be allowed to watch them. I think it is an extreme disservice to the audiences when those writing and producing the movies feel they have to make the movies only appropriate for adult audiences if the movie is to be a success.

You also write diverse collections of poetry too. What does it mean to you personally being a poet, in addition to being an author? How do you feel that this influences how you see, feel and interact with the world around you? Feel free to give us a brief insight into each of your poetry collections to help us understand the themes and thought processes that sit behind them.

I have never really contemplated there being any significant difference between me being a poet and me being a novelist. I consider myself to be a wordsmith who, like a blacksmith crafting things out of iron, crafts things out of words. Sometimes that crafting results in a small piece like a Senryu or a Sonnet. Other times it is a larger piece like a novel or a short story. Either way it is a matter of taking the raw material of words, heating them in the fire of contemplation, putting them on the anvil of a word processor, and shaping them into a work of art using the hammer of grammar, the file of punctuation, and the cutters of literary form to craft the particular piece of literary art I am working on.

Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to be able to write. I have always been interested in telling stories and long jokes. I have always been interested in songs and wished I could write lyrics to songs. Then, in my senior year of high school, I found out about acrostics, and how they could be used to add meaning to the piece the acrostic was a part of. I even found out that for the author Edgar Allen Poe being a Poet fit Poe to a Tee. Symbolically, that works out as follows:

Poet  =  Poe  +  “T”

It was at that time, I began writing poems, most with acrostics, to try to impress people. It didn’t work well, but it gave me an outlet for my writing desires. Unfortunately, a significant number of my early pieces I threw out when I got to college because their quality was so poor. There are a number since then where the circumstances around a given piece caused me to no longer have a copy of that piece. However, I am now being much more careful in trying to ensure that I keep a copy of each piece I write. I still miss one every now and then, but it is getting very rare now-a-days.

My first poetry anthology Soliloquisms is basically pieces I wrote to try to impress people. It contains the verse I would put in a Birthday card, Valentine’s Day card, or just hand to the person to try to impress that person. Usually those pieces would use the person’s name as an acrostic. It did contain some other pieces, usually song lyrics, that were written simply because I was inspired to write the piece, but the majority were written to try to impress others.

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In my second poetry anthology Textuals, I started out basically as I had in the first anthology, However, I discovered a monthly open poetry reading where I could read some of my pieces without fear of judgement or rejection. The majority of that anthology was written after I had started attending that monthly reading. In reading through the anthology, one can see a definite improvement in the pieces later in the book from those earlier in the book. There is, as well, a broadening of subject matter and expressing one’s feelings.

In May of 2005 a fellow calling himself “The Samurai Poet” attended the open reading, and was extremely impressed with my writing ability. In July 2005, he met with me for lunch one day. As it turned out, we worked about three blocks from each other. At that lunch he gave me a blank journal in which to write my poetry. He knew my writing was so great it needed to be preserved. It took me 14 months to fill the 86 blank pages of that journal. Within its pages were several different forms of poetry, a number of essays, and even a short story. It covers a wide range of topics, expresses strong emotions in a wide variety of ways, and shows a quality of writing that is beyond that of both of the previous anthologies.

It had taken me 15 years to reach the point where I had enough pieces to fill my first poetry anthology. It was 89 pages long. It had taken me 23 years to write all of the pieces in my second poetry anthology. It was 96 pages long. That is a total of 37 years to fill 185 pages with poetry. The journal given me by The Samurai Poet became my third poetry anthology, Notebook From A Samurai. It had been written in 14 months, and was 189 pages long. It was slightly more than twice as big as all my previous writing.

It was at that point that I began participating in the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge each November. The challenge is to write the first draft of a 50,000+ word novel just within the 30 days of November. Participation is free. If you are successful in completing the challenge, all you get is a sheet of paper saying you wrote a 50,000+ word novel in just 30 days. I have won the challenge 10 times now. I am in the process of getting my tenth novel on the market. The other nine are already there.

The one thing that I have found to be a challenge in my personal life is making the time to write. During November I deliberately take as much time as I possibly can to write. In so doing, I am able to spend 8 hours a day approximately 6 days a week for 4 weeks and 2 days. The rest of the year I am juggling all the day to day things in a balance that lets me do daily reading, editing, social networking, shopping, and all the other details that fill a day. That leaves little time for any serious writing. I am still trying to determine how to have writing time each day.

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What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

The most difficult thing about writing is making the time to write on a consistent basis. There are a myriad of tasks, duties, and responsibilities that need to be taken care of each and every day. The biggest difficulty is figuring out how to fulfill all that is required and still have at least an hour free to do nothing but write.

The one thing that enabled me to do Notebook From A Samurai in just 14 months was the fact that each day at work I would spend my lunch time doing nothing but contemplating and writing. There were days I missed, but for the most part lunch time was writing time.

The easiest part of writing is actually typing the words into the word processor after I have contemplated enough to know precisely what I want to say. I reach a point in my mind where I know what to say, and the words just flow. The difficulty is getting all the contemplation done to where the words are there to flow.

Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?

I don’t feel that I am inspired by any historical figures, as such. There are a few authors who have impressed me with their writings. Names such as J.K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Robert A. HeinLein stand out in my mind. Of course, while some of them have done poetry, these writers are considered novelists.

When it comes to poetry, names like Robert Frost, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Edgar Allen Poe stand out in my mind. There are others, but these are the ones who come to mind the easiest. However, the only poet whose work I am really familiar with is the singer, songwriter Paul Simon. At one time I had a significant number of his songs done with Art Garfunkel memorized.

What sort of research do you do to write your books and poetry?

When it comes to my novels, I do little research at all. That leaves me open to making goofs like in my third novel, Perry Normel With Liu Syd Dreaming, where I present the Kwai River as being in Japan, rather than in Thailand where it is actually located. I do try to do an outline of each story before I begin writing the novel, but I rarely have a complete outline and what little outline I have is not that good.

With the poetry, the primary research I do is checking on specific poetic forms and their accompanying metering and rhyme schemes. I use Wikipedia to look up details. I have two books at home, as well. They are Poetry For Dummies and The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Poetry. Those two books were written to help people learn how to write poetry, but I use them merely as reference books on form, metering, and rhyme schemes.

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Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I write because I was born a writer. I firmly believe that each and every person is born with the talents and abilities to fit into specific niches in society. For me a major portion of my talents and abilities make me a writer. Since I am a writer, I am driven by who I am to write.

Some people believe that if a person writes, that act of writing is what makes them a writer. I strongly disagree. Writing does not make one a writer, rather one writes because one is born a writer. The others who write are merely putting words on paper. Those who are born to write create literary art through what they do.

The two things that were the most instrumental in getting me to write were a book titled The Numerology of Dr. Matrix, by Martin Gardener, and the National Novel Writing Month challenge held each and every November.

One of the chapters at the end of the book by Martin Gardener had to do with poetry. In that chapter it talked, not just of poetry, but of acrostics, and other topics, as well. That sparked an interest in me of experimenting with poetry, acrostics in particular. From there it was only a matter of time until I felt able to write poetry. It did take several years, however, until I felt accomplished enough to be called a poet.

National Novel Writing Month is discussed in detail on the NaNoWriMo.org web site. One registers in October for free, and then one has the 30 days of November, and only the 30 days of November, to write the first draft of a 50,000+ word novel. When I first heard of the challenge, I was so taken with the idea that I started working on an outline for a story that included many details of stories I had wanted to write for years.

It was seven years later when I finally had the time and resources to actually participate. That year I went through about half of my outline as I wrote my first novel, The Vision of Second Samuel. The next year I used up the rest of the outline writing Second Samuel’s Vision Revealed. Since then I have been trying to do a novel a year as my part in the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I’ve now won the challenge 10 times.

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

There is a quote by the poet William Stafford that basically says that Writer’s Block is caused by the writer having the misconception that they cannot write up to the quality required for what they are trying to write. The cure is to forgive one’s self and just write. The assessment of quality comes after the piece has been completed, and NOT before.

The understanding of that truth takes away a significant amount of the stress involved in writing. That eliminates the vast majority of what causes Writer’s Block. For me the rest is taken care of by doing more contemplation of what it is that I am writing. If I contemplate thoroughly enough, the words will come with little effort.

When I have a creative slump, as opposed to a Writer’s Block, I find I need to contemplate what it is I want to write, and why I want to write it. By playing around with topics, subjects, styles, and such I can get myself into a frame of mind where I can contemplate well enough to cause the words to flow.

When I was filling the journal that became Notebook From A Samurai, there were days when I couldn’t think of anything to write about. On those days I would write about my inability to think of something to write. I have a number of interesting pieces that deal with being unable to think of anything to write. I’ve used that little trick a number of times since then, as well.

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You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

I wrote an essay about how to write something profound. Basically it says that regardless of what else is going on, just write. The majority of what you write will be sludge. However, after you have written enough, you will find there are nuggets of gold hiding within the garbage.

All great writers do that. It is like panning for gold. Prospectors who pan for gold sift through mountains of sludge to find a handful of gold nuggets. In the same way a writer writes mountains of sludge, then he simply goes back and sifts through the sludge to find the literary gold. Great writers never show the public the sludge. They merely show the gold nuggets.

If I went back to the much younger me and had a serious talk with him, I would tell him to learn all he could in his English classes. To write well one must know grammar, punctuation, and spelling. If one tries to write without those three things, one merely produces mediocre pieces. However, if one has the grammar, punctuation, and spelling correct, it will showcase the true artistry in what is written.

When it comes to poetry, I would tell him to learn all they have to teach him about rhyme, metering, and poetic forms. Again, the grammar, punctuation, and spelling are essential in making the pieces shine with true artistic beauty.

Of course, he should pay close attention to all that they try to teach him about writing, as well. It will make what he will eventually be doing much easier than he could ever imagine.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

I read the Bible and the Qur’an. I attend a church on a regular basis and take part in the church’s small groups ministry. I spend time on the computer interacting with people from around the world. I am a follower of JESUS The Messiah, and I encourage others to follow HIM, as well.

I am a caretaker of two budgies (parakeets).

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

I am currently writing a short story to post on my ByBeaJay.WordPress.com website. I am documenting the writing of the short story in the Blog on the website.

I am in the process of writing two more poetry anthologies. One is another journal similar to the one that became my third anthology. The other is composed of pieces I am writing apart from that journal.

I am contemplating whether or not I should group more of my poems by form, and possibly my essays, into collections that I can publish similar to my first collection of sonnets, A Satchel of Sonnets.

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I am in the process of editing and publishing my most recent novel An Address of Evil.

I am starting to think of what I will write about for novel 11 come this November.

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

If you are a writer, then WRITE! It doesn’t have to be great. However, you have to WRITE and WRITE LOTS!

You need to use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Your first draft of things does not have to be that good, but by the second draft, the grammar, punctuation, and spelling should be as near perfect as possible.

Learn how to format your writing so it looks good to the reader. There are many people who format their pieces in whatever manner strikes their fancy at the time. I do NOT read what they write, not because it is terrible, but simply because it is so poorly formatted. Some of those people do fantastic pieces, but because their formatting is so poor, I skip over their pieces.

Of course, many of those people do a poor job with grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well. That just adds insult to injury. It is torture to try to read something that has extremely poor spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Regardless of how profound and meaningful what you are trying to say is, if you can NOT say it in a way that is acceptable, no one will pay attention.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you BeaJay for such a comprehensive look into your writing processes and all of your books. Your dedication to your craft is most impressive, when it comes to your writing and stories, we look forward to exploring them all 🙂

Bio:-

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Bill Mc Neice, BeaJay – The Somber Sonneteer – Coffee Shop Poet WannaBee, is in the minority in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. He is an actual Native Arlingtonian. He is one of the 5% who have actually lived their entire lives in Arlington, Virginia. The closest he ever came to leaving Arlington was when he attended Virginia Tech, Virginia’s primary University, not to be confused with that other little college somewhere around Charlottesville.

Even when Bill married his lovely wife Shirley in December of 1984, he still remained in Arlington. As a result of the marriage, however, Bill did make a move from the North of Arlington to the South of Arlington. Although it was quite a move for him, Bill has adjusted well to living in the South, and has come to enjoy its warmer temperatures and milder weather.

Bill began his writing back in 1969 as a High School Senior. He originally started writing because he was fascinated by some of the technical tricks that could be done with the words, and he saw it as a way to impress the ladies. Gradually over the years he found it to be a way to open up and share his feelings, views, ideas, and such. As a way to impress people, it failed miserably, but as a way to relax and express one’s self, it excelled.

While BeaJay is not actually named “BeaJay”, he does, based on the name Bill John Mc Neice, have B. and J. as his initials. Since the character BeaJay Hunnicutt had such an interesting first name that could represent the initials B. J., rather than just using his initials, BeaJay decided to use the name “BeaJay” to represent himself. He has been using BeaJay to represent himself for over ten years now, but he still slips from time to time and introduces himself to others as Bill, even though he prefers being known as BeaJay.

You can connect with him on the following Social Media channels:-

LinkedIn:- Bill “BeaJay” Mc Neice – Writer, Novelist, Poet, Wordsmith (LinkedIn)
Lulu:- Bill Mc Neice’s Books and Publications Spotlight – Lulu
Website:- By BeaJay – The Website of BeaJay McNeice

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35. Wordplay – The Chaos Within
36. Maraton – apserranoblog
37. A Road With a View – Occasional Dreams
38. Living the J.O.Y. Principle – Marathon – A Life Long Race of Faith
39. Devil Doll Musings – Who’s That Girl
40. Fasting and Travelling – Fast and Fit with Mark and Jacie
41. Behind Banaoang Bridge – Felix Daogas Photography
42. The Marathon Marvel – rupalislale
43. A Sunday at the Marathon – Wanderful Weekendz
44. Marathon of Waiting – Melinda J. Irvine
45. Luogo Pieno di Finocchi – LuPo_san
46. whirlpool – theappropriateshe
47. Lifes Marathon – Serendipitous Perspectives
48. A Marathon of Words – writingboxblog
49. Everyday Gyaan – Start With Why #martinlutherking #MondayMusings
50. Poesy Patch – Towards or Away
51. A Journey Called Life – atrangizindagieksafar
52. Lood in de benen? 5 tips! – @Peter’s Blog
53. Sensual Fire – Its PH
54. Fluffy Pool – Movie Review from Memory: Marathon Man
55. 2Broke2Save – Marathon- Patriots Day Movie
56. aimless – tinyfawns
57. 3 Days in Mexico – True_George
58. Running with Love – Debbie Gravett
59. The Companionship of a Stranger – Scribbles to Compositions
60. Run Away Anxiety – Leigha Robbins
61. Away . – ramnathshanbhag
62. Marathon – A Depressed Cloud
63. Explore with Mafaza – Marathon
64. Indira’s Blog – Marathon- The Daily Post
65. Chronicals of The Black Files: The Apocalypse – The Harlem Experiment
66. Running the Race – The Chicken Grandma
67. Fall Seven Times Stand Up Eight – Harlem Cafe
68. recovery to wellness – The Denial Marathon
69. MY ENDURING BONES – No. No. No.
70. wordsareallihavesite – Marathon
71. And Then There Was Flood – Wanderlust
72. Life could be a marathon full of curiosity … – Serendipitous Web Life
73. Failing at Nothing – Marathon
74. Personal Goals – Life’s Journey 365
75. How sparkling are you? – littleborneogirl
76. Over and Over – The Abject Muse, aka SusanWritesPrecise
77. Changes to the Menu – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
78. Life’s marathon – thinkinkadia
79. Meliorate – Quote of the day
80. Live Free 2 Sail Fast – Nautical Weekend in San Diego
81. Common Pursuit – The Sinisters
82. domestic diva – What true education is !
83. Living In Crimson – Mind over matter
84. Marathon – Daily Prompt – Wanderings……
85. andsoitisborn – Marathon
86. Life – My Take on Life
87. Marathon Runners – Mac’s World
88. Quiet Hours – A Short Conversation
89. GRWM: Light pink, glowy makeup of the day – A Day with Alex
90. Marathon – Run and Travel
91. Daily Prompt; Marathon – tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
92. Hooping Rhapsody – Marathon
93. manvsloneliness – Day 192: The Man and the Spoils of Choice; ‘Marathon’
94. Run the Marathon – A Place for my thoughts
95. STELLA CAROUSEL – Life Marathon
96. Marathon – Life happens!!
97. No Matter How Long the Road – By the Wayside
98. In praise of “useless”challenges – Jennifer El Gammal
99. My Favorite Race Photo – Sneakers on Pavement
100. Racing through Life – Just a thinker
101. My Art & Me – Lazarus Pit
102. Christie & Adam: Another Gig – Rexine Rawhead
103. Travel Much? – FUN RUN
104. pamandjanet – Escape velocity, II or aye-aye you might say
105. Outlet – sparksbeforetheblaze
106. Faith Unlocked – The Imperishable Wreath
107. Alpha is Omega – Marathon
108. running again – Love it Now
109. What Rhymes with Stanza? – Training for the Marathon
110. 26 Letters Poetry Blog – Trail Runner
111. Marathon – thehouseofbailey
112. The Gad About Town – A Marathon, Not a Sprint
113. A marathon full of hope and rejection – Your Nibbled News (c) 2017 YNN
114. Marathon – S. Thomas Summers
115. A Caregiving Marriage – Be The Turtle
116. Walk, Run, Hobble – a moment teller’s
117. Anxiety – Who I Was
118. There Are More Poets than Stars in the Firmament – the long slog
119. Dipping Into the Heart – Always Right?
120. Covert Novelist – Marathon
121. Native Nomadic – Goals vs. Dreams
122. Musings of a Random Mind – Getting a Physical
123. New Ideas And Inspirations – Marathon
124. Marathon Life? – Bloodthorne Tribe
125. SERENDIPITY – BLOGGING – IT’S WHAT I DO
126. Marathon – travel387
127. Jealous Insanity – LiteYourSoul
128. The Marathon of – writealineblog
129. Do Not Annoy The Writer – Still Dreaming
130. Betcha Didn’t Know! – The story of kitten part 3
131. Putting My Feet in the Dirt – Marathon
132. With the help of words…! – Marathon of Patience
133. TIME : FINEST TEACHER OF ALL – Rainbow
134. kStan(ly) kSays – no sneakers
135. Marathon – My Eternal Partner
136. The Land Slide Photography – The Marathon
137. Running “Marathons” of Life – Chase’s Thoughts And Viewpoints
138. juantetcts – Marathon
139. Life: Marathons Unseen… – Success Strategies
140. In The Details – A Short Conversation
141. Seal Matches – Stories in Short #14 (Marathon of forgetting)
142. Writeofire – Rolling stone
143. Random Thoughts Lead to Priceless Memories – Marathon Madness (Acrostic Poem)
144. BOOK MARATHON – rhymeagination
145. Whine, Whine, Whine (Daily Word Prompt is Marathon) – My Loud Bipolar Whispers
146. Distilled Marathon – 25more
147. Reflections of a Mirror – ARJUN SHIVARAM
148. Wide Eyed In Wonder – A New Type of Marathon
149. Flashlines – Pharmakon
150. Think About It – Marathon
151. Life is a Marathon – Angelin Veronica
152. Marathon of ups and down – Snippets Of My Life
153. Was And Is His Marathon – emotionsoflife2016
154. Write Here: Write Now – It’s been a challenge . . .
155. 42.195 and going – The Rucksack
156. Help me run my marathon… – A Place to learn and grow together
157. My lazy nighttime skincare routine + MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL! – A Day with Alex
158. Marathon (Smut) – Marooner’s Lagoon
159. Is Life Now A Marathon – eddaz
160. The marathon called life… – Suzhalgal
161. Adieu – Yuhu
162. On the long run – In my world
163. sonja benskin mesher – . old black car .
164. kStan(ly) kSays – raisons
165. Marathons and Growth – Endeavor to Persevere
166. MARA-THORN – Poetic Bliss
167. Marathon – sparksbeforetheblaze
168. Life is a Marathon of all Marathons – Thousand Words
169. Life’s Marathon – My Second Act, Scene One
170. Marathon – Fearless
171. The Cat Chronicles – Daily Feline Prompt: Feline Marathon
172. Zachary W Gilbert, Author – Marathon of Marriage
173. Hot Dogs and Marmalade – House Beautiful
174. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – Marathon
175. s1ngal – Meek Confession
176. Kate Murray – Marathon
177. Lowland – Yet Another Change
178. Kimberlee K. – If I Were on Dancing With the Stars
179. “Game of Thrones, Cartoons and “Lord of the Rings” Marathons – Shelby’s Starlit Crossing
180. Success Inspirers World – Romilia Quotes 132
181. Run it, feel it, love it! – @Peter’s Blog
182. I had known, All Along – The peepal
183. Marathon! – Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!
184. The Vault – 21.1
185. Ups, Downs & Deviations – Ramblings: Recovery
186. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – The Weekly Monday Marathon
187. The Unsuspecting Marathon – Oh, border!
188. Cozybooks – Philosophic Review: Coffee Prince
189. Red’s Wrap – No Pasaran
190. Everyday Essentialism – Marathon
191. LadyLebz – NOTHING DAY
192. Case of the Mondays – Magpie in the City
193. A Marathon by any other Name… – English-Language Thoughts
194. I would love to attempt a marathon – susiesopinions
195. My Marathon – I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!
196. B_ up to date – In the Sense
197. And so it starts… – Marathon: Tanka
198. 2-G, or Not 2-G – Dangerspouse
199. The [Password] is “Password” – Mile 21
200. Our new rug is really a magic carpet! – Elaine’s Inner Sanctuary
201. Regina Bartlett – Marathon, Faith and MLK
202. Pump up your motivation for aything – art of being fabulous
203. will you – writemebad
204. Zombie Flamingos – You know I like to post pictures of Sunday dinners…
205. Marathon – The Mind of Nox
206. Eye to Eye (Elfje+Lanterne) – Emotional Spaces
207. The verbal hedge – So where were we?
208. A Long Slog – Inner Whispers
209. The incandescent love for Life – Beghairat Kanya
210. Marathon – Wings Of Poetry
211. Dreams send you messages – Elaine’s Inner Sanctuary 🌹
212. Today and Every Day
213. Sara Doolittle – Life isn’t a marathon – Observe a child
214. haiku #19 – Short And Narrow
215. It’s a marathon, not a sprint when it comes to relationships – escapingperfection
216. aratrikaspeaks – So many hours
217. Just Empty Shoes – Marathon
218. Travel Much? – Evening at Borebreen
219. Science Traveler – Spiraling Upward in Copenhagen
220. Southern By Design – The Long Haul
221. Over Se La to Tawang – Don’t hold your breath
222. Write Ally! Write! – Marathon (Movie marathon)
223. The Wandering Poet – A day downtown after watching a marathon ^.^
224. Slept Like a Baby! – Just Writing!
225. mylocalweb – the race of life
226. I wander, I wonder – Melolontha by the River
227. Jeff Cann – Bad Ass?
228. Purposive Writer – Motivation Monday 10
229. My Friend – Pete Gardner Psalms
230. the15thday – jiggling the wobbly bits does not appeal at all
231. ….on pets and prisoners….. – happy monday
232. Designer Sophisticate – I have a dream…
233. Marathon – All About Writing and more
234. Frank Prem – lone states
235. Open For Visitors – Patches of Light, Pieces of Grace
236. Lost Property Repository – A sex poem.
237. Lantern Words – A Marathon

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