And so it begins... Inktober, if you haven't heard of it, is a month-long social media challenge, hosted mainly on Instagram, where artists from around the world do one ink-based drawing every day, based on prompts chosen by the founder, Jake Parker. There. Now you know what it is. I've been doing it for... four … Continue reading Inktober 2019
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay You know those Masterclass trailers you get ahead of Youtube videos? Or maybe that's just me... Well, I recently got Neil Gaiman's Masterclass trailer as an ad, and it's honestly so comforting. Here it is, if you want to take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SinJ_hB8T1k "The process of doing … Continue reading Tidying Up the Maze.
Good morning, everyone, and happy Tuesday! Well, it's Tuesday for me. And morning-ish. 10:45 (when I'm typing this) still counts as morning, right? Anyway, I just finished a quick yoga practice and ate an orange, and I feel great. Notice what I haven't done yet? Written a single word of my current WIP. Maybe that's … Continue reading Dusting Off Some Kindness.
"...he who is to see strange sights must not himself be strange."- C.S. Lewis, "On Science Fiction" This is a good rule of thumb if you're writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, or any of those other intriguing genres. Imagine if Alice was a "quirky girl," instead of the perfectly ordinary, logical child we all know and … Continue reading Not Too Strange.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Oddly enough, depression can often be viewed through a sheen of glamour in the writing community. Whether it's because we have an ingrained image in our minds of "tortured artists," because we've heard of many amazing writers who suffer from it, or because of a sneaking sense that we … Continue reading Writing Through Depression.
One of the many upsides of having dabbled in practically every major art form is that I've learned to make symbolic connections between all of them, leading to many obscure metaphors I can irritate my followers with. Today, my obscure metaphor hinges on dance. Fifteen years of classical ballet training taught me that perfect balance … Continue reading Wobbling Intentionally.
I'm on vacation. Yeah, you can be jealous. It's a town called Seabrook, right on the Pacific Ocean, and it's pretty stellar. That being said, I'm going to keep this post short. I'm sure you can understand. While I was preparing for this four-day trip, I was stressing mildly about how to pack my current … Continue reading Refresh Yourself.
"...That is one of the functions of art: to present what the narrow and desperately practical perspectives of real life exclude." -C.S. Lewis I've just begun reading On Stories, a collection of C.S. Lewis's essays on literature. The opening essay, which gave the book its name, is chiefly an answer to people who sort of … Continue reading Tell A Story.
Last Friday, I watched a really, really good writer movie, and I think you should all watch it too, if you haven't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCvcD3IBSlc (Apropos of absolutely nothing, but poor Colin Firth! That thumbnail is doing him no favors at all.) Anyway, this is a beautiful movie. I can't believe it's been out for three years … Continue reading Watch This.
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Somehow, two of my pathetically unfinished novel drafts have ended up being written from multiple points of view. I know; that's crazy. I mean, it's hard enough writing in your OWN voice, let alone trying to wiggle your way into more than one voice that isn't your own. Still, I've … Continue reading Choose Your Point of View.