Yeah, I know, the finished products are how we keep score in the indie world. We just finished a pop-up workshop called “The Game” where productivity is a major factor of success.
But the key is how to get to the productivity? How do you get to those discoverability points of twenty or thirty novels?… Read more
‘Unfortunately I cannot show it to you,’ replied the master, ‘because I burned it in my stove.’
‘I’m sorry but I don’t believe you,’ said Woland. ‘You can’t have done. Manuscripts don’t burn.’
– Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita… Read more
IMO You have to do at least two things to ‘find’ a plot (and thus conflicts) in a story:
1) Put some part of a painful memory, a returning fear, a constant yearning, a powerful desire or any another resonant experience, fantasy or wishful thinking you have ever had yourself … into one or more of your characters.… Read more
I thought for a long time it would help me finish creative projects if I narrowed them down to just one, due to work and family time constraints.
Turns out I get more motivated by having about 3 projects that I can shift between (but not many more), like I am recording an album instead of just having to choose a single song.… Read more
I’ve experimented with this before and failed – mental detox. From all kinds of distractions. Especially online.
There is only one conclusion, like there is for alcoholics: Either I am abstinent or I am not.
I can’t control it otherwise.
So when home I don’t use the Internet, except in emergencies.… Read more
Written on 20 March this post is indicative of … problems. At least with regard to keeping up blogging, and blogging about something that is … good. Meaning valuable. Meaning something I can believe is good and valuable for others.
With regard to catching up on both The Blog and my life, so to speak, things are messy right now and I don’t really know where to begin.… Read more
Overall the year 2016-17 saw the culmination of a year long quest for me to find ‘the right kind of creative project’ – writing and/or drawing.
Because I kept thinking I only had time for … one. Because of work. Because of family. Because of … a lot.
It has turned out now – in the spring of 2018 – that I don’t really care about that.… Read more
Last day before Char and Jay come back and I have done most of my web-work, the remaining laundry and Blog-catch-up. On the one hand I am relieved, really – and yet … during the day I felt some anxiety about the future all of a sudden, which first made me, well, anxious.… Read more
As I get a few bits written on Hammer and Magic each week, even if they are very small, inevitably I get to think about the future – and what my ambitions are and should be here?
I published some Shade of the Morning Sun-novellas on Amazon in 2012. You can read them online now, including my ‘flagship’ novella: “That Which Cannot Be Broken”.… Read more
A day of resting and restoring after that first Christmas eve with Jay, thinking about how my mother is doing, and all the things I still have to do – soon – in business, in everything.
Such days, however, are a good opportunity to test my new approach to creativity, by thinking a lot about the Hammer and Magic-story, making myself really excited about writing the next segment down.… Read more
Char came home with Jay and they had had a good trip down south to the family, and the rest of the day was pretty much waiting and prepping for the other big trip this month – to my parents’.
Everything else is on standby, as expected.
I’ve been thinking about under what conditions a creative project equals stress, if I can’t work on it, like on a day like this.… Read more
I have also had the treacherous thought of doing something that was … not so serious and more pure fun with that still-very-incredibly limited time to draw.
I have had for some time now an idea for a scenario I call “Hammer & Magic” …
Like: What if there were sorcerers and magicians in revolutionary Russia.… Read more
I have been working today as usual but also thinking, since a client did not deliver his wishlist for his website on time. That gave me time to think about my own wish list.
I think that maybe it would be best to merge my idea with a longer fiction story about past lives with my Carrie-stories, over at ShadeoftheMorningSun.com.… Read more