WORKSHOP!

Hey guys this is something I am attending. A great friend of mine is running it, and she’s a freaking genius!

Artifact Writing Workshop

Wednesdays, May 14 through June 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For ages 17 and up

Instructor: Laurel Radzieski

Admission: $55

This exercise-based workshop encourages participants to explore new territories and topics within their writing. Unearth and create artifacts and texts. Prompts will emphasize content over the specifications of form, and we will wander into various genres. Be prepared to focus on the creation of new works and at least one cumulative project. New and former students welcome. Suitable for all levels of experience. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.

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my biggest problem

So I think I know what my biggest problem in writing is (Next to Self Doubt, Getting Sidetracked, Getting Blocked, and Not knowing how the hell to write Sci-Fi without it all sounding like Star Wars).
I think my biggest problem is that I will get down about 50-60 pages, which for me is a big accomplishment. I dunno about you guys. But then I’ll start to just develop the Who, What, When, Where, and why and I’ll start to feel really good about what I’m writing. But then I’ll get up that particular mountain, and then I hit this wall. I don’t get blocked per-say, but I get there and I have ZERO IDEA OF WHAT I’M GOING TO DO NEXT!!! I pretty much write by the seat of my pants, I’ll get an idea or a concept and it will flow like mad, and at a certain point I don’t know what happens but I feel like I run out of gas, and then I feel weird and empty and I pull away from it. Like I just found my hamster dead or something.
I don’t know. I Burned through I kid you not somewhere like 15 pages yesterday (Two Different Ideas mind you, one was 11pgs, and one was 4pgs) and then on both of them it peatered out. I think I may have some more ideas for the one, but nothing more solid than a few loose ideas.
Maybe I’m over reacting, I don’t know.
Anyone else have this issue?

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More soon….

Hey guy’s.

More stuff about my own personal writing process shortly, maybe this week if I’m reasonably lucky.

Later,

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Hey Guys,

Hey guy’s,
Long time no Blog I’m sorry. There’s been a lot of stuff going on with some family health issues. But I hope to be posting a bit more regularly.
I’ve been working on a few projects since last year and I find myself saying “Okay, I like this, but I don’t know how it’s much different from what’s already out there.”
So I don’t know if that’s a factor of being influenced by the stuff I like that already exists and I’m trying to emulate that simply because I connect with it. I’ve been looking at a lot of my own work recently and saying the same thing.
“Okay this story is pretty good, but how do I make it different than what’s out there?”
I want to be more dynamic, but my fear is emulating things that are already published. I’ll give you a better example of this.
I’ve been working on a bunch of different zombie themed stories (No I will never think zombies are cliche, and boring.) and I keep drifting towards the idea of the “Evolving” or “Mutating” zombie. I don’t mean that they get smart enough to drive tanks or do long division. I mean that they start to change physically or some of them do, in order to make them more deadly.
But! I play a lot of video games, and in those games they have zombies that are much different from the rest of the zombie hordes. Some are very strong and durable, some jump on you from rooftops, some even use their mutated tongues to capture people and render them helpless until your team mates come save you. (These creatures are just a few that I’ve encountered playing Left 4 Dead.) Now the “classic” zombie video game Resident evil does something very similar. Zombies that inevitably evolve into much more dangerous creatures.
I kind of like this idea, but I’m not sure what to do with it that’s different, that’s my own. Also I don’t want to hop on the coat tails of these stories, I want to be my own scary monster maker.
I find that I’ve been having a similar issue with working on my sci-fi or post apocalyptic themed stuff. I enjoy writing, reading, and video gaming in it very much, but I have trouble breaking away from the known. Maybe it’s because it feels comfortable?
I’m not sure.
I have an idea for the sci-fi themed idea that I’m sort of slowly starting to flesh out. I also have a long love of Dungeons and Dragons as well. There’s such an expansive universe within D&D that it always just blew my mind as a pre-teen, and as a teen. I think there is such a good chance to blend sword and sorcery and starships and galactic adventure. They aren’t that different from each other. Look at Star Wars (Which is pretty much the reason I started writing). It’s very similar to mythic fantasy (Seriously go read Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, and Hero with a Thousand Faces).
Hmm.. maybe I should go re-read them?
Anyway I think I’m good in developing a hybrid of that without them having Lightsabers or stealing anything from one of the D&D rulebooks.
I may have a better handle on Post-Apocalyptic themes. I liken Post-Apocalyptic times to much like a combination (In spirit mind you) of many of Clint Eastwood’s Western Movies, and looking back toward world history in a few key eras. Mainly the Dust Bowl Period in America during the 1930’s, and the Middle Age Period. Plus throwing in mutants, and ruined cities, and other good stuff.
Anyway, that’s what’s been on my mind.
More to come.
Later guys,

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Inspirations from others

Hey Guys,

So today’s post is all about my literary Inspirations. Some you may have Heard of, some you may not have, but I hope you will check them all out, because if they’ve helped to shape my process or motivated me in some way.

The first Group is all either Writing books that I’ve used as a student or used to help me kick-start my creative juices.

The Writers Block – Jason Rekulak

The Creative Block – Lou Harry

The Writers Idea Book – Jack Heffron

The Writers Idea Workshop – Jack Heffron

A Writers Book of Days – Judy Reeves

The Writers Book of Matches – Phillip Sexton

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words – Phillip Sexton

The Writing Life – Annie Dillard

Bird By Bird – Annie Lamott

Writing Down The Bones – Natalie Goldberg

 

The next list are just a bunch of books and writers that have meant a lot to me over the years and taught me a lot about writing as I read them. There are a lot more than these, but I just wanted to give you a few. they’ve helped me figure out the kind of writer that I want to be.

David Sedaris – Holiday’s on Ice

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

J.R.R Tolkien – The Hobbit

World War Z – Max Brooks

The Gunslinger Series, The Stand, Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

Grendel – John Gardner

Shampoo Planet, Generation X – Douglass Coupland

A Cony Island of The Mind – Lawrence Furlinghetti

Gil’s All Fright Diner – A Lee Marinez

Almost anything by Christopher Moore

Neuromancer – William Gibson

Timothy Zahn

 

One of the things that I love are comic books, and I feel like only in the last maybe decade have they been given any sort of merit as literature. So I’m including a list of my favorite comic writers too.

Alan Moore (Watchmen)

Mark Millar (The Authority, Wanted, Old Man Logan, The Ultimates, Jupiter’s Legacy)

Warren Ellis (The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Freak Angels,

Josh Whedon (Astonishing X Men)

Brian Bendis (Powers, New Avengers, Secret Invasion)

Grant Morrison (Earth 2, Batman Reborn, The Invisibles, All Star Superman, The New X Men)

Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Batman year One)

 

So for next time I’m going to give you a list of really great art based websites that I stalk for inspiration. I was recently informed by two people who are pretty much experts on what you can and cannot post on a blog that unless I get express written consent that I cannot post someones art (Which makes good sense) so I will Give you Artist names, and if at all possible a mess of websites for you to look at and to drool over. Trust me there are some truly talented people out there whose work has triggered some really great stuff for me.

 

I wanted to take a sec to personally thank both Mandy and laurel for not letting me get myself into legal hot water by just posting a million pieces of art.

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My First

Hey guy’s!

This is my first post from my blog. It’s primarily going to be about writing, and my own creative process, and the things that inspire me to write. I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting but I’m going to start slow, and just share what I can with everyone. There will be recommendations for movies, web pages, books. I’ll post pictures, all the art I post is not owned by me in anyway, and any art I post is simply something that I liked or stokes my creative fires.

I hope you’ll find this helpful, Ive always thought it was important to try to share part of yourself with other people, and the idea of a blog just sort of came up.

Okay,

Later kids.

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