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Maybe tomorrow…

Recently I’ve been struggling to find any motivation to do anything even remotely creative.

My one advantage at times like this is that I continue to read and continue to look at others work. This means I’m still absorbing influences and, in turn, the ideas keep coming. But, when it comes to actually doing something about it?

Well, MEH!

Maybe tomorrow….

Or the next day, or the next….

And so it goes.

Part of me, sitting inside my head, looking out from behind my eyes, finds this infuriating.

“Just pick up a pen and get on with it!” “Write something!” “Draw something!” “Doodle for fucks sake!”

Maybe tomorrow….

I’ve been here before. Tiredness plays a part, but that can stem from depression anyway. Not having the time is another factor. But if I didn’t vegetate in front of QI repeats on Dave I’d have the time.

Maybe tomorrow….

I’ve read about how other people deal with this, whether they call it a creative block, writers block or a creative drought. What works for them won’t necessarily work for anyone else.

Eventually the voice in my head, the one pushing me to do something, drives me to pick up some implement of creation and make something. Usually this first push doesn’t last long, but it’s a stepping stone that enables me to move forward, and once I’ve taken that first step other stepping stones appear out of the fog that’s been surrounding me.  Now the problem is; which path to pick?

But it’s a choice I can make.

Definitely today.

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Of Aliens and Munchkins

OK, self promotion first.

‘Attack! of the B-Movie Monsters: Alien Encounters’ is now available on Kindle.

Attack!

It’s the second in an ongoing series from Grinning Skull Press of stories themed around 50’s B movies. It’s also the second to feature one of my stories. ‘Red Mist Over East Creek’ takes us back to the mid west town from my first B movie venture ‘Vermin’.

It follows our reluctant heroes and heroine facing an alien invasion. It’s full of tension, drama, iffy plot devices and dodgy 50’s film science. I think you’ll enjoy it.

This volume has produced some wonderful tales, all high quality madness!

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ATTACK-B-Movie-Monsters-Alien-Encounters-ebook-x/dp/B01FPYAD48/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465675365&sr=1-1&keywords=attack+of+the+b+movie+monsters

USA Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/ATTACK-B-Movie-Monsters-Alien-Encounters-ebook/dp/B01FPYAD48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465676259&sr=8-1&keywords=attack+b+movie

It should be available in physical book form soon.

http://www.grinningskullpress.com/

 

 

Now for some promotion of Steve Jackson Games and Munchkin.

I’m a fan of Munchkin and have been since the beginning. My original three sets are uncoloured.

The game has grown a lot since then. and this year sees Steve Jackson Games celebrating 15 years of Munchkin! With this they have produced their Guest Artist Editions, new, limited editions of the various versions available drawn by different artists.

Steve Jackson Games have given away some free copies on various social media platforms over the last couple of months. Each box signed by games designer Steve Jackson himself. I was lucky enough to win one of these. Munchkin Fu, drawn by John Kovalic.

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Those who know Munchkin know John Kovalic is the regular artist for the game, with close to 5500 cards drawn. He wasn’t available for Munchkin Fu and so was given this guest artist set.

The art and production values are exceptional as ever.

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It has been played….

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and, of course, the nine year old won.

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He beats me at most versions of the game, to be honest.

Except Munchkin Cthulhu. The Old God must like me………

 

http://www.sjgames.com/

http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/

 

The Word Cloud

The Word Cloud is an online writing community.

http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/home.html

After many months of being signed up to The Word Cloud I eventually started looking and interacting.

After some consideration I recently posted the first 2300 words of ‘Legacy’ for critique.
It’s pretty much as I typed it from the handwritten original. It’s rough and ‘sketched’ in places but I decided to leave it as was and see what kind of reaction I would get.

A lot of people have viewed and hopefully read my post.
Several have been kind enough to take the time to give their thoughts, ideas and corrections.

Some of what has been said now strikes me as obvious. It wasn’t when I was writing, and wasn’t until I read the comments.

I have been nudged in the direction of expanding what I’ve written to give more detail and to ‘show’ as well as ‘tell’.

Other remarks have sparked further ideas which I will try to expand upon throughout the story.

That’s the great thing about this site. It gives you a chance to place your work in front of people with no preconceptions of what you’re writing to give critique from a completely impartial position.

I haven’t yet finished re-working the 2300 words I posted but I have added over 800 words to the page and changed roughly half of what’s left!

Thanks to those who have given their advice and ideas so far.

If anyone is looking for constructive criticism and friendly feedback on their writing then you could do worse than take a look at The Word Cloud.

I’m sure you’ll be warmly welcomed.

Meraki

(n.) the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.

This wonderful, underused, word describes something that can be seen in many places.

I’m happy to say I see it in my own work.

I hope others do too.

That aside, wherever you look you can spy something lovingly handcrafted, beautifully written or passionately taught.

I see meraki whenever I look at the following….

The recycled, upcycled, handmade creativity of Meebee designs. https://www.facebook.com/MeebeeDesigns?fref=ts

The weird essence of self that appears in the writing and art of A Dark Whimsy. http://adarkwhimsy.wordpress.com/ (she really is a fruit cake).

The seemingly random mix of craft and teachings of Winniemay’s Hankerings. https://www.facebook.com/WinnieMaysHankerings?fref=ts

The shaping, moulding, creative hands of Kelly Loves. https://www.facebook.com/kellylovescraft

and

The shapes, forms and unconditional love that emanate from the beautiful soul that is Portsmouth Yoga. http://www.portsmouthyoga.co.uk/ 

All these people fill their crafts with energy, fun, dedication and commitment. They pour their heart and soul into what they do.

And I am privileged to be able to say, to one degree or another, I know them all and my life is richer for that.

 

Insipiration

More ethereal, mystical and elusive than the Grail, or a parking space on match day, INSPIRATION can strike at odd times and places.

If possible it will strike you when you are sleeping in the bath at 2am in the middle of a desert with no access to writing materials.

Two sources of INSPIRATION which need to be widely spread are

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ speech which can be found here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI

and

Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk ‘The Art of Asking’ which can be found here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_6H69g

You are probably already aware of both but, they are worth re-watching again and again.

Their Twitter feeds are pretty feel-good too! @neilhimself @amandapalmer

My own inspiration has seen me start writing fiction this year. Lots of ideas that have been floating around in my head for some years, gestating, morphing from role playing ideas into something much more complete and rounded.

So far I’ve submitted three short stories and had two accepted for publication. A good percentage so far. Neither out yet but on the way.

‘Sweeter Porridge’ for Fringeworks’ Grimm and Grimmer anthology series.

http://www.fringeworks.co.uk/

and

‘Vermin’ for Grinning Skull Press’ B Movie inspired anthology.

http://www.grinningskullpress.com/default.html

I am also writing a novel. (Isn’t everyone?) It will be a World War One / Lovecraft story, provisionally entitled ‘Legacy’, that has taken on a life of it’s own. The backstory, not in the novel, goes right back to George I.

Also kicking around in the background is a supernatural murder mystery and a sea based fantasy. Plus all the half finished shorts and countless notes that should keep me busy for some time to come.

Then there’s the photography and photo-manipulation that I haven’t looked at for some time.

The header image on this blog is mine. I’ll try to post some of my other work soon.

Right! Back to ‘Legacy’.

Be seeing you….