My first reblog of 2018 is a six years old, but still very relevant, blog post by comics writer Jim Zub (whose excellent blog Zub Tales you should check out if you are interested in comics creation) – so check out if you want some advice on how to find an Artist for your comic, or if you are an artist looking for some insight into the writer’s side of things:
2018 is here, Dear Reader!
Last year I took the leap from occasional creator to running my own business as a professional illustrator, graphic designer and writer – something that took a lot of courage, hard work and determination.
There’s been bumps in the road causing delays in setting everything up, but I’m still on track.
My next steps are advertising myself more, catching up on both personal and professional projects so that I have a clear schedule ahead of me – and most importantly: improving my daily routine both personally and professionally.
All while balancing life as a father and partner, and going back to my part time day job after more than half a year as a stay-at-home dad.
I start the new year with clear goals in mind and a path staked out for turning my business into my primary means of support.
2017 was full of challenges, learning, and new acquaintances and connections. I bought a new apartment with the love of my life and together we built a home for our little family, something which allowed me to finally set up a professional creative work space (no more drawing at the dining room table!) and sort through all of my art supplies.
I’ve connected with some amazing people, both privately and in my business, and they have been a big help and inspiration for me as I move forward with my goals.
2018 will also see the release of Lady Phantom – the vigilante comic book I’m doing with writer Julie K. Taylor – after nearly two years of preparation and hard work.
What did you accomplish in 2017 and what challenges do you anticipate in 2018?
This week’s reblog (the first in quite awhile) comes from Damien Walter, and has some advice on what makes a story attractive to readers – while this advice probably won’t let you write a best seller, it’s definitely something to keep in mind when you plan your story (and maybe more importantly – pitch and blurb it!)
Why do readers love some novels, but not others? Often we do hand wavy gestures at this kind of question, while intoning the magic word “subjective subjective subjective”. Yes, different people like different things. But there are a few qualities which many, many popular stories have in common.
There are six core qualities for a strong commercial novel, which I use as signs that a novel might be pretty damn good! I can’t guarantee that every writer, editor or publishing professional knows these, but I can say that if your aim is to create popular stories that reach a wide readership, hitting these markers certainly won’t hurt.
If you find these useful, take a look at The Rhetoric of Story, a short course exploring the 7 foundations of powerful immersive storytelling. Turn to Page 2 below to see the first 3 signs.
High Concept – the whole concept of…
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This week’s reblog deals with several of my favourite subjects – art, poetry, history, ravens and more:
Source: Rossetti’s Raven
This week’s reblog comes from TechCrunch and touches on the escalating problem of social media feedback loops – while this shouldn’t really be news to anyone, the article shares some great comparisons and insights:
Hello, Dear Reader – it’s been awhile.
My life is finally starting to approach something resembling normalcy, but I will get back to that.
I’m easing into this, so have patience with me.
My first reblog in far too long, this one is from Mark Manson and deals with the struggle of traditional masculinity vs modern society – well worth the read:
In recognizing the International Women’s Day I thought it fitting to share this, about the first known poet:
My reblog for this week is on a current hot topic – the one of my homeland, crime and immigration – from a foreign national who have adopted Sweden as his new country.
I do not know Neil, but I have at least a dozen friends and acquaintances from abroad who have come to call Sweden their home, and almost every single one of them have expressed views and opinion that mirror what Neil writes here:
Sweden’s reputation is currently under attack and I feel I must respond, however unpopular this might be. I feel angry, frustrated and saddened about recent events. This is my angle….
I am proud to live in Sweden and I am proud, and fortunate, to have received Swedish citizenship. This is a country that, in my mind, builds on equality and solidarity. This a country that tries to do the best for its people. This is a country that stands up and does the humane thing, even in difficult circumstances. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
In some foreign media, Sweden is currently being dragged through the dirt. Stories based on lies and fabrication are spreading. Sweden is falsely being depicted as a failing country on the edge of collapse. This is total and utter bullshit. It is nothing more than the poisoned school gossip trying to bring down the…
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My first Reblog in awhile – and perhaps something I should consider, since my writing has fallen to the wayside…
It was the great Ray Bradbury who said: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad stories in a row.”
Chris White at A Writers Den posted a lovely picture quoting him.
I’ve been writing a short story each week, posted on my blog on Fridays, since May 2013. I was going to say two years, but it’s three and a half already! I started taking it easier last summer, reblogging an earlier story at the end of the month with the Flashback Friday meme.
I couldn’t have done those stories without without a prompt.
I found a guy called Chuck Wendig, who has been posting prompts for around 1400 followers each week, who then added links to their efforts the next week.
Chuck’s blog is not for those that shy away from rants and bad language, but his take on all sorts of…
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