How much does personal experience influence our art? Join me as I discuss the subtle and obvious ways experience shapes our creativity. The podcast is available at iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, and PodBean. Or if you prefer, I also have a YouTube channel. Or you can simply listen to it here!
Art can be serious business. People who create take their projects seriously. We agonize over them, we cuss at them, we deal with frustration, aggravation, annoyance. We want to produce the best objet d'art we can. It doesn't matter if it's the written word, paint on canvas, or audio file. We live and breathe art.… Continue reading Having Fun
There's something to be said for the way words and images compliment each other. They've been partners for thousands of years. In fact, some of the earliest writing was simply pictures. So, in a way, images gave birth to words. I think that images can add another level of depth to a story or poem.… Continue reading Words and Images
What can I say about this novel that hasn't already been said? It's amazing, truly, and funny and sad and full of wonder. Gabriel Garcia Márquez is one of those authors that thrills me. When I read his works I feel giddy, excited, like the world is fresh and new. I've been a fan of… Continue reading Review – One-Hundred Years of Solitude
What's your favorite book? Ugh, I hate being asked that question. Not that it's too personal or anything like that. I hate it because I can't name just one book. And even then, it depends on my mood, where I am in my life at any given moment, and if I can remember a specific… Continue reading Favorite Books
I'm always inspired by people that have a way with words. Carlin was, in my opinion, one of the best wordsmiths, especially in his later years. Books aside, his stand-up routines were amazing to watch. He had a talent for wordplay and for pointing out the insanity that comes with modern life and being human.… Continue reading Influences – George Carlin
Here's a question for you: Have you ever read a story or watched a movie or show on television and thought to yourself, "I can write a better story than that"? For me, it happens more often with television and movies than it does with short stories or novels. Too many shortcuts and bad narrative… Continue reading Doing it Better
I was reading a post on Reddit the other day where a writer was asking how to get inspired. Their complaint was that they weren't coming up with any good ideas and felt like they were in a slump. "How can I find my muse," they asked. I used to think this way. I felt… Continue reading Is a Muse Necessary?
When I was in college (or university, depending on your location), I minored in Humanities. Mostly because I love art, but also because I had the opportunity to take a couple of classes with a great associate professor. He was one of those teachers who didn't just go through the same motions class after class.… Continue reading Fear of The Other
No, you don't have to worry about Rod Serling stepping out of the shadows to say you've entered another dimension, but the Creativity Zone isn't too far removed from the Twilight one. The Creativity Zone refers to that state of mind I fall into when I'm working on a creative project, usually writing fiction. There… Continue reading The Creativity Zone