Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stepping Stone

I just started art classes with Billy Martinez at Neko Press. Last night was my first. I've been wanting to try it for a while, and now I'm diving in. Hopefully, it will help me focus and aim my artistic expressions towards my goal of creating a comic. So far so good.

There were certain signs along the way that it is exactly where I was supposed to be last night as well. I will go into that more later when I have more time, but as a man of faith who seeks confirmation from God for my actions, I can say that I felt that confirmation in more ways than one. It may sound hokey, but I think everything happens for a reason, in it's proper time. More later.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Stories and New Inspiration

I submitted an entry in Glimmer Train's January Very Short Story contest. For $15 entrance fee, I uploaded a 3,000 word piece that I've had for a while.

So, the question is, will I take rejection like a man or will being rejected make me throw the idea of writing out the window, only to be picked up again when I venture outside? I don't know. I was praying the other day about whether or not my desire to write was something worth desiring, and realized that even if I was writing for a living, until I learn to become content, I'll never be happy anywhere, no matter what I'm doing.

I also asked that the desire be taken away if I'm not supposed to bother, or be reinforced if I'm supposed to pursue this dream. You see the length between posts? Time, time, time.

On the other hand, if I'm not rejected, if by some chance I win...will I take winning like a man, and look at it for what it is; Encouraging, but not self-defining. That is, one success does not mean I get to boast and get lazy and lose my mind. So too, neither does one failure.

Nothing for it but to wait. But not wait to write again.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

That's the title of a book I purchased two years ago at Comic Con, and I'm just now diving in. More on this later, as I have some reading to do, but here is where I'll journal my progress (if any) through the course. To know more NOW, go to the website: www.dw-wp.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Milestones: Kick-Off

Materials acquired:
-Pilot G-2 07 gel pens (My favorite for handwriting)
-100-sheet College Ruled Composition Books (25-cents each!)(And can be stickered and drawn-on all over!!)

Plan:
For each idea or story, I will start a composition book that will house all the outlines, characters, plot points and miscellaneous sundries that will be required to see the story/project to completion. All ideas will be cataloged in these primarily...while notes might be jotted elsewhere, I will compile them here.

Yeah, well...I can buy the stuff, but if I don't sit down and write, all I have is more stuff. However, Project 1 is underway. Next step...gather all relevant notes from previous notebooks and gather them in the new one. If I can find them...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ray Bradbury Made Enemies

The venerable sci-fi writer on his religious beliefs at CNN.

What amazes me isn't Bradbury's ideas (He calls himself, appropriately, a delicatessen believer) but how many commentators below the actual article write him off for them, which are very simply universalist views that love is good, lets get along, etc. Oh, and he thanks God.

It is amazing that at the mere mention of "God", any god, so many atheists come out of the woodwork to defend their faith. And yes, I said "their faith", because it takes faith to say there is no God, just as it takes faith to say that there is God.

I won't go into the particulars of that here...that is for another post, and frankly, another bog. The point of this post is to say that seeing the vitriol spewed at Bradbury for proclaiming a very safe, unspecific faith, leaves little doubt in my mind that writing towards a very specific faith-based world-view will draw even more ire. As I plot out the direction of the story I am aiming to write, I think I have to gird myself against this kind of atheism-fueled, zealous faith-based apologetic.

In other words, "Haters Gonna Hate".

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Comic Con 2010: Goalsetting

Friday morning, I went to Douglas Neff's panel called Creative Kickstart: Goal Setting for Creative types. It was essentially a motivational panel with points on how to focus on getting things done in the creative arts, though variations of the same principles could be applied to pretty much any endeavor.

Doug's email is doug(at)toucanlearning.com. What's kinda weird is that ToucanLearning.com seems to redirect to some bizarro google file-sharing page. So I dunno. At any rate, I think the points and the worksheet he handed out were pretty helpful. I won't reiterate all the points, as I don't want to plagiarize the dude, and I don't know how much is available for folks online, but there was one specific point that was the most helpful for me:

Know your Nemesis - The idea s that, your nemesis is that which fights you, and keeps you from working or pursuing your goals. Be it watching TV, or playing games, or collecting toys (All of these are mine, BTW) by knowing it and naming it, this undefeatable "nemesis" can be controlled, and used to work to your benefit. He equated it to the idea that idea that "The darker the villian, the brighter the hero shines". So, there is a benefit to having a nemesis, but only where it doesn't cause you to compromise yourself.

So, how does this apply in light of my Christian views? Pretty well. If i were to address my nemesis, it would be anything good that I abuse, or put above God. For instance, certainly food is good, and In-n-Out is good food. But if I had three Double-Doubles for lunch, it would do me no good, and in fact, harm. The same with playing a game or reading a comic or collecting a toy...when it becomes a hindrance to my character or what needs to be done, it becomes a bane instead of a boon.

Doug also handed out worksheets to help focus an idea or project into a manageable goal. It was a little hard to fill out at first...my apprehension stems from a fear that once the idea is put to paper, it becomes real and then possibly shown to be implausible or impractical..or worse, just a bad idea. Actually, that is a real concern, but recognizing that in an idea helps to refine it to something plausible, practical and in fact a good idea.

I recommend anyone interested in the points mentioned in the panel email Doug at the address above. He encourages contact, and I'm sure would be willing to share his ideas with anyone who asked. At least, I hope so.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Comic Con 2010 - Breaking in to Comics Panel

On Friday, I attended my first "Breaking in to Comics" panel, moderated by Andy Schmidt, with friends and colleagues of his including Mike Costa, co-writer of GI Joe:Cobra, one of my current favorite comics.

The panel was informative and encouraging. Andy runs www.ComicsExperience.com, a site dedicated to teaching prospective talent the tools for starting a career in comics and staying in, which were the main points of the panel.

There are three things every potential comics-industry pro need to have, according to Schmidt: Talent, Professionalism, and Courtesy. (That is, "be a nice guy".) And only having two of these are necessary. So my fear, and this is simply a matter of pride on my part, is that I only have the professionalism and courtesy parts licked. This is where I stumble - I 'm not sure that my talent is up to snuff. I know I can get something in print...Anyone can these days. Just like anyone can make a CD. What I don't know is if anyone will ever want to read it and talk about it with their friends. If all I can do is churn out product for product's sake, what's the point?

That's not to say that I don't think my stories are invalid, or that telling them isn't worthwhile. I just mean, how realistic should I be, or am being?

And yet, this is not something to dwell on, or something to stop me before I begin. As Dougles Neff said at his panel (see the next post), it's best to fail brilliantly than succeed moderately. I'm not sure how much I agree...I'm still working that out.