CHAD IN AMSTERDAM #1-2 REVIEW

Chad in Amsterdam is a comic book series created, produced, and written by Chad Bilyeu. The illustrations, all in black-and-white, are done by several different artists; their styles ranging from minimalist to detailed and often falling somewhere in between realistic and cartoony. In them, Bilyeu documents his various (mis)adventures as an American immigrant in Amsterdam.Continue reading “CHAD IN AMSTERDAM #1-2 REVIEW”

Oneironautics: Exploring Lucid Dreams

“What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream you went to heaven and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had that flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”— Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1. REM Sometimes I tryContinue reading “Oneironautics: Exploring Lucid Dreams”

The Writer’s High

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” — Red Haircrow 1. ONSET Beginnings are always the hardest. Sitting at your computer, chasing that perfect opening line across your mindscape, searching, constantly searching. In what lair is it hidden? In what vault isContinue reading “The Writer’s High”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 5: Death of Ideas

  “Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that weContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 5: Death of Ideas”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 4: Choir of Voices

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” — Meg Rosoff 0. PREVIOUSLY Hark! David Kleinsteuber recountsContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 4: Choir of Voices”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 3: Talent and Practice

  “Writing is really just a matter of writing a lot, writing consistently and having faith that you’ll continue to get better and better. Sometimes, people think that if they don’t display great talent and have some success right away, they won’t succeed. But writing is about struggling through and learning and finding out whatContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 3: Talent and Practice”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 2: Inspired by Spirit

  “[S]topping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” — Stephen King 0.Continue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 2: Inspired by Spirit”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 1: Why I Write

  “First there is no idea. Then there is the flickering of an idea. Then there is a fully realized idea. And then finally we have a physical artifact which we can hold in our hands. We have a book. We have a painting. This, to me, is a magical act. Any act of creationContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 1: Why I Write”