“You don’t try to reverse the river or get it to jump over a mountain, you harness its flow and energy to gently urge that it join up with other tributaries.” David Byrne 1. Introduction Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think that writing is a lonesome activity. Granted, like many writers I spend a … More Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration
“No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.” Oscar Wilde 1. FREEDOM Lately I’ve been considering the merits of taking risks in … More Expectations and Confrontations: On Taking Risks in Art
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. … More CHAD IN AMSTERDAM #1-2 REVIEW
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” — Rabindranath Tagore For Cooper. 1. UNION In August 2006, my parents, my sister and I were sitting in the waiting room of an animal shelter. Soon a door opened and one of the workers was practically … More Resolution
“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 try … More Oneironautics: Exploring Lucid Dreams
“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 is … More The Writer’s High
“Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.” — Ernest Hemingway 1. LIMIT Show-don’t-tell is bullshit. Now, before a lynch mob of angry keyboard warriors attempts to verbally slay me, let’s all calm down and establish a context.