Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration

“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 aContinue reading “Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration”

Expectations and Confrontations: On Taking Risks in Art

“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 inContinue reading “Expectations and Confrontations: On Taking Risks in Art”

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”