Drawing from my Head

Every potential piece of art looks fabulous in my head. I think of something to draw or paint, and in my mind it’s beautiful. Then I try and put it down on paper, and nothing works. It always looks awful. Say I have an image in my head of a cat lying in a tree.…

The Last Original Idea

Every piece of fiction starts with an idea. Whether that idea is an entire plot, a crazy setting, or just one character, there has to be some germ of creativity that makes you start writing. I have lots of ideas. Some are epic and well-thought out, others are simply a neat world, and still others…

Drowning in a Sea of Talent

One problem with being online and especially in the blogging world is that there is just way too much talent out there. The same thing happens in the ‘real’ world, but to a lesser degree, because people don’t tend to hold up posters of their accomplishments or constantly speak about them. Still, things like that…

A Random Project

When I was in high school, I was crazy about photography (I still am). I started taking pictures at horse shows, and learned how to take action shots of horses jumping. From there, I started to get more artistic, but needed some direction to my work – I like things to be organized. I think…

The Trap of Likeable Characters

I write a fair bit, and that means coming up with many characters. Unfortunately, this is not my strong point. I always feel like my characters are one-dimensional and poorly thought out. Still, I like them. Which is one of my biggest problems. I like all my characters. But I feel like some of the…

Maps Galore!

One thing I have an obsession with making is maps. I like to write fantasy novels, and designing a make believe world goes hand-in-hand with that genre. Some of my favourite books are ones where the world is impeccably designed and fully flushed out (some classics like Dune and Lord of the Rings come to…

Introduction

I’m a creator. I love to write, paint, cook, draw and photograph. My wall is covered with pencil drawings I’ve done, a watercolour or two is scattered in there. The hallways of my house have photographs on them from various projects I’ve done purely for self-interest. I have two blogs (not including this one), one…