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I am notorious for starting my own projects and not finishing them. When I work for other people, this doesn’t happen. I finish my projects on time, or even ahead of time in some instances. I hate disappointing other people, but don’t apparently seem to mind disappointing myself. This blog and its contents are an attempt to get me to finish projects, or develop content/ideas for new ones. I really would like to see at least one of the 8-10 novels I have started reach completion at some point. I have failed at NaNoWriMo twice, though I did get two different novels started and got about 20,000 words in each case. I just can’t write that fast…
I write and I do graphic art professionally, primarily book design. Writing is my greatest love and my greatest agony. I once belonged to the Devil’s Workshop at MIT, and we had a saying, “WIAWOST.” (Writing is a way of slow torture.) It can also be a source of great delight and satisfaction, when it goes right or if it goes at all. The moment when you achieve that flow and the work is almost creating itself is magic. Yeah, you’ve heard that before—but experiencing it is something very powerful.
Creativity isn’t really the issue for me, it never has been. I get ideas from everything. Note: that doesn’t mean they are all great or even good ideas all the time. However,
into a finished project is what I am going to attempt here. Even if this means all that I get done is a piece of flash fiction, a writing exercise or once in awhile—a piece of art. All my artwork is currently digital, but I am hoping as a result of my efforts here to try and do some things in traditional media once again—break out the watercolors, scissors and whatever else is on hand and do something.
This is about balance for me as much as it is about anything else. Doing for others is great and there is much satisfaction in these activities, but you also have to do something for yourself and something that is only for yourself every so often. I have this void that I haven’t done this, and haven’t done it in years. So if anyone reading this gets something out of it or enjoys something I am doing—then great! But that is not my goal in doing this site. It is so that I can actually see and quantifyfor myself that I have done what I wanted, enjoyed the projects, and achieve the balance I am so desperately in need of finding.