I have a confession. I’ve always been resistant to the idea of blogging. Despite countless articles, books, and videos lauding the promotional benefits of maintaining a blog, I never really gave it serious thought. But it seems that my social media affliction has progressed past dabbling with Facebook and finally advanced to the stage of sharing my thoughts with more than just a hand-picked group of friends. Or, more likely, I saw some other creatives with really cool blogs and thought “Hey, it works for them. Maybe I should try it.” 🙂
So, here it is. Don’t expect much in the way of profound thoughts. I’m an artist and a writer, so I save the profound stuff for my real work. And if you believe that, I’ve got a book to sell ya. I do, really.
On to updates.
Those who know me (you know, those hand-picked FB buddies) know that I’ve been struggling with a terrible creative block lately. I suppose that’s another reason I’m here. Nothing quite like sharing your struggles with the masses to give your life the facade of epic-ness. Seriously though, it’s been a nightmare. After finishing Black Clouds, which was absolutely exhausting by the end, I seem to have hit that post-publishing “bleh”. Even with book two well underway, I slammed hard into that dreaded zone where even the good ideas seemed bad.
What to do about it? Well, I took a break, worked on an old short story idea, doodled a lot, paced around the room excessively, watched a crapload of House M.D. on Netflix, and wound up being depressed. Hardly a successful treatment plan. So, about going back to the source. Before I wrote the first Wyrmweaver novel, the whole thing started as a comic book idea. I had oodles of character concepts, vehicle designs, and reams of notes about how everything ticked in this little fantasy world of mine. At some point, I got the bright idea to collate all this material together into a series “bible” of sorts, which gradually grew as the story expanded.
Years later, with a little touch of InDesign magic, this material would become the Wyrmweaver Reference Guide. I had intended to release it alongside the comic (you know, to milk extra money from rabid fans), but it kinda ended up being shelved when I began work on the novel. Interestingly, in my moments of creative uncertainty, I find myself going back to this project to rekindle that spark of inspiration that started the whole thing. In light of my current state, I’ve pulled out the old files and blow off the virtual dust only to find that those little gems of inspiration are still there, tucked away in chapters of technical jargon and abbreviated backstory.
Flipping through the old drawings and sidebar anecdotes, I was reminded of why I wrote this story in the first place. Because, darn it, it’s COOL! Somehow, it seems that I’d forgotten. For years, I’ve wanted to update the guide with fresh art and revised wording. Maybe it’s a good time to do just that.
And, who knows? It just might get me working on book two again.