Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Writing style and theft!

Ray Bradbury died on June 5th, 2012 at 91 years old. He was one of the most amazing and prolific writers in the world. His books and stories spanned and defied nearly every genre, they were never purely this or that and I love them. He created magic with every page and his body of work resonates with readers long after they put the book down. At least I feel that way after reading his work.

I was reading a short book about Bradbury's life and I came across a fantastic quote. It was like a blunt force object struck me on the head. And I said aloud, "We share almost the same writing style!"

The quote was made in reference to his writing process for his most famous work and one of my favorite books: Fahrenheit 451.

Bradbury was asked how his novel differed from the short story version entitled "The Fireman."

"It's inflated. The texture of it grew. I retyped "The Fireman" and as I went along I added texture, line-by-line, character by character, idea by idea. It was a process I often go through with a poem. I don't revise, I re-type, and as I'm going through, re-typing the lines, things come to me, and my brain suggests, "Not that word, this one. Not that line, another line." It's an interior process growing outward through the words."

I pushed my writing passions aside for too long and dilly dallied with other hobbies and interests that held me back from pursuing my dream vocation. Yet, I consider myself a writer despite having not made a penny.

When you have a love and longing to put words down on the page, and you enhance it by taking the time and making the effort to improve your writing skills, you are a writer. When you constantly read, research, and digest the world around you in order to garner inspiration, you are a writer. Never mind that you're not on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Forget that Scholastic, Harper Collins, Doubleday, and other notable publishing houses aren't beating down your door.

If you find sheer enjoyment in simply putting pen to paper, fingers to keys, and leaving your heart wide open through words, you are a writer. 

With the new year fast approaching I reflected on my writing goals and have eagerly started on my novel in progress again. Whether or not it gets finished or published is entirely up to me, so I hope that by mid-year I can have a solid first draft a professional editor can work with.

One of the biggest pieces of writing advice is I can give is to, WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE. And the other is something I learned fairly recently: STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST.

Say what?

I recommend…no…urge all writers and artists to invest in Austin Kleon's amazing book, "Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative." You will highly enjoy it, learn from it, and never regret reading it. And yes, this is a New York Times Best Seller, and deservedly so!

I wish I learned all these things way back in my 'fledgling' years. But even at the tender age of 32, I still feel like a teen, and I try to apply anything I learn with wide-open, youthful eyes and enthusiasm.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Man of Steel Official Trailer

The latest version of Superman is coming to theaters June 2013. Directed by Zach Snyder with familiar faces like Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Handsome Henry Cavill dons the cape and he sure looks good! But I'm still stuck on the original red, YELLOW, and Blue uniform. It was a bright symbol of hope. This one is dark and resembles rubbery fish scales. But it's the look of the current DC comics Superman. Out with the old, in with the new I suppose. :/ 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Good Grief!

I always feel giddy and silly when I know I have the following day off. :D

Hey, Charlie Brown grew up! ;D Bet Lucy wishes she didn't keep pulling that football out from under him now, huh?

And then again…Maybe it's Schroeder that would look so gorgeous grown up!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A SUPER release!

We've been waiting for years…and years…and it's finally here! Warner Brothers has released through their Movies on Demand catalogue, Season 2 of SUPERBOY!

True fans are jumping for joy! Granted being an MOD means it's bare bones with no extras, but the point is that Superboy is no longer in release limbo. I'm very happy for Gerard Christopher and Stacey Haiduk, TV's Superboy and Lana Lang. And the rest of the cast and crew, whom I hope get residuals.

Hopefully seasons 3 and 4 are just around the bend because they are even more super. The show got better and better as it went along. But Season 2 is frothy fun, a true comic book come to life! 

I honestly believe if it hadn't been for the work of some devoted fans…I'm talking to you, Superboytheater.net and Superboyhomepage.com , this release might have been pushed to the back burner. Don't you two wish your arms were long enough? So you can pat yourself on the back?

Buy your copy today!
SUPERBOY Season 2 on DVD