I know I’m a few days late and I still want to wish you a Happy New Year. This is my first animation built from the ground up, except for the chair, which I imported from the library. I enjoyed putting it together and hope you enjoy watching.
Fresh off the easel and setup for auction on eBay:
Love this one with the little rocks and flowers. I’d love to see what’s just over the hill — how about you?
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Sometimes it’s just fun to imagine what’s out there…
At one of the panels I did at Pac-Con Spokane, I had a gentleman ask the panel if we ever had a story come to us, were really enthusiastic about it, then it left us. This particular person said it happened to him and about a week later he saw a show that followed his story to the letter.
At the time, I answered that I had stories come and leave me just like that. I even said something to the effect that I believe sometimes stories are taken away from us if we don’t get to work on them. I really do believe that. In some ways, I feel that Harry Potter should have been my idea, even though I’m not British and I wouldn’t have had any clue about a boarding school.
Unfortunately, at the time of the panel, I couldn’t think of any stories that came and left. Then, I was working on rearranging a few things in my office and looking for a story I wanted to get back to work on when I came across two old files. One was called “Vapors” and the other “Overboard.” These were two stories that I was all raring to go on and that came to a sudden halt. Heck, I can still remember when Vapors came to me — I was 15 at the time. I really felt like it was going to launch me to stardom.
So why can’t I work on it?
I just don’t feel that passionate about it right now. That’s not to say that I won’t ever. In fact, as I’m sitting here writing this post, I am remembering the storyline even though I never opened the file; it wasn’t what I was looking for so I had moved on. I do also remember seeing The Mummy – they actually use “my idea” in it very loosely. I’ve seen another movie that made use of “my idea.”
Some may say, well, if he just started working on his idea and it got “taken away and given to someone else,” why is he seeing the show a week later? Timey-whimey, is my reply.
There is nothing new under the sun. Even so-called “original ideas” are really just spins on other ideas.
So how do you get ideas to stop from leaving you? I don’t think there is a way to force the Muse to stay on your shoulder and tell you a story. Sometimes, you have to just put your bottom in the chair and work on the story without the Muse. Sometimes all you need to do is show up and the Muse “feels guilty” and joins you. Sometimes you just have to have faith in your story. Sometimes, it might be time to let the story “winter” for a bit and when your life enters another season it might come back to you or you might find something better. You just never know. It’s okay to let the story slip away.
The story you let get away might be the treasure for someone else. Don’t worry; your time will come around too.
“Cannot run, cannot hide, he’s on your trail & not on your side. Don’t look now, better not faint, he’s at your back, the Bloody Saint!” — The Three Books (Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series)
Ready or not, here I come! Pac-Con Spokane — October 24, 2014 to October 26, 2014
As a kid, I use to get together on non-school nights and we’d play Bloody Murderer (a game much like hide-and-go-seek mixed with tag, but played in the dark) for hours. Usually until we were all scared after jumping out of the shadows at each other. Good times.
I’m starting to feel the same anticipation for comic conventions that I had then when waiting for everyone to gather. At Rose City Comic Con, I was in a conversation with some who was saying that they loved cons because it was like getting together with a whole bunch of like-minded friends. And it is. There’s no other way to put it. We’re all there to celebrate a love of a comic, a tv show, a movie, a character, a book, etc. It’s impossible to know what everyone is dressed up as because there is so much material in our culture today, but people love to show off their costumes and tell you all about why they chose the costume they did. Or to explain about the weird saying on their shirt.
There was one “crazy” lady who was walking down our section of Artist Alley shouting about why she loved The Walking Dead. She’d gotten to met one of the actors and it was going to be on the news that night. She was insanely spouting incoherent nonsense. We all had a moment if we should be concerned about our personal safety. After she passed by, all the artists on the section looked at each other and whispered, “What was that?” and “Damn she’s crazy!” I watched her go, feeling the same sentiments as my fellow artists, until I had one thought: she was telling the world about her fandom love. As the whispered questions continued, I just looked at them and said, “Isn’t that why we’re all here? To create raving fans just like that?” I admit, I sat back in my smug satisfaction that I was right. I hope someday my stories and artwork make someone so deliriously happy that they go around shouting and professing their love for what I’ve done. Knowing I’ve brought joy to someone else is what makes all my frustrated hair-pulling and time working away worth it.
I wonder if my scalp agrees.
I’ve done up several small doorway paintings that I’ll be showing at Pac-Con Spokane this weekend, Oct. 24-26th. This one is 4″x4″ on a gallery wrap canvas. The sides are painted black.
I have progress pictures I’ll post later.
Hope to see you in Spokane.