Rule 0

I have an unwritten rule for myself with it comes to writing. I call it my Rule 0. What is this strange and mysterious rule that didn’t make the list but I keep sacred anyways. It is as follows; “Always remember to have fun.”

This might seems like a no brainer to some, and others may be rolling their eyes at my ‘childish’ way of thinking. But I have always tried to keep this rule when writing. If I’m not having fun with a project I drop it. I will hold on to all the work I had done up to that point in case I change my mind latter. But I will never force myself to work on a writing project if I’m not having fun.

As I’m sure some of you are aware this goes against common writing wisdom. Many say the best way to keep writing is to make it a habit, write often, at least once everyday. But I find if I try to force my writing I burn out quickly and I end up with almost nothin to show for it. No for my money it is better to write when your excited to write. And to write what your excited to write. I spent a good three years trying to force myself to write a book to say that I had done it. And I did, despite the fact that the book remains unpublished.

I was excited to write that book at first, but the more I tried to force myself to work on it the more frustrated I became. And when I look back at what I’d written it was rather subpar. What do I have to show for three years of writing effort. Not a whole lot, I can’t even say I had fun writing it or that they story excites me anymore. So now I write for fun, and only when I’m having fun, and only about ideas that excite me.

I would be remiss not to mention the obvious exception for rule 0. I realize that a lot of people write for work and that’s not always fun especially when you have to write 3 articles a day to make ends meat. Work is not always going to be fun but you do get paid for it so it’s important nonetheless. That being said rule 0 still has something to say about writing work. If you are waking up everyday dreading work, if you haven’t had fun with your writing not just for days but weeks–it may be time to consider a change in jobs. No job is making yourself miserable over, even if it is one of those supposed ‘dream’ jobs.

But that’s just what I think….

About My Strange Fiction

I was once told that my poetry was amazing but my fiction sounded like it was a Saterday morning cartoon. I probably should have been insulted, but honestly my love for poetry is matched only by my live of cartoons and animation in general.

My tastes have always been eclectic, but my matto has always been; have fun while writing. If something stops being fun its hard for me to finish, or even get enough motivation to think about finishing.

As a result I like to write thoughtful poetry, I view much of my poetry as philosophical, my meditations on the world around me and how my mind interacts with said surroundings.

But my fiction is always about what makes me happy. What I find, fun, and cool to write. And as someone who grew up in the late 1990s and 2000s much of what I feel makes entertaining fiction is the same things that made me fall in live with shows like Pokemon, Digimon, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, and other cartoons from that era. In some sense I never really grew up, I still like to keep up with the latest cartoons and video games, many of which are for an audience much younger then me.

So in some sense I’ve never really grown up–but I feel as though in other ways I’m one of the few people who have. I don’t hate things just because it’s cool to, and I refuse to see something just because it’s the “it” thing to see. I read the Gane of Thrones books, but I have yet to see the show due to time constraints. And honestly…I’m not really sure I’m missing much. I love Star Wars, and Law and Order, and plenty of other “normal” things.

But when I use my imagination to try and write some kind of story, I always seem to rewind to a ten year old kid who thinks; “wouldn’t it be cool to go on an adventure with monsters, and magic.” And so that’s what I end up writing.

Now, part of me feels like I’m makeing excuses. I’m about to post some episodic stories here on this blog that some people are going to call childish. And when thay happens and they ask me why I’m going to point them to this article. But I also wanted to spend some time thinking about the strange dichotomy of my writing.

Now as for this blog, the reason I don’t have separate a blog for my fiction has mostly to do with money. I pay for this domain and paying for a second one that’s probably only going to have a few followers seems like a waste of time.

But there is a second reason–a lot of my fiction helps to inspire my poetry, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Character poetry, and poems about the history and setting of the world is something I do all the time. And I like to be able to tag what poems go into what setting.

Now, would I ever consider separating my fiction into a separate blog. I’d never rule it out, but there would have to be some benefit for me, and honestly, right now there just isn’t.

Anyways this has all gone on long enough, my basic point is that I have two very different styles of writing that have always existed side by side, dispite how different they are. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. But those are just my rambling thoughts….

Changing Creative Priorities

Hello everyone, I am once again braking the forth wall of blogging to give everyone an updated on how things are going and what I’ve been working on,

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been posting less often. This is because I’ve been spending a lot of my creative energy and time on a more long term project that I don’t really want to share online just yet. The long and short of it though is I’m creating my own table top rpg. If you’ve heard of D&D it’s something like that.

The good news is I still intend to post a poem here on this blog once a week. Most likely on Monday’s. But I do work a full time job so the day could shift depending on how busy I am at work.

In addition I am going to be putting “the Layered City” on hold for now, honestly I’m the worst when it comes to finishing creative projects some days so that might disappear of my blog at some point and go in the unfinished bin indefinitely, but we will see. Along with my table top project I have a story I’ve been working on to help me flesh out the world of this table top rpg that I intend to post at some point, so look forward to that.

All this being said I’m going on vacation next week and nothing is better for my creativity that some time off and a new environment to draw inspiration from. So you may still see some new things being posted here more frequently then I would otherwise be able to.

I also have some opinion articles that I have saved as drafts but I have not gotten around to finishing yet. I do hope to keep doing that as the mood hits me. But don’t expect anything consistent.

That should be everything for now. Thank you all for your time and support.

Never Thought

I’ve heard of this place,
But I never thought,
I’d see these emerald fields,
Strange world,
Beyond thought.
Standing here,
But never lost.

Spirits fly by,
I can hear,
Saying something in the distance.

Emerald groves,
And things I don’t know,
Places to see,
Places to go.

This world isn’t so different after all….