February 22nd, 2011


The Ideas and Me

I read this quote today:

‎"I don't know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I'm not there, they go away again." - Philip Pullman

*LAAAAAUUUUUGH*  I am laughing.  All my characters are laughing.  All the other ideas that follow me around like a gaggle of goslings are laughing too.

Ideas do not go away if I am not at my desk.  They follow me wherever I go.  They have dragged me out of the shower.  They have woken me up in the middle of the night.  They will make me write them down on napkins if I must.  This is why I carry paper slips in my purse all the time, and a spiralbound notebook on long car trips.  I have learned.  There is no getting away from the ideas.

I am curious: Are your ideas like goslings that will follow you and peck you until you pay attention to them?  Or are they like stray cats that will run off if there isn't food in the dish when they come to it?

Today's Writing News

I made some good progress on a couple of Torn World stories today.

I have started working on the next piece in Fala's storyline, "From Black to Bright."  This introduces her romance with Karavai, when he coaches her on mature relationships.  (In contemporary slang, they are "friends with benefits.")  It's about 1,800 words now, from yesterday and today.

Currently in revision with my first-reader Doug is Nleimen's story, about her early school years and her pet mice.  I've made the first round of edits and reprinted the pages.  The working title is now "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journals."  (Doug pointed out that the square-paint horses don't appear until quite late in the story, and Tosh is still a minor character here.  The story drifted from my original concept and needed a new title, which Doug proposed.)  It's right at 13,300 words.  Doug also thinks that this one sounds like the beginning of a novel.  For the first time, that's okay.  While it has a decent stopping place (end of Third Form) currently, I'm open to the possibility of extending this if people go nuts with donations.

Crowdfunding Cartoons

My friend wbm is developing a new crowdfunded project.  He plans to do political/editorial similar to his current project "OpinioNation" (nominated for a Rose & Bay Award) ... but the twist is that he'll be illustrating other people's opinions and faces, as a way of attracting donors.  So if you have a favorite cause, look him up and see how this develops.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, March 1

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, March 1 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Things With Wings."  I'll be soliciting ideas for winged wildlife, fairies, angels, flying aliens, winged monsters, artificial wings, flying machines, things with other types of "wings" such as buildings or maple seeds, plots that involve flight, examples of "winging it," aerial habitats, other places where wings might be found, settings where wings are irrelevant or awkward, the limitations of flight, and poetic forms in particular. 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Torn World: Character Page Improvements

ellenmillion has added a new feature to the "Characters" page when you click on a character's name to bring up the CIS.  Now you'll see a divided page with the navigation menu on the left as always, the character description in the center, then recent art samples and fiction links on the right.  Complete art and fiction link lists for the character remain at the bottom of the description.  Using the "Show/Hide Second Column" link near the top, you can toggle back and forth between the column view with the new teasers, and the old view with wider lines for easier reading if you want to peruse the description in detail.  The teasers make it simpler to get a quick glimpse of a character's appearance and recent activity in storylines. 

The "lead characters" feature is currently in development.

Thank you for all the lovely feedback about how we could improve Torn World!  Enjoy playing with the new feature, and watch for further updates.  If you appreciate the spiffy new code, please send ellenmillion some karma.

Crowdfunding Resources

Today I added a "Resources" page to the "Crowdfunding" section over on the PenUltimate Productions website.  There you'll find annotated links to web hosts, hub sites, blogging and social networks, etc. These are useful tools for creators and consumers of cyberfunded creativity.  If you're looking for a place to publish your crowdfunded project, or you want to want other people's projects to enjoy, look there for comparison shopping.