Ever feel a need to do a course correction?
So do I.
This website/blog is one of them.
I love this website/blog. Visually, it’s very nice. I like what I learned about website building working on it. But the blog process I was following was taking up too much time. True, I was following some training I did. And that training was very valuable and holds true.
But I need to breeze through these posts. Write fast. So I can stickhandle the production levels I need to manage. For the fiction, the nonfiction, the songwriting, and of course stay on top of what’s needed for the day job, until I’m in a good and strong position to leave the day job to focus even more on the art.
And the stories I have in the cue need to get out. I’m going crazy with them stacking up and nothing really getting out of the door. They’re begging me to let them out.
I had to do some deep internal work to clear the emotional blockages that were blocking production. I won’t really get into that. Kind of personal. Probably boring. And I talk at length about these things on my other project blogging about travel to places of spiritual power and personal development.
This website/blog is not that project.
This is simply a platform to collect under one umbrella the stories that so desperately want to see the light of day.
Seriously, I’m way overdue honouring them and their need to find their way in the world to do their magic, or whatever it is they need/want to get out for.
Not for me to decide. Just for me to be the vehicle to deliver them.
I’ve studied a whole lot on story craft. Hundreds and hundreds of books on crafting a tight story that invites people to think about their world in different ways. I’m well supported with the effort I put in to fill my brain with all of that good stuff.
The stories are confident I will render them well. Just need to move on them.
But you also need a platform to share and distribute your stories. It has always felt like putting the cart before the horse. Though that is the consistent advice out there. Build the platform as you build the stories.
So, I have bought a master level subscription of World Anvil, to start rendering the worlds in a more public and concrete way. I have thousands of pages of notes and rewrites. The worlds are clear to me. Some more than others. The major key points and unfolding of the story, and especially important reversals, are clear to me.
I am finalizing the Patreon page. I figure it’ll be a capturing of the emergent artist in process. It would appear people enjoy that sort of thing. I’m game.
I also learned a lot about using discord with my head deep in a mobile game for about nine months last year. Hence the radio silence in social media feeds. Mobile games take up a lot of time. And the people! So many amazing people to meet and stay connected to. And the really special connections can lead to meeting up in real life and working together on stuff.
When you spend so much time with people, as avatars and in chat, a lot about their character gets revealed. Whether they wish it were so or not. It was so cool watching that unfold in a meta-analysis sort of way, while still enjoying the game itself and playing a long, unending version of the boardgame Risk. I loved it! I pulled my head out completely to get on with the work in real life. But my heart is being called back to continue to hang with amazing people. Maybe I can talk about this some more in more depth some other time.
Anyway, back to the tasks I set for myself today: to complete the Patreon page, make sure discord and World Anvil are integrated properly. I really must get on with that work. I will feel sooooo much better once it’s done, because it’s a task outstanding for the last 9 months.
There is something about incomplete commitments that drive me to refocus and refocus and refocus until the damn job gets done.
Looking forward to reconnecting with you all soon.