Studio & Stories

I spent most of the weekend trying to come up with new stories. Having finished a fantasy story a few days earlier, I really needed three others to meet the deadlines. After submitting the first two stories, I had nothing left. Yep! I hadn’t written anything in the Fantasy genre before, so it was exciting to come up with something decent.

It was difficult, at first, to think of what I wanted to write in a short period of time. Ultimately, when I get stuck on concepts, I begin with conversations. A conversation between two people can be interesting. One exchange, in particular, started out a bit comedic. By the end of the story, it took a sharp turn towards the ‘oh, shoot!’

I don’t know how I got there. As I was writing, my brain was constantly moving. Thinking about what happened before this conversation and where it could lead next.

So, that would be my advice. Start somewhere, action, dialogue, even if you don’t know where it’s heading. Stories can have a mind of there own where they have much more control than you do.

In other news, my fan fiction blog, Exos of Destiny, is getting more attention than I expected for only its third month in existence. I have continued to write Episodes centered around three characters I play in a popular video game. Most viewers find the blog because of the Archive of visual art I’m collecting.

I’ve learned a few tricks on how to get search engines to find my content. Namely, title each image correctly, making sure keywords that people search for are included. Works like a charm. If you have a ton of content that people are consistently looking for, the search engines will lead them to your site.

As I prepare Episode Twenty for Exos, my passion for writing has gone from a flicker to a steady flame. When I began writing more regularly, I thought I would solely create Christian fiction. Now, it’s becoming the opposite; I feel a greater motivation to try all sorts of genres to see what I come up with.

In the end, I think screenwriting will get me to retirement. Yet, writing ultra successful screenplays are challenging and take a lot of time to hammer out. So, in the meantime, I’m improving my craft through smaller stories that are easier for me to chew. As I learn important lessons along the way, I can construct a few more screenplays for competitions and such.

Speaking of which, the Final Deadline for the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition is November 15th. I submitted my work several weeks ago and felt the script analysis I received gave me good marks, overall. I’m not sure when they’ll announce who moves on as Semi-Finalists, but it would be huge if my short script makes it.

Onward to artwork. I had a long discussion with myself 🙂 and decided to focus more on writing as we go into next year. My artwork isn’t going anywhere; I’m just going to shift the printing & shipping of the work to someone else.

So, everyone can buy the artwork from there. All of the various sizes and options are clearly listed with available previews (glorious). All of the prices are much more affordable to the everyday consumer. The only thing I need to do is upload the files…which is taking a while lol. Photographs. 3D scenes. Illustrations. Oh my goodness.

I decided not to stress myself out about it anymore. Once all the work is uploaded (I’m going on vacation) 🙂 no…I will continue to share the work and add new images when I take a breath from writing. Anyway…

STUDIO
Title: Studio
Year: 2011
Dimensions: 16 in. x 21.6 in.
Paper: Kodak Endura Lustre
Price: $28.74

I’m actually having a blast going back through my collection, asking what should be for sale and what’s simply not good work. A lot of great memories, thinking of where I was and the experiences I had.

Like I said, uploading all the work will take a while. I am…finished picking out work through 2011. I think Studio is the last one.

Now, the real challenge begins. Without question, my best work has been within the last three years, which is good. The number of images is staggering, though. I plan to take small chunks during the weekdays, then have the weekends off to recuperate. 🙂

Whew! Didn’t mean to type this much. I hope everyone’s weekend was great. I so loved my extra hour of sleep yesterday!! (Thank You, God) and the cooler weather that came with it.

Whatever you do, do it with your heart.
Eric Christopher Jackson

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