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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” ~ Lewis Carroll.

So Many Manuscripts

So Many Manuscripts

Today I have some Big Decisions to make. Really I feel like Tasslehoff Burrfoot (from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance anthology), in that I most certainly don’t wish to make them. I would rather work on these; my manuscripts (which I had planned on anyway), and put off the decision ’till another day. Oh, and write this article, of course—which I had also been planning 😉 I should be researching, I know, but it’s not what I’d intended to…

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The Silver One – Plans for the Future?

The Silver One – Plans for the Future?

Today I had no intention of working on this. I began with plans to paint a dream, to clean my office, to edit my book – not to finally create the cover of a story I do not know if I will ever write. This is the one I’ve had my knickers tied in knots about for years. It is that which got me through the brutal ride of high-school, and into sane lands beyond. But it also carried me,…

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Writing and Artistic Creation

Writing and Artistic Creation

I have, for many years, been a writer. Some might say 20, but I cannot remember the exact year I began to write, and indeed, the process of growing up has been a long one. I have learned a lot in this time—about the world, myself, and the structures of man all. But mostly, I like to believe, I have learned of myself, and my values in this life—though the process still is ongoing, as it ever will be. I…

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One Big Story

One Big Story

I remember that a great director once said “we only ever make one movie” in our lifetime. The tale remains the same, is universal (monomyth, anyone?). And I realised this myself, in my own art, whilst working a painting for Sharmie yesterday. Since I have let go of The Silver One, my creativity has flourished (apparently listening to “active imagination” visions is a wise thing, as painful as their words may be at times to hear. Though they are also…

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On Universities Teaching Art & Creativity

On Universities Teaching Art & Creativity

It is interesting, and somewhat ridiculous, that in this society it is—for the most part—expected of an artist (please see my definition of this kind of artist in my previous article, The Vital Role Artists Play in Our Society) or writer to study that which they do—are called to do1. Writing, in my opinion, must only be taught to the extent that one can indeed read and write, preform common grammar (. , ; ! ? ‘ “” ( ))…

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A Sea of Stars…

A Sea of Stars…

A Sea of Stars (The Ocean): [a short story on the nature of death]           I lay on the sand, the waves lapping gently across the shore. On them, I knew, lay the moon; spread over it’s rippling expanse like molten silver, so ethereal as the muffled sound carried over the bay—so distant, yet so near. I looked to the stars reflected on that surface, so densely populated they seemed as swirls of mist. I had never seen the ocean…

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An Ode to the Ice King (Insanity)

An Ode to the Ice King (Insanity)

Time: 4 hours and 43 minutes Though not usually one for fan art, I thought the story of Adventure Time’s Ice King was really beautiful, and touched me deeply. I think I wove elements of Drangé into this as well, for their tales are aligned in poetic tragedy. I hope you enjoy the piece; he is a wonderful character, and the series in general is great fun. I love how creative and random it is, how nothing stops the creators…

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Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Time: 3 hours and 26 minutes I painted this for a poem I wrote, but didn’t illustrate it until a competition came out in the local newspaper requesting a short story about the ocean and summertime. Considering I had been putting it off, I took the hint and got around to painting it 😉 You can read the poem below.   Snowball Earth: I am a child of summer, With salt on my skin, and a main of the sea….

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