I am writing the last few pages of my new short film. I can see this little boy as he says goodbye to his father. How is world changes in a second, he became a man because he had too. And what hurts the most is the pain in his dads face as he has to leave his son behind because he cant find work. He never knew all the pain his son would endure outside Kampala, being a gay man, a man of god sent to hell.
I really can’t help but feel the pain my characters are feeling. It hurts. What makes it worse is that I know that thousands of people feel this pain and that they are voiceless. I never wanted fame or fortune, all I want is to tell a story. A story that no one has heard, or one that we can all recognize, a universal arc of human feeling.
If you want to hear a brilliant song that I’m trying to get the rights to for my short check this out!
So if you hate anyone, black, white, christian , gay, muslim you need to realize you are an ahole.
We need to strive towards love, not because of a god but because we share this world for a split second, then it is done. No do overs. Stop the hate, stop the judgment, stop being a scared little ahole and be a man (or woMAN).
Yes if you know me these blogs might seem very personal, but they are, if you feel strange about it it’s ok that is normal. People are not used to seeing others real emotions, we tend to hide behind walls or mountains. I only live once, I will live it fully.
If you are a possible employer and want me to rather pipe down then guess again, that is not me. A life of silent frustration is not the one I will live.
If you have seen my short a few months from this post I hope it came across, I hope you felt it.
Also visit my other blog for more LGBT stuff, (GAY STUFF) www.thepowerofgay.com
Me me me. Selfies and IntaShare! Viral videos and funny internet cats. Fail compilations and #’s.
Before we start I do not believe ANY brand or corporation truly wants to make the world a better place, without some kind of personal gain for the company, that said…….
Yes it is indeed the year 2014 as of the time of writing this piece. The people in my time, 2014 are not reading my blog. Most of the people who use internet today (25 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa) are from North America, Europe, UK or Japan. If you are reading this in the future, I’m probably dead, if immortality potion gets invented tomorrow this blog will be embarrassing, lol. Almost as embarrassing as the current internet user. So I am writing this piece for people in the year 2114, when you read this one day on the HTML 5 historical internet back-up server I hope you will enjoy my take on the world in 2014, a hundred years ago exactly for you if you read this blog on 25 April 2114.
When I use the term INTERNET USER I do not include people who still buy DATA by the MegaByte or Gigabyte, future readers might not know what his means but to the most of the world the internet is a luxury. Yes we fight world hunger, aids, communism but do we try and get people free internet. NO! That would actually empower people. REVOLUTION! Most people buy data per byte either on their land phone line or on their mobile telephone. Also called a cell phone. But you might just call it a computer one day. You probably take one device everywhere that is connected to all your other SMART devices, I hope Samsung and Google wins the Smart race, or that Apple can become a little less evil…So Google is creating free internet for the third world, and it is called Project Loon. Meanwhile Apple is making luxury car radios, thanks Apple!
Yes people in 2014 are still afraid of freedom. Freedom for woman (middle-east), freedom for animal (Dolphins, Whales, Fur Trade, RHINO’s), freedom of love (gay rights) and freedom of science. No, I am not going to add freedom of religion, it is religion that causes 49% of this worlds problems. Another 30% is created by greed and the last 21% is a mix of ignorance, hunger and drug addiction.
You future readers might not understand my argument against religion because you are probably all atheists. Jipppeee! You probably use reason and logic to sort out your problems. Also you know how truly lucky we humans are to be in existence. Not because of some super god but because of something greater. Something without a reason to exist except existence itself. We are all recycled stardust, billions of years in the making.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
WE are the UNIVERSE expressing itself as human for a very short time…
Ok so I am no Carl Sagan, Darwin or Einstein but it is clear to me that the more people we get on the internet the faster the world will become a better place. Knowledge is power. But most companies are more concerned with stock price and share dividends then really focussing on true innovation. What is the bare minimum our clients want to make them happy? I do believe the partnership between Android, Google and Samsung has become a powerhouse. As Samsung creates new crazy mods and improvements Android is right there taking advantage of it. Even more impressive is that Android is an OPEN system, meaning they run the same program on multiple devices with different hardware specs per device. So if Sony innovates so does Android, if LG innovates so does Android, this semi-open system creates amazing technology. With complex coding some bugs are expected, not finding a bug does not mean it is not there, somewhere in the code waiting till a small error is created in the sea of coding used in modern day cellular operating systems, not to mention apps.
Whether you are an Android or Apple user you have to admit that most of the services you use are owned by Google. Google Maps, Gmail, G-Chat, YOUTUBE, Google Search, Google Image Search, Google Translate, Google Drive, AdSense, Google Analytics. So readers from the year 2114, one hundred years from now, I hope the world has become a connected and interactive world where sharing is embraced and privacy protected. With technology like 3D printing, Stem Cell research, Automated Cars, Mars Missions, Regenerative Gene Therapy and so many more on the horizon the 100 years between 2014 and 2114 can rather be spent doing science, improving the world through the internet and not by fighting about who has the correct archaic sky god. If there is a god he will love the scientific, for they do not fear the truth or the fear of truth. Follow the truth to its deepest form, investigate every problem with logic and reason and remove greed. Is this sounding like The New World order to you? Maybe it is. In the new world we will have peace, and all creatures on earth will respect each other not on an ancient teaching from a dusty inaccurate book but from the truth, and nothing but the truth. May a man that questions not be turned down, let he who seeks reason and purpose in a scientifically minded fashion not be called a fool for his failures, but rather see these failures as steps that get you closer to the truth.
So Youtube is the second biggest search engine, after Google. Have you ever wanted to tell someone to search something on the internet and used the words BING IT! No, but Microsofts media department want you to say that. Bing iT! LOL.
I’m closing with this. Apple’s internet program called Safari has a search bar in the top right corner, guess for what! Google Search.
BOOM, Google is there. Deep Mind is an artificial intelligence program that painted a digital picture of a CAT after it watched the most popular videos on YouTube. Deep Mind will learn everything, and then when he reaches the threshold of every Youtube video, blog and FaceBook update, maybe even every text message ever digitally recorded. Will Deep Mind save us from our hateful, bigot invested religiously twisted society. Will it help us love? Or will it become our ultimate evil friend?
No I believe Deep Mind will help us LOVE. Yes that program will learn that above all love is what unites us. When someone kills the one we love we want to see them bleed. After the first homo-sapien killed the other, society wanted to revenge the fallen. Forgiveness is not easy. Nelson Mandela died last year, in 2013. He wanted the world to forgive, to love. He united the world for a few months in 1995 as the first black president of South Africa. Africa………….
So readers one hundred years from now in 2114, I hope Deep Mind has started helping the wounds of our society heal. And that Googles project Loon has given FREE internet to the whole world. That Apple becomes that funky trend setter it used to be. Who cares if you change the body of your phone? Steve changed stuff FAST! We need guts and glory, not just great advertising campaigns…..car radio, seriously.
You might see this Logo (that I designed on Adobe Illustrator on the 22nd of April 2014). Deep Mind use it to symbolise the new world. He might add to the supposed Neon symbolism.
The small diamond represent the value of true knowledge based on true reason, the heart represents love. The heart touches the inner triangle which means it is maintained by knowledge. The outer triangle represents unity. Not unity, like the whole world is on country unity, no unity in heart. Unity in the shared humanity, we are all human, equal no one worth more than another. We all build society together no matter if you are a builder or a doctar, a mechanic or a woman. Your sexuality does not change your value or social standing. I go sleep safely tonight in my warm bed while millions sleep on the street, every night, all around the world in 2014. Cherish the ones you love, life is short and always have fun even when it is at its hardest.
So come back for more future readers and enjoy my blog about the past.Come back for more.
Iggy Azalea … Google it. Or ask Deep Mind what I’m talking about. Deep Mind it! Or Go Deeper!
One potato 10 straws, the power of science! It is a video on youtube you will never find, if you find it share the link in the comments.
What would Deep Mind or Siri draw after watching this video?
Even Though there might be hundreds of famous singers and actors but do you know many famous scientists? Think of famous actors, write down 20 names. Ok now write down 12 famous scientists.
My blog is all about being inspired and free. About being connected, feeling like you have a passion and a purpose. I myself might be a struggling writer but that is only my story. I want you to dance, or sing or teach or study, and I want to post stories that will inspire you.I want you to feel connected to the story of your life.
So I stumble upon the new show called COSMOS, and suddenly my life changes a little. I open my mind up and learn something. I feel science calling to me, inspiring me to think bigger and write bigger. People once thought the earth was the centre of the universe. Your only limit to your storytelling is your own imagination. If you dream bigger you should not fear it, for that is how amazing ideas get born.
Cosmos is a new version of Carl Sagan’s original 1980’s show by the same name. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the new host and he does an amazing job in the show. Neil is a great guy but in the interview below you can clearly see the shooting on COSMOS was a painstaking process for him, he goes on to say that he is ready to get back in the lab. #scientistsproblems or #lifeofascientist
This show gives you a perspective into space and makes you realize how amazing life is, how much power you have while you are alive. Get ready to get your mind blown!
As storytellers we need to be open and look at every aspect of life. Sagon famously said, “Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Sagan was a storyteller as much as he was a scientist. Even Though there might be hundreds of famous singers and actors how many famous scientists have their been? Think of famous actors, write down 20 names. Ok now write down 12 famous scientists. You see it is not that easy. I want to show you this next video from THE SYMPHONY OF SCIENCE it perfectly shows you the dorky excitement that scientist have now. Kids kinda love their open mindedness, finally scientist are becoming famous.
Ok the videos only have around 8 million views on average. But that is 8 million more views than it had 1 year ago. And with YOUTUBE growing as the internet goes Mobile and smartphones fall in the hands of more and more people. BOOOOOOM. The future of the internet has not been written, it is about to happen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa. I am lucky to have great internet, it is power, the internet is changing the world. Let Google co-founder Larry Page explain it to you….
I hope you are as excited about the world of science as I am. Not the cold hard science movies the media portrays in movies. No the bright future where we are all free to search, to search on google is to search for ultimate truth, more about that in my next blog…..come back tomorrow….here is a last video to inspire you.
Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is ……………… Ok before that please read this next part first, it gives you a backstory of why Google Releasing this Google Maps Pokemon challenge is so culturally significant to my generation. But watch the official Google Video first.
If you were born from 1982 all the way up to 1992 you are part of Generation Y, this is the generation that is only recently started taking power of the world economy and media.
We generation Y’s are also called Millennials by some intellectuals.The name Millennials stuck because we were all in high school around 1999. Y2K scare? Are you too young to remember.
That is ok, while you were watching Hannah Montana, or Witches of Waverly place, we were watching Charmed, Sabrina, The Teenage witch. While you were watching BEN 10 and Yugiho we were watching Transformers, He Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles. You had Teletubbies, we had Barny and Pumpkin patch. Captain planet, Power Rangers, Dark Wing Duck, Duck Tales, Tail Spin, The Tasmanian devil, Animaniacs.
As us Millennials grew up past 2005 we were starting to work and become successful, lots of internet companies came from GEN Y / Millennials. Facebook, MySpace, Youtube, Google, Android. It was also GEN Y that worked on the first PC’s and consoles. The PC / Internet grew up with us, it changed from day to day just like we did. What does this mean? C:>/dir .
Ok so what is our generation most valuable artistic influance, as in what idea did we create that became part of global culture, nevermind social media, Pokemon.
Yes we are part of the Pokemon generation, it was cool till high school. You were almost a man, but still a boy, so you got away with it. Sure, Bleach, Naruto and all that is much better. But Pokemon did something we all wanted, they colledted amazingly interesting pets. We all love cats and dogs, and hamster and goldfish and the list is endless. People love their pets. Pokemon takes pets to the next level. Imagine owning an Oddish. Oddish is my favourite pokemon in the world. And I cannot seem to find it on Google Maps.
Pokemon in Cape Town
So finally I get to the point, Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is Google Maps App on Android or iPhone. On Android you ca just tap your GOOGLE NOW button and go to maps, then hit the START Button, see GIF below:
So Cape Town has Pokemon too, and the Kruger National Park has one, and there are probably more, so you should go and try it out for your self. The game ends on the 2nd of April at midnight. Here are the screenshots from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Enjoy, please share more places in the comments.
So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.
A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.
Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.
But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.
EASY MEMEs: 100% effective:
So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!
But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com
“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem
Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.
A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.
A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.
The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.
These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories. We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.
My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.
Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.
PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…
“Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor…the legacy of ancient Rome.”
My cat Lucy is very ill, after 14 years of life it seems her path is winding to an end. I want to go back in time and play with her longer, allow her to sleep in my bed and wake me up at the worst time by pushing her wet black nose against my big fat nose. As a kitten I had to hold her tightly against me while she tried to bite and scratch me. She had a fear for people and I could see she needed to know that she could trust me before she would accept me. After weeks of restraining her and taking her nails and teeth in my flesh she got a taste for me so to speak.
She was my little Burmese kitty, ready to play and jump and sleep on my homework. She and my little sisters cat Meouth ( a fat ginger tabby) became great friends, they became brother and sister. Meouth passed away a few weeks ago, and Lucy almost mourned herself to death. After 14 years with Meouth she seemed to miss him beyond anything. She would smell his left over furr and she would meow a special meow that we all recognised was her calling Meouth. A legacy is leaving a lasting message. A lasting story. Making an impact.
Lucy is just a cat, but she is a symbol of my childhood, our family starting a new life in Cape Town. She and Meouth came into our lives and enriched every moment. When I held Lucy for the first time in 1999 I knew I loved her. As a kid I never thought of the end of her life. 14 years later I realize it is my duty to her to hold her one last time, I need to be with her when she dies. Hold her, be with her, make her feel safe in those last moments.I want to calm her like she has me. I want her to trust that I love her, and that her life meant so much to me.
Her legacy is my legacy. Lucy kept me warm, made me feel safe. She gave me company when I was a lonely 15 year old boy from a small town back in a big city. She calmed me when I was sad, purring me to sleep. A legacy is more than just property or fame. A legacy creates a lasting change in the world. You create a legacy by your behaviour. How you choose to love, act and react. Did you face your fears or did you allow them to consume you? Did you go for your dreams or did you hope they would fade away? Were you there when you were needed, did you lend a helping hand? Lucy thought me a lot about responsibility and love. She showed me that you should only trust people that are willing to bleed for you, people that will be there for you no matter how crazy things get. Or how difficult.
The ancient Egyptians had a cat god called Bast (Bastet) who represented protection, fertility and motherhood. The Egyptians hoped they would keep the cats soul alive, so that it could return to its owner to serve them in the afterlife. Here is another extract from WikiPedia:
“In 1888, an Egyptian farmer uncovered a large tomb with mummified cats and kittens. This discovery outside the town of Beni Hasan had eighty thousand cat mummies, dating to 2000-1000 BC.”
Lucy you are just a cat, and I am just a man. I will be there for you till the end, be it tomorrow, be it today. You added to my legacy, a part of who I am was created by you being in my life. I wish you could find Meouth again, he is somewhere eating…
PS: If you have lost a beloved pet please leave your story in the comments below.
So we all know that writing ANYTHING takes forever. At least for most of us procrastinators out there. I know I am a procrastinator but I also know that MOST people are. And whether you are in a creative career or not, the true procrastination does not happen at work. Oh no, at work you work really hard for your BOSSES, afraid to get fired or maybe you slack, but the work gets done. The real procrastination happens after work, in what some people call “free time” (Time is obviously not free. Most of your time is spent working so that you can hopefully one day have more free time). That broken cupboard you wanted to fix 4 years ago. That trip to New York you’ve been promising your boyfriend. Or that million dollar screenplay you are just too tired to type when you get home after a long day of unfulfilling work…………………………………………………….
We need to realize that it is not this moment that matters, in the stories you dream up you know that it is all about the climax, all about THE END. Yes the journey is important but when a friend does not want to go see a new movie, and he knows you’ve already seen it, he just asks you what happens in the end. Have you got, or are you, the person that talks so much during a movie or tv show that they lose track of the whole plot. You/They then pretend to continue watching and just before it ends they suddenly want to go make popcorn. So you let them go. But you do not stop the movie, they are too far gone…..When the person comes back after 2 hours they ask, HOW DID IT END?
So when you end, like DIE! What happened to that cupboard in the end? Did you ever go to NEW YORK with your boyfriend and have a super gay evening? And that screenplay? Never happened? That is so sad……………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………………..E………………………………………T……………………………………E…………………R…………………………………………….N…………………………………A………………………………………..L………….. ……………………………………….spooky, death!
I will not leave you HANGING in that depressing thought too long. I will tell you how to make that script happen. No I am not selling it to you for only 50 dollars for the PDF e-book whatevers. No it is so simple. Do a small piece of the work every day. That broken cupboard needs a good sanding then some wood filler and lastly a fresh coat of paint. Split that task up into small pieces/tasks , do one thing a day. And if you skip a day then do double the work next time. It would take me 9 days to fix that cupboard if I did one thing a day, how much TIME would you take? If you skip more than 2 days you fail because then the task of writing 3 pages becomes too much.
90 Pages. It will take you 90 pages to finish a normal length screenplay according to all sources. The streets the place to go! Ok gay joke, suck it Russia, UGANDA!. MOVING on. 90 pages, one page translates into 1 minute on screen. So let us do the math! (ACTUALLY there is website that calculates dates for you! Brains are not needed, sjoe…>> http://www.convertunits.com/dates/daysfromnow/90 <<)
June 3rd 2014, I will have a full length feature script if i write one page a day.
The first draft of your million dollar movie could be done on the 3rd of June this year if you start today… How does your story END?
The eye of Ra is watching, but what did it see? Who will write with me? Time will tell. DAY 1…
Out first lesson in writing is about the world your character inhabits. Think of some of your favorite books, stories or movies. Where were these stories set, what era did they take place? What was the prevailing mindset or social mood? I have recently started a new novel called “A Hand For Hire” that is set in the early Greek era. It is important for my story as many of the magical elements and plot twists are based upon Greek mythology.
But not only must we think of the physical world our characters inhabit, we must also think of the psychological. A park filled with blossoming flowers, a small gentle river, some ducks and a big tree might seem beautiful to most. But to a woman who just lost her entire family in a car accident this might not be such a beautiful place to her. It might remind her of her family and make her feel the pain again, or she might have a very real fear of flowers that might send her into a rage and make her eat all the ducks raw!
Ok I took it too far but we must realize that stories happen in a “real” world and in an internal “psychological” world. When you can explain to me what that park looks like in the mood and mindset of the woman who lost her family then you have a voice, a viewpoint.
We will talk about point of view in another lesson but today I want you to remember that we want to not only get to know characters through dialogue with other characters but also through their own internal thoughts and internal compass. If you are writing a novel you have a chance to get deep and into the characters own mind, but be careful if the mind is not solid or cohesive your readers will figure it out and not engage with your novel. If you are making a movie remember that your audience can only see his mood or psychological world through how the character reacts to the world around him. In a movie we won’t hear the sad lady think about how flowers represent death to her, but when someone gives her a flower and she burns it we can get an idea of her thought process, we can see into her inner world by what she does to the outer world.
Sure you can use VOICE OVER to make all your characters thoughts heard in a film but be warned that in films people tend to judge the weight of the voice overs more harshly. If a character is thinking aloud all the time then the audience might loose interest because they are being told what to feel, not thinking and feeling themselves. It is like buying a new Ferrari but then it drives itself, not the point really.
Important to remember is that a story is supposed to show a characters growth from one point to another. The way your character sees the world around him should change as he does. In many amazing movies the physical environment actually changes, like in James Cameron’s movie AVATAR. Or in many Tim Burton films like “Beetlejuice” the house actually changes after the lead characters become ghosts. But most real world stories don’t go through as extreme changes as these films do, rather the character starts noticing more detail or starts seeing ordinary things in new and extraordinary ways. This looking at things through new eyes is expressed well in “The Ghost of Christmas past” or “Back To The Future” by Robert Zamechis. The lead character returns after meeting his adolescent mother and father and has a new appreciation for them and his life. Marty changed, he became closer to his family and his life. His ordinary world remained the same, mostly, but the way he experienced it changed.
So when you start a story make sure you have a viable world, be it in space, on mars or in Victorian England. Make sure your character has a point of view, a psychological disposition, that makes him unique. Then make sure as the character goes through his adventure he slowly develops until in the end he can see the old world in a new way or at least how to fix old problems with new actions.
Don’t get stuck in research though, it is procrastination. Give yourself 1/10 of time for research. If you write 10 hours a week one hour is allowed for research. You don’t have to be an expert, and if you get writers block because you don’t know the world your character is in don’t let it stop your writing. But on some music and start writing. Get creative and keep going. As you learn more you can fill in the blanks, or change it later. I find that basing loosely on a period is better, a kind of alternative reality. In the end make sure the world behaves in a constant natural way, even if natural means giant big blue birds poo on your lawn everyday. But the giant blue birds can’t suddenly start planting crops on your land for you if they have never done so before, or maybe they can if it is some crazy curse, but you get my point.
Get those fingers typing and those pens writing. I’m currently reading “Robin Hobb’s” “Liveship Series”. I have read 9 of her other books and love them all. Her world are ancient but have a alternative reality feel. There is magic, dragons and talking ships but it all feels real.
So remember a good writer is a good reader. And please go like my Facebook page!!!
Financial Advice for all the Artist and Freelancers
We all see ourselves as artist. We write, we paint, we photograph, we capture and we create. But in the end if we can not eat we can not do any of the above. We must take care of ourselves financially as well as creatively (spiritually). Nothing makes me get writers block like unpaid bills and credit card debt. Most people have day jobs with clear budgets and outcomes. But as a creative and probably a freelancer it isn’t that easy to know how much to ask for certain things.
This is where my amazing Internet skills come into play. I have found a FREELANCE price calculator that takes in all your yearly expenses and gives you the rate you should be asking. What is great about it is that it has a break-even rate so that you know what you need to charge just to survive the year, it also has a Ideal Rate which is the rate you should be charging per hour to reach your yearly income goals.
Do yourself a favour and make the numbers in your local currency, then head over to www.xe.com to convert RAND or POUND or YEN into US Dollar and see how much you have been undercharging all your friends and family over the last lifetime.
Making prices is really hard and this calculator is the best way to make sure you can put not only food in your own mouth but also in the mouth of your family.
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Remember a good writer is a good reader. And a smart writer knows his financial statements. (substitute writer with artist or whatever you be)
When I have writers block I have many methods of getting out of that energy draining, guilt filled black hole. The best way to escape the block is to get inspired. There is one thing in this world that has inspired people for thousands of years, yes music.
So this weeks MUSIC 2 INSPIRE is Tegan & Sara, and in particular their song called “Closer”. I love this band and they have been around for a long time and yet just haven’t made it to the mainstream. Grammy-nominated Canadian indie rock band was formed in Calgary, Canada in 1995. Yes that is 17 years worth of amazing music for all your moods, sad, happy, angry, love, angst, joy and elation.
I love indie bands so much that me and my sister spend almost R30 000 to go to America to go see Tegan @ Sara live! Yes this band inspired me so much that I actually spend all that money and time to go to USA to see them.
Ok so when writing I let the music play in the background. If I want to write and find my self not in the right mood, e.g.. sad scene, I just play some sad music and I get myself in the right mindset to write what I need to.
Sometimes I play music and I just free right, I just write what the music makes me feel. As the music changes I change the mood in the story accordingly. Free writing helps to open up your creative pathways… so does blogging. So make some play-lists that are mood specific, I have a SAD, Happy, SciFi, Speed , Spooky, Love, Travel and Friends play-list to name a few. When I need to write a happy scene I listen to the Happy Play-list. This method works like a charm for me, so give it a go. I will post more inspiring bands and songs as I get them. If you want to buy there music just click anywhere in this sentence, easy!
Noteworthy Songs by Tegan & Sara (Click on them and listen to them on YouTube, and buy on iTunes)