I know, 10 days since my last blog article, such a slacker :/ No worries, I won’t make any excuses…not like Han Solo here.
(Yeah, I’m just a little excited about the upcoming new Star Wars movie :D )
Which brings me to the actual point of this article – rediscovering my roots. Novels, movies, video games. Okay, so when I say discovering my roots, I mean my creative roots, my sources of inspiration.
I know I’ve mentioned them all in the past, but what I’ve not talked about is how I’ve lost touch with many of them lately. I’ve spent so much time doing other things over the past year that I’ve read maybe 5 books in the past 12 months (an insanely low number for me), and played even fewer video games.
And these have always been fantastic sources of creative inspiration for me in the past. Not the only ones, mind you, but I feel like I’ve strayed very far away from an important part of who I am: stories.
That’s why I watch movies, and read novels, and play video games. Yes, even video games. I hardly play them for the challenge, it’s the story I love :D
Must One Be Inspired In Order to Inspire?
Before anyone thinks otherwise, I’m not saying these are the only things that inspire me or make me happy, not by a long shot. But I have felt like I’d lost a lot of my inspiration, and am only now rediscovering and rekindling that inspiration.
I mean, come on, I produced an entire novel in 3 months once (but it still needs some revision.) Now…well when was the last time I wrote and finished a novel? Last year.
That’s horrendous for me. I used to write 9 novella-length stories a year when I was producing my fan fiction series. Now it’s been over a year since I actually wrote a novel.
Is it because of my lack of inspiration lately? I do know that I’ve begun to slowly immerse myself back into creative works, such as novels, movies, and even a little bit of gaming again. And what has happened as a result? I’ve finished all prewriting work on book 3 of The Sword of Dragons, and I’ve begun production of a series of short stories (okay, let’s face it, they’ll end up as novellas most likely, lol.)
But still no writing. Until today. Today, I’ve done just a little bit of actual writing, for the first time in what feels like forever. And it was exhilarating!!!! :D
The Power of Geekdom
So it’s no secret, I love these three creative sources. But it goes soooo far beyond that. It’s the people, the attitudes, the spirit, the culture.
That’s something I also started to discover before my slump. When I started this blog, I went to the Colorado Gold Conference (writers are geeks in their own right :D ) and the Denver Comic Con. It was so fantastic to meet up with and chat with people who understood and loved the same things I did.
So, as I continue to rediscover all of my sources of inspiration, I think I’ll start immersing myself in the culture yet again. I have some pretty awesome friends who can help with that, one of whom comes to mind is the same man who interviewed me for his podcast on VtW Productions, Wayne. He’s hosting a gaming weekend at his house in a few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to meeting and hanging out with a bunch of fellow gamer geeks :D
Anywho, I’d write more, but…frankly, I want to get back to writing the story I started earlier :) So until next time, I’ll see you all later!
Game on, read on, watch on, and never ever lose sight of what makes you who you are.