Two Years In An Instant

I’m very pleased to announce that I was able to contribute to Ghost Parachute with my new article “Two Years In An Instant.” It’s all about being diagnosed with a life threatening disease and learning how to cope using writing as an outlet.

I hope you’ll all check it out right here and subscribe/follow Ghost Parachute: http://ghostparachute.com/two-years-instant/

New Website: Truly Abrasive

I’ve got a pretty exciting announcement which is that I’ve got a brand new site called Truly Abrasive! It’s not replacing this site, it’s a completely different entity. It’s all about games, anime, movies and television and my brutally honest opinions on them all. It only launched earlier this week so it’s got very few articles, but I’m planning on having a very steady flow of content. I’m currently working on some ideas for new feature series for the site as well.

I’ll be back in the next couple days to announce something else, but until then I hope everyone takes care of themselves!

 

A Brief History With Comics

I grew up reading Archie (Jughead being my favorite character), Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. As I got older I moved onto stuff like Frumpy The Clown, The Far Side and webcomics like Questionable Content, Least I Could Do and Fanboys. Now that I’m an adult I find myself reading more traditional comics from companies like Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse (who publishes my favorite comic of all time, MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt) and Vertigo. Recently however, I have started diving into the world of manga. I’m trying to do my best to broaden my horizons when it comes to this format of art.

My reason for sharing a brief overview of my past and present life with comics is that it reminds me of how constant comics have been in my life. Creating a comic has always been a desire of mine and the desire hasn’t dwindled. It just always seemed absurd or out of reach. I want to be less afraid of failure and this is my first step toward that goal.

I’m going to write and release some form of comic online. I hope you’ll all check it out when it’s launched. Wish me luck!

It’s Been A While

I like this blog. It’s simple. Everything about it from the settings to the appearance is simple. I find it easier to write when I don’t have to worry about complicated things like constantly editing and adjusting my website. I’m quite happy to be back and writing on this blog again.

A year and a half has passed us by since I last posted on here and I’m conflicted between saying a lot has happened in that time and nothing has happened in that time because I feel there hasn’t been much significant change. Of course things happened, but feeling change and experiencing change are two different things, aren’t they? I’ve moved a couple times, had a lot of doctors appointments, adopted two more kittens, rehomed said kittens, gone through depressive and suicidal episodes, made new friends, lost new friends and traveled a little amount for work. Other than that, I don’t think a lot has truly changed. I’m still fairly stuck. The future seems unimaginable. I can’t fathom what it must be like to have a different way of life. Either way, I’m hoping to change that somehow and that’s one of the primary reasons I’ve started writing on here again. I need to do something. It really doesn’t matter what as long as it’s something tangible. Something where I can see myself making progress. So that’s one reason why I’m back at this.

Another reason is that I’ve got a lot to say about a lot of things. I didn’t know it until just recently, but I do. I want to talk about anime and video games, music and TV shows. I want to be able to have discussions with people and share my experiences with others. This is the place where I will attempt to accomplish those things.

So I guess that’s that. I’ve returned. How have you been?

Returning To The Path

Getting back on track can be hard. No matter the situation, having to recalibrate yourself takes a lot of effort and in some cases a lot of tries. I haven’t written in a while and I’m just now starting to get back into the groove of things. Months have gone by where I hadn’t even typed a word for a short story, a game idea or a TV/film script, but even though I wasn’t writing, my mind always pushed out new ideas each day. Now it’s time to focus all my efforts on my work.

I’m excited to get back to writing blog posts because there are so many things I wanted to talk about and rant about, but never got around to and I think that for once I should finish what I started. I’m going to resume the list of my most influential CDs and then I’m going to try to do weekly posts on projects I’m working on so I can show you all the progress I have made on them.

While a blog post once a week might not seem like a lot, I think it will do me good to have a bit of a schedule and some consistency.

Now it’s time for me to retrace my steps and figure out where I left off with my most influential CDs.

See ya soon!

Opening The Mind

Whenever I walk into a store, specifically a store that sells movies, books or games, I always know I’m going to be disappointed. I will spend half an hour perusing through the promotional displays and inventories expecting to find something that will rip my eyes right out of their sockets and say to me “hey, I’m interesting, buy me.”

That never happens.

I’m starting to wonder if it’s because I don’t have an open mind. We all have our comfort zones and I’m starting to believe that mine is a two bedroom apartment that I’m afraid to paint because I might hate the new colors five minutes after the paint is dry. When did I become so stubborn when it comes to trying new things? Is it really because I’m getting older or is it because I’m not willing to take the time or the “risk” to venture outside and into the unknown world of my Netflix and Amazon recommendations?

These thoughts have been bombarding my brain recently and I’m curious as to whether or not it’s affecting my writing as well. Do I just write what’s safe and familiar? Do all my stories and sentences sound the same? Would anyone be surprised to learn that I wrote that short story? Should I care whether or not they’d be surprised? These are all questions that I find just a little worrisome because it ultimately means one thing: I am insecure with my writing.

I don’t think any writer is 100% happy with their work, especially not all of it, but shouldn’t I at least be happy with some of it? I constantly find myself re-reading my works and saying to myself that there are too many sentences that begin the same way or that all my characters sound the same. It gets to a point where I start thinking that every story is just an extension/expansion of the story I wrote before it and that’s not a comforting thought. I don’t mind re-using certain ideas or concepts from previous pieces of work, but I don’t want to copy and paste my way through a book.

They say “the first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one.” I suppose this is where I go “I’m Garrett and I have a closed mind,” but I don’t think we really need to do that whole shtick.

So where am I planning to go from here? I think I’ll take it one day at a time. I’m not going to say I promise to try one new thing a day, but I will promise that every once in a while I’ll read a book from an author I usually wouldn’t give a chance or I’ll go to a new restaurant that serves a style of food I’ve never had. And when it comes to my writing, I’ll think the best thing I can do is share it with as many people as I can and talk to them about it. I need to be more open if I want to grow as a writer and I don’t want to be insecure about my writing.

At least not as much as I am now.

Vola (The Palm Of The Hand)

It usually takes me a little while to get invested into something I’m writing. I can write snippets of something every now and again, but most likely nothing comes from any of it, but sometimes I get lucky. I’ve had this idea of writing a novella for a while now, but I never really knew how to start it or organize the idea because I’m usually not someone who has the urge to write something like a novella. Vola (The Palm Of The Hand) started out as something simple, a name. I simply liked the name of the project and then I ran with it from there, but as I kept running I discovered that sometimes you need something more than just a name you like and that’s when a few days ago happened. I had been running with a ton of ideas for the story for quite some time, but none fit well enough and then I just had this sudden interest in this new story and started writing out the first chapter. It ended up being something perfect for Vola. I know how this isn’t how things are traditionally written, but then I realize that I am anything but traditional.

I’ll hopefully be making frequent updates on the status of the novella as I work on it and I’ll try to keep it interesting without giving too much away. Let’s hope this becomes something more than just a name I like.