My Goal for 2014

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Simple, Vector Blazer and Tie

Introducing: The Creativity 365 Challenge, 2014 Edition!

My goal for every day of this year is to create or finish something creative.  Be it a sketch, a painting, an illustration, a video, or a website, or be it a poem, a fan fiction, a blog post, or a novel, I will make something new and creative every day this year!  Much if this will end up here for you all to enjoy, alongside any helpful tutorials or whatnot I manage to whip up in my revival!

Consider this vector blazer icon my work for Day 1 of 365 – Jan. 1, 2014!

 

Created with Adobe Illustrator.

Technically Heroic – Now Available on ALL Platforms!!

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Technically Heroic

At last, after 6 weeks of waiting, Technically Heroic (paperback) has finally been updated on Amazon.com, completing a critical revision process.  The first book in the Technically Heroic trilogy is now available:

  • Technically Heroic

    Technically Heroic

    as an e-book, for Kindle

  • as an e-book, for Nook
  • as an e-book, for Apple devices (iTunes)
  • as a .epub e-book on Lulu.com
  • as a paperback on Lulu.com
  • and as a paperback on Amazon.com

It feels great to have this part of the trilogy finally finished (and I mean FINISHED) and published.  Now I get to start seriously promoting!

A Fully Operational So Powered Productions – Tutorials Coming

At last, thanks to Joomla! and a lovely template courtesy of Joomlage.com, my website is beginning to reach its potential.  Already there’s much more on here than there was before, and I’m pretty sure it’s only the beginning.  This place really is the place to go for the latest information on Technically Heroic now that I have my trusty CMS at my command.

If you like what I’ve got, I can put CMS at your command as well.  I’m gearing up to do a tutorial series here on Joomla!, so if you would like to learn how to make your website cool like mine, check out my website, http://sopoweredproductions.com to get a sense of how powerful Content Management Systems can be (also, visit http://legacy.sopoweredproductions.com to compare and contrast with the old site).  Then watch for my tutorials!  You could even subscribe to the blog so when a new tutorial comes out, you’ll get notified!  Stay tuned.

Writing A Fantasy Adventure – A Beginner’s Launchpad

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“So you want to write a fantasy?  Great!  Where are you going to start?”

How does one answer a question like this?  While I never had to answer this question myself, I can provide some ideas that may serve as inspiration for authors new to the fantasy genre. 

When I started writing what became ‘Technically Heroic,’ I already had a few named characters to work with, as well as an enemy force.  These stemmed from the stick-figure comic strips I drew for a year or two with crayons and paper.  I simply took those characters and their basic weapons and dropped them into a Word document.  While not everyone has that kind of foundation to build on, a similar result may be achieved through a brainstorming session in which you draft your characters, good and bad, and your storyline.  If you want to take it a step further, craft your characters’ personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, then try to imagine the environment(s) they will live in.  Now that you have all of this, you’re ready to write.

Now, don’t worry if you can’t quite imagine a plot or storyline.  If you have your characters ready, try focusing on introducing them and writing their very first adventure.  If you can do both at one time by starting the story in some kind of battle or fight scene, congratulations!  You’re already on your way.  Let the ideas flow from your imagination, all the while visualizing the scenario, and before too long you’ll have your rough draft, and a storyline will emerge.  This approach is similar to how I wrote ‘Technically Heroic.’  I had characters, so I started writing a brand new story, with one adventure leading to another, and another, and another, until I had the rough draft of the first one.  By then I was ready to continue to the second one, and then the third one, and I had drafted the entire trilogy.  After finishing the draft of the third story, I went back and greatly revised the first one, introducing a couple new characters to comply with the trilogy’s storyline.

I hope that these tips will help you get started on your fantasy writing adventure, which is indeed an adventure worth taking up.  Good luck!