So What Have You Been Up To Lately, Aimee? // Creative Life #112:01 PM
Life has been busy lately and I have lots of thoughts and lots of things in the works, so I haz introduced...a new segment thingy.
I want to talk about what I've been up to lately, and the things I have to come. The past few months have been a blur of inspiration and busy life and new things and growing up and being okay -- I've changed so much, and as a result, lots of things are changing with me.
So here's what I've been typing and scheming as of late.
|forgive me, i just finished the office and i'm feeling a little nostalgic|
Trying to finish up Havard. Trying is the key word here because while I've been typing like mad, I also have schoolwork and a job and occasionally social expectations, so sometimes I'm too lazy to sit down and write those words. This is changing, and I'm planning on writing half a novel before the 1st of November, because apparently I hate myself. Wish me luck and pray I don't die.
Binge-watching shows for "inspiration". I just finished consuming every single episode of The Office and discovering how incredible it is. I've also been watching Luke Cage and oh my goodness, the feels are real. Both shows are so different, but inspiring in their own ways: The Office makes me think about being intentional in how I write/read about/view people and treating everyone like an individual with a story. Luke Cage is just a beautiful peace of story that's teaching me about villains and awesome music and all that jazz.
They're both teaching me how to cry.
|bring on the pain.|
Writing/brainstorming the podcast thingy. Which, I as it just now occurs to me, I have not mentioned anywhere other than the occasional vague tweet. Oh well.
Essentially: I've been listening to a lot of Welcome to Night Vale and Sayer lately because stories told in podcast form are actually the coolest. It's a genius way of storytelling that takes a different set of skills and different techniques than typing out a novel or writing a script. You have no visuals, so it's all on the sounds and the voice actors and the timing and imagination. We need more sci-fi podcast stories. I want to write a podcast. And so Bright Eyes was born, something that may become the first big project I've ever done. ?!? !? It was partly inspired by the new Star Trek movie, so think Star Trek meets Ender's Game concept and feel-wise. I want to capture the insecurity of being a teenager who's growing up too fast and taking on the world and responsibilities, all the insecurity and pain and confusion and winging it and humor and ridiculousness, through the lens of, y'know, teens in space.
Currently I'm writing the first episode and planning out the first season. I'll probably write a post on this later but essentially, I'm fully planning on putting this on Soundcloud/possibly iTunes and making it as legit as one person with a microphone and a Chromebook can. I'm ordering a fancy new microphone at the end of the month. I have podcast-editing software available. I'll be consulting people during the writing and recording of it. I'll possibly have some guest voices as I figure this out along the way. I'm going to get some official-looking cover art not done by me. I want to release the first season sometime early next summer, so keep an eye out for more news. In the meantime, you can stalk the Pinterest board.
(It's a little nervewracking putting this out there in public, to be honest. It's a big deal for me, and a big task, and I don't know if I'm up to it. But I sure hope I am.)
|a small look at the board, which i'm rather proud of honestly.|
Preparing for NaNoWriMo. AKA preparing to suffer. I posted about my novel last week, so you should know a little more about that, but I've been busy putting together a semi-outline and trying to get my crap together before this thing starts. I've only ever written one fantasy thing in the past -- Crimson Gods, my child I must edit one day -- and as much as I loved the story, that first draft is a trainwreck. I'm not going to make that mistake again.
i'm actually going to have place names this time instead of using "*insert fantasy name here* every time. I'm also getting off to a fresh start this year, so if you haven't followed my new NaNoWriMo account, hit me up!
Possibly considering a newsletter thingy. Is this something you guys would subscribe to/care about? It would include extra writing news and snippets and aesthetics and such from yours truly, random mini book reviews or movie reviews or show reviews about things I'm into lately, inspiring quotes, perhaps some of my poetry, just a weekly or bi-weekly dose of things that have been inspiring me and will hopefully inspire you too. If this is something you would want to see let me know so I can put it together for you!
Reading nonfiction writing books! Would highly recommend Stephen King's ON WRITING (duh) and also my new favorite from John Scalzi, YOU'RE NOT FOOLING ANYONE WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR LAPTOP TO A COFFEE SHOP: SCALZI ON WRITING. It's practical, blunt, to-the-point, not mushy, and way more inspiring than most of the other writing books I've read. If you want to laugh and also get a practical slap in the face, go for it.
Functioning as a human with a job. Ughhhhh the money is good and the job doesn't suck but I'm still trying to get used to dealing with scheduling out my time a little better.
Writing for Youer Than You. An awesome and inspiring new lifestyle blog! I was asked to write for them weekly and I jumped on the chance. The ladies I'm writing with are real, funny, honest, emotional, and write about every topic for teens and twenty-somethings you could want. I've posted several times now and loved the experience. Check us out!
|also that blog design, man, it gives me life|
So many other things that I don't even have time to list them all. Needless to say, I've been up to my ears in creative stuff lately, and I couldn't be happier. I'm starting to figure out career paths, what I can do with my life, what's possible. (that's a whole separate post.) I'm starting to be happier, healthier, more creative, going for the things I want to do.
It's pretty awesome.
what's inspiring you? what creative exploits have you been up to lately? should i put out an inspiring newsletter? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.