feed your brain // creative life #27:00 AM
A segment thing with no specific rules, in which I get to ramble about my creative brain lately.
The first time I did this I ranted about all of the creative exploits I'd been up to lately. I have lots of things I'm planning now, but I'm going to take this post in a different direction, seeing as this is right after NaNo. I'm burnt out from novel writing. I've been so focused on churning out allll the words (all almost 100k of them, help me) that now that I have a chance to breathe, I'm running on empty. And I'm trying to refuel. For me, that means stepping away from my own words and consuming as much stuff from other people as I can. I have to fill myself back up with inspiration and good stories so I can come back and get my brain working and newly energized again.
Bring on alllll the things.
For your entertainment and hopefully your inspiration, here are the things I've been throwing at myself for the past week or so, the things that fill me with ALL the creative energy and inspiration. They're quite awesome.
There's just so much to love about the latest insanity from Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, definitely not excluding that gorgeous cover. This is a carefully-crafted, intricate story that continues where ILLUMINAE left off and yet holds its own and also your attention because it gets real horrifying real fast. The format is rich and it's easy to flip through the pages and fangirl over them/catch all the easter eggs for the rest of your life. The story is as rich and intense as the format itself, and it grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until your head is spinning and your brain has been blown into little teeny pieces and everything you love has been through hell and back at least five or six times.
15/10 would reccommend if you want to moan because you will never create something this unique and well-done. It is, however, a good thing to strive for, and gets me wanting to experiment with storytelling format and also help them get more hardcore YA sci-fi out there.
|you reading the whole book|
I aspire to write sci-fi as weird as this.
|THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS AND MORBID SHOW I SWEAR|
This has been on repeat almost exclusively on my Spotify for two days straight now and counting (with no end in sight). It's one of those weird songs I stumbled across and fell in love with instantly, and when I came upon the music video...I loved it even more. WHAT IS IT GUYS. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. BUT THE INSPIRATION IS REAL. I'm in love with everything about this. The catchiness of the song. His voice, which is rich and a little bit magical. How the video is so simple and at the same time so mysterious and brings up so many questions and paints such a vivid story. The singer's expressions in the video, the way he blends song and story together so seamlessly and makes this character without a name real in just a few shots. The lyrics. The fact that the whole song has this hardcore, haunting quality to it that gives you such vivid images. My imagination has officially been triggered. I'M GOING TO WRITE SO MANY STORIES.
(As a matter of a fact, the feel of this song is the first thing I've come across that so perfectly captures the feel of this future story of mine.)
I definitely am not a lil bit in love with Mulder, the conspiracy theorist dork with all the lame jokes.
Technically not a thing that's inspiring me, because it's...my own thing. don't judge me. It is, however, a thing I am returning to after months and months of leaving it in the hands of beta readers. The feedback in, I'm homesick for my murder child, and it's time to whip this next draft into place.
Also, I kind of feel like it's going to be the last draft for a while.
I feel like it's almost as finished as I can make it right now.
So what do you intend to do with Pariah once you finish it? you ask me. To which I answer that I have a lot of plans and they involve guts and prayers and no, not self publishing. That's not my route.
BUT. This story has been on my heart for a while and I feel I owe it the chance to get it out into the world and into the hands of alllll the peeps. So. There are definitely plans. It's scary, but it feels like a good time to start taking the next steps.
|SO MUCH ADULTING.|
See you on Tuesday.
what's been inspiring you lately? what gets your creative wheels turning? watching any good shows? feed my brain. suggest allllll the good things.