I wish I could say I’ve got a good memory, but that isn’t much the case anymore. Too much on my mind, too much to do. I’ve got three different writing projects on hand (maybe four, we’ll see), and they are all passion projects — but with vastly different stories and flavors. One of them will be announced on January 8th at Image Expo: my first foray into creator-owned comics. Which basically means that I’ll be “following my freak” and seeing where that takes me.
“Following your freak” means following your imagination, no matter where it goes. I’ve been mulling over this a lot lately — the importance of exploring all those crazy impulses and visions that come out of no where and inspire us in some truly random ways. The most off-hand crazy jokes often, and suddenly, become fabulous and insane ideas for novels. Which happened to me the other day via a hilarious text conversation — pretty much the pattern for the last year or so of late night discussions where there’s too much pie involved, and too little sleep. It’s the best, getting inspired like that, with friends laughing all around you. Even if those wild little gems never become something more, the way they were born is something warm and special.
It’s important not to be afraid when exploring new and unusual ideas, ideas that excite you — and also make you uneasy. It’s okay to feel uneasy. Just don’t let uneasiness become paralysis. Maybe this new idea isn’t all it’s cracked up to be — after the bloom wears off. But you won’t know unless you explore it.
Follow your freak. Follow your imagination. Follow what excites you.
[I’ve been in Indiana, spending time with family, tromping through the woods, hanging out with my messy lovely books, eating the few persimmons left on the trees, and hugging cats…there’s never enough time for any of those things, really]