Visual Inspiration:More Prairie Skies by Clarence - via Flickr
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I have nothing much to say about the picture, other than it’s breathtaking. As my schedule has filled up recently, I find that I am becoming more and more homesick. The prairie, the sky…they are bittersweet for me, both soothing and harsh at the same time.

Visual Inspiration:More Prairie Skies by Clarence - via Flickr

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I have nothing much to say about the picture, other than it’s breathtaking. As my schedule has filled up recently, I find that I am becoming more and more homesick. The prairie, the sky…they are bittersweet for me, both soothing and harsh at the same time.

AUDIO INSPIRATION - TI PREGO, MEMORY MAN by A Winged Victory For The Sullen

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen is relatively new to my ears, though they’ve been around for a few. What they capture perfectly in their music is a relaxed and atmospheric sense of wonder that is rarely replicated by anyone else, in my opinion. It isn’t oppressive but rather lightly playing around you and letting you come to your own conclusions. Great for a session of writing, brainstorming, or just relaxing.

THOUGHTS: Embarking On Something New

Like many writers out there, I’ve found myself sitting on several manuscripts in various states of existence - some outlined, some first drafts in need of an edit, and a very few finished. I’m certainly not for want of some writing to do. Still, it is a bit disconcerting that I have this fear of returning to these old works and actually completing them. Perhaps it’s the concern that they might be ruined, or that no one will like them, or any number of other excuses I could toss out. The point is I have some work to do and simply haven’t done it.

However, this is something that I am forcing myself to correct, though not in the way I probably should. Rather than tackling these projects head on…I’m starting a completely new one. While that may seem like a horrible idea, I feel that I should see something all the way through, straight from beginning to end, before going back and revisiting my older pieces. This way, I avoid all of the hang-ups of dwelling in the past and trying to find my creative spark in those worlds, as well as hopefully carrying the momentum from this project back on to those. Risky & stupid? Maybe. But I’m doing it, so too late.

In any case, this new project will also take me a bit out of my comfort zone as well in many respects. A horror screenplay under the working title of HAPPY, it will force me to not just focus on the descriptions that I so love in fiction and poetry, but instead on the characters and dialogue as the driving force of the plot. Additionally, while I revel in tales of horror, madness, and fantasy, pulling them off well in my own writing is something I’ve been working on and still need to refine. I’m well aware of the tropes in the horror genre and I hope that I can create new ways to scare and unnerve an audience with this effort.

As I go, I’ll be updating my progress here so feel free to follow along. Hopefully, in the next few months, I’ll have something that will chill you to the bone!

AUDIO INSPIRATION: I Gaer by Sigur Ros

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I feel this matches perfectly with this week’s V.I. Sigur Ros’ atmospheric rock ebbs and flows between intense and reflective, bringing forth an entire range of emotion over a 6:30 time frame. While lead singer Jonsi’s voice is heartbreaking in its yearning, it’s often the interludes between verses that tell the stronger story. Certainly Sigur Ros is a band I feel everyone should be listening to, but if nothing else, simply close the blinds, put on your headphones, crank it up to 11, and let this song take you away.

VISUAL INSPIRATION: Ancestral Home by Fran Molloy - via Flickr
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Living in the big city certainly has its perks. However, as a mid-western guy, I long for a return to the quiet and the wide-open spaces. Combine that with a head full of romantic and fantastic ideas and locales and you get the picture above. A terrific feeling of isolation (an odd thing to say, I know) in the middle of a gathering storm, with the bare remnants of humanity there to provide shelter. Awe-inspiring, terrifying, and exhilarating all at the same time.

VISUAL INSPIRATION: Ancestral Home by Fran Molloy - via Flickr

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Living in the big city certainly has its perks. However, as a mid-western guy, I long for a return to the quiet and the wide-open spaces. Combine that with a head full of romantic and fantastic ideas and locales and you get the picture above. A terrific feeling of isolation (an odd thing to say, I know) in the middle of a gathering storm, with the bare remnants of humanity there to provide shelter. Awe-inspiring, terrifying, and exhilarating all at the same time.

AUDIO INSPIRATION: THE CHACONNE (feat. Matthew Santos) by Dessa

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To go along with the Visual Inspiration this week, I thought a sweet little trip-hoppish song would fit perfectly. I tend to think in terms of images, more specifically camera angles and movement. This song brings about a somber moment, walking amongst rain-splashed streets trying to get back on top of your life. The beats and the mixture of Dessa’s lighter, slightly smokey voice and Matthew Santos’ sweet refrain make a great dichotomy and, more importantly, tell a clear and heartbreaking story. One of my favorites.

PS: This isn’t the best quality recording, so I highly recommend checking out the iTunes preview to hear the difference.

VISUAL INSPIRATION: 6th Street Grittyscape by Lori Bucci - via Flickr
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In a Noir type of mood today. No rhyme or reason…just needed to see something gritty! Enjoy!

VISUAL INSPIRATION: 6th Street Grittyscape by Lori Bucci - via Flickr

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In a Noir type of mood today. No rhyme or reason…just needed to see something gritty! Enjoy!

AUDIO INSPIRATION - SANDSTORM by Peter Gabriel, from PASSION: MUSIC FOR THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

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So this is another double up on an album since I’ve started this blog (I listen to a wide variety of music, I swear!) but when you’re looking for weird and exotic, rarely can one do better than Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. And while my previous entry from this album is a bit softer and reflective, SANDSTORM is 100% ominous. It’s an oncoming storm, a traveler lost in a foreign land where danger lurks around every corner, salvation just over the next rise but always out of reach. This was the second album that I ever bought (The first one was Peter Gabriel’s US, when I was 11 years old…this one I bought 3 days later. I’ve been a fan ever since), and to this day I continue to be obsessed with the vocal and instrumental textures - and genius - of this album.

VISUAL INSPIRATION - ICE CHIMNEY by Jeroen Fransen - via Flickr
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It’s always been a dream of mine to travel more, to see exotic and far off locales and just explore the world. Unfortunately, my financial situation doesn’t allow for travel on a moment’s notice (though if anyone is willing to fund me, I am certainly open for discussion). Perhaps this is why I prefer to write fantasy.
As it is, the next best method of travel - aside from whatever my mind comes up with - is through photographs. And this one is a corker. Looking down the length of an ice chimney in Iceland, the light plays off the waving texture of the tunnel in such a weird and mysterious way, like an undulating passage to another world caught mid-wave. I wish I could find out what was on the other side.

VISUAL INSPIRATION - ICE CHIMNEY by Jeroen Fransen - via Flickr

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It’s always been a dream of mine to travel more, to see exotic and far off locales and just explore the world. Unfortunately, my financial situation doesn’t allow for travel on a moment’s notice (though if anyone is willing to fund me, I am certainly open for discussion). Perhaps this is why I prefer to write fantasy.

As it is, the next best method of travel - aside from whatever my mind comes up with - is through photographs. And this one is a corker. Looking down the length of an ice chimney in Iceland, the light plays off the waving texture of the tunnel in such a weird and mysterious way, like an undulating passage to another world caught mid-wave. I wish I could find out what was on the other side.

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