Creative Souls

Sunday Share – Project: Aesop’s Fables

I love being able to promote friend’s projects and this week I get to introduce an interesting one from my friend Tony called Project: Aesop’s Fables. Tony has armed himself with an iPad that he is using to reimagine these tales in the form of images and storyboards. He takes an unique perspective on these tales and gives it his reworking via digital art.  Just a couple of the illustrations are shown below, click on the picture to link that individual post.

I think this project is going to be an interesting one and I’m looking forward to seeing more of these as the project progresses.  So go, check it out, give a little love to one the most creative people I have the pleasure of knowing!

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Dangling Delights

I’m busy counting days until NaNoWriMo begins… 8 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes as a matter of fact.  This means I’ve been busy trying to get my proverbial affairs in order before the madness and chaos that is novel writing take over.  It’s an affliction, I know, but here I am at 8 days, 7 hours and ugh, 41 minutes until NaNo begins and I still haven’t made a final decision about which novel I’m going to write.  No pressure, right?

So instead of writing about something I’ve created, I’m going to post pictures of someone else’s fabulous creations.  These lovely earrings were created by my LunaSeas partner for the shop.  She’s made three pairs so far, but I think the tourmalated quartz are my favorites so far.  Theses may not make it as far as the shop.  🙂
Eep, only 8 days, 7 hours, and 27 minutes left!

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Creative Souls- J.B. Drake

In a room of brick,
Without windows or doors,
I am imprisoned.
My body, mind, and soul fatigued from lack of sleep-
For here to rest is to die.
My skin is pale from never seeing sunlight.
It feels like I’ve been here for centuries,
Alone. There is no one to talk to-
Only the darkness.
The darkness that imprisons me.

I pace back and forth across the stone floor,
Cursing the darkness. “I must be going crazy,
“I say “It sounds like you are breathing!”
“Of course I’m breathing,
How else would I still be alive?”
I walk toward the corner the voice came from.
“What are you, why haven’t you spoken before?”
“I am a man not a shadow'” he says
I felt his hand touch my arm.
“And I’ve been here for ages.”

“Why didn’t you say anything before?” I ask.
“Because I’m afraid.” he says.
“I’m afraid to speak or to move.
“His hand moved to my face.
“You shouldn’t be,” I tell him.
“But it is impossible to escape!”
His voice broke into sobs.”
We can never escape.”

For the first time in many years,
A ray of sunlight slips through a crack in the wall.
In the dim light,
I can see his handsome tear-stained face.
It lifted into a look of confidence.
“There is still hope left,” I say to him.
He kisses me and smiles.
“Yes, and now we know we aren’t alone.”
~J.B. Drake

What do you get when you throw together a dash of sarcasm, a gallon of wit, and a large measure of creativity? J.B. Drake, a 21-year-old student, aspiring chef , and writer. I could say more (such as his sense of humor is possibly darker than mine!), but why not let him speak for himself?

What is your primary creative outlet?
My main creative outlet is definitely writing. I currently have two WIP novels and thinking of starting a few more soon. I’m also working on the script to a play and I write poems and short stories whenever the inspiration hits.

Are you involved in other artistic/creative endeavors?
I’m also involved with the culinary arts (which I’m currently in college for) and some visual arts (at the moment limited to drawing whenever I’m bored but I hope that changes soon).

What artistic mediums or materials do you use? (If you’re a writer, what genre/writing styles?)
When it comes to genre, I tend to write fantasy, horror, erotica and historical fiction. Most of what I write involves a strong thread of the supernatural and tends to walk the line between horror and fantasy. Most of it is dark and twisted, including my erotic romances and comic relief scenes. I do like to experiment with genre and writing style and there are probably very few genres that I don’t want to take a stab at.

What are your favorite subjects for creative works?
I guess the main subject I cover are LGBT issues. So far, most of what I’ve written has at least one gay character in it. The recurring themes of my stories tend to be either forbidden love, struggling with one’s own identity, and a world hostile to one’s very existence. Other subjects are probably the nature of good and evil, the way power corrupts and the fragility of innocence.

What are your inspirations? Where do your ideas come from?
I get ideas from many places. I have had an active imagination since childhood and a lot of plot ideas come from there. I also get inspired from conversations both online and off, true crime media and also other fiction that I throw against the wall in disappointment and frustration.

Favorite quote:
“I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound — if I can remember any of the damn things.” — Dorothy Parker

Favorite artist/writer/musician/creative soul:
There are far too many to list.

In Your Own Words:
Writing is the ultimate tool to probe the human psyche. From finding the deepest desires and hidden horror, it uncovers aspects of ourselves that we all share as a species.

Where can your works be found?
In the future, I will post some poetry and short stories on my blog: http://drakescrimsonink.blogspot.com/
I haven’t updated it in a while, but I hope to get back to it soon.

Check out J.B.’s blog and stay tuned to this blog for more creative souls.

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Creative Souls – Katje van Loon

transit stories

my journal is filled with notes on bus routes

schedules

so i may safely get to where i’m going

the next station in my life.

but/and i desperately

wish to break away from this,

to just get on a bus

without noting its number or name

or asking what its sign is and just trusting in this

perfect stranger that could run me over and make me part of the

history of this city’s streets

and to go, go farther than the eye can see

and farther still

till i know nothing of anything

anymore

and still keep going.

and then, when i see something unfamiliar and yet

home

i’ll pull the string and hop off, letting my return-path

squeal and screech away

under its heavy burden of my fellow runaways.

and i’ll stand

looking around

in my new place of existence

a place to expand the zone

of my conformity, my

comfort,

and someone walking by

will stop

and say

how came you by

this hidden land?

and i’ll smile and know

all the stories i read

are true.

~Katje van Loon

I believe in letting creative works speak for themselves and this poem from Katje van Loon certainly says a lot about the talent of its composer. Katje (aka Jana Pierce-von Loon) is a twenty-two year old student who speaks with a surprising maturity and passion. Don’t take my word for it, however. Let’s hear from Katje herself….

What is your primary creative outlet?
Writing. I am a voracious writer, having many journals filled up with rambling, three WIP novels going on, several pieces of random prose, and a few books-worth of poems.

Are you involved in other artistic/creative endeavors?
Yes. I’ve been involved in theatre for roughly two decades now, starting with a brief foray into modelling and then moving into the fields of acting and technical work. I sing and dance as well, most notably being the lead singer for the band Hrunting!, and soon I hope to re-branch into modeling of a different sort.

What artistic mediums or materials do you use?
For writing, a pen and paper for my rough drafts. I then type up using OpenOffice, and the typing up produces my second draft. For theatre I use whatever is at hand. For modeling, my camera is my Nikon CoolPix digital camera and my setting is the world around me.

What are your favorite subjects for creative works?
The human condition in general, really. I use the genre of speculative fiction to tell tales of it, but whether I’m writing about actual humans or Magi or whatever else, I’m still writing about the human condition. I’m also a hopeless romantic who believes in sacred sexuality, so my stories do focus on love and sex as topics as well, and how they’re dealt with in the societies I’m writing about, and whether that should be the ‘norm’ or not.
Another topic I touch on is power — who has it, how they use it, and is it really any better when one group has it versus another? My current story deals with a matriarchal society and explores whether or not women would do any better than men have with that sort of power. Following that, my works are decidedly feminist — meaning I do not write my female characters from a male-dominated viewpoint.

What are your inspirations? Where do your ideas come from?
Everything, really. Sometimes an idea will come from my studies of mythology, or sometimes something I see on my daily walk to school will inspire me. Other times I’ll come up with a title and create a story around it.
As far as people as inspirations, my mother is my major one. She’s a writer as well, and the first (and continuing) example I ever had of a strong woman. She used to live alone with her dogs up in the north, where she ran her own store, danced as a saloon girl, worked as a bar wench carrying twenty-pound trays on one arm back and forth across the room, and beat the living hell out of someone when he took his inappropriate behavior a step too far. Nowadays she writes her books and takes care of, well, everything in her life with vigor and grace you wouldn’t expect from a survivor of the World’s Worst Divorce (or WWD, as we call it). She is my perfect example of a blending of roles — warrior, mother, bard, priestess, lover — and most of my female characters are based on an aspect of her in some way.

Favorite quote:
“Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway.” -Mahatma Ghandi.
“In isolation, one can never be great.” — Kaimana Wolff (aka Eva van Loon, my mother).

Favorite artist/writer/musician/creative soul :
I have a long list, but the writer in my field that I admire the most is Ursula K. LeGuin. My favorite artist is a friend of mine named Autumn Skye Morrison .

In Your Own Words:
The most important thing to remember is not to strive for relevance. Things will be relevant to the right person at the right time — it’s not something you can try to achieve. Relevancy is not a goal. This is something I try to remind myself of everyday, every time I write. And I find in my most trivial ramblings, someone finds something true. Then I know I’ve done my job.

Where can your works be found?
My short prose and some poetry can be found at http://muertastears.wordpress.com/ . My website is http://ca.geocities.com/mtimpri/index.htm/ . Starting in early 2009 my novel Bellica will be found in your local bookstore (gods willing).

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Creative Souls – Genevieve Wood

Every so often, I find myself blessed to be in the company of other writers. Whether it’s online or over coffee, I’m always intrigued to hear their experiences and eager to devour any work they might share. I only wish that I could take my readers along for these conversations, to let them experience some of the talent that is out there. Fortunately, I’m able to introduce you today to the work of one of those writers, Genevieve Wood.

“As the world fades, do you hear them? With life slipping from your grasp, do you hear the giant mushrooms as they flirt and philosophize? Do you see the golden spores of their conversation and mating dance? Did it ever even occur to you to try and listen? You saw them, certainly, towering above you on slender stalks, stretching towards the sun with giant rounded cap. You saw the colors dotting their skin, with blues and purples and greens. You saw the golden spores falling out from their underside to be caught by the wind and fly about. But even with all the power you had, all the instruments to detect the tiniest particles and what they might mean, it never occurred to any of you to monitor the differences from one spore to another. Never occurred to see if they were just giant plants. Listen, then. I will tell you the story from their point of view. As we stand between the worlds, I give you one last choice. One last chance to avert what you created.” ~~Quote from Genevieve Wood’s Communication Is Life
So who is this person who draws in readers with talk of spores and last chances? Genevieve is a talented 31-year-old author and SAHM who has agreed to speak about her own creativity here.
What’s your primary creative outlet?
I write fiction. A lot of fiction. When I’m done with that, I write OTHER fiction. I have no life, but lots of product!

Are you involved in other creative endeavors?
Well, I like to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, that sort of thing – I find it relaxing. But I don’t view it as creative the way my fiction is – I’m following a pattern. The garden I’m going to make for my husband’s train set, on the other hand, is true creativity – I haven’t the foggiest idea what I’m doing. That makes it fun.

What genres do you enjoy writing?
Science fiction and especially fantasy, to be specific, these days leaning towards young adult. I like coming of age stories and love stories, and how they work together. And I adore stories where nothing is as it seems to be at the beginning.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I try to start with a character. If I don’t have an idea of one of the main characters, I can’t write. And I take bits and pieces from dreams, conversations with people, books that I read where I wish someone had done this instead of that. I write what I want to read, mostly, and hope that other people like it too.

Where can we find more of your work?
I have two webnovels, one at http://www.warriorsofthesungod.com and one at iamsubversive.com. I also have a blog of writing prompts at genevieve-wood@blogspot.com.

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A million thanks to Genevieve for sharing her work and words with us. Check out her webnovels and if anyone knows a good publisher, put in a word for her!

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Creative Souls – Krys

I seem to meet more local creative souls on Etsy and myspace than I do going to festivals, shows, and artistic events. Here’s another local Etsian and fellow Monty Python fan…

Name: Krys
Age: 27!
Occupation: hair stylista

What kinds of items do you create?
I make dread falls and dread extenders, i also embroider and make anime goods!

Are you involved in other artistic/creative endeavors?
Whatever i can get my grubby lil hands on! I still love holga photography, and would love to have my own darkroom, polaroid transfer on art, and combination acrylic/sharpie

What artistic mediums or materials do you use?
For my dreads, i generally like using wool. HOWEVER, i use synthetic hair as well.

What are your favorite subjects for creative works?
People! I love seeing people wear my stuff.

What are your inspirations? Where do your ideas come from?
Oh geez….from my demented mind? anime, gothic beauty and old photo albums

Favorite quote:
“Life is a noun, live is a verb….TAKE ACTION!”

In Her Own Words:
“Got an anime/scifi convention? I can help!”

Interested in Krys’ work? She has a wonderfully titled Etsy shop complete with a Cthulhu avatar: Dreaded Kreations.

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Creative Souls – Introducing Me

I’m still waiting for responses from a couple of my favorite creative people and I realized that I haven’t properly introduced myself. Hi everybody!

Name: Chris
Age: Mid-30’s, going on ancient crone.
Occupation: Crafter & Creator of All Things Handmade
Creative Mediums: Quilting, Sewing, Painting, Photography, Jewelry Making, Writing, Crocheting, and anything else that crosses my path.
Favorite Materials: words, stone beads, anything that can be recycled or upcycled
Favorite Subjects: Nature, especially water and plants; Old cemeteries
Inspirations: Everything. I find inspiration everywhere and from all variety of things and people. An old pair of children’s hiking boots at a yard sale inspired an entire log garden filled with pots made of odd things found at thrift stores and flea markets. I just never know when that creative spark will happen.
Favorite Colors: various shades of purple and greys
Favorite Quote: “I’m… complicated.” – Dorian Gray (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
Where to find my creations: Online at my shops (see links to the right), local festivals and fairs

In My Own Words:

I’ve been crafting since childhood, introduced to it at an early age by the industrious and creative women in my family. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in a range of projects and still enjoy learning new skills. My passion for photography and writing I owe to my father, who encouraged me to pursue both from an early age. For many years, my creative projects served as pleasurable hobbies.

A dozen or so years ago, I began to vend at small, local fairs and markets and haven’t looked back. Good fortune allowed me to leave the 9 to 5 world two years ago to pursue arts and crafts full-time. For the first time I ventured into online sales and my inner geek has been immensely pleased ever since. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, filled with amazing experiences and phenomenal people.

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Creative Souls – Introducing Tony

One of my goals with this blog is to introduce other creative people that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in my travels. So without further ado…

Tony (aka Sweet T) is a long-time friend and artist. Working primarily in paints, he creates thought-provoking, primitive images. While his full-time job keeps him away from his easel for long stretches, he’s been kind enough to share two of his most recent works here.

Name: Tony (aka Sweet T)
Age: early 30’s
Occupation: Full-time corporate slave in the educational testing field
Artistic mediums: paint, chalk, pastels
Favorite subjects: angels, winged things
Inspirations: the unknown (and possibly a nightmare or two)
Favorite quote: “I’m just buildingcharacter.”

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