What Did You Create This Week?



It's all about you this week!  I want you to tell me what you're working on, even if it isn't part of the "23 in '13" Challenge.  

What did you create this week? 

Are you writing short stories or songs?  Are you painting landscapes or drawing comics?  Are you blogging or podcasting?  I want to know!

Tell me what you're creating by replying in the comments below.  

Have a great week!
John Anealio

PS: The fantastic artwork above is by the amazing Natalie Metzger.

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  2. A couple of days ago, I got word from the editor of Tales of the Talisman that he accepted my steampunk sonnet, "The Kestrel", for publication. A couple of weeks before that, I won an informal poetry contest at the Apex Publications website, and they publish my entry on their blog. Suddenly, things are popping for me in the SF poetry world.

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    1. Sorry, this is Stace Johnson. I didn't realize that my comment would be anonymous.

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    2. That's great news Stace! It makes sense, considering your musical experience.

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  3. The second Accidental Sorcerers story, "Water and Chaos," went out for beta this week. The third story, "The Sorcerer's Daughter" is presenting my usual "muddle in the middle" issues, but the ending is fun enough that I want to share it with the world… so that means, muddle until it's done, then clean up.

    I'm also writing a short story, using characters from The Crossover world (which is the same world as Accidental Sorcerers, but eight hundred years earlier). This was not the sequel I was looking for, but what the heck?

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    1. Fantastic! "Muddle Until It's Done" sounds like great advice for any creative person. You should write a blog post with that title Larry! Good luck with everything.

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  4. I Suppose what I have to offer is the processing and release of some of the photos from my recent North Shore Trip.

    For example:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/8488064724/

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    1. Those photos look great Paul! Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. I am not working on my 23 in 13 challenge this week -- I'm off at a writer's retreat and I've started the forth (and last) book in the Silver Ship and the Sea series. I've gotten 25K words done in a week, which has been fabulously fun. Back to the grind later today, where the wordcount will fall from 5K a day to 5K a week.

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    1. Wow! 25K words in a week! That's fantastic Brenda. Thanks for checking in and good luck.

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  6. In short, I wrote a flash fiction piece for @ChuckWendig's blog challenge, a review, and added about 2k words to my novel WIP.

    Details here: http://pbaughman.com/blog/?p=58

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    1. Excellent Paul! Glad to hear that you are making progress on so many different projects. Good luck with everything.

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  7. Besides a bunch of typing & editing (which is what I was doing last week too), I also made a new necklace: http://hrtsmom.silkfair.com/store/item/504325-caged-tiger-beaded-necklace And I've started giving away free ebooks (mine, that is!) with purchases from my Silkfair store; I'm hoping it will spark some more sales.

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    1. The necklace looks great Trina! I think giving away a free eBook with your crafts is a great idea too! Good luck with it.

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  8. My day job has been draining me of all creativity the past few weeks, so my February challenge is now my March challenge. Sounds like an excuse, I know. Anyway, over at the Confabulator Cafe, we were challenged to write a fictionalized account of a true story. Even though I wasn't up for it, I completed it by the deadline because ... well, it was a deadline. Deadlines force me to be creative, even when I don't want to be. If you're interested, stop by and read "Going For Broke" at: http://www.confabulatorcafe.com/2013/02/going-for-broke/

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    1. Day jobs can really drain us Kevin. Good on you for working through it and meeting your deadline anyway. I've found that putting your head down and completing a creative project can be very energizing, and help you get through your day job with a more positive outlook.

      Best of luck with your writing! Thank you for sharing your new story.

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  9. This week, I managed to complete a fourth chapter for my steampunk WIP tentatively called DARKWATER. I finished up my synopsis and submitted it and the four chapters to my agent for review. Then I wrote the opening chapter of the fourth MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES, officially kicking off the next book while waiting on edits for Book Three.

    Today, I'm planning for another 6000 words on a couple of short stories; but at 3:00 pm, this is a lofty goal. We will see.

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    1. That's awesome Tee! Great to hear that you are making so much progress on your various projects.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well with you.

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  10. Wow, this project is really keeping me motivated! When I feel lazy, I remember it and don't want to get behind, so I get busy.

    My commitment was to do at least 23 blog posts this year (historically I've gotten around to maybe one per month) and so far I have two in January, two in February, and one in March. Granted, the first one in January was... unconventional at best, but I'm planning to do at least three in March to make up for that one.

    I realize we're only about 1/6 of the way through the year, but I'm pleased with my productivity so far. Thanks for the motivation! I'll keep you posted on my progress!

    PS Feel free to have a look at my blog any time, if you'd like. It's at http://dft.ba/-ediblogs Thanks again!

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    1. That's great! I'm delighted to hear that this project is keeping you motivated. Your blog looks great! Keep up the good work.

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  11. I've been sketching and working on stuff for the Ghibli Jam that Jake Lawrence (http://timecowboy.tumblr.com/) is doing this week, http://ghiblijam.tumblr.com/. It's just a fun thing to do and get myself doing something.

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    1. That sounds like such an awesome project Brandon! Some great artwork on both of those sites. Are any of your sketches up there yet?

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    2. No, I've just been doing a little practicing, I've never drawn these things before. You can see some stuff I've drawn here, http://bmeaker.tumblr.com/tagged/my-art.

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    3. Some great stuff there Brandon! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I reformatted "Tales of Demonicus: This Space For Rent" for the WMNF Studio@620 spring season submission solicitation; completed the early story outline for a sequel, and finished lyrics for "Time Wars Never End" (a filk that may be sung to the tune of "High School Never Ends") and "In Love with a World" (a filk that may be sung to the tune of "In Love with a Girl").

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    1. Busy, busy. That all sounds great. Best of luck with everything.

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  13. I had planned to write a short story for Chuck Wendig's challenge but didn't get it finished. Now I have a short planned for Flash Fiction Friday's challenge - a Time Travel prompt - but don't know if I'll get it done either, as I'm supposed to participate in a video podcast with a few other artists, and that's in my writing time.

    I did, however, get ahead in my Unicorn project, and finished painting a card on my own time. I'm also trying out creating a fictional map, something I haven't done before.

    High-fives to everyone for sticking with your plans! :-)

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    1. Hi Ingrid,

      There's always a balance between working on your art, and doing things (like podcasts) to promote it. I struggle with that balance myself.

      Would love to see your fictional map. Maps add so much to a fantasy novel, in my opinion.

      I'm delighted that so many folks are keeping up with this. It makes me happy. :-)

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    2. Promotion is such a mysterious creature... too much is like not enough, and not enough is like like an empty chocolate stash. Or something like that.

      But I put the map up if anyone would like to see it; it was done sticking to a strict time frame - I would definitely fix a lot of things and refine it, but I learned a lot doing it, learned some Photoshop stuff and all that. It is completely digital, but many principles in digital art are similar to traditional.

      So it's over here: www.rabidhorse.com/artblog

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    3. The map looks great Ingrid! Would love to see you do more.

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    4. So kind of you both! Now that my feet are wet doing it, I already have my world I can practice on and draw gidgets and gadgets for, and work on some finesse and such. It was fun. :-)

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    5. Excellent! I know that Paul's been making some maps lately too. You should start a cartography website! :-)

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  14. I got a lot of work done on the counted cross-stitch that I'm making for my daughter's room. I also finished all of the episode rewrites on Gwyddion for Episodes 1-9. Episode 10 is undergoing a major overhaul and that's on the to-do list this week.

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    1. Excellent!

      Good luck with Gwyddion Heather! It seems like such a big undertaking.

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  15. Song five for 25 in '13 is, as best as I can describe it, Industrial-orchestral. I've been learning to use a couple of mid-90s hardware samplers, and having a blast. This song uses an even mix of hardware and software instruments.

    http://dumpster.gotdns.com/media/23in13/Song_5-Mental_Incisions.mp3

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    1. Listening right now and it sounds great! Industrial-orchestral sound like an appropriate tag to me. Are the orchestra sounds from the hardware sampler? They sound excellent! Really. I just bought ProjectSam's Orchestral Essentials that runs through Kontakt in Logic. I worked some of the strings and brass sounds into my new piece. Still learning how to make them sound good.

      Excellent work dude. Really.

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    2. Thanks!

      Hardware samplers are taking care of most of the synths, and the weird mangled sounds (there's a cordless drill in there). The orchestra is software, East/West Symphony Orchestra Gold. I love the voices it comes with.

      Speaking of, your orchestra sounds good! I hadn't heard of that publisher before, gonna have to check them out. It gave a good punch to the end of Detective One. I particularly like the guitar tone you have going in there....clean and fat.



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    3. Cool. I heard the East/West stuff is great. I'm pretty happy with the ProjectSam stuff so far. Still learning how to use it though.

      The guitar tone is actually a preset in Logic. I can't think of the name off hand, some 60's Surf guitar thing.

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  16. I was busy preparing blog posts for the things I created that week when I saw this, and then I forgot to post about them. :) I finished editing a music video for a Mara Levi song that I shot during JoCo Cruise Crazy 3: http://angelastic.com/2013/03/05/ace-of-hearts-she-went-to-pick-flowers-mara-levi-music-video/ I'm quite pleased at how that turned out, considering how many times it seemed like I'd never get the people and places and things together to get the shots I needed. Then I hastily wrote a song parody about the many kinds of people I met on the cruise: http://angelastic.com/2013/03/05/king-of-clubs-some-people-i-met-on-the-cruise/

    I suggested you as a performer on the next cruise. :)

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    1. Awesome video Angela! Thank you for sharing it. The parody song is really good too.

      Thank you for suggesting me as a performer! Greatly appreciated.

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  17. Wow things are moving for everyone! I didn't get anything finished for this week, but did get ALOT of sketches and layouts done for a couple of maps, and also laid out (and nearly finished) an art card featuring some lettering, something I used to do way before I came on the internets. :-) I hope to have stuff to show next weekend.

    And not a bad idea about a cartography site. Might consider that.

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    1. Excellent Ingrid! Glad to hear that you are humming along with everything.

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  18. Instead of writing an 'essay'for a Fitness Challenge, I wrote a song. I grabbed my ukelele that I hadnt picked up in 3 years, (I have played other instruments since!) I tried to remember the tuning and wrote a little tune in 10 mins and posted it where it needed to go.
    Now I am trying to work out how to set up a podcast channel/RSS feed and post it for my blog ;-) I am scared it is not great and just recorded it live with my bad playing, and working out the tune as I went.. but OK is better than perfect and never heard.
    Only just discovered you John,great work and inspiration!
    I relaunched my blog and soon to be podcast channel so glad I found you, I am going to join your 23 13 Challenge and be posting/Tweeting about it.

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