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WRITING: How I Develop Projects

Every writer has a different process for falling in love with a new story, character, world. For some it’s instant, like lightning; from the moment a character appears, they loom large, taking up all available space until the writer relents and digs in. For others it takes a catalyst. I bet some can choose which to fall for and when; I envy them.

For me, it’s about visualisation and music connecting me to character.

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WRITING: Inspiration and Music II

In November 2010 I introduced Inspiration and Music, a post showing off a game I created to aid in idea development. I haven’t played the game in a long time, and I thought it might be fun to play it again publicly, with my very different musical landscape and, hopefully, keener creative instincts. Stand by for more…

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PERSONAL: Developing New Skills

I’ve always been of the mind that being good at something only requires a small seed of talent, and that the thing that divides one from the masses is hard work and passion. Some people’s innate talent saves them a lot of effort, true. But at the end of the day it’s still about investing your hours, and your elbow grease. into striving to be better. It can be easy to make time for your primary talent, the one that you see as your main priority. But it takes just as much work to develop new skills.

What new skills are you trying to build, and how are you going about it?

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MUSIC: P!nk “The Truth About Love: Addendum

Last week I gave some initial thoughts on P!nk‘s new album. Below the cut, an addendum.

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MUSIC: P!nk’s “The Truth About Love”, Initial Thoughts

I picked up a copy of P!nk‘s newest album, The Truth About Love, recently and have been listening to it quite a bit. My thoughts after the jump…

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MUSIC: Gloomy Day Playlist

There’s something of an ethereal beauty to a gloomy, chilly day. One where a small burst of rain has come and gone, leaving everything grey and feeling remote. Sometimes I think days like this are the way I love downtown best.

Most days when I’m downtown I rush to get out of the crowds, to get my coffee, to get on tithe next thing. Today, upon reaching the Ryerson campus, I just sat down outside to listen to music and enjoy the day. Below are a few tracks that capture the feeling of a day like this…

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MUSIC: A Sunday Wake Up and Kick the Morning’s Ass Mix

I am not just a dour writing-all-the-time writer person. I, like many of my generation, am prone to impromptu solo dance parties. If you want to join me, check out the songs I’ve been enjoying this fine morning below…

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MUSIC: Being a Writer Playlist

A brief playlist that strikes at the heart of some of my feelings about writing and being a writer…

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PIRACY AND MEDIA: Let’s Take It Personally

The issue of piracy in media is overwhelming, with practically everyone lining up on each side of the argument. Some say that piracy is destroying the industry, while others are saying that it’s not having nearly the effect it seems to. The thing is, there’s been plenty of top-down approaches to fixing the problem, many of them disastrous (like SOPA/PIPA and DRM).

I’m not saying top-down approaches are doomed. What I am saying is that us individuals, whether artists/creators or not, have more power than deciding which top-down approach we support or villify. We can make a difference individually, one person at a time. Some by buying as much media as we can. However, not all of us have that much in the way of discretionary income, so there’s only so much we can do to expand our support with our own money.

But that isn’t the only option.

For example, I’ve been thinking about why pirates download media, particularly music, and how we as individuals can approach it differently than corporations…

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MUSIC: Now For Some Fun…

What am I listening to these days?

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