Mind the Art

Salutations.

It’s been over a year since I posted thoughts, ideas, or press in this particular digital storefront window.

I haven’t been creatively dry during that time – more like adrift, periodically bobbing into project shores, and then floating back out to sea.

stormyseasI blame a heavy storm of negativity for my limited activity. Negative thoughts, people, and actions on a global scale.

It’s hard to create joy and laughter when you see an almost endless stream of tears around the world. And for me, constantly using ANGER and OUTRAGE as inspirational fuel is much like powering a family camper with nitro, or playing handball with C4.

So I step back a bit, float, contemplate, or … sometimes for too long … close the shutters.

Not productive. Not self-sustaining. Not the way I wish to meet each day.

So, I’m back.

True I will not post on a daily basis because – as I said in a post some time ago – I enjoy the doing of things. And when you’re busy participating in life, you don’t always have time to comment on same.

Still, I’ll do my best.

Jeremy BritThe late actor, Jeremy Britt once told me that at certain times in his life he’d “felt like an empty vessel.” And in order to both portray a certain role, and to just live, he had to “fill it up” with elements of life.

I believe that may be true for all of us. Certainly it is for me.

To create art, one must live life. So as I am fond of saying to friends, family, and students … go forth and be brilliant.

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KID REPORTERS & THE SUICIDAL SEAMAN! Part 3 of …

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A CHILD’S CAPACITY TO COMPREHEND I have to agree with The Carpenters (old singing duo) about “Rainy Days and Mondays.”  They do have a downer slant to them.  At least that’s what I felt that drizzly Monday in … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #99: Deadly Ink Interview #2_ DimeSleuth

For the first half hour, Alex and Chris spend some quality time talking about bringing their work to the next level and Chris discusses the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, he attended two weeks ago, in all it’s glory.   From cat cozies to pulp to the traditional mystery, there’s a little something for everybody, Including Dimesleuth, a creative Instagram and Twitter page celebrating the noir crime genre.
And in the second half of the show, we meet share Chris’ interview with the man behind, DimeSleuth, who comes at the topic of story-telling from a slightly different angle.
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Alex Simmons, Alex Simmons, writer/speaker, consultant with his InkPot Award.
Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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Tell The Damn Story #98: Are Writers’ Groups First Aid, Or Blood Bath?

Chris is on a solo mission at the DEADLY INK WRITERS’ CONFERENCE meeting and learning from writers of many genres.  And of course Chris is also interviewing as many of these creatives as he can.
So in this episode Chris sits with Carol Gyzander (sci-fi, mystery, etc.), Joe Kennedy (fiction author), Teel James Glenn (writer of pulp, adventures, etc.), as they discuss the pros and cons of finding and being part of a writers’ group.
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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Tell The Damn Story #97: Dreams, Goals and Michael Uslan, The Man Who Owned Batman

Chris is back from the wilds of creative career contemplation, and Alex has returned from panels and presentations at the San Diego Comic Con!  They’re here to share some insight on the challenges of pursuing your goals and dreams. and they’re not alone. They’ve brought with them Michael Uslan, the executive producer of every Batman movie since 1989.
Actually, it’s a recording of his presentation to a packed auditorium at Comic Con International. Micheal’s pursuit of his goals and dreams will resonate with anyone who has ever imagined achieving what seemed to be impossible.
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(*Because the recording was on a small handheld device, the sound is not at the quality we would prefer. But the message is well worth the occasional bleeps, or peaks.)

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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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Tell The Damn Story #96: What’s So Great About the San Diego Comic Con?

With Alex attending the the biggest comic con on the west coast, and Chris watching social media report and respond to it from the east coast, the boys offer their own insight into the verbiage and views of commentators, comics and crowds.

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Click here for a sample of SDCC 2019

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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

 

[*Sorry we were late with this one. Sometimes globe-hopping and tech can be a serious challenge.]

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Tell The Damn Story #95: With Millions of Stories To Compete Against, What Makes Mine Better Or Different?


Many, many students ask the same question, sometimes with subtle variations. How can I come up with a new idea? Why bother, mine won’t be as good? Will anybody even read my story? How can I make mine better? And so it goes on.
In this episode, Alex Simmons explores 5 ways to address these questions and the process.

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BONUSES:

Click here to get a list of 20 Character Bio Questions to help you create yours.

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Tell The Damn Story #94: Why Do You Tell Your Damn Stories?

Writers often talk about character motivations. Basically why do they do what they do? Though that is a major question, another equally important one is, Why Do We, the Writers Do What We Do? Alex explores that question because the answer often impacts and empowers our choices for topics, plots, characters, genres, and audience.

Sometimes, more than we suspect.

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Tell The Damn Story #93: Life As A Story Pool = Inspiration, Imitation, Perspiration & Innovation

There are so many things that influence our storytelling. If we only scratch the surface we wind up repeating what’s gone before, in almost the same “voice.”

But diving deeper into our own thoughts, feelings, and experiences helps separate imitation from innovation. In this episode, Alex shares the   process that’s lead to him writing some of the most iconic characters in fiction.

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Click the link below for a Story Pool List Guide:

TTDS Life As A Story Pool

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Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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