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 #113: NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN – EXCEPT YOU

Alex and Chris discuss the plight of one of Alex’s students who discovered a story he was working on was very similar to a story already out there. What is a creative to do when influences show, or an original idea has been thunk by others, too. The answers, including examples from film, television, and music, and some very crucial advise, is offered this week, all as part of what it takes to TELL THE DAMN STORY.

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* Episodes referenced in this episode:  #84, #86, #90, #105, #108

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Tell The Damn Story #112: From Curious Creative to Indy Publisher: Juan Espinosa is A Role Model for TTDS Listeners

Juan Espinosa took his family to Alex’s Kids Comic Con at his workplace, Bronx Community College, wanting them to see Spidey and Bats. What he got was a book to read, pros to question, a podcast to listen to, and then, with the help of a loving and supportive family, he launched a comic that celebrates the every man as hero, portrays diversity as the fact of American life that it is, and shows us all that the dream is possible.

Episode #112 is a fun interview, a treasure trove of practical experience and advice for creatives, and an inspiration for Alex and Chris because one of ours is Telling The Damn Story for himself!

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*Juan Espinosa’s comic book web site click here; Gordidon.*His comic book series is, “Adventures of A System Admin.”

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For “Art of Making Comics” by Alex Simmons click here and enjoy.

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Tell The Damn Story Episode #111: FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: A HOW-TO-PURSUE CREATIVE AGENTS, CONTACTS AND GIGS.

It’s a A HOW-TO-APALOOZA this week, when Alex and Chris get down to basics.  They’re talking about how to find writing jobs, how to create a submission plan, the reality of getting gigs, how to keep going, how to deal with rejection, the idea of creativity being 1% inspiration and 99% getting your butt in the chair and doing the work, and how to make all of this happen in an extremely busy daily routine. This episode, number 111, is all about hope, folks, and all about telling the damn story.

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And PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving  your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at:

TTDSOnAir@gmail.com*

PS. As mentioned in this show, Alex’s FREE 3 video mini tips on writing mysteries can be found here.

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Tell The Damn Story #110: Marvel vs The Masters! To Be Or Not to Be Cinema, That is Question!

This week, Alex and Chris jump into the biggest movie fracas of the year: the Masters of 70’s Cinema vs. theMarvel Cinematic Auteurs! Scorsese! Copolla! Foster! Favreau! RDJ! Iger! Gunn! Are Marvel movies cinema? Are they modern versions of the classic westerns of Ford and Leone? Or the gangster flicks of Scorsese and Copolla? Our TTDS crew explores all this in our 110th episode! (Exclamation points used in tribute to Stan Lee, who kind of started this whole rumble!)

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And PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.

Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com*

PS. As mentioned in this show, Alex’s FREE 3 video mini tips on writing mysteries can be found here.

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Tell The Damn Story # 109: Lean Into the Damn Story, Pt 1

IT’S A PODCAST TEAM-UP! IT’S A CREATIVES CROSSOVER! IT’S A HELLUVA DEEP CONVERSATION!

Chris and Alex team up with the hosts of the Lean Into Art Cast, Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger, for a two-part discussion on writing, art, and finding your way through this challenging endeavor of creating for an audience.

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Part 2 from this creative quartet airs on the upcoming episode of LEAN INTO ART, which drops Thursday, October 24, 2019. Be there. Aloha.

And as always, PLEASE leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

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Tell The Damn Story #108: TO FEED THE BEAST

Every writer of any success will tell aspiring creatives to read constantly, so today Chris and Alex explore the ecstasy that is reading — with special guest … “the goddess” Tina Ryan!

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*During the show I sent out a note to folks asking what they like to read. Below are some of the replies:

Genre: Science Fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, horror, modern detectives (Lehane), comics, and non fiction.

Authors: Christopher Moore-Fool, Lamb, Sacre Bleu, Ladit, Lawrence Block, Loren Estleman, JIm Butcher, Kelly McCullough, Eliot Pattison, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jennifer Robertson …

Titles: Moby Dick, New Stan Lee Biography

Want to add some?

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Tell The Damn Story #107: Heroic Journeys … Identity, Discovery, Damage, Recovery

While attending the 2019 New York Comic Con, Alex had an opportunity to conduct a group interview with four, intelligent, creative, and caring people … Tamara Robertson (chemical & biomolecular engineer and co-host of Mythbusters Jr.) , Dr. Travis Langley (author/senior editor/psychologist), Dr. Janine Scarlet (psychologist/author), and Dustin McGuinnis (musician/podcaster).

And though Chris was not able to be there, and though there were some sound issues, we ask that you bear with us because the insight, experiences and information shared is well worth it.

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And as usual, PLEASE leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com We especially want to hear your thoughts on this one.
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