WRITER WEDNESDAY: 50,000 Words in 3 Days

WRITER WEDNESDAY: 50,000 Words in 3 Days

Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

I wanted to share something with you today. This week, the second week of June 2015, has been my best writing week in two years, and by the end of the weekend, unless something really unexpected happens, it’s going to be my best writing week EVER.

VLOG: Do Everything

VLOG: Do Everything

I’ve talked before about feeling overwhelmed with all the things I’m doing and all the things I need to do and everything that’s going on all the time.

Right now I’m behind on my writing, I’m not vlogging every weekday like I should be, Vloganovel is sporadic and Garrett’s Games certainly doesn’t have the viewership I’d love for it to have.

And NONE of these things, nor all of them combined are providing my full income so I take editing jobs to finish paying the bills, and that time just eats even more into all my other time like my writing time and YouTube time and gaming time.

It can be frustrating because no one avenue is where I want it to be…yet.

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life. Some people… …maybe a lot of people… …maybe even MOST people… …really aren’t fond of the idea of personal responsibility. In artists, this takes many forms. Maybe a writer signed with a publisher, and they’re unhappy with how that publisher is promoting their book, or how the cover was designed, or how the publisher and a major retailer are engaged in a dispute that’s affecting the author’s sales. These authors will complain about the publisher forever, but their book still isn’t selling. Or maybe an author hasn’t finished a book and wonders endlessly WHAT they should write. Should they write in a popular genre, or something more literary? Should they start out by writing a lot of short stories, or go right in for a novel? These authors will ask questions for eternity and never finish a book. It’s very popular, and not just among artists, to place responsibility for one’s own life in the hands of other people. It’s not hard to understand this impulse. After all, responsibility is often incorrectly associated with blame. And if you’re to blame for what’s going wrong with your art career, well that sucks, doesn’t it? I’ve got a news flash for you. Responsibility and blame are not the same thing. Blame faces backward in time. It says, “THIS happened and it’s YOUR fault!” Blame knocks people down. Blame makes you feel bad about yourself. Blame, shame, regret, three parts of the same package. Responsibility is best summed up in a single sentence: “Here’s what I’m going to do.” I’m going to self-publish. I’m...
Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block

Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life. It’s been a busy, busy, busy few days slash week slash whatever. And one thing that’s been cool about it is I’ve been doing a LOT more video recently. I finished editing my first sketch for the We Make Movies channel, which you should totally go subscribe to. I’m mid editing my SECOND sketch for that channel, which is going to be absolutely amazing. I did a little behind the scenes video about using Microsoft’s Surface Pro on a film set. Video, video, video, which is all great, awesome, I love it, but it has detracted from my writing time a little bit. And by a little bit, I mean I haven’t written anything this week. Now, a lot of people have this problem. They either don’t have time for their writing, or they say they have “writer’s block.” I’ve been pretty vocal about writer’s block before, but let’s talk about it. I personally believe that there’s no such thing as writer’s block. Writer’s block means that you CANNOT PHYSICALLY type any more words into your book. This is never true. I mean, it might be difficult if your hands have been cut off. And actually, if that’s the case, um, sorry for being insensitive. It must be very difficult. Sorry. But for most people, YOU CAN ALWAYS WRITE WORDS. I think what most people mean when they say “Writer’s Block” is a crushing sense of depression and insecurity that prevents them from writing words into their book because they’re afraid those words won’t be good enough. AND YOU KNOW...
Your Life is Insignificant

Your Life is Insignificant

(OR THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD. YOUR CHOICE.) For those who saw “Cosmos.” Fly an HD camera far enough beyond the edge of the known universe and point it back at us, somehow centered on Earth. Imagine this HD camera can see the entire known universe. Now take the center pixel of that image — the center PIXEL, which on most HD screens is too small to see with the naked eye — and zoom in until it’s the size of your entire HD screen (which, by the way, increases its area more than TWO MILLION TIMES). Now your screen will JUST about cover the Virgo Supercluster. About a tenth of your screen is the Local Group, a smattering of about 54 galaxies that include the Milky Way. You’re still centered on Earth, right? Well, take that center pixel — the one too small to see — and again expand it until it’s the size of your whole screen again. Again, a magnification of more than two million times. Now you’re in the middle of the Local Group, but if you were looking JUST at the local group and there was nothing else out there, you’d see mostly blackness. That’s because the space between the galaxies in the group is as great, proportionately, as the space between the stars within the galaxies themselves. Repeat the magnification TWICE more. You still can’t see anything familiar — the Milky Way Galaxy is only TWO PIXELS on your screen. At this point you’ve magnified, from your original viewpoint, not: 2 million plus 2 million plus 2 million plus 2 million...