I thought I would take a second to give you all a quick update. I know I’ve been posting more photography than writing lately. I’ve been working through a few health issues, and let’s be honest, photos from my computer’s library of the years I’ve been taking pictures are much easier to upload than writing a story or poem.
But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing at all. I officially only have one scene left to rewrite of my young adult novel. Because the rewriting process has removed a chunk of my word count, there are a handful of scenes that I can add back in that I took out what seems like ages ago but will help my story’s flow overall. Then I’ll be ready to move onto the editing stage. So that’s been really exciting for me.
Just so you can get a peek into how my brain works, the short stories and poems that I put on this blog are never really…planned. They just come to me. Usually, the first line is inspired by an event, something in nature, an interaction, or just something my mind decided to make up. The rest follows. None of my short stories or poems have a designated “end,” so I’m just as surprised as you guys are to how they play out. And that’s one of the things I love about writing them. They’re spur of the moment things I have to get down then share with my readers. It’s fun for me, and I hope it’s fun for you.
Long story short, please don’t think I’m abandoning this blog, or I’m only going to be posting photography from now on. I will have more short stories and poems when I can focus more on the things around me. They will come. Inspiration is everywhere and never runs out. But I thought I would let everyone know what was going on.
Always remember to keep your imagination. For you never know the crazy places it will take you.
In celebration of seeing Wonder Woman, I decided to share this piece I drew back in 2012, during my first semester of college. It was the first project my drawing class had been assigned. The task was to draw something we felt represented ourselves, our style, and our inspiration. I chose to recreate a picture done by Jim Lee, one of my favorite DC Comics artists.
Wonder Woman has always been more than just a comic book character to me. Outside of my mom, she was the only real female figure I had. And she taught me many things. True strength comes from within, not from your muscles. No matter what size I am, I can still do anything I set my mind toward. All I need is love, compassion, and the courage to be myself. And lastly, I don’t have to be Wonder Woman to be a wonderful woman.
I won’t lie. I cried quite a bit when I saw the Wonder Woman movie. One of my childhood icons was now more than animated character or a drawing on a page. She was on a big screen in live action. She became real. That movie was everything I could have asked for and more. I was so happy to see my hero, that I couldn’t help but cry.
This is one of the things I love about books/comics/TV shows/video games/movies, etc. Usually, everyone finds their hero. That one character that stands out the most to them. The one that connects with them the most. People learn from these characters, are inspired to be their best by these characters. The list could go on.
I know there’s a difference between the real world and fantasy. I am not blind to my everyday responsibilities. But whether it’s reading a book or comic to forget myself for a little while, whether it’s playing a video game to release my frustration, whether it’s writing stories or poems to vent my feelings, fiction does help me get through this thing we call life. Just as music does. Just as chatting with family and friends does. And Wonder Woman? Well. She’s an aspect of fiction that’s helped me the most.