As the crowd of fans flood into the massive Denver Convention Center, they’re herded through rows and rows of Artisans, Illustrators and Authors. Booths full of artwork, books, t-shirts, collectibles and handcrafted goods draw them in. The booth owners are calm, prepared and ready to share their wares with anyone interested.
Calm. Prepared. It’s early June – three weeks before Comic Con – and I am neither calm or fully prepared. Yet. But I’m getting there. June is a kind of frantic wonderful chaos. I’ve been gathering materials and ideas for the past several months. These last few weeks before DCC are a time of pulling things together and testing ideas. It’s the time of year when solitary writers tear themselves away from their manuscripts and step out into the world again. It’s publicity time!
I kicked off June with an awesome interview at the Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton, CO. The crew from Groovey.TV have a way of putting their guests at ease (even uber introverts like me). Here’s a peek behind the scenes on the set:
Writer Illustrator – Stan Yan, Interviewer Extraordinaire Doug “Groovey”, Camera God – Deno Apodaca
Check out Groovey.TV’s Youtube channel or their FB page for interviews with Denver Comic Con guests.
Into Zombies? Visit Stan Yan’s page for information on his latest Children’s Book Release, There’s a Zombie in the Basement
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It’s coming! A few weeks left before the superheroes, artists, actors, authors and fans return to Denver. That’s right! It’s almost Denver ComicCon time!
I’ll be there leading a panel (Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Complex Plots In Fantasy, Mystery and Suspense Thrillers) and signing books. Look for me under the two HUGE LIONS!
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I have a confession to make. Ready? I’m not always the confident, positive writer who marches purposefully along my creative journey. 2016 was a tough year full of health problems, work travel and negative events. Despite my best efforts, work on my current novel slowed from a humming 75 mph to about 5 mph.
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Creative inertia is the worst! Your motivation takes a nose dive. Depression and frustration sets in. Soon you start to wonder if you really are on the right path. Here are some steps I took to escape creative inertia:
- Do some self-care. Take a spa day, meditate or try a new hobby to relax
- Take stock. Why do you do what you do? And is it still worth doing?
- Adjust your definition of success. Are you enjoying those small successes or are you fixating on fame and fortune?
- Fall in love with your creative journey again. Take a step back and really look at what you’ve done and where you’re going
- Don’t take yourself too seriously! Nobody needs that kind of pressure.
- Have Fun!
Pitfalls and perils can surprise you on your creative journey. Stay true to the little light from your inner wisdom and you’ll make your dream a reality.
Bypass the promises of “Easy Solutions”
Ignore the detours of doubt
Watch for the signs your inner wisdom leaves for you
Hold on tight to the faith you have in yourself and your dream
Spring is a wonderful time for renewal and new beginnings. Why not start the creative journey you’ve been dreaming about? Or refresh things on your current adventure?
Here’s a list of things you’ll need to pack for the trip:
- A positive attitude
- Your spirit of adventure
- A rough idea of the plan to reach your goals
What to leave behind:
- Other peoples’ negative judgements
- Your inner critic
- Immovable Expectations (Sometimes you want to allow things to unfold)
Above all else, enjoy the journey!
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TAG LINE: If I can do it, so can you!
They told me girls aren’t good at math:
I became a computer programmer
They said I couldn’t pass my project management certification, because I didn’t have enough experience:
I’ve been a PMP since 2004 and am now a successful program manager
The naysayers pontificated my dream of being an author was impossible. I’d never get through those impassible publishing gates:
My fifth novel comes out this summer (www.crrichards.com to check out my work)
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Am I super brilliant? Blessed by a fairy godmother? Have an “in” with publishers? I wish.
My Secret: I stay focused on my goal, work hard and maintain a super stubborn faith in my dream.
Don’t let the naysayers talk you out of achievement. I’m living proof they’re wrong. What are you waiting for? Go out and conquer!
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Creating your dream takes a leap of faith. It also takes courage.
DO – Act upon your wishes and dreams
DON’T – Sit on the sidelines
DO – Face your fears. What do you have to do to make the next step less scary?
DON’T – Allow fear to freeze you into inaction
DO – Have faith in yourself and your dream
DON’T – Allow doubt to defeat you
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