A Fun Sneak Peek Before Denver Comic Con

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

 

The Most Action Packed Weekend of The Year

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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!

“The Heart of The Warrior” series at http://www.crrichards.com

Jumping Out of Your Comfort Zone

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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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How to Get Want You Want Out of Life

If you’ve been on the planet for more than a year, you’ve heard the term “Creative Visualization.” Using imagination to make your dreams and goals happen is in the creative person’s wheel house. I’ve been using creative visualization for many years. In that time, I’ve built a very successful project management career and have published five books.

Prosperity and accomplishment are wonderful. They aren’t, however, the most important goals in my life. I became sick several years ago with (at the time) was a mysterious illness. Horrible stomach issues. Constant flu like symptoms. Worst of all, I was a depressed mess with no hope. Then I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue. Though there is no cure, it can be managed. Getting healthy and taking my life back became my main goal.

Eternal vigilance. I maintain my health and continue to thrive. How? The key to successful creative visualization is a positive attitude. Being stubborn helps too.

Be Positive. Be Happy.

Is it possible to be positive all the time (24/7)? Nope. Everyone falls off the happy path occasionally. Having a positive attitude means you have confidence in your ability to make your dreams come true.

Be Positive.

“I’m positive I can learn this new skill.”

“I’m positive I can create my art.”

“I’m positive I will find a way to accomplish my goals.”

Be Happy.

“Learning something new makes me happy, because I’m doing something to help myself grow.”

“Creating my art fulfils me as a person.”

“Working toward my goals gives me a sense of accomplishment.”

Final Thought: Attitudes are contagious. We decide to be miserable or happy. Each new day brings a choice. Make the decision to try for a positive attitude and it will happen for you. Like anything else, it takes practice.

Are You Using Your Creativity to Inspire?

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Creative Leadership isn’t just a buzz phrase. It’s a way of life. Finding innovative solutions to old problems. Defining new processes no one has even considered. You – creative person – could change the course of an organization for the better!

Yeah right. I’m not in upper management in my company or on the board of my special interest organization. They won’t listen to me.

As in any situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to present an idea. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Not everyone can see what you see. You’d be surprised how many folks out there have let their imaginations dwindle due to lack of use. The “We’ve always done it this way” mentality is easier. It’s safer. Most people hate change. It scares the hell out of them.

Umbrella in mass of black umbrellas.

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Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:

  • Present your idea along with the benefits (what’s in it for them: time saved, money saved, etc.) to the company or organization
  • Show the research you’ve done to prove it is a feasible idea
  • Help them to see what you’re talking about by including Powerpoint presentations or other visual aids
  • Be patient if they aren’t immediately “wowed” by your idea. You must build trust first.
  • Stick with it! Large organizations don’t change quickly. It takes time to turn a huge ship.

Final thoughts: Coffee shop conversations are littered with “I just want to write books, play my music, do my art, etc.” I know I’ve said it too when I’m frustrated. However, we are more than our art. We have the power to inspire change and hope (desperately needed in these times). My challenge to you – Look around you in the day job or organization. Do you see any way you can help to inspire change? Is there an opportunity to encourage growth and bring a little positive light into the situation? If your answer’s “No”, then you are in the wrong job! Go find a place where you can make a difference. The world needs your gift.