It occurs to me that I haven’t really written a post in a while that doesn’t serve a purpose.  No random ramblings.  No thoughts on the state of rockmelon ripeness or the change in the weather.

Truth is, I feel all out of conversation.  When I sit down at the computer these days it’s usually to bash out a couple of hundred words while I have the peace and quiet to do it.  I spend a lot of time chatting to my writing buddy, often while writing.  And now I have nothing left to say.

So what did I do today?  I went to the paying job and had a great day.  My mind also had a great day thinking about writing something for the Extreme Planets Anthology (thanks, Anna!).  I wasn’t planning on writing short stories this year, but this anthology just tickled my fancy.  Actually, Anna is also responsible for me writing a novella for the Winter Well anthology.  Damn you, Anna, you temptress!

Today at work I spent a good deal of time reading the Australian Standard on The Control of Undesirable Static Electricity.  83 pages of time.  And as I was reading I got a spark, and then bam!  An idea for the Extreme Planets anthology bobbed to the surface and stuck around.  I jotted down some quick notes, amused that reading something so boring could stimulate my creative side.  It just goes to show, you never know where ideas will come from.

Other than that, I am still working on The Vessel.  I had to rewrite 10k from the middle, and that’s almost done – 2k to go.  Then I can get back to revising the end.

Unfortunately, Diablo 3 looms on the horizon and I am desperately excited.  I’ve been tinkering with the beta for a couple of weeks now and I am hooked.  This does not bode well for my already limited time.

Oh, and I started reading Graceling by Kristen Cashore.  I love it.  So pleased to have found another author I really enjoy.

That’s about it for me.  How about you?  How are things going?

Guest post: The Reader as Musician: The Interpretation of Art as Creative Act by John Robert Ladd

I hadn’t met John before the workshop, but I wanted to hear from a poet on the nature of creativity.  When I asked the Twitterati for a contact, John’s name came up.  As soon as I visited his site and read one of his essays, I knew I had found the voice I wanted.  John challenges my preconceptions of art in the digital age.  Today he’s here to talk about creativity from the perspective of the reader.

The Reader as Musician: The Interpretation of Art as Creative Act

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By its nature, the creative mind is original. In order to create something, that something can never before have been created. This is why artists leap to the forefront of our minds when we think of creatives: they make something concrete, a poem, a painting, a song, that we can point to as utterly original. Labeling an artist as a creative person is easy, because of the kind of work she produces. Continue reading