So my lovely mate, E, has been in LA for the past week. He was there attending the workshops and award ceremony attendant upon winning one of the quarterly Illustrators of the Future contests. Incredibly impressive. If you want to go rush over and take a look at his work right now, having heard that, it's here. Go over. Spend some time. I post his DeviantArt rather than his website, because he updates it more often. (Mine own, more neglected, is here).
So I've gotten up off my own butt, and I'm getting back to work on the art that I've been ignoring, due to demanding-contract-dayjob. I admit to bouts of self-doubt and criticism of late. There are a few things that are difficult in a relationship between two creative people in the same field, and being torn between extreme pride in your mate and jealousy/self-doubt is one of them. That, and some people will come at you with the preconceived notion that in a creative couple, one of you must be inherently "better" than the other. More about that in another post.
Anyhow, I've been spurred to work on my artwork, more vehemently. Also to pick up my writing again. After the six books of mini short stories I wrote for my BFA thesis, I took a rather substantial break from writing. Partly because I didn't know how to surmount the main (and very legitimate) criticism that occurred during my thesis critique: that I have difficulty ending a story. Or at least, coming to any kind of conclusion.
So this is my goal. I have several short stories in the works at the moment, and for practice I'm going to try writing flash fiction. Just to practice better how to bring a story from a begining to a thoughftul conclusion. The stories will probably begin showing up on here.
And of course I will be submitting to Illustrators & Writers of the Future as well. E says he had a smashing time at the workshops, and heartily recommends attendance. By which he means getting off one's ass, and getting the courage up to submit to this thing. Now. Because it honestly cannot hurt (except one's confidence).