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Crafting a Space Opera—Let the Pain Begin

I don’t know what possessed me to want to write a “space opera.” Of course, I loved the original Star Wars trilogy. As an aspiring fiction writer, it’s not that inconceivable that I’d want to try my hand at the genre.

But, boy, it is harder than it looks.

There are numerous magnificent entries into the science fantasy action/adventure genre. Too many to count. They span galaxies, timelines, themes, and tones. They are crammed with thrills, romance, mysteries, and just a little bit of science.

And—as someone who wants to write fantasy fiction, without boundaries—it seemed like the perfect place to jump in.

Ouch.

I guess I always jump into creative projects with both feet. Even as a kid, the excitement of drawing my own comic characters or writing my own adventures was enough to propel me forward. The enthusiasm I felt for creating my own stuff was enough for me to overcome whatever hurdles laid in my path.

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#StealJournal Days 1 & 2

Austin Kleon has thrown down the gauntlet:

 


I bought his journal a while ago and was waiting for proper motivation to have some fun.  So I’ll be joining him in doing a page each day.  The pages will be random, based on my mood.  Here is yesterday’s and today’s:

Feburary 1:

Steal Journal Day 1
This was harder than it looked. But once I annotated the shapes, it became a game.

Feburary 2:

I'm usually terrible with this stuff on the spot. But I thought adding in a few impossibles helped.
I’m usually terrible with this stuff on the spot. But I thought adding in a few impossibles helped.

Follow me on Twitter @quippley to see my journey, or park it right here at the blog.  If you want to join in, pick up his cool book.