MY STUDIO WALL
Sam Phillips: Bring… bring it home? All right, let’s bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you’re dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin’ me that’s the song you’d sing? That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it’s real, and how you’re gonna shout it? Or… would you sing somethin’ different. Somethin’ real. Somethin’ *you* felt. Cause I’m telling you right now, that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothin to do with believin’ in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin’ in yourself.
The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
By Jeff VanderMeer
I have been included in an amazing writing guide that uses hundreds of images by artists and illustrators as inspiration for creative writing.
I have 4 artworks used as illustration on seven pages, an interview and even a full page picture of my studio shelves.
Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning author of The Steampunk Bible, has taken a completely new and wholly original approach to the writing guide, and created a manual that not only utilizes invaluable written information, but also teaches via scores of helpful and stimulating illustrations. Through an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts advice about how to improve as a writer. The book is filled with more than 200 images and pictorial exercises that will expand the reader’s creativity. These imaginative and influential illustrations are sure to inspire the next generation of aspiring fantasy writers.
VanderMeer’s instructions touch upon many aspects of creative writing that will improve the reader’s skills, such as plotting, structure, worldbuilding, creating scenes, and narrative design. Wonderbook features an impressive array of helpful tactics and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy and sci-fi today, including:
• George R. R. Martin
• Lev Grossman
• Neil Gaiman
• Junot Díaz
• Karen Joy Fowler
• Charles Yu
About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of more than twenty books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the year’s-best lists of Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. He is the cofounder and codirector of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the world’s premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
ENDING IN A BOOK: READING AFTER McLUHAN
A wonderful website.
I had a hard time believing that The Medium The Massage was published in 1967. It’s message and design look contemporary even today.
"Marshall McLuhan taught us that media environments are so pervasive that we find it difficult to do anything but unconsciously habituate ourselves to them. It is as if, since Gutenberg and the dissemination of printed matter, we have been constantly using books but are unable to really see them. But when a medium starts to lose its monopoly over us, latent qualities come to the fore. Following McLuhan’s prescient examination of reading and its contemporary transformations, this installation hopes to foreground the book in its totality as a sensuous object, with materials, patterns, and dispositions telling tales that are as in need of their own reading as any other narrative.”