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Comic Draw Just Might Change My Life

My inspiration this week is an app I just discovered, Comic Draw.

As a full-time writer, I spend a whole lot of time at my computer, writing pages and digging deep into research. More than is probably healthy. As someone who has always been drawn to the arts, from those early years in fashion design school to my work as a photographer and filmmaker, the visual image has always been important to me. As a screenwriter, I watch the images I create in my head and record them onto the page, but a part of me has greatly missed partaking in the creation of each image.

Last year, I took a class on comics and graphic novels, and I have to say, it changed my life. I think I owned a comic book once. I was six or seven years old, and it was Sylvester and Tweetie. The best part of it at the time was pressing my Silly Putty onto the page to duplicate the images. I can’t be sure that I actually ever read the comic, I may not have. In the comic writing class, I had to read multiple comics and graphic novels as I explored the craft. Oh! What I had been missing! So many wonderful stories told in absolutely delightful ways. Nimona is a particular favorite along with Raising Dion and far too many others to name here. I fell in love with a whole new medium and have been itching to play with it ever since.

Recently, I learned about Comic Draw. It’s incredible. I can write comic scripts directly into the app then illustrate them. Now, don’t misunderstand me here, I am not a great artist when it comes to pencil or the page, or in this case, the iPad, but playing around in the app for me is precisely that, playtime. It’s akin to doodling or coloring, but in an all-new medium that I’m super excited about. Studies have proven that taking the time to play enhances overall productivity. And let’s face it, I’m a little short on playtime at the moment… So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be over here, playing with Comic Draw.

You Know What’s Inspiring?

Photo: Martin Schoeller for Vanity Fair Caption: (From left to right) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, and Sharice Davids.

These women being sworn into Congress. Truly inspiring.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ilhan Omar is the first Muslim, and Sharice Davids is our first lesbian, Native American elected. A record number of women will be serving in our 116th Congress, symbolizing changes that have been long coming.

I haven’t been thrilled with the state of the world lately. Not interested in debating anything here, I’m just saying, for me, it’s been rough. But I have hope. I believe in humanity. I think that sometimes we just get lost or confused. We’re constantly bombarded with information, and it’s exhausting. I think that sometimes people just need a break. Unfortunately, this can lead to putting our heads in the sand, not wanting to know… not wanting to care. But we have to care! Because if we don’t, who will? This is our world, the only one we have to leave to our children. We. Have. To. Care.

I’m not in politics – thank God. It’s not for me. I have words in me, and if I organize them just right, I can make people feel and maybe think a little differently than they did before. I hope that the stories I tell will start conversations, make people look at something a little deeper, and see their own reflection in those they felt were different.

We can all change the world, in our own little way – whatever that may be. These women are changing it in theirs, and that is inspiring.

LinkedIn.

Love it or hate it, we all need a presence on LinkedIn.

Personally, I get a lot of messages from all those people who have “the greatest story idea ever,” and if I write it for free, we’ll both split the millions in profit 50/50.

Or… my box fills with things people are trying to sell me. Services, ideas, their script loglines (secret: I have plenty of my own that I’d like to set up) or a group chain link message – what? But every once in a while there is a message from someone I genuinely want to connect with. LinkedIn, to me, has become one of those necessary evils – but I wish it had a spam blocker.

Regardless, I have my page up and update it when I have to. Maybe we should connect?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerengreen/

Feedly… OMG!

How is it that I have been on this planet as long as I have, and never heard about Feedly before? This thing is awesome!

It’s super easy to set up. Create your free account, then type in subjects that interest you. Then pick from a list of blogs that you’d like to follow. The coolest part… they have an app. So now I can just click on my Feedly app on my phone or iPad and TADA, all the news and information I want at my fingertips… new content delivered daily.

I’m just beginning to play with it. Pretty exciting stuff. Here’s my list:

Creating a Logo

I have a tendency to overdo things, and creating a logo was no different. I ended up making about fifty different logos, then got myself tied up in a twist trying to decide which one best represented me. After making my family and friends a wee bit insane, I made a decision. Here it is.

My new logo, created with Logo Maker Shop app.

AND… since there are different needs at various times, I made a light colored alternate. Because you just never know.

The light colored alternate. Created with Logo Maker Shop app.

A Little Inspiration

I love Ted Talks. This one, from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic is one of my favorites. Gilbert shares her feelings about her muse, and it’s terrific. The most significant impact this had on me was to remind me to keep showing up, whether my muse does or not, doesn’t matter. Just do my job – keep writing.

Video retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius