On Camping

I always loved camping as a kid. Campfires especially. My parents used to let me buy comic books from the shelves of the gas stations we’d stop at along the way. I of course brought my own stack of books from home, comics and otherwise.

I’d often read the whole way down, engrossed in the newest story I could find or equally so in the worn-covered books, whose stories I kept revisiting again and again. Around the campfire my family would laugh and tell stories or listen to audiobooks.

Perhaps that’s why writing by campfire feels so right. I’m camping as I write this; some much needed time away. Not too far away, I’m not ‘roughing it’ although cell service is a tad spotty, but I am still very much ‘on the Grid.’

But the relaxing snaps and crackle of the campfire is a wonderful music to me. Hypnotic and nostalgic but an amazing metronome for my thoughts. Some nights of course are more productive than others.

That’s why I’m writing this. Recently with Grimoire I’ve been having a bit of Writer’s Block in waves. The plot is coming and evolving for the better, but the words, the expression of that plot has been difficult. More on that on a future post (Writing Grimoire: part 2)

So I figured since I have the site (bought and paid – holy crap do I know what I’m doing or what I’m getting myself into?) I should write. Something, anything. And where better than by campfire, under the stars as the twinkle about in the clear Autumn sky of Alaska.

It had rained earlier; almost enough to disrupt the trip entirely – but thankfully it had cleared with the setting sun. The clouds catching the rays of oranges as the mountain shimmered in misty purple hues.

That beautiful campfire now lights my surroundings and so I write.

Grimoire is my current project the new revitalization of a story long filling my head, the behind the scenes look will be posted as “Writing Grimoire’, for me telling the story of Grimoire is a bit of a journey so I want to share my thoughts on how it came about and what I learn along the way. I suppose it’s part of my process.

I’ve always enjoyed the community of storytelling. Not only in telling that story but the reaction from the audience. A story has to be heard to exist, until then its unspoken. So I write it down, I draw it out. I tell people stories. I think Grimoire is a good one as as I get the first part out (First three chapters approximately of the first book). More updates to follow.

Another update will be around the artwork for the cover which is my own design. I know that’s frowned upon and will not necessarily be the final artwork for the first book. I have a guilty pleasure for comic/pulp covers.

That’s all for now, and I’ll get the next part of Writing Grimoire posted hopefully Sunday. Working on my own deadlines, and holding myself to them better.

Until next time,


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