Lately, I’ve been trying to find my motivation. I wouldn’t say I’ve had writer’s block, since I’ve been writing and editing, and I have no shortage of ideas. My problem as of late was finding that drive within myself to do a lot of writing and editing.
Over the last day, I’ve had a couple of things happen to get me going again.First, I got a couple of things in the mail from my friends at Kerlak Publishing. The bigger of the two packages was my contributor’s copy of Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts. It’s nice to have my copy in hand, to be able to put a book on one of my shelves where I can always see it and know that I’ve done good work.
The smaller of the packages I got from Kerlak Publishing was the icing on the cake. I got paid.
As a writer, I haven’t been able to say that before. It’s one of the goals of being a writer, to make enough money at it where I won’t have to do anything except for more writing. While I might not have that much yet, it’s still a good feeling being paid for my work.
I got paid for writing a short story. How awesome is that?
So, the second thing, the second motivator…
It’s no secret that I take inspiration for some characters from games I’ve played and things I watch. One such character is Alindra Vordrinn, a character I made for a Star Wars game knowing I would have to use her as a villain. I knew a couple of years ago that I would use this character in Tesseract. If I had to pick someone to play the part right now, I’d say Anna Torv from Fringe.
What happened was that I had a dream about being on the set of Fringe. (What? I really like that show.) It was snowy, dark, and cold, as many of the episodes are. What I can remember involved the crew setting up for the day and I briefly talked to Anna Torv. I mentioned I wrote books and she said, “Maybe you should write something for me.”
I think I might.