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07 June 2014 @ 10:05 pm
7 (non-consecutive) Days of Self-promotion: Day 4  
"Something you made just for yourself"

Oh, let's see how self-indulgent I've been...

And the result is, not very. Mostly because I love working from prompts, so 75% of my work is based on someone else's suggestion. Though I certainly merge my inclinations with their preferences, this is one of the few pieces of art that was entirely something I did for no one but me, just to play with traditional media and be fanciful and light-hearted. FOR A CHANGE, RIGHT?

(click teaser to go to the original post, in a new window.)

Fic-wise, if I discount the things I did for prompts and events, there ain't much. I've pimped this fic before, but it will always hold a place in my heart because I feel like it was a break-through piece for me. It was the first fic I'd written after tesserae_ sat me down and gave me killer concrit--so many salient, brilliant tips on How To Write Fiction, that I could never repay her. It's not a happy fic, it can get a little gory, and everyone's probably already read it or passed on it by now, but here you have it: Rabbits Scream

My question for this round: does anyone else have a tough time inspiring themselves? Do you need the boundaries and spark of a prompt or another person's expectations, or do you thrive in complete freedom?
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: 'Full Moon' - The Black Ghosts
Lady Moon-Loona-cyjennytork on June 8th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
I need the comforting crutch of a prompt, but I can inspire myself. I have created something -- story, poem, comic book, drawing -- every day of my life that I can remember. Even if it is just a sentence or two or an outline, there is something in the pipeline all the time.

Trouble is, by now that pipeline reaches to Beijing.....
San Antonio Roseramblin_rosie on June 8th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
With a storage tank at my place. ;)
monicawoe: Cards-ani (slow)monicawoe on June 8th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
And "Rabbits Scream " is still my favorite piece of yours. It digs deep into unpleasant places, which is a wonderful thing!

does anyone else have a tough time inspiring themselves?
What an excellent question. I can't force inspiration per se, but I do find that my emotional state tends to make me more inspired by my environment. If I'm sad or very stressed the sight of a flock of birds can make me think of fleets of planes or avenging angels. Though I'm not a visual artist, visuals tend to inspire me a great deal. Which is of course why you often inspire me to write fic ; )
...and since we're brain twins I think that means we do inspire ourselves!

Ah post-midnight logic!
lipglosskaz: Jared Con smile look downkazluvsbooks on June 8th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Beautiful picture..
applegeuseapplegeuse on June 8th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Woodland Sam is so beautiful! That's such a lovely picture, omg. <333 Now I can't stop imagining him walking around the forest, all peaceful and barefoot and gorgeous. (And possibly naked.)

With podfic, my inspiration is so weird. I can read a fic and then take months to decide I want to record it (being my waffle-y, picky, over-thinking self), but then sometimes I'll read a fic and instantly start swooning and know I want to record it immediately. I also really like gift exchanges; I feel very motivated by the idea of giving someone a present. :3 My trouble lately with challenges is that, even though they are a great way to boost my productivity, I really hate being modded. /o/

Randomly, I feel like I'm inspired to podfic much more frequently in colder months than hotter months. The cold makes podficcing more pleasant! Maybe this is TMI but! For example! I recorded half of Hard Way Home while only wearing my bra + underwear because my room was so warm. XD
tifachingtifaching on June 8th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
I had not already read Rabbits Scream but I have now and I'm really glad. Fantastic look at Sam's screwed up head space.

Probably 90 percent of what I write is from prompts. I admit I have trouble coming up with ideas as good as the ones I see in comment fic memrs. :)
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on June 9th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
Stunning art, I love the texture and the colour palette. And those eyes are just magical!

When I first started writing, I pretty much wrote when I enjoyed reading (still do, actually) and it was all abut my own ideas and things that I wanted the characters to feel, explore etc. I guess it was all very self0indulgent.

Things have changed now. Maybe because I struggle more with inspiration, or maybe I'm just more involved in fandom, but I do more challenges and prompt fills now then ever before. For me they also help to spark the writing juices if there's been a drought, and they also allow me to step outside of my comfort zone which I always enjoy.
Amberamberdreams on June 10th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
I loved Rabbits Scream....

That aside - inspiration varies a lot, from music to the odd phrase to more meaty prompts. Sometimes I'm enough to find it, sometimes I need someone else to kick me towards it.