Finding the Time to Be Creative, a Parent, and still Provide for my Family

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scene cardsAs a semi-new parent (my son just turned 2), I’m constantly faced with a dilemma; how do I find the time to pursue my creative endeavors while I have a 9 to 5 job which pays our bills and I want to be the best dad I can be?  The answer(s) are never really simple, but the following are a few fairly obvious tricks I use to continue to live my life in a creative manner.

1. Talk to your spouse.  Let them know that this is important to you.  Work with them to find the time, because if you are happy with yourself, it will be evident in your parenting, your marriage and will undoubtedly rub off on your child.  The act of pursuing goals that are important to you will encourage your child to be optimistic, happy, and pursue their own dream.  Facing challenges head-on will make you an inspiration to your child.

2. Give up sleep :)   If you want to be there for your child and take part in their life, then you can’t be on the iPhone, tablet, or computer during the soccer games, the school concerts, or the doctor visits.    That would be cheating.  You might as well not go if you’re not going to pay attention and cheer your child on.  You need to be present in whatever you are doing.  When you are parenting, be a parent.  Leave the project at home.  When you are creating, do that.  Sit at your desk.  Go to your workspace, your garage, wherever it is that you do what you do, and go create.  I’ve found that the time that I can sit for the longest period of time and really immerse myself in my work is when everyone else is asleep.  So, if you can handle the vampire life, and you don’t need a lot of shuteye, you could work nights on your projects.

3. Find motivation in your life – The day I decided to write a comic was the day my son was born.  I’ve always enjoyed the medium as a fan.  I had been assembling a library of my favorite books inscribed by their creators with words of encouragement to my son about embracing creativity in life.  I began the collection a few months before he was born, but when I saw him face to face I realized it wasn’t enough to gather words of wisdom from other people.  I want to impart those words, so I decided I’ll create a comic specifically for him.

4. Avoid distractions – Twitter is fun.  Facebook is good for keeping up with friends.  You can tumble through tumblr all day, but don’t.  Social networking can be a great tool for exactly that, networking.  Just don’t let it suck you into never-ending conversations about the social ramifications of an individual scene in the latest Star Trek film.  You may feel the need to get your two-bits out there into the twittersphere, but just do it and get out.  There is an inherent danger in social networking; it never closes.  It’s not like a bar that shuts the doors at eleven.  It’s always open, and there are always conversations to join, but you don’t have to.   You have a choice.  You can argue about Game of Thrones, or you can go write your own Fantasy epic.

These are simply a few of my techniques.  I need to be inspired, an inspiration, a loving dad and husband, sleep deprived, and wear social networking blinders.  Maybe you agree.  Maybe not.  Maybe you have very different ways of going about it. I’m going to go write something now, and leave you with a fun two panel comic example of how my son and I like to have fun and be creative together.

Darth Yoga
(This was also posted at my film criticism blog www.cinemafantastica.wordpress.com)

What's Next? The 2013 - 2014 Pipeline

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Poecat has a few projects nearing various stages of completion, and the following is a quick update:

Our comic, Make Believe, is nearing the art phase.  Issues 1 - 6 are scripted and we are currently in talks with a few artists to bring it to life.  Make Believe is a multi-universal spanning story of superheroes and toddlers, and their conflicting ideas about how to save reality from itself and each other.

Also on the burners is a Sci-fi script for a comic which explores the true nature of celebrity, and what it takes to be famous in this brave new world of ours.

Happy B-Day America, is a comedy script in the vein of East Bound and Down, which is a hilarious take on how one family celebrates the 4th of July each year.

And lastly, an untitled horror script is in early development, which will bring Poecat's version of a modern vampire tale told through the eyes of a man that abandoned humanity for a year, and now fights to save it.

So, It's going to be an exciting few months as these projects come to life in various mediums.

Check back here for further updates as they happen!

Thanks!

-Rob

I'm Making a Funny Book! No, a Comic Book. Well, it's a Funny Comic Book

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I can’t reveal much right now…  But I recently completed an intensive Graphic Novel Writing class taught by Scott Snyder of Batman and American Vampire fame at Sarah Lawrence College.  Over the course of the class my first issue was read and critiqued by some amazingly talented individuals, and I feel it is now ready to take the next step.   That step being, finding an artist and making this thing come together.

The book will be called Make Believe, and is a comic book mini series, which will take a realistic and humorous approach to superheroes when their reality is turned upside down and inside out.  This will be a Mature (17+) age book, which is shooting for a first issue by the end of 2012.   

This is all very exciting, and I hope you all check it out!

-Rob

A Feature Length Comedy is in the works for 2013

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A Feature Comedy is in the works for 2013!  I guess you could call this a thematic sequel to For the Love of Pudding and the Independent.  All I can tell you at this point is the title, "Happy Birthday America!" and that if we got Will Ferrell for this film, it would make about a billion dollars!  Keep your eyes peeled for it!

LINK: Super Bowl Sunday!

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LINK: Resurfaced

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Apryl's story at Underwater New York.  Resurfaced, by Apryl Lee

LINK: Lost theories. Enthusiasm and anger ensue. Teams are chosen.

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