Why Fantasy and Sci-Fi Needs to Get Real

Paradoxically, we can most effortlessly escape into a world of make-believe when natural laws and logical elements support it. Storytellers must make the unbelievable believable, or in the very least, explainable, or they risk losing their audience. Which isn't a good thing, even if that audience might just be nit-picking nature-nerds like me.

Copycats beware: Flattery will get you nowhere

Having an online presence to promote my work is a balancing act for me. On the one hand I want to engage with an audience about the project I'm working on. I want to share the illustrations I'm drawing, the research I'm doing and the background behind the story I'm writing. On the other hand, I'm fiercely protective of my creation and remain staunchly secretive about it. But why?

Having a social life kills creativity (or does it?)

I fluctuate between being a social butterfly who revels in get-togethers with friends and family, and being someone who wants to seal themselves solo into a military-grade bunker away from any other human contact, just to get the headspace to create. And even then I'm wracked with guilt that I'm too busy immersing myself in the creative process to dedicate my time to the ones I love.