New Year: Let’s Inspire Each Other!

For 2017, I want to try something new and interactive with you all. I have this eclectic mishmash of Facebook friends — artists and writers and filmmakers (and sailors).

I sit here on Facebook and get really inspired by other people’s stuff. So much so, that I get down on my own work. (You guys are some seriously talented people!)

I’m sure some of you guys go through the same thing. You search the web looking for inspiration, find it, and oddly you find yourself even more paralyzed to work. How can you ever compete with the awesomeness of others?

I want to try something.

Let’s inspire each other.

I have this idea, it may be a totally terrible idea, but it’s an idea that will get us, all of us, actually working, overcoming this feeling of your own muse not being good enough.

Let’s feed each other our inspiration.

Here’s what I want to do:

Every week, I want to post a character description or a setting from a current WORK IN PROGRESS that I am working on.

I want to open up the comment section to my Facebook friends to post illustrations, videos, prose, poetry (you name it–the sky is the limit here) on their rendition and/or interpretation of the character or setting or passage.

Let’s inspire each other.

IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SEEMS INTERESTING TO YOU, OR YOU HAVE FRIENDS THAT WOULD BE INTO THIS KIND OF THING — PLEASE SHARE IT WITH THEM.

It’s January 1st, 2017. Let’s give this a trial run. Below is a character description of Hugo, a chop-shop jockey in my DAMAGED GOOD series (from the sequel I am currently writing FOREVER SIX).

Forever Six - 2nd book in the Damaged Good series

Forever Six – 2nd book in the Damaged Good series

EXCERPT:

They rounded the corner into deafening inhuman noise, the roar of a jet engine Dopplering up for flight.

Two overhead lamps blasted a dome of light, spotlighting a figure hunched over an operating table. Blue sparks flew from a cybersaw, cast off miniature meteors fizzling into darkness.

The big man turned. He was a giant ball of meat stuffed into overalls. He wiped his hand on his overalls, leaving behind two parallel streaks of grease.

Pushing up his welding shield, he dabbed a smear of sweat from his forehead with a rag so dirty that using it accomplished the opposite of its intent.

A steel plate covered the front quarter of the man’s dome, hiding his bald pate. A Manchu mustache rode his lip and connected into thick chops. He was modded in patchwork, bits and pieces here and there, like a tattoo artist that was his own living canvas.

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I hope this inspires someone to pick up a pencil and doodle. Let’s be an echo chamber of art and inspiration!

IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SEEMS INTERESTING TO YOU, OR YOU HAVE FRIENDS THAT WOULD BE INTO THIS KIND OF THING — PLEASE SHARE IT WITH THEM.

About J.E. Mac

J.E. Mac worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Now, he bludgeons his soul onto the page and sells it off pennies at a time.

Growing up in Southern California, people often asked him where he was from. Uh, Southern California. His answer was met with a look of disappointment. “Oh…” Apparently, no one is from Southern California.

In light of that response, he wanted to concoct a biography about how he was a lonesome hermit living in the wilderness of Alaska. His only company was a stiff glass of whisky, his hunting dog Conan, and a great white bear that was stalking him. (That’s not a metaphor. Polar bears, man! Polar bears!) He also wanted to say he was a New York Times Bestselling author. But that’s a pipe dream. Besides, he wanted to be himself.

At a young age he toured the world sailing. (Didn’t you just say you aren’t going to make up stories?) No, this is true. He grew up sailing out of Newport Harbor. His high school was Newport Harbor High School (You probably know it better as, “Hey! That’s the school from The OC”). He competitively sailed and traveled to London and New Zealand.So far, he has had an eclectic career.

From inking comics for DC, to boom operating on Felicia Day’s The Guild, to climbing masts of sailboats to install new rigging, it’s obvious there’s little he says, “No,” to.

You can contact him @:

Facebook: fbl.me/jemac
Twitter: @J_E_Mac

“We can talk about books, video games, comics, you name it. I probably enjoy it.”

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