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So I'm thinking of joining some of the LJ art/writer communities to motivate myself to write more, and do more arts and crafts in general (I keep toying with the ideas of comics and collage, for instance, but never get around to doing anything about them). I'm also thinking maybe I should create a separate artsy account for myself to make very sure I don't end up reading my Friends page instead of working on writing/art stuff. Do any of you have any thoughts about this? Are separate journals a good way of organizing your LJ headspace? Do you have any good LJ artsy/craftsy/writerly communities to recommend? Would you be interested in reading my artsy journal if I created one? Am I just being stupid and ambivalent about my creativity again, and thinking about art instead of doing it? (YES.) Should I be doing laundry? (Also, yes.) Okay, I'll go do laundry now.

Yesterday I didn't get out of the house until Peter got back from school, and we ended up going on a good expedition involving a pirate ship (true), McMenamin's (mmm, Hammerhead!) and Spider-Man 2 (which was fun, and definitely far better than the first Spider-Man if only because Doc Ock is a much better villain than the Green Goblin, but I still think X2 is the best superhero comic book movie ever, if only because it didn't have ever so many gratuituously screamy women). My point is just that I should get out more. Laundry only barely counts, I know, but it's a start.

Date: 2004-07-13 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roninspoon.livejournal.com
Incorrect! Best Comic book movie ever is Conan the Barbarian.

...to hear the lamentations of their women.

Date: 2004-07-13 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goteam.livejournal.com
For some reason I thought the Conan movies were based on a series of pulp novels à la Tarzan and the other Edgar Rice Burroughs books. And I did try to hedge my bets by specifying "best superhero comic book movie" because I hear From Hell and Ghost World had their merits, though I haven't seen either. I'm certainly forgetting many other comic book movies, superhero and otherwise, and in the former category I do like the original Tim Burton Batman as well as the cheesy-ass old-skool Burt Ward Batman, so maybe this is just the universe's way of telling me to quit it with the broad sweeping generalizations already.

Re: ...to hear the lamentations of their women.

Date: 2004-07-13 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roninspoon.livejournal.com
it's possible that the Conan the Barbarian was based on the Conan novels, but it was a very long running comic as well. For years I claimed that Conan the Barbarian was both the Best Novel adaptation and the Best Comic Book adaptation.

Of course , that's all just an opinion.

Date: 2004-07-13 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linley.livejournal.com
I've thought about creating a separate journal for writing stuff. When I was working on 10,000 words in a week, I worried that I was boring some people on my friends list with my discussions of writing. I decided, however, that it was more important to write than to write about writing, and if my friends were bored by my entries, they didn't have to read them. If you start an artsy/writing journal, I'd definitely read it. Perhaps you would inspire me to start one of my own.

I don't know anything about the LJ art/writing communities. The writing community on Orkut seems pretty lame, though. The best suggestion is probably to find a real, live writing group in your area. I love being able to talk to my writing group once a week, and the feedback I've received has been very useful. Having people who are counting on you to bring in work for the group to critique is an excellent motivator for me.

Date: 2004-07-13 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pants-of-doom.livejournal.com
I'd want to read about your creative stuff.

So there.

Date: 2004-07-13 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuddliphish.livejournal.com
I have no opinion on how useful/inspiring a separate lj might be, but I certainly want to read about your artist endeavors, wherever you post about them.

I will admit that while I find the couple of writer's communities I belong to interesting, I don't find them particularly motivational. Of course, I also don't belong to any groups that hand out questions or have other "assignments" 'cause that's not really my thing.

I would like to read

Date: 2004-07-13 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmyersta.livejournal.com
what you write is interestin!

Date: 2004-07-13 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auranja.livejournal.com
well, here's my confession.
i only created a different journal for my artsy stuff because i wanted to be able to write unprotected entries about my process, but i didn't want certain people who read my auranja lj to find it. strange, i know, but i'm still sensitive to the judgements of my old crowd.
otherwise, i'd put it all in one. it really doesn't make all that much sense to separate life stuff from creative stuff. it's all intermixed anyway.

Date: 2004-07-13 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goteam.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm not so sure how much I want the total strangers who read my art community postings to look at my private entries. On the other hand, I guess I kinda filter the hell out of those anyway.... but I'm also genuinely concerned that I'll just end up filtering out my art communities and just reading my Friends page instead or whatever.... really what I need to do is find a real live in person art group, I know, but baby steps, or something like that.


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