As a creative person I really enjoy making things. If you really know me you’ll realize how quickly I get absorbed into whatever project I’m currently focused on. I just keep building and building onto the initial idea until I’ve made this whole complex and intricate world of its own.
When I was little I constantly had teachers complaining to my parent’s about my constant daydreaming and doodling during class. What looked like boredom and distraction to them was actually the continual self-improvement and enjoyment of a natural gift. My imagination never stops working; I have more then enough ideas for a lifetime. I run multiple worlds simultaneously in my head at all times, which can both be exhilarating and frustrating.
In high school while other kids were focusing on grades and the whole social scene I was escaping into daily micro-realities; whole worlds I envisioned while waiting for the bus or looking off into the clouds. What if gravity was selective and we could walk up and down the faces of buildings? What if everyone rode bicycles and built long roadways through the sky? What if there was a shadow world that was exactly like ours but with everyone turned into the living dead and longing to get into our world and destroy it? I would often space out into these creative realms and felt pretty much on the outside of what everyone else seemed to be thinking or doing.
That has thankfully changed as I have grown older. I have realized I’m not alone. There are thousands of others out there who can’t stop creating amazing and beautiful realities online and in print. I’m thankful to be different and jump at the chance to share my eccentric visions with the people around me. I have an overactive imagination, and I intend to let it run free.
It’s really sad that more and more people are not understanding the importance of their own imagination. An article on LiveScience.com lined here describes how researchers have found that since 1990 kids,”…are less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas.” Wasn’t it Einstein himself who emphasized that imagination is more important then knowledge? Remez Sasson, author and host of www.successconsciousness.com/ puts it’s importance in perspective pretty well:
Imagination is a creative power that is necessary for inventing an instrument, designing a dress or a house, painting a picture or writing a book. The creative power of imagination has an important role in the achievement of success in any field. What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. It is the important ingredient of creative visualization, positive thinking and affirmations.
I couldn’t agree more.
In reference to “letting my imagination run free” as I stated earlier,.. here is a short list of projects I have been working on for the immediate future:
- Islands of Chaos – Mobile App Strategy Game
- The Pope Show – Pilot episode for Youtube
- The Wizard of War Issue 2 – Building a Madman
- Castaways – The complete list of comic portraits of Survivor Castaways
- The ERC Christmas Collection – Holiday cards for Zazzle & Etsy
- The Town of Tymes Book 3 – Bad Religion
Next month I will be starting the Kickstarter campaign featuring a really cool island adventure strategy game called Islands of Chaos (as listed above). It features the strategic elements of reality television shows like Survivor and Big Brother and the gameplay of some of your favorite mobile games like Angry Birds, Insane Fishing, and Candy Crush. I will be sure to talk about it on here when it finally comes out!