The many faces of K. D. Morey- Author, Artist, Psychologist, and Geek

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2015 will be stellar!

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Despite starting off with a roller-coaster of events I return ready to show this year who’s boss. The release of my first book mixed with some more disruptive personal issues have resulted in some delays in updates.

Now that the dust has settled I can get on to the rest of the year ahead. I am in the process of having Barnes and Noble, Powell’s, and other independent bookstores carry my book. It is a lot of work but worth it so I can expand the audience for Beautiful Machine. And it deserves a wider audience. Some of the first feedback has been trickling in over the past month and the reviews are all very positive. It has been called everything from inspiring and page turning to the Tolkien of Sci-Fi. Wow.

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More wow! Mythicworlds in February was a huge success. Of the box of books I brought with me only one did not find a home. I got a chance to speak on a panel alongside Charles DeLint. Chit chatted with Terryl Whitlatch about critter design and generally had a very good time.

Speaking of critters. The talented and amazing Lacey-Starr Crombie has posted the art from Beautiful Machine on her DeviantArt gallery. So if you would like to see even nicer versions of the art from my book and even a couple sketches that didn’t make the cut. Go check it out here- http://lassiecrumby.deviantart.com/gallery/52944690/Beautiful-Machine

I also have my own DA book gallery here- http://savagedryad.deviantart.com/gallery/53634460/Beautiful-Machine  Not as nice to look at but the seeds of my book are here along with a nice pic of Vahrael.

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With my first con under my belt I am ready to keep going, this time with something more local. Cherry City Comic Con this year should prove to be interesting. It is the weekend of April 11th and 12th and has a few guests I look forward to seeing. I will be hanging out with the Borderlands Games folks signing books and generally letting my geek flag fly.

From there I will be looking into other local cons in the Willamette Valley. Salem, Eugene, and Portland area for now. Northwest Comic Fest and Rose City Comic Con are high on my priority list. More I will announce as I lock in plans.

Never one to sit idle I have ALSO just finished the last major edits for book two in the Orbs series- Promise Rising. It should go to the editor this week and I am aiming for a July/August release. This book so far has gotten EVEN BETTER feedback from my beta-readers than the first one. They tell me that as good as my first book was this one just knocks their socks off, going from great to incredible!

Whew! Enough for now. I have a lot of work to do. Until next time folks!

The Orb

Beautiful Machine is now Live!

Beautiful Machine – an epic science fiction adventure is available now!

Through createspace direct –

https://www.createspace.com/5243006?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

or Amazon and Kindle –

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1506167942/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdo_7-RUub00ATB9C

AND as a bonus I will be selling copies at Mythicworlds one month from now in Seattle! Come hear me speak at the author panels and get your copy signed! –

http://mythicworlds.net/

See you in February. And Beyond!

First book in 4 weeks or less!

It’s exiting times here for me.  Since October I have been working tirelessly on not only the sequel to my first book but on getting its predecessor published.

Within 4 weeks or less, my first novel “Beautiful Machine” will be available for purchase on Amazon.

I would like to thank Trevor D. Richardson over at the http://www.subtopian.com/ for accepting my project and doing such a fine job on editing.

I would also like to thank Lacey-Starr Crombie http://wrinki.deviantart.com/ for her wonderful art panels that are going into the final product.  Seriously, the whole book looks even more killer thanks to her.

Along the way Trevor asked me to do a guest post on the new Dyslexic font.  Here are my thoughts on it and some perspective on the challenges someone with this disorder might face in any walk of life, not just in writing.

http://www.subtopian.com/a-dyslexic-on-the-dyslexie-font-k-d-morey/

In the coming weeks I will be posting more teasers and fun stuff both here and on my facebook author page- https://www.facebook.com/kdmorey?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Thank you everyone!

The Fractal Nature of Creativity

Creativity is an eternal spiral. Each piece of creativity inspires more creativity building and building upon itself in never-ending loops. The process ignores style, genre, and even medium. Art inspires- book- inspires song- spawns comic- inspires film- inspires art and so on in ever turning eternal bliss. I’m going to go over why this is important to the creative mind to realize and instruct to some extent on how to tap into this powerful tool. In this instance how to use music to become a better artist and writer.

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We have all been there. Cleaning up the house, doing dishes, or some other remedial task, even driving the car. We blank out and forget what we are doing. In essence we are just not there. What we experience in that moment is called Dissociation. Put simply- our conscious mind disconnects while our subconscious goes about tasks that have become so ingrained that they require no conscious thought on our part to perform.

This state of mind, while not always desirable. (Please folks! drive safe!) is a valuable state of being for the creative person at work. Great ideas hit you in the shower? On the commute home from work? Right before you fall asleep? I shouldn’t have to tell you to have some means of note taking on hand at all times. The reason these ideas hit at these times is because these moments are where our level of disassociation are at their highest. You need to not think to think.  The harder you try to think the farther away from your creativity you become. That mental loop is what creates a monolithic art block, the bane of every creative person on the planet.

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In Buddhism they refer to the mind as a “chattering monkey” the subconscious is where the creative gold lies. But that monkey is going to distract you- Did you take out the trash? You know your work isn’t very good. That’s not how it’s done! We need to pick up TP today. On and on it will go. Sometimes when you need the mind to blank out it steps in and flings poo everywhere. This will transform a boring experience into a frustrating one. But! If we add music!

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Presto! You have thrown a toy at the monkey and it is going to run off distracted while you tidy up like a boss! That shower is amazing! And the drive home becomes epic! In fact you may feel chills and like you’re doing everything perfect. Psychology calls this kind of amazing involvement Flow or a Flow State. It is similar to dissociation in that your conscious mind is out of the way. But instead of being pushed aside completely it is involved and fully engaged. You are working from a state of union and a creative mind wants to be right there. The sweet spot where the creativity flows free and un-judged but the skilled part of your mind is doing what it needs to in order to successfully complete the task.

ImageLet me give an example- For years now I have run and played in D&D games. Now if you have a really good game going your roleplaying is more like acting than just boring rolls of the dice. Getting into character sometimes became taxing. One trick I picked up was to create a soundtrack for the character. This list of songs comprised of everything I had that made me think of or associated with the personality and feeling I was attempting to portray. Sometimes it would even be music I didn’t like very much. But after some time listening I could put myself in the proper frame of mind. Bitter and angst ridden characters would get some heavy metal. A sensualist gets some tribal bellydance music on their soundtrack and so on.

I carried this to scenes, regions, settings. The associations didn’t even need to make sense to anyone but me, because the inspiration was all for me no one else. When I would do character art the same soundtrack would play while I drew and colored the picture.

This has become an integral part of my writing. Now, before I even write for a character I create a sound track for them. Listen to it before I even start writing. I get in character. Put them on for a bit and then write as if I was them. If words inspired but got in the way while working then I would switch to some kind of instrumental music when I was ready to really work.

If you have no set theme for your work then pick any music that is repetitive and encourages that state of no mind. Just need to be inspired and think? Encourage the dissociation with some repetitive sound. For this very reason I have enough electronica music to fuel a rave that lasts over a week 24 hours a day. For me it’s the electronica, for you it could be Beethoven. It matters not at all. So long as it works for you. Music not cutting it? Then find some other remedial task to distract your brain. A semi boring game? Mow your lawn? Get some exercise? Do it all to music! Still not enough?  Immerse yourself in the art.  Read the books.  Watch the movies. Visit the places. Let the inspiration work it’s magic and carry it home to your own creativity.  You are a ritualist garbing themselves to embody a god, the lover lighting candles.  You are setting the mood and switching your frame of mind.

This technique has carried me through over 100,000 words of a manuscript, endless papers in my schooling, hundreds of pieces of art, and countless games over the past decade. All by purposefully setting myself into a flow state, encouraging that small level of dissociation so the creativity is set loose. Free your mind. And may the flow be with you- Always.

Masks and Storytelling

Masks to me are more than mere costume pieces.  They go far beyond that.  A mask is a permission, an option, an opening, a doorway through which we change.  Wearing a mask allows you to become someone else for just a little while.  You get to shape-shift temporary into anything you can imagine. It doesn’t matter if it’s a literal mask, a costume, a uniform, a job position, or just a state of mind.  A perceptual shift is just the beginning of our transformation.

Something wonderful happens when you wear a mask, or convincing costume.  At first you experience how other react.  Fear, recognition, delight, aloof uncaring.  But as you experience these changes you yourself begin to adopt the role and become the subject.

Let me tell you a little story-  Last year I embarked to become something inhuman.  It was for an indoor fantasy convention.  (FaerieCon West if you want the details.)  My goal was to erase the aspects of my self easily identifiable as human.  My years as an artist and training in psychology made this an obvious choice.  The hands and face.  If this -> 🙂 two dots and a curved line can be identified as a human face than it is critical to warp that aspect of yourself.  The hands are only second.  Just look at how much it is evident when hands are drawn badly. Mask, gloves, finger extensions, and a simple black robe. This was the result.

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Thanks for the great photo Byron.  You rock my socks.

Action shot!

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The results on me and the viewers was most certainly interesting.  Fear and revulsion obviously, mostly directed at the eyes and hands.  Which only made me want to use my hands more and stare at people.  As the night wore on this became bird like quirks of the head and expressive gestures.  Children yielded some of the more satisfying reactions.  One little girl of no more than six stood stock still staring at me.  A crowd gathered in a ring around us wondering how she would react.  I crouched down to eye level looking at her quizzically.  She walked closer over coming her fear and I put out my hands.  She did not run or balk.  Just put her hands in mine smiling.  Someone in the crowd whispered “That is one brave little girl” Whoever you were sir- bless you, I was grinning my ass off under that mask.  She giggled and told me “You sure are funny!”  Everyone laughed.  The crowd dispersed.  The rest of the night was marked by similar incidents.  People hurrying out of elevators to escape my soulless stare, avoidance, wonder, treating me like a guest from another world.

That in my mind is what a faery should be- Strange, surreal, unknowable, inhuman.  That event got my mind spinning.  For years I have told stories without words.  I have created art.  Opened doors to other realms.  But often it has left so many things unanswered.  As I passed by in the hall.  “Great costume, creepy, but what the heck is it?”

My decision to dive into the world of authorship was one driven purely by the desire to keep opening doors.  I had hit the limit.  I doodled, and drew, and painted, and brought ideas to light.  I worked harder and brought physical items into our world.  Masks and costumes, gems from one hundred lost worlds.  But it has never been enough.  I have more in my mind than I can express with just pictures.  It was time to create a relationship with words. 

I never wanted to be or set out to write.  I simply wanted to create.  To that end I have worn many masks.  Finally it is time to take them off.