“First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” – Octavia Butler
Welcome to (Parenthetical Recluse). It’s doubtful that you’ll find anything of use here, and that’s the idea. This is a selfish website created for selfish reasons: as a repository for discipline, for “persistence in practice.”
Each piece found here is composed within 30 minutes before I begin the day’s toil of writing my next book. You may consider them to be the A-440 tuning of my one-man orchestra, the daily scales, the warm-up sketches, a 30-minute process blared in public before I recede into the ritual of disconnected quasi-solitude with imaginary people.
These pieces exist for four reasons: one, to regain a sense of comfort with writing and sharing quick, ephemeral pieces online as a counterbalance to writing a book, a selfish act of non-ephemeral creation, held tightly until the mythical day that I declare it fit for public consumption and move on to its successor; two, to create original content beyond dog pictures on Instagram and 140-character snippets of life (more or less) for my various digital embassies, plagued of late by a mindless remix and response methodology; three, to empty my brain of the detritus accumulated from an overabundance of inputs so as to better prepare it for the act of creating; and four, as a creative challenge to myself of commitment and endurance.
TYLER WEAVER is the author of COMING TO QUIET COUNTRY, an account of the Cho family’s escape from North Korea during the Korean War; COMICS FOR FILM, GAMES & ANIMATION: USING COMICS TO CONSTRUCT YOUR TRANSMEDIA STORYWORLD, published by Focal Press; WHIZ!BAM!POW!, a transmedia story experience of family, forgery, death rays and the Golden Age of comics; and numerous short stories, like JUNE and A PERFECT FAMILY, and essays, such as BLURRED LINES AND TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING and ORSON. He lives in the wilds of the Midwest with his wife and their four-legged dog-children.
Unless otherwise noted, all content on this site is ©2017 Tyler Weaver.