Attention Artists!

Due to extenuating circumstances, a journal was never released for the 2020 publication year. In order to maintain our promise to artists who submitted for 2020, we will revisit and publish their work in the 2021 edition. We will be in contact with all artists for both 2020 and 2021 to ensure proper editing and publication. Please feel free to email us with any questions!

Tools for the Artist: Twine

One of the most creative formats for writing is in giving the reader a choice. Interactive fiction, or choose your own adventure novels give a choice in how the reader will experience a story.

If you’ve ever wanted to give this format of shot, try out Twine a completely free software you can use online or via download.

Twine is easy to use once you get the hang of it, and with it you can create an interactive novel/game that can be viewed by others

Thread together written passages connected by links that Readers can click on to thread together their own version of your story! Try it out and see what you can create!

Tools for the Artist: Avoiding Social Media

If there is one thing the creative community has in common its the struggle of motivation. Sitting down for an hour or two and really concentrating on a drawing, a story you’ve been neglecting or music you’ve wanted to compose for awhile.

One of the main problems, especially with those working on their computer, is the constant need to look at that one facebook post, maybe scrolling just for a moment on Tumblr or definitely just one more video of the cat squeezing itself into a cracker box.

Here is a simple solution that forces you to concentrate on your work: Two websites/downloads that disable your social media accounts for whatever time you require so you can get your work done.

Now the first one is called StayFocused, link here:
http://www.stayfocusedapp.me/index.html

Stay focused has a similar process as AdBlocker and the most standard option is free (If you want to be real hardcore then you can purchase options that can even remove icons from your computer)

Here is the second, Freedom link here:
https://freedom.to/features

Be warned that Freedom costs around three dollars a month, but I wanted to put this as an option as well. Feel free to check them out!