Monday, June 23, 2008

Butterflies and Wasps

They're on my mind. I'm composing something tremendous, and about to take a drastic career step into something new, perhaps dangerous, but exciting. I enjoy what I do tremendously. DC Comics treats me like a king, I am paid well, and the end result of my work is it's own unique reward. I'm happy. But I can't control when ideas come. They show up in my brain and need to be written down, need to be shared, and need to be completed so that I can move on to something else.

But this one has been rattling around in my head for ten years or so, incomplete, but with a few very strong pieces in place. It's my own concept, unlike anything that exists now anywhere, derivative of nothing. It's a ray of positivity, it's about hope and love and remaining pure and a little naive in the face of negativity and evil. A few times, I came close to pursuing it, premature though it was. The characters have names, the locations and situations are there, clear as a bell, but some other questions needed answering, so I put it back down, again and again.

Then something very strange happened. My wife and I had an experience in the temple that directly, and I mean DIRECTLY addressed this half-finished idea. As if to say, "This is what you are to do, and do it NOW." We both knew it then, and though we aren't to discuss it, we both know it now.

Over the past two weeks, the missing pieces have been given to me in dreams, and I understand and have completed the story. I know what it all means, I know what I'm meant to say, and I know why I need to do it. In addition to the creative aspects of this situation, the means by which to do it have also arrived, loudly and plainly. I was worried that a personal project like this would cost my family it's security, that money would be an issue. I shouldn't have worried.

A year and a half from now, it's time to go!

(I probably sound completely crazy, being vague like this. But this is how creativity works. And it's euphoria.)

-Ethan VS


Anonymous said...

You are going to rip off Blammo comics!
How dare you, sir....
I'm really curious about this, ethan.

Jenna Consolo said...

Oh, it sounds amazing! I always knew there was something even greater for you! I can't wait!

Holiday said...

I am so intrigued by the intimations of this post. That both you and Sharis are moving in concert to inspiration is wonderfully exciting to me. I have felt the compelling voice of the muse in my life, and it is irresistable, or at least it should be when the voice is coming from the direction of light, as I'm sure it is in your case. You have my full support. Acknowledge the gift in your prayers. I love you.

The Ancient of Weeks

LB said...

"and about to take a drastic career step into something new, perhaps dangerous, but exciting."

Hmmmm, building your own batcave and becoming a real-life super hero crime fighter perhaps?? no, obvious.

"It's a ray of positivity, it's about hope and love and remaining pure and a little naive in the face of negativity and evil."
Well, that rules out politics then....

Well, I guess I have to keep up with this we have to wait the entire year and a half before we know??

I admire the willingness to listen, and the courage to act. Go get 'em Ethan. If there is anything Family can do to help in the process, I hope you won't hesitate to ask.
Unlce Loren

YogaNana said...

Can't wait to see what this is. Totally unique, eh?

Anonymous said...

I just got a job with the Comics Journal.

Chiapelli Family said...

So Ethan, I have to say it is good to see you and see that you have a blog - so Van Sciver of you - so artsy and intellectual. Anyway, just wanted to say Hi from the n'hood - Moorestown Ward that is. We named our first child Ethan, not necessarily after you, but b/c you were cool enough for me to not say - "No, We CANNOT name our first child Ethan b/c of the E VS I grew up with!" This is a good thing. Check us out -
Tara (Sinclair) Chiapelli

Lori said...

Hey Ethan! I found you! Aunt Lori here. I can't wait to reconnect with you and IF you are EVER near us again, PLEASE call and come by for a visit. Even if it can only be a short snack with us, we would love to see you again. Miss you! Aunt Lori