My Expanding Universe-What’s Coming In 2015

Well, here we are…a new year with new possibilities. It’s been 10 months since I started Eric’s Universe. I’ve enjoyed laying the ground work for this blog and making new friends in the WordPress community. Most importantly, I’m astounded by all of the talented people here who are willing to share their expertise and opinions which has made 2014 a great learning experience for me.

So, where do I go from here?

As many of you know, my name is Eric A. Gehlin and I am a digital artist and writer. I’ve spent the past year sharing my work in the form of fractal landscapes, illustrated poems and vignettes. I’ll continue to share these types of work but it’s time to explore new horizons.

It’s time for Eric’s Universe to expand!!

What can you expect in 2015?

For starters I plan to create new worlds from the ground up. Worlds we can explore together as I create whole environments and the civilizations that inhabit them. Not just static worlds but places we can revisit, as time travelers, viewing changes as years pass, watching them evolve. As we visit and revisit these worlds, we’ll get to know some of the inhabitants, experience their struggles, hopes, dreams and adventures. The universe is endless and far stranger than we can imagine. It’s going to be quite a ride!!

I also plan to explore the creative process and evolution of visual storytelling in all it’s forms. That’s quite a challenge involving lots of research but I’m already outlining a timeline and the first articles will be posted by March.

The Resources Page will be totally revised with separate pages including links for writers, artists and self-publishers.

I’ll continue to post fractal landscapes, illustrated poems and other work as I have in the past.  There will also be regular posts listing blogs and websites which I think are worth visiting.

So there it is…Eric’s Universe for 2015.

What? No pictures this post?! Well, lets just say the best is yet to come…stay tuned!!

Let me know what you think. As always your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Best Regards,



Listening to my audience.

Ocean Sunset

Ocean Sunset by Eric A Gehlin
Dedicated to Don Charisma
Click on image for larger view

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I’ve been struggling with a case of writer’s block for the last three weeks or so. To help me get through it I’ve tried various strategies which have included spending more time with my family, reading, relaxing(when possible), housecleaning and brainstorming ideas for new projects. These have all helped and I’m starting to break out of my creative shell.

But the most helpful strategy came from an unexpected source. Recently, I posted an article about some fractal software programs that I have used to create the images that are featured in many of my posts. I also added links to those programs to my resources page. To my surprise, these links produced a lot of hits, Several of my followers have commented on how much they liked my renders and expressed an interest in seeing more of my fractal art.

I had made the decision to turn my full attention to writing but clearly there are people out there who are genuinely interested in my fractal renders and fractals in general. So I’m listening to the advice of my audience and will devote more space in Eric’s Universe to fractals and fractal art. I am also confident that this will help me break my creative block.

The last few days I’ve been playing around with a program called Fractal Explorer. I haven’t used this program since late last year so there’s been a little experimentation to get the feel of it again. I’ve already come up with several nice renders.

The render featured in this post is titled “Ocean Sunset” and is dedicated to Don Charisma who is a master of panoramic sunset photography. It’s worth your time to visit his blog where you’ll find spectacular photography,  articles on a wide variety of topics and his “Don Charisma’s Prompt” series (great fun!!).

Many thanks to all of my followers and friends in the WordPress community who have graciously offered their advice and  support!!

As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome.

Very Best Regards,






Tag Cloud – Useful Or Waste Of Space ?

Some thoughts about tag clouds from Don Charisma…good or bad plus a poll.
Check it out!!!

Don Charisma

I’ve got a tag cloud on my sidebar. Personally I have little use for a tag cloud, and wondered whether anyone else uses it … or any other thoughts on tag clouds – now’s your chance !

I have a feeling that removing my tag cloud might help with my diet … I know it’s a tenuous connection but I wanted to get diet and weight-loss in my tags LOL I’ve added wellness for good measure 😈

If you like you can vote in the poll too. Either way feedback appreciated 🙂

Here’s the poll :


Don Charisma

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Fractal Art Software Links Added To The Resources Page

Many of you have commented  on the unusual images that are featured in many of my posts. I have replied that most of them are fractal renders created by software that is free for download on the internet.

I use many different fractal programs but the three I use the most are:

Mandelbulber:  A program that renders fractals as 3D objects that can be explored on the surface and from within.

Apophysis 7x: Which renders a specific kind of fractal called a fractal flame. These types of fractals glow as if they are on fire or are iridescent.

Fractal Explorer:  A powerful 2D fractal generator that renders a wide variety of fractal formulas.


Spore by Eric a. Gehlin
Rendered with Mandelbulber
(click for a larger view)

An Imperfect Orange

Night Lights by Eric A. Gehlin
Rendered with Apophysis 7x
(click for a larger view)

An Imperfect Orange

An Imperfect Orange by Eric A. Gehlin
Rendered with Fractal Explorer
(click for a larger view)








I have added links to the sites for each of these programs to my Resources Page with more detailed descriptions of each program. Also, I encourage you to Google the word “fractals” for hundreds of sites and resources that explain fractals, the software that can render them and thousands of images of these beautiful designs.

I’d like to hear from you if you decide to explore fractal art and fractal software.

Post a comment and share your experiences with the community.



The periodic table of storytelling

The periodic table for storytelling. Here is a great tool for getting ideas for your next great novel or short story.

Street of Dreams

I’ve run across one of the neatest sites/resources for story telling, the periodic table of storytelling. It’s an interactive periodic table with all sort of great information for people who want to know the art of story-telling. Warning though, this website is super addictive, and you can spend all day on it!



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