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,

Eric

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Taking A Break–well…sort of…

Just letting you know that I won’t be posting anything for a few weeks.

Everything’s okay…no disasters have struck.

I’ve begun writing the first two books of my post-apocalyptic novel series. It’s the first time I’ve attempted anything this ambitious and I’ve come to the conclusion that, at least while I’m starting the process, I can’t let myself be distracted. I have to devote my full attention to getting this project properly organized. To build a rhythm that will keep the whole thing on track so I don’t lose the creative momentum needed to see it to completion. Once the first two installments are well into the first draft stage, I know nothing will stop me because it’ll have a life all its own.

So, I just want you to know that if I don’t post anything or leave a comment for a while, it’s not because I’ve lost interest or don’t care.

I just HAVE to get this series STARTED…I MUST do it RIGHT!! This project has been boiling around in my brain for the last eight months. If I can pull it off just right, it’s going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride!!!

Wish me luck!!!

Very Best Regards,

Eric

 

Historic Jukebox: Jamie XX & Edgar Allan Poe

This is one of the most original and unusual posts I have ever seen. It is a true experience! I’ve disabled comments on this one. Visit the original post at Content Catnip to like and post comments.

Content Catnip

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. In any case they are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come!

Instructions

1. Play Video.

2. Read Text.

3. Daydream. 

poe

jamie xx

Edgar Allan Poe ‘The Bells’ 

I
Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

II

Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Golden bells!
What a…

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A Future We May Not Have…

A Future We May Not Have

The Harder They Fall by Eric A. gehlin
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I’m continuing with the apocalypse theme this week.

An image rendered with the freeware 3D fractal software Mandelbulber accompanied by one of my favorite quotes by science fiction novelist Arthur C. Clarke.

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As always your comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged.

Regards,

Eric

The Coming Post-Apocalypse (or How Would You Destroy The Earth?)

The Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace by Eric A. Gehlin
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Ok, I’m going to come out and say it for the world to know.

1. I’m writing a series of post-apocalyptic novels.

2. I’ve written an alternate history, decided on the events and nature of my apocalypse and all the players are in their places. I’m writing the first two novels together because the events in these opening installments are so intertwined that they will set the stage for rest of the series.

3. I’ve decided that my apocalypse will be a catastrophic act of nature with some man-made mini-disasters thrown into the mix to make it really interesting. I’m not saying exactly what it is for now but I’ll formally announce the series in the next few weeks when I have some concept art to share with you.

Some have argued that the genre of the post-apocalypse has been done to death. That its potential to surprise and thrill has been exhausted. Well, I wouldn’t be tackling it if I wasn’t convinced that I had a strong concept that will intrigue and entertain my readers.

So I’d like to know what you would do if you decided to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Which type of apocalypse would you choose?

Natural Catastrophe: An asteroid collides with the Earth(or maybe the moon). A monster solar flare fries the atmosphere. Tidal waves, volcanoes, global warming (or cooling)…

Man-Made Disaster: Atomic war. Disease. Disease that creates undead zombies (ugh!!). Maybe an atomic war that creates a race of mutant zombies (double ugh!!!). A technological disaster. Industrial pollution that causes global warming (or cooling). How about an invasion from outer space? Ok, that last one wasn’t man-made but I didn’t know where to put it.

A Combination of Both: Asteroid collides with Earth causing a mass extinction with tidal waves and earthquakes. The survivors clash, causing an atomic war that creates a race of mutated zombies(ugh!) which are then invaded by aliens from outer space.

I’m having a bit of fun here and I want you to join in.

If you had the chance, what would be your favorite disaster for a post-apocalyptic world.

Don’t be shy. Leave a comment and share your ideas!!!

Regards,

Eric