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Creative Block

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Hosts Violaine "Vee" Briat and Sean "LordSpew" Glaze doodle and chat with artists about their creative journey, lives, and how they break through their "creative block". Violaine Briat - https://twitter.com/violainebriat Sean Glaze - https://twitter.com/lordspew
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Feeling like you aren't getting anywhere with your creative projects? Do you find yourself comparing your work to that of others? It's not just you. What if you could connect with other creatives who faced the same challenges? Creative Block interviews creatives that are doing their own thing, working that side hustle, or have found their own unique style at a larger brand. Creative Block celebrates creative talent, and encourages other creatives to keep trying new things, keep working on th ...
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The Adventurous Author | How to Write a Book, Character Development, Beat Writer’s Block, Creative Writing, World Building

Author DK Drake | Fantasy Author, Adventurous Author Coach, League of Adventurous Authors Leader

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Hey, Christian Author! Wanna write great fiction? BUT writing is hard because you… - Have NO TIME because you work a full-time job or go to school full-time - Doubt your writing ability. - Have no idea how to write the kind of captivating stories you love to read. Then welcome to The Adventurous Author, the podcast with short and entertaining episodes for Christian authors in high school, college, and beyond. Through these episodes, you will… - Gain confidence in your author identity. - Mast ...
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is LOIC LOCATELLI. Loic is a comic artist, background artist, character designer, and illustrator. His comics, FLAVOR GIRLS and PERSEPHONE, were published by Archaia/Boom Studios. Along the way, VEE chats with LOIC about GETTING HIS START IN ANIMATION IN JAPAN, TRANSITIONING TO FREELANCE, HIS SCHEDULE FO…
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Javan comes soooo close to collecting his first dragon today...but then he makes a cocky mistake that lands him (literally) in a sticky situation. Listen in and enjoy your visit to Zandador! Your friend, DK Escape into the Land of Zandador: Get your free D.K. Drake Starter Library Purchase one or all of the Dragon Stalker Bloodline Saga books on Am…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is PAT KAIN! Pat worked on Beavis and Butthead, Apple and Onion, and Superjail. His past credits include director, storyboard artist, animator, and character designer. His comic Rorg of the Blood Swamp is available now through Pat's Etsy! Along the way, VEE and IAN chat with PAT about CANCELLED PROJECTS,…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is PENDLETON WARD! PENDLETON is writer, voice actor, storyboard artist, and the creator of Adventure Time and Midnight Gospel! Vee, Sean, and Pendleton are creating pitches based on suggestions from all of you! Using a very scientific and elaborate mechanism to randomize the suggestions from Creative Blo…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is AARON LONG! Aaron is a director, musician, and indie creator. He's was a director on Bojack Horsemen, supervising director on Tucca and Bertie, and is the creator of Sublo and Tangy Mustard.Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with AARON about GETTING HIS START ON TRIPTANK, WORKING ON BOJACK, CREATIVE PRO…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is some of the NOUNSFEST TEAM: CHRIS WATERS, ERIC TOWNER, AND WALTER NEWMAN! Chris Waters is a development executive who spent the last three years at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. His Favorite movie will be revealed IN THIS EPISODE! Walter Newman is the former head of development at Adult Swim. Before that, h…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is DREW GREEN! Drew is a storyboard artist, illustrator, and writer. He worked on Battle Kitty, Steven Universe, and is coming off a project at A24, #1 Happy Family USA.Along the way, VEE chats with DREW about MAKING THE DECISION TO MOVE TO LA, WORKING ON MIGHTY MAGISWORDS, UGLY BOARDS, and so much more!…
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Enjoy Chapter 42 of The Dragon Collector! Your Friend, DK Escape into the Land of Zandador: Get your free D.K. Drake Starter Library Purchase one or all of the Dragon Stalker Bloodline Saga books on Amazon. Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts: “I love The Author D.K. Drake Show!” If that sounds like something you’d say, please rate and review …
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is ANGUEL ROUMENOV! Anguel is an animator, illustrator, Game Dev, and does 3D Rigging. You can see his work in the award winning indie game PotionomicsAlong the way, VEE and KARL chat with ANGUEL about DECIDING TO MAKE VIDEO GAMES, THE CURRENT STATE OF A.I., TIPS FOR LEARNING RIGGING, and so much more!Wh…
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In Chapter 41 of The Dragon Collector, Javan opens his big mouth and starts the ticking time bomb that makes collecting his first dragon a near impossibility. But it’s that ticking time bomb that helps speed up the story and send it spinning toward its climax. Tune in to find out just how long he has to collect that elusive first dragon and what’s …
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is CHASE CONLEY! Chase is director, storyboard artist, writer, and character designer. He is currently a director on X-men '97. Previous work includes: director on Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeast, 2D Advertisement designer on Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and storyboards artist on Sonic 2! Along the way, V…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guest is UCHEOMAAA! Uche is a writer, comic artist, and animator. He's animated for the music videos of Sideways by Fredo Bang and Presha by 2Chainz, Lil Wayne. You can check out Uche's comic "Vibe Check!" on webtoons, where he updates every Thursday and Sunday! Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with UCHE about…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is JESS CUFFE! Jess is a storyboard artist, director, and character designer whose work can be seen in Invincible, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and Legion of Superheroes. Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with JESS about GETTING HER FIRST JOB AT MARVEL ANIMATION, ANIME, WORKING ON ESTABLISHED FRANCHIS…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is GERALD KAYE! Gerald is a storyboard artist, revisionist, writer, and musician, who has worked for Titmouse, Warner Bros, and Marvel, on shows like Spidey and His Amazing Friends, My Adventures With Superman, and Wings of Fire! Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with GERALD about WORKING AS A PA, HIS FAV…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is WOLLY MIGHT! Wolly is an indie creator, animator, and lead compositor at Meatcanyon. Check out Wolly's shorts “DEEPSTATES” and “Cucumber & Mr. Hatts” on their youtube channel! Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with Wolly about WORKING WITH MEATCANYON, BEING A WITCH, ADVICE FOR LEARNING COMPOSITING, and…
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Welcome to Creative Block! This week's guests is... the Creative Block team! We're celebrating our 150th episode of the podcast and we just wanted to take an episode to commemorate that in podcast form! Joining us this episode are VEE, SEAN, EDITOR CLEM, PRODUCER MARCO, and our newest member, EDITOR EBUKA!We talk about our favorite episodes, memori…
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Today I wanted to share a fun little story that will inspire you to write stories that are met with the silence of awe. I love that phrase: the silence of awe. I wish I had thought of it. But I have to give credit where credit is due…which would be to AI. Actually, the story I’m sharing today was written by AI. I could have made it much better by a…
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Today I am excited to share a poem with you that I wrote…the prompt for. That’s right. I asked AI to write a poem for the Christian author who wants to write a book but is scared to start. Starting something new can be scary, especially when it’s a big of a dream as a book. But we’ve got God. He’s with us and gives us the ability to craft amazing s…
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2024 has gotten off to a weird start for me, probably because of the way 2023 ended. But it’s a good weird. Listen in for details. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Register for your FREE ticket to the Thriving Scribes Summit here. HURRY! The Summit runs from January 22-24. You’ll be able to soak up innovative publishing models, writing methods, & strate…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is INBAL BREDA! Inbal is an animator, storyboard artist, cat enthusiast. They've worked on Amphibia, The Owl House, and Hailey's On it! Also check out some of the animation Inbal has done on their own project, Super Space sisters. Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with INBAL about WORKING ON AMPHIBIA, ANI…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is REBECCA KIRBY AKA REWEKI! Rebecca is an illustrator and cartoonist. They've worked as a revisionist on Adventure Time Distant Lands, done freelance illustrations for Vice, Fantagraphics NOW, and BOOM Studios. You can check some of her illustrations and shirt designs in her shop! Along the way, VEE and…
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It’s the final Fantasy Fiction Friday of 2023. I’ve got chapter 40 of the Dragon Collector cued up for you today. In this chapter, Javan finally comes face to face with his greatest foe, King Omri. Throw in a few evil dragons, one of whom is about to eat his mother, and he finds himself in a world of trouble. How is he going to handle these challen…
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Merry Christmas! Today I'm sharing the short program I wrote and performed in with the kids at my church entitled Receive. Enjoy! Your friend, D.K. Next Steps: Connect: The best way to get in touch with me is to shoot an email to dk@authordkdrake.com. APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE LEAGUE OF ADVENTUROUS AUTHORS: I have opened up the League of Adventur…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is MICHAEL GROVER AKA GROVERTOONS! Michael is the creator of GROVERTOONS, and the webcomics Deeply Dave (soon to be a graphic novel) and Hamburglar Goes to Hell. Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with MICHAEL about NOT USING SOCIAL MEDIA, BEING A MISSIONARY IN THAILAND, WORKING FREELANCE, and so much more…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is STEPHEN NEARY! Stephen is the creator and executive producer of The Fungies! He was a Supervising Producer on Clarence. Feature story artist on Ice Age 3 and a bunch of Blue Sky movies. For the past year, he has been boarding on features in production and development for Annapurna Pictures, Netflix, I…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is Nick Edwards! Nick worked as director and story board artist on The Fungies, Summer Camp Island, Apple and Onion, Clarence, and Uncle Grandpa. He created two shorts for Cartoon Network, "Beetle and Bean" and "Allnimal." You can check out some of his current work in his comic Kingly, which he updates r…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is LIZA SINGER! Liza was a feature story artist on the Avatar: the Last Airbender movie and a director at Titmouse and Marvel/Disney. They are currently writing and illustrating the graphic novel Wayward: Fractured Shadows, which is set to release in 2025/2026 through MacMillan. Along the way, VEE and SE…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday featuring chapter 39 of The Dragon Collector. This chapter sets up the big showdown between Javan and the evil King Omri. Listen in to find out how to use the art of suspense to make your fiction great...and to enjoy the story. And because I don’t want to leave you in suspense any longer, let’s go to Zandador! Your frien…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is MOSS LAWTON! Moss is a director on Monster High. They storyboarded on the Invader ZIM movie, the Pokemon shorts "Bidoof's Big Stand/Path to the Peak," and Monsters at Work. Their comic Hellaween is available now! Along the way, VEE and SEAN chat with MOSS about FINDING WORK, COMING UP WITH HELLAWEEN, …
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In today’s episode, you’ll hear me share my ideas for a Christmas play I am writing for my children’s church kids to perform on December 10. Normally, I don’t like like to share my ideas with others until I’ve organized my thoughts and have a clear direction for my story. The League of Adventurous Authors has changed that. In addition to weekly che…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is JESSICA BORUTSKI! JESSICA worked as creative producer on Bunnicula, did storyboards on the Snoopy Show, directed on Thundercats Roar, and worked as character designer and director on the New Looney Tunes Show! Along the way, VEE and KARL chat with Jessica about GETTING HER START IN ANIMATION, UNCONVEN…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is CHRISTIAN BOVING ANDERSEN & EVA LEE WALLBERG! They are the writers, directors, and creators of The Heroic Quest Of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe! They've collaborated on the shorts on Rob 'n Ron and Ride of Passage, and both worked on The Amazing World of Gumball! Along the way, VEE chats with Christian …
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It's Fantasy Fiction Friday! I’ve got chapter 38 of the Dragon Collector coming your way today. In this chapter, you get to meet two new dragons, Dahlia and Eli. Dahlia is the evil king’s Dawn Stalker, and Eli is his Dusk Stalker. You’ll find Dahlia is a bit of a snob, and Eli…well, writing about Eli’s appearance in this scene broke my heart. Liste…
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As of today, November 2, 2023, you have two months left in the year. 8.5 weeks. 60 days. That means you have time before the end of the year to start a new writing project or make progress on or even finish a project you are already working on. So what do you want to achieve? How will you finish 2023 strong? Listen in for three tangible tips to fin…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is NATALIE ANDREWSON! Natalie is a comic artist, illustrator, and risograph printer. You can see her work in Wolfboy and the Everything Factory on Apple+, her graphic novel The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and in her print shop!Along the way, Vee and Megan Fisher chat with Natalie about MOVING TO LA, S…
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If you’re not sure how to end — or start — your story, this episode is for you. I’ll share a tip I thought was ridiculous when I first heard of it: bookending. Then I started seeing this technique being used in almost every story I read and movie I watched. Listen in to find out what bookending is, why it's popular, and how to use it like a pro. Yo…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is SCOTT O'BRIEN! Scott is a director, storyboard artist, and animator for shows like Zorkie of Planet Ruby, the Animaniacs Reboot, and animated on the recently announced Genndy Tartakovsky project "Fixed".Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with SCOTT about BOARDING EXPRESSIONS FIRST, ADAPTING TO CHANGING …
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is SAGE COTUGNO! Sage is a writer, story board artist, and director for shows like The Owl House, Star Vs., and Gravity Falls Their new graphic novel, The Glass Scientist, is available now for pre-order!Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with SAGE about INTERNING AT PIXAR, MOURING DEAD PITCHES, EXHAUSTED W…
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Happy Friday! I’m reading chapter 37 of The Dragon Collector for you today. This chapter starts the setup of the events leading to the end of Act II and the final turning point that launches the story into Act III. In this chapter, Javan finds himself in the middle of a massive slow-moving crowd. Usually when I’m in a crowd, it’s because I’m on my …
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In today’s episode, I share one of the biggest mistakes I made as an author that cost me countless hours of wasted time, disorganized chaos, and confusion. I have a hunch you might be making the same mistake. If so, no worries. I have two solutions for you that will help you save time, bring order to the chaos, and gain clarity for your writing pro…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is J.L WESTOVER AKA MR. LOVENSTEIN! MR. LOVENSTEIN is a writer and comic artist who released one collection of Mr. Lovenstein comics, Failure, with a second volume, Feelings, available for pre-order.Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with Mr. Lovenstein about GETTING HIS START IN COMICS, STUDYING FINE ARTS…
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It’s Fantasy Fiction Friday! Today I’m reading chapter 36 of The Dragon Collector for you. I did not like writing this chapter. An innocent kid got hurt, and I couldn’t let my hero help him. As I wrote the middle part of this chapter, I imagined it from three points of view: my main guy Javan, the kid who got hurt, and the villain Micah who hurt th…
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The idea of being a #1 NY Times bestselling author is not something I’m striving for. I’ve tried to make myself want to achieve that goal because I thought it was what I was supposed to want when I decided to be an author. I even did some research to figure out how one goes about reaching such a goal. The research didn’t change my mind. As a matter…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is GABE LIN! Gabe is a storyboard artist for features whose work is included in the Loud House Movie, Lego Batman 2, and most recently doubled as the Head of Story/Story Artist on TMNT: Mutant Mayhem!Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with Gabe about THE NIGHTMARE INTERVIEW FOR HIS FIRST GIG, NAVIGATING IN…
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Farewell, Published Before College. Hello, The Author DK Drake Show! Listen in to find out why the name of the show is changing and how this fresh direction will help you reach your writing goals faster. Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the FREE Revolutionize Your Writing Masterclass. The FREE Virtual On-Demand Virtual Experience launches Oc…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is ALEX CLINE! Alex is a storyboard artist, character designer, and comic artist who worked on Frog and Toad, City of Ghosts, Summer Camp Island, Bojack Horseman, and Regular Show.Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with Alex about GETTING HIS FIRST JOB FROM HIS SHORT, TESTING FOR REGULAR SHOW, MOMENTS THEY…
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Today’s Fantasy fiction Friday episode is coming to you on storytelling Saturday just to shake things up a bit. In this chapter of The Dragon Collector, we see the first hint of romance for Javan, some backstory on the romance of his grandparents, and some foreshadowing about what’s to come in books two, three, and four. Here’s a storytelling tip f…
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Ever heard the terms "WPH" or "Words Per Hour" but had no clue what they meant? Then today's episode is for you. In it, you'll learn what this key writing metric is, six reasons why it's important, and how to calculate it. Listen in! Your friend, DK Next Steps: Sign up for the FREE Revolutionize Your Writing Masterclass. The On-Demand Virtual Exper…
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Welcome to CREATIVE BLOCK! This week's guest is MORTIS GHOST! Mortis Ghost is a writer, comic artist, and game designer. He is the creator/writer of the comic Dr. Cataclysm and co-creator of the video game OFF, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary!Along the way, Vee and Sean chat with Mortis about HIS FANBASE, HIS NEW GAME, WEIGHT OF SUCCESS,…
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Happy Friday! I’ve got chapter 34 of The Dragon Collector ready for you today. It’s not an action-packed chapter, but not every chapter in your book should be filled with non-stop action. Your characters need downtime to recover, and so do your readers. That’s why pacing in a book is so important. Go too fast and pack too much in and you exhaust yo…
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