Hartford Courant Article: Fantastical World of Jon Sideriadis

•August 8, 2013 • Comments Off on Hartford Courant Article: Fantastical World of Jon Sideriadis

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Link to article:  http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts/hc-artweek-0808-20130805,0,6682285.story

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Book One Update

•April 5, 2013 • Comments Off on Book One Update

I’ve reached the halfway point with Book One, and I’ve made great strides in designing new characters, settings, and allegories to enrich the mythology as a whole.

As of now, the myths will be divided into four books:

Book One: The Era of Stars

Book Two: The Era of Men

Book Three: The Era of Black Holes

Book Four: The Era of Darkness

Expected Release Dates…

•January 2, 2012 • Comments Off on Expected Release Dates…

I haven’t posted in a long time because I’ve been writing feverishly to finish my next manuscript.  I’m submitting it this year and I’m planning for the book to be released by 2015.

The Notepad…

•November 23, 2011 • Comments Off on The Notepad…

It’s extremely important to carry a pocket-size notepad and a pen with you at all times.  If you think of your mind as a sponge and open it up to the people and places you interact with everyday, you’ll realize that ideas for your story and your artwork are everywhere.

For example if you’re out at work, sitting in a cafe, or standing in a line at an event and you overhear some people exchanging stories, it’s a great opportunity to borrow their experiences and abstract them to fit within the context of your writing.  Original ideas often come to me from my subconcious, allowing me to make meaningful connections I never considered before between my characters and their stories.  And these great fleeting ideas that slip through your mind will never be forgotten if you have a notepad by your side.  Sometimes the best idea comes to you when you least expect it – the seeds of great ideas blow by so quickly that they enter and exit your mind before you can catch them.  This is why some of the best ideas remain unexplored.

Dactylic Hexameter…

•October 11, 2011 • Comments Off on Dactylic Hexameter…

As I began writing, I realized that I required a specific format consistent with that of the Hellenic Epic Poet, Homer.  Astromythos was meant to carry on the tradition of my ancient forefathers by creating a new, original mythology foretelling of the final stages in the Greek mythological cycle and the human race at the end of time.  The use of Homer’s dactylic hexameter augmented the bridge built by my stories between ancient Greek mythology and the mythology of mankind’s future.

The hexameter row, or “foot” is measured in six (hexa) consecutive “fingers” (dactyls).  Dactyls 1 – 5 are composed of one long, stessed syllable and two short syllables.  The final dactyl, or sponde, follows with 2 long, stressed syllables.  The short hexameter lines form a vertical column, and this is an ideal layout for a book such as Astromythos with illustrations and right sided footnotes.

This really helped create the atmosphere I wanted for my vision.  Although Astromythos is set eons into the future, I wanted its aesthetic and its rhetoric to be ancient.  The setting of Astromythos is hidden so far away in time that it is no more foreign to us than our shrouded primeval past.  The contrast is deliberate.  This cyclical theme is one of many time motifs in my universe.  I wanted to establish the concept of eternity, the notion that nothing ever comes or goes, in all things dead and alive.  We may not know what lies ahead, at the end of the infinite void – it may just be nothing at all.  But we must push ourselves forward without looking back, or be consumed.

Astromythos Archives…

•September 29, 2011 • Comments Off on Astromythos Archives…

Today I built a system of digital archives to organize the Astromythos content in my journals.  I started recording every word and scanning every picture from my sketchbooks, writing journals, and from other sources – such as notes I jotted down in magazines & books.  The archives will serve as a convenient reference database, which I can quickly refer to when I’m writing my myths.  The archive is separated into folders: each representing a different myth in my series.  All ideas, passages, and drawings for each myth will be placed in their respective folders.  The archive will also contain all finished artwork and, of course, the manuscript for each book in the Astromythos series.These are my journals and sketchbooks.  My old system of organizing ideas was only effective before I started writing the manuscript.  The color coated flags were great for marking key stories and drawings, but only during the concept phase of Astromythos (which took 11 years).

My digital archive is also more convenient because it serves as a backup in case any of these journals are destroyed.

Scraps, napkins, and magazine clippings

•September 24, 2011 • Comments Off on Scraps, napkins, and magazine clippings

To make the writing process go smoothly I started by gathering my sketchpads, sketchbooks, journals, and all previous work that fell within the realm of the Astromythos universe.  I recovered scientific magazines and art books from my collection and flagged pages so that I could remove specific passages for reference material.  I read through my enormous collection of writings and drawings, careful to make sure that I did not omit any important information for composing my work.  As I leafed through my journals, I meticulously flagged every sketch and every passage that I wanted to include in the thesis.  I then looked through my art books and flagged all pages I could use as artistic influences.  After I finished this step, I reviewed the material and created a tentative list of paintings I wanted to produce for the book.  I then built a filing cabinet into a large desk drawer in my studio space to categorize all relevant clippings from magazines, printouts, and photocopies.  I left certain material out in the open so I could transform my studio into a projection of my mind.

This is a picture of the northern wall of my studio.  It’s very important to cover your workspace with imagery from your world so that you feel like you’re living inside of it.  You have to eat, sleep, and breathe in this world – otherwise it won’t seem as rich and wonderful to others.  I hung old paintings, drawings, icons, thumbnail sketches, quotes, liquor labels, reference posters, magazine clippings, trinkets, animal skulls, and other inspiring paraphernalia in this cerebral sphere.  I foraged for every little napkin scrap and notepad page on which I had ever scratched a fleeting idea or sketch.  I glued most of these down in my sketchbooks.  I posted the others on my dry-erase board calendar, where I scheduled every month, down to the day, in accordance with my manuscript agenda.

On to the writing phase…

 
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