Welcome to Written Ward!

My name is John Ward. I work as an illustrator painting images for self-published authors which they use for book covers. Here’s one I did:

Painting is solitary work. It’s a lot of hours stuck in a chair focused on a single image. At times, it can be exciting and other times it can be like watching paint dry. Literally.

That tedium part can be dangerous. That’s when I’m tempted to get up and find something else to do . . . which isn’t always compatible with deadlines. As a way of dealing with that temptation, I divide my time between making up stories of my own or thinking about the technology that makes all of this possible. I also read a lot.

This newsletter is where I hope to share some of the stories I’ve written and my thoughts about the intersection between writing and technology. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

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Illustrator and Writer. Unofficial Notes evangelist.