December 6, 2018
I mentioned in a couple of my progress blogs that I’d been painting. I have been experimenting recently with space nebulae.
Had to teach myself the valuable lesson of having fun once again a couple nights ago during my painting session. I was trying so hard not to mess up a painting I was working on, even though it was study painting and I should have been exploring concepts rather than trying to do a “masterpiece.” So guess what happened?
Yep, I messed it up. I was so not happy with it. I decided to play around with the mess I had on my canvas.
Wow! Rather than pulling my paint with the brush over the canvas, I started to push it. Because I had such a mess, I was getting incredible results. Well, I thought they were. Here’s what resulted:
While waiting for this one to dry, I started a new canvas and I just let this playful state I’d reached have at it. Here’s it’s result: Read the rest of this entry »
December 4, 2018
I’m starting this post for the second time. I went off in one direction and realized that it was a whole separate post. You’ll get it later in the week. You’ll know it when you see it because it’s about playing around. I think that was exactly what I needed to do when I started that post, along with solidifying the lesson in my head.
After all, these aren’t just pep talks for you, though I do hope they help and that you find some value in them. Often, they are present me giving future self advice: hey dummy, you learned this lesson once already; aren’t you ready to move on already?
But that’s not what we’re here for today. Rather, I thought I’d show you a piece I’ve been working on.
I’ve mentioned in a couple prior progress posts that I had been painting, but I never showed any pictures. So here’s one.
It’s a 5″x7″ acrylic on Bristol board (though you can see my margin notes to myself which I haven’t erased yet). It’s also not quite as dark as it looks here. This looks almost like a blocked in painting. Sorry.
I “finished” this piece quite some time ago and I’ve been meaning to varnish it. I’d hoped to have it matted and framed for the last show I did, but I couldn’t get there. I wonder if that’s the process telling me that I’m not done with it yet. It all feels very symmetrical to me. I can’t stop the nagging feeling that it needs something. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to finish it yet. Maybe it truly is a work in process still. Am I learning to trust the process with my painting as well as my writing?
Time to pull out the charcoal and/or the sketchbook and start trying some ideas. Wish me luck.
October 29, 2018
I want to personally apologize if anyone heard my near continuous, mental screams of anguish this weekend.
It has been very difficult.
Those blurs are my many eraser marks! Writer fortified with much coffee and a chocolate biscotti.
I finished the plot outline for Tangled Magic and Walk the Path, which meant it was time to sharpen the focus. That’s kind of hard to do when you don’t even have focus. On Saturday, I obsessed over the dang thing so much that I nearly didn’t get my words done for the day. I did, but I totally had to shove the story out of my head and not let in any distraction. I did write about Cirvel, but he took me on a wild ride and showed me a piece of his world from before the time of Tangled Magic and so I was on a thrilling adventure. If Cirvel had turned to me, as character often do, and asked if I now really, really, really wanted Rivic to win, I probably would have sank to my knees, giggled, and said, “No, Cirvel, you are forever the Lord of Gohaldinest. Only a monster would want that wimpy kid to beat you.” **giggle** Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2018
For several months now, you’ve heard me talk about Stonecharmer in some of my Monday progress blogs. I’ve been pretty closed mouth about it other than that because I didn’t want the story to pop and fizzle on me. I also want to make sure that it was not connected to my Sacred Knight/Wells of the Onesong stories before I started saying, “Oh, yes, I’m working on a completely stand alone novel.”
For me, that would be the kiss of death for it being a stand alone! It would then, undoubtedly, be tied to EVERYTHING for ever and ever!
Why am I telling you this now? Read the rest of this entry »
August 27, 2018
I want to thank all of you who supported the audiobook version of Quest for the Three Books after it came out last week. Thank you! I was absolutely amazed at the response.
I did finish the audio for I’m with Cupid and I’ve started recording For Sale, Call Loki, so I’ll be editing that starting this week. I’m with Cupid ended up being very short — of course, it is a short story — and comes in just under 28 minutes long.
I’m making the change from recording and doing preliminary edits in Audacity to working completely in Adobe Audition. That’s been a little bit of a learning curve, but not too bad since I’ve been editing and mastering with Audition for several months now. I’m excited about the possibilities this brings me, even though it’s a complete reworking of my process. Read the rest of this entry »