It's a whirlwind adventure over here at Creative Antics this weekend. What can I say? I like to keep things at an insane pace and then occasionally fall on my face from sheer exhaustion. That seems to be the way I keep my muses happy and willing to work with me on creating stuff. So this weekend, not only am I getting ready for the upcoming Marginalized show next Friday, but my studio group, Art on 12th, is having their semi-annual open house this afternoon from 2-4. So I'm in the midst of hanging not just one, but two shows, while also trying to juggle all of my various writing deadlines.
Oh, and while I'm at it, I've also started a total rewrite on the story that was once La Playa Blanca. It's getting a make over and a new linear storyline, thanks to some sound advice from my editors. One should never scoff at the advice of editors. It's not that they always know what's right, but neither should anyone try to write in a box. It usually turns out crappy work. Best to rant and rave and get angry if you must, while on the surface remaining mature and polite, of course. You might even need to give yourself some time and distance from it, but then truly sit down and take what the editors have said to heart. Nothing they say is ever intended to be cutting or mean. Not if they are at all professionals, and most are. I guarantee work that has several eyes and lots of opinions on it is always much better overall, particularly if you are willing to be open minded about changing things.
Anyway, I digress. After taking that needed distance, I started over, making some big changes to the overall story arc. I've hit the 6000 word mark here today on the do over, which I am now calling Deep Down. The whole thing is already up around 10,000 words and I just started the rewrites at the beginning of the week. Not too shabby for a girl with more balls in the air than she has hands to juggle them with. Now that I've caught the linear storyline, and figured out how this thing can come together, I feel like it's turning into a much stronger story. It might even hit novel length before it's over. My goal is to have it done in time to give away at least a .pdf version for the Hop Against Homophobia, but that might be pushing things. Alas, the writing is going strong, so in case I forgot to say it, thanks editors. You know who you are. I really appreciate the honesty and the little shove in the right direction.
If you live in the Lynchburg area, and you like abstract art, come on by the studio today, Sunday 4/29/2012. Art on 12th is on the corner of 12th and Grace Street in downtown, above The Art Box. We'll be open from 2-4 PM. I will be showing my abstracts at this particular show. Plus, all ten of the other artists in the building will be showing, as well. It should be a good time.