Now that the holidays are done, and writing La Playa Blanca (LPB) has come to an end, it's time to move to that "what's next" phase. And, don't worry, there is plenty in the works. The one thing that ties all of my art in its various forms together is the need to promote greater respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment.
I spent yesterday at the studio. But, I didn't paint. Instead, I ended up doing administrative work preparing LPB for subbing to publishers. This included things like query letters, formatting, and synopsis writing, all the things I find most tedious in this writing experience. I've done them before to sub my journalism, short stories and poetry, but never for this particular genre, and so, in some ways it feels like I'm starting at the beginning, again. It's all a learning process. LPB should be off to its first potential home by the end of the week, so, if you haven't read it, now's the time. Once it's sent out, it must come down from this site.
This week also finds me working on The Elephant Keeper novel. Mark and Aiden are ready for some quality time. Aiden, as I've already mentioned, is an elephant keeper working at a fictional Chicago zoo. Mark is an environmental artist, like me, who creates sculptures out of industrial metal scraps. His work comments on the overabundance of human trash. (I'll talk more about the environmental art movement in coming posts.) Mark, a long-time lover of elephants, is chosen to create an elephant sculpture at the zoo. He and Aiden meet under less than ideal circumstances, but fate has a way of throwing them together, and the sparks, they will fly.This story has been fantastic fun to write, so I'm looking forward to giving it more of my focus.
There are numerous other projects in the works, some of them in entirely different genres, one is a big secret that I am very excited about. All of them remind me that a new year is always a good thing, because it feels like rejuvenation and a fresh start loaded with potential.