I took a two week stay-cation after NaNoWriMo in November and enjoyed some real holiday time and spirit. Now back at it, even through the holidays and I’ve been currently writing my next novel Under The Oak as well as editing and writing the second draft of Behind The White Gate. Don’t ask me why I took that task on of both at one time. Under The Oak will take longer to write, however, than a one month project. In the process of editing and novel writing is the How To of publishing and the fun part is submitting, writing queries and research research research. All things that I love (perhaps not so much the query).
I am touching base slightly upon the job market, seeing what’s out there and watching those places I’m interested in but mostly the watching, keeping up with and also keeping up with their industry news as well as industry news in a lot of my own writing subjects. Again with the reading and research. I am re-reading Stephen King’s On Writing for the second time, just finished a cute memior written half in Englsih and half in Italian (a language challenge of varied ones that I give myself from time to time) and the two newest year end and year beginning Reader’s Digest Magazine’s. There is really a never end of learning…which is also true for my reading’s of Inc. Magazine, Forbes, TheMuse.com and Entrepeneur among others.
January has much of keeping up with as well as the adding to…hopefully adding to some more freelance writing work, writing work outside of my own projects and a real life job because getting stuck in my own head would be no good. One needs growth and interaction in many ways. I also look forward to a few creative collaboration’s this year and going forward with a few fun projects such as In My Mind:
“In My Mind is An Art Study of Awareness of Mental Care and Attention.
It Includes research of mental health and mental health care focusing mainly on the lack there-of in care for Mental Illness in our society.
This project will include Producing film, photography, music, writing, visual art, public shows and collaboration between artists and doctors as well as people who carry mental illness to bring to the public a visual that reaches the heart and mind. Bringing a hidden, ashamed of, and locked away controversial topic to the forefront. In the end this project is planned in stages will grow beyond this immediate main exhibit.
Using art for awareness, education and a platform that speaking of the topic is ok. It’s safe. It needs to be spoken of. A few celebrities are starting to speak out. Robin Williams Died. Amy Winehouse died. Sarah Silverman is speaking out. Lady Gaga is speaking out.
Children are dying in schools. Young people are killing. Our prisons are full. And every day the “normal” person around you suffers. In a day and age where gender and same sex marriage are topics in the news we still do not speak about mental illness.
Now is the time to bring this skeleton out of the closet.
I will create a series of writings and visual art from the minds of those who live daily with a mental disorder and bring awareness of a controversial area that our society lacks in mental health care.”
And Bride’s especially:
“An Art Study of Marriage. Inludes research in marriages and relationship. Divorce. Suicide and murder. Collaboration with artists in film, photography, producing photoshoots, film, music and public art shows. Turning writing into visual art.”
Basically my last hurrah! of divorce itself and the story telling of the dark side of getting into marriage.
Not to mention the airstream and the sailing fun adventures coming soon.
I am planning the year out in these last few days and preparing well….though as history goes, not all goes according to the best laid plans.