Okay, I know, almost another whole week of no posting. It’s been crazy busy lately.
I just spent the last 24 hours working on SEVEN hand-lettered and inked 14″x22″ posters for a film being prepared by Kathleen Quinn of Operation Maple for Participatory Budgeting Ward 2 – Hamilton Ontario. It’s going to be a cool non-speaking video with groups standing around in carious locations around Hamilton waving these posters like signs. I just wish I’d had time to purchase some boards to mount the posters on, so they’d last longer. I predict they won’t survive the filming, which seems kind of a shame for so much work. Still, should be a very cool video, if you don’t mind rap soundtracks. 😉
EASTER EGG HUNT
I have another kind of poster I’m working on for the Carter Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt. I already finished a version of it, but it didn’t have enough Easter Eggs or an Easter Bunny in it. I don’t really draw holiday mascots very often, so I needed to think about that one. Then my wife decided to draw me a cartoon Easter Bunny, which was very thoughtful of her. Of course, our art styles are nothing alike, but I think it should be usable. Thisis the previous version, which should have more eggs in it by the end of the day:
That just leaves the cartoon staff drawing and the ‘next issue’ cover demo to draw. I have the cartoon drawing half demoed already, but I may have to start over to get the details a little clearer; the size I’m drawing it at is just a bit small for the level of detail I’m getting.
Sorry, no fiction writing this week, so far. I’m starting to forget what I was working on, but I do know that I’ll be making some changes to the last chapter or two that I was writing in THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO. I keep thinking I oversexualized that last chapter, even though it was about a swinger’s party. and I haven’t decided if I’m going to add that third act after all, since I’m blowing another deadline anyway. I mean, really, the only person setting writing deadlines here is me, but I like to prove I can meet a deadline when I pick one. But this project just seems to need time. Funny when I remember that it was actually started in late 2012. It seems like I just started it a few months ago. Weird how immediate it feels when it’s really one long aside. Maybe I better reconcile myself to the fact that it’s become a real sequel, despite it not being planned as such.
After that, I’m gonna take a break from Richard, because I’m starting to feel like I’ve burned out on him, and I still have at least two proper full length Richard Burley novels to write. I’ve got plenty of other projects to work on, so it won’t be any kind of hardship, really. Should be nice to focus on something completely fictional for a change. I feel like I’ve been mining my life story for material for the better part of a decade now, which is close to the truth, if you factor in the fact that I started TERMINAL MONDAY in late 2007. It’s been a long time since I started improvising those first few chapters. It’s not a best seller by any rational measure, but it’s still a very special book to me.
Anyway, I also still have to get back to work on STEEP INCLINATIONS (which STILL doesn’t have its own page). I’ve barely picked up an instrument in weeks, and I haven’t recorded a part in months. Should be interesting trying to get back into harness for a whole double-(triple?) concept album. That’s a LOT of playing, and I’ll be doing a fair bit of it from the keyboard, since most of the old music I’m reviving was keyboard-driven. Haven’t played like that in almost twenty years. Gonna be a steep learning curve, that’s for sure. And I’m still wondering how much the boys (Derrick and Gary) are really going to contribute to this one.
And that’s all for now. Hope that was enough of an update for you. I hope to be back tomorrow, but with the way things have been lately, don’t look too surprised if I’m gone for another week.
Thank you for reading, and have a great day.