I am shocked to see that I haven’t updated my blog since May. On the other hand, I don’t feel too bad because I stuck pretty much to my work plan for this year.
This summer saw the release of my fantasy novel Necessary Monsters. The earliest drafts of NM go back a few years, so this was significant for me. After that, I did some illustrations for somebody else’s book, which I enjoyed a lot (specifics to come). Once those were finished and turned in, it was time to sit down and look at my next novel, (working title Tailor of Echoes) with a fresh eye. Now, with that finished and turned into my agent, I am working on a series of illustrations for my short story collection Magpie’s Ladder. And this will take me close enough to the year’s end that I will still have time to do some Christmas shopping and call it a day, er, a year. Then it will be time to peek into that folder called, Fragments, where I keep the seeds for my next writing projects. I also have some art shows coming up, but I will talk more about those when the time comes. So there you have it, how I spent my summer and how I intend to spend my fall.
If you haven’t read my novel, and you’d like to, you can find it on Amazon. There are also a few signed copies on my webstore. I recently added an original pointillist ink drawing to the store, called Forager, so check that out too.
If you have read my novel, and you liked it, consider leaving a comment on Amazon or Goodreads, to help other readers find it.
For my part, I am reading Amatka by Karin Tidbeck, which looks amazing (check out her interview in the August edition of Locus). I’m also starting Brian Aldliss’s Helliconia trilogy, which is an unpardonable gap in my reading history.
Foundling is a new drawing that I completed for the inaugural online group exhibition by WOWXWOW called Lightning Bolts and Little Sparks. In honour of the show the site has posted a new interview with me. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible show featuring the works of a truly diverse group of artists.
I finished this drawing last night in a focused three hour session under a prickly cloud of late-in-the-day caffeine and headphone music (6lack and Pineapple Thief). Like the last piece, it’s mostly brush and carbon black ink, and a little fine tuning with a dip pen. As soon as it was finished I was already thinking about the next one. The 8″ x 10″ size is perfect for creating compact little worlds. There are 8 more boards in this tablet, so a series is tempting. Maybe just one more, before I go back to the Foundling. If you are interested in seeing works in progress, I document new works on my Instagram account See icon on this page).
Over the weekend I added another 1200 words to a new short story called Powerplant. It’s for a new collection called Dark Cloth, which I’m hoping – rather arbitrarily – to have done by the end of 2017. I also need to return to the novel I’m writing, tentatively, The Tangled Slope. I left my main character in a rather awkward position.
This is a new piece called Search Party. I’m taking a break from some large pieces to execute some smaller ideas. For this drawing I used brush and ink for the main subject and a dip pen for the background. It was done on archival Cranson board. I’ll probably do a few in this vein. It behooves me to mention that this drawing is available for purchase in my webstore, where earlier in the week I added a few other small originals.
Earlier in the month I sent the copy-edited manuscript of my novel Necessary Monsters back to the publisher. The publication date has been changed to June 6. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and other on-line sellers.
I also sent a revised to manuscript of my short-story collection Magpie’s Ladder to another publisher. I hope to have an announcement around this project in then next few weeks.