Bad Blogger! Bad!

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to blog more. And look how that’s turning out…

I am certain many of you have been waiting with bated breath (or ‘baited’ breath perhaps) for the next HILARIOUS post and I have let you down. For this I am truly sorry.

Okay, not so much.

But the good news is that I have been a busy, busy bee, making capital-A Art, working on two short stories, revising my novel, and continuing my quest to find the abs under my flabs. Progress has been made on all fronts, despite James’ discovery of a killer cashew brittle recipe. (Read about it if you dare…)

I submit for you, a new pen and India ink “Brain-Fever,” still under construction. The picture’s kind of crappy, but you get the idea. I hope to have this one finished soon so I can give it to my sister for her birthday, February 11th. Don’t tell.

Brain-Fever #8 (In Progress)

It’s one of my larger-sized pieces, meaning it’s 30″ wide X 20″ tall. It’s kind of whimsical in person. Especially since, from a distance the colors combine making it seem like grayish swirls, but as you draw closer, the colors separate from each other more and you can see the background dots are purple or green the swirls are blue and gray and the big sort of strip in the middle is all kinds of colorful. Here’s a closer shot:

Brain-Fever #8 (Them dots don't make theirselves!)

Keep in mind, each little circle is less than 1/16th of an inch. It’s still got a ways to go but I thought I’d show everyone what I’m working on.

As for my book, I’m feeling more energized than I have for months. NationChurch is the name of it, if you haven’t been scouring my site. You can learn more or even read a bit of it by clicking the links.

Over the last weekend, I went to a seminar with an amazing agent from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency named Elise Capron. My previous plan to get an agent basically consisted of praying someone would hack into my computer, love my book, get it sold to a publisher and make me a fortune. We did some exercises, Elise read ten pages of our projects and we got to sit down and talk to her about it for ten minutes or so. Very valuable information.

The Dr. Smith plan of submitting your novel: Oh, the Pain!

Bottom line: She was complimentary of my writing but she inspired me to go back in and possibly work on the first few chapters in order to better grab an agent’s interest. She also worked with me on my query letter, an odious piece of writing that novelists must submit to agents and publishers that distills my precious, precious book into a few paragraphs.

Anyway, Elise looked at mine and had some terrific ideas to spruce it up.

The whole seminar thing was done by the Writing Pad, a group I have worked with on and off for the last few years. They’re great. Definitely check them out for all your creative writing-type needs. Plus they serve gourmet food at each class.

I promise to write another (funnier) blog post in the next week or so, but wanted to update folks on what I’ve been up to.

I’d love to get some feedback on the new Brain-Fever, on my novel, on my website or anything else. Drop me a note here and I’ll write back.

  1. I absolutely love the new Brain Fever. I’m going to steal from Michelle.

  2. I’m jealous. I have the code for her alarm system. I might become an art thief or at least hold it for ransom.

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