I’VE BEEN MIA FOR A BIT NOW, what with frantically trying to get all my ‘ducks in a row’ with my book, getting another art exhibition ready, traveling to visit friends…and now a lovely sinus infection.
It’s finally quieting down, though there are still loose ends everywhere. Still things to be signed, Book Art classes to attend (I’ve missed three with my travel, which makes me very sad), a little more traveling and some digging into my photo archives for a potential sale or two.
With my train travel, I have actually had time to sit back and doodle with paper and water color–and completely read two books (and start a third)! I haven’t been able to do that for some time now. Thank God for the Kindle, which allows you to ‘cart around’ a stack of books without the burden of bulk. Such a delightful feeling to finally get into other writers fantasy worlds, and I am craving more. I’ll be downloading more books very soon! The books I read: Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One by Nickie Storey and The Last Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith. I do not believe in spoilers: Both are fiction, well written, fast paced, fun stories geared for middle schooler and beyond. There are characters you’ll love, cheer on and those you’ll loath. I think I found myself tearing up in both at times. Like I said…well written.
Speaking of train travel, now that I have done the Coach Car routine on two separate trips, I can honestly say it’s great for shorter trips, but ‘overnighters’ may require a sleeper in the future–if I can find one cheap enough. Two hours (maybe) of sleep on the floor of the observation deck leaves a lot to be desired…the coach seats, though spacious, do not recline far enough for my poor back. The phenomenon of feeling like you’re still on the train…it is the most bizarre feeling…I’m not sure it is from my sinus infection (maybe an inner ear thing), or from the prolonged constant motion of the train, but I still feel (a day after the train ride) like I’m rocking or swaying, especially if I’m sitting. A very strange feeling, indeed. Not bad, just strange.
The loose ends for the first book in my series consist of giving the final okay (I’m still not satisfied with their explanation of why the print on the spine is so smooshed up, so they won’t get it till it’s either corrected or tell me it cannot be corrected–in which case, I will NOT be a happy camper and will remember that for the future book designs), filling out and signing marketing contracts and finally, setting up dates for my book signings and readings. I am still excited about late next month, when I will have my stack of books in hand, sitting down to sign copies for readers. I also just received my web address for my very own authors page at my publishers site, with all the information about the book, about the author (me) and Xlibris link to order the book: www.djjamesonsmith-author.com
On the painterly side, I am taking a book arts class, learning different ways to create books, large and small, which I will incorporate into the personalized storybook creations I make. Open Ground Studios has created a “permanent” rotating artists’ work wall, which is super idea, and I have one piece included. Now that things have quieted down a wee bit, I might actually have time to do some art there, also!
I plan on taking a trip down the coast in the near future to capture some images of our beautiful coastline and trees. They (mostly pine, redwood, with a few deciduous varieties) will be beautiful once the temperatures cool down and they start their brief color changes…the mix of colors will be striking — I hope I can capture it to my satisfaction!
Very soon — only a couple days more than a month, NaNoWriMo begins once again. I am excited! November 1-30: 30 days of ‘writers abandon’ attempting to create 50,000 words. I already have plans for my fourth book floating around in my head. I will use NaNo as my starting point for this book. Then of course, soon after, I will need to hunker down to begin tying up the loose ends for the next two books in the series so they will be ready for publishing early- and mid-year of 2014. Secrets Beyond Scymaria, book one, was the beginning, setting the stage. These next two will be even more exciting than the first. Book four is planned to come out just before the holidays, Fall of 2014, if all goes well.
Life continues to be exciting, challenging and full — both between the pages of books and for real…
May God bless your days ahead, filling them with health, wisdom and a wealth of experiences.