Last week on Election Day, I actually started the day with good news. And not just one bit of good news, but a double dose of good news. Of course I was hoping that I could ride that wave of happiness throughout the day, but we all know how that panned out.
Good Tidings Number One
I’ve been accepted for another year with the Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s Artist Exhibit Program (AEP)!!!!
If I was surprised at being accepted last year, I have to say I was doubly surprised to be approved this year. Why? Well, let’s just say that in my 2017 AEP application I submitted a couple pieces of work that weren’t that great.
Of course, right after I hit Submit, I remembered I had some better work I could have included with my application. I actually considered withdrawing my first application and trying again, but didn’t want to anger the Submittable gods by messing with their system.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know about the AEP. For those of you who don’t know about the program, it’s a way to get local artists’ work into local venues such as businesses, libraries, and public buildings. Your work stays up for three to four months and there’s no commission taken if you make a sale.
Through the program, my work went up in a county building for three months this spring. I was then selected for another showing at a hospital this fall. I have to say it’s a great program run by great people and I’m looking forward to another year with them!
Good Tidings Number Two
The first draft of the redo of Book Three of my fantasy series is done!!!!
Actually this is kind of confusing because I was up to draft three (or was it four?) on Book Three before I had to take a step back from the whole series to evaluate just what the hell was going on. Now I’m on draft one of Book Three – it’s all getting very complicated in my computer file keeping all these drafts straight.
Even though it’s set me back a few months on my self-imposed (and now self-abandoned) deadline, I’m so glad I took the time to take a hard look at where the remaining books in the series are headed. The new draft is 20,000 words longer than the original and has a far richer story that I hope readers will love.
My only quandary now is that I feel like I’m on a drafting roll and I am tempted to keep writing and complete the first draft of Book Four. Book Three and Book Four are very closely tied together regarding their sequence of events (as in, many things are set up in Book Three that play a significant part in Book Four), so I’d love to take the momentum and keep going.
I also feel that by drafting Book Four, it would ensure that everything in Book Three is set up properly – nothing is worse than getting into a draft and realizing you hadn’t established certain events in the book you’ve already published – and would allow me to organize and re-sequence events in both books just in case something is a bit off.
The downside of drafting both books is time. Writing a draft of Book Four would probably take until the end of the year. Then again, there’s only about five people in the world clamoring for Book Three, so it’s not like another delay would cause the world to collapse (I’ll leave that task to the Orange One).
Any thoughts on this? Do you every have so much momentum for a project you just can’t stop? Oh and to those five people who do ask about Book Three, THANK YOU, you encourage me to keep going!
Audience Member Question: Are you more scared of zombies, climate change, or an unseen asteroid collision with Earth?
Neil deGrasse Tyson: I have equal fear of all three, but I share all three fears as a second-place fear to my Number One fear….My Number One fear is the consequences of leaders of the world who are not scientifically literate. That is my biggest fear because if you’re scientifically illiterate all the rest of that will happen, but if you’re literate you’ll take precautions and you’ll understand and you’ll put in the kind of legislation and changes necessary to protect the future of the human species because that’s what science has been doing ever since it was invented.
–Star Talk Radio, 11 November 2016