G'morning, everyone. I'm feeling a bit groggy today, for no good reason.
Decided to take a little time to relax this morning before I start work;
I'm reading Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane
, which is very good
-- more for the characterization of Jenny Waynest, her protagonist, than
for anything else. She's a wonderful character, and reminds me of me more
than I'm quite comfortable with. It's odd, watching her struggle with
some of the same things I struggle with; I wonder what she'll end up
choosing, and whether her choice will give me any insight into my own
decisions. I'd like to meet Barbara Hambly at some point...
After that, a whole passel of stuff to do. It tires me just thinking
about it, so I'm not going to yet. :-) Will probably check in later...was
just saying hi, really.
4:20. Well, I did eventually get moving on the day. I spent a while
revising my intro to Wet and sent it off -- I'm still not
entirely happy with it, but hopefully it's better, and the Melcher editors
may be able to help me make it spiffy. Part of the problem is that I just
don't have as much to say as I did last time; the last intro, I really had
a point I wanted to convey. This time, not so much.
I also spent a while writing up a fund-raising letter for SH. We're going
to have a little fund drive in December and try to raise $1000. So far,
the primary burden for the magazine's funding has been on a few people.
Not only would we like to spread that out more, but when we apply for
arts grants, it'll look a lot better if we have donations from lots of
different people, no matter how small they are -- it shows a broad base of
public support for the magazine, which is one of the main things arts
organizations are looking for. I've never really done fund-raising, but
I've received enough of these letters (especially from my high school),
that I have at least a rudimentary sense of what to say. The trick is
going to be writing them periodically and keeping them fresh and hopefully
at least a little interesting, so people don't just delete them out of
hand. E-mail is even easier to throw away than print solicitations --
although I suppose eventually, it'll be easier to donate too, since you'll
just have to click on a link or some such to signal your agreement.
After that, I decided I'd done enough real work for the day. :-)
(Yesterday and Monday were pretty intense.) So I picked up a book I put
down a while ago, Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, and read
some more. Honestly, I find it a little dull. But I'm more than halfway
through, and it'll bug me if I don't finish the thing. When I couldn't
stand that anymore, I decided to work on Xmas presents. There's one I'm
working on that involves lots of messing with graphics and printing them
out and cutting them up and glueing (sp?) them into the little red book I
made last week. So I spent a couple of hours on that; oddly satisfying.
I'm working with very small images (for complicated reasons), which I'm
blowing up to double size (still pretty small), which gives a fairly
grainy look. I wasn't sure it was going to work, but even though a lot of
resolution and detail is lost, I actually like the way it's coming out.
It feels somehow appropriate to the subject matter, which involves some
stuff from long ago. Anyway -- so far, so good. I glued in a few pieces
and am now pressing the book and waiting 24 hrs for it to dry, so I can
make sure it's working okay before I put in the rest. Then I'm going to
add a few poems, and possibly a few hand-written things (though I'm a bit
dubious about that, as my handwriting is not so lovely). Fun.
I also started work on another book -- this one will probably be for sale
at WisCon. It's a larger one, about 6 x 4.5 in. It'll be a different
verson of the children's story I wrote, The Poet's Journey.
(I can't remember if I mentioned this idea to you already...bear with me,
if so.) I'm going to make it using some of the same techniques I used for
the glass collages, using dried flowers and leaves as I go. I don't think
they'll necessarily be particularly appropriate to the story, but that's
okay; it'll be an attractive little book, which is really all I'm aiming
for with this one. A nice one-of-a-kind piece that I won't mind selling.
:-) I'm not at all sure what's a reasonable price for something like that
-- when I finish it, I'll put up pictures, and y'all can help me
I had an idea for another version of it -- rather than a bound book, this
would be a series of large, loose-leaf pages, each one with a page of the
story and with collage elements that actually suit what's going on on that
page. So for example, the first page takes place on the beach, at the
girl's house. So I would incorporate sand and feathers into that page.
Another page might have dried flowers -- another might have bits of
ribbon, or broken mirrors, or simply layers of words... I'd create a
portfolio case for the entire thing, to protect it; I don't want it to
be too fragile, but I think it'll need to be handled with some care.
Each page would really be a separate piece of art. It's so cool in
my imagining, but I'm not at all sure I have the skill to implement what
I'm thinking of doing. I'm going to try...but I'm going to practice with
some other pieces first. :-) It would be lovely to have this done in time
for WisCon, though...
Zak said that I might actually be able to sell little erotic books, with
my poems and stories. To be honest, that hadn't occurred to me at all.
:-) What do you think? Would people buy them? I'm not sure what people
would want to see in such items...and I'm not sure what adds value to such
collectibles. For example -- it'll be a lot neater if I print out the
text and glue it down. But I wonder if people would prefer if I
hand-wrote it all; would that make it of more value? Suggestions/input
welcome -- I'm a bit lost on the subject.
Paul and Marcia are coming for dinner, so I should go start cooking. I
have salmon marinating in teriyaki sauce; I'll be grilling that and
serving it with a sweet rolled omelette and sesame seed rice timbales. A
nice gewurtztraminer to accompany the meal; I'm feeling elegant today. :-)
Although it's difficult to be elegant while watching Star Trek...