Sunday, April 17, 2016

New WIP - New excitement

After a long time editing and rewriting Danger Tastes Dreadful, my middle grade fantasy that is in the query cycle right now, I am thrilled to be writing something new. It feels like it has been forever.

My new novel is tentatively called Josiah and the Bridge of Fire, and it is a very different book for me. This is a contemporary late middle grade novel, but it has a parallel story told in poems in the book Josiah finds. These poems echo some of what is going on in his life with perhaps a touch of magical realism in how appropriate they can be.

I have little idea how one pitches/sells/categorizes a book which is partly prose and partly poems, but I've wanted to give it a try for a while. I'll worry about details like that when I have something to show people.

Since Josiah is African-American, and living somewhat on the edge of poverty, I wanted the poems to resonate better with that life. With that in mind, some of them will be written in a form of hip hop poetry if I can manage. I have actually written the first of the ones for the novel, but don't want to share it yet, so instead, here is my first hip hop poem, which is a rewriting of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Click on it to see a larger version if you have trouble reading it.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

In the Galleries - Weeks 4 and 5

Two different pieces this week, one a re-do of Week 4's piece, Edward Hopper's "Hills, South Truro" and another of Claude Monet's "Gardener's House at Antibes". The latter was a lot of fun, and I thought I captured the feel fairly well given that I was using very different materials (pastel sticks on sandpaper rather than oil on canvas). I didn't have time to finish it (no trees on right, for example), but

My unfinished version of  "Gardener's House at Antibes":

Three different studies of "Hills, South Truro", the first two from last week, and the last from this week: