Hi everyone and happy July! I can’t believe we’re more than halfway though the year. Even though it’s been a busy one, I’m genuinely grateful for all of the amazing experiences I’ve gotten to have so far and I’m super excited about the next half of 2017. Let’s dive in!
On the writing front, I’ve just begun to outline the final book in the Fortune & Fall series (which is actually going to be called “Fortune & Fall”). It’s hard to put into words how excited I am about this series. It’s definitely the story of my heart, the one I’ve been thinking about for years and years. For that reason, I am determined to take my time and get it right, which is part of the reason why I’ve been spending a lot of time studying books about screenwriting and storytelling craft. I’ve been learning so much and I hope to bring that all to the Fortune & Fall series! So far, I’ve only released one of the four books, but my plan is to release the rest of the books fairly close together once they’re done.
In the meantime, I’ve also been working through James Patterson’s Master Class, which is an online course you can take if you’re interested in learning more about the writing craft.
Finally, I’ve written a poem that I’ll probably publish on my site over the next week or so. I don’t often write poetry but this one came to me a few weeks back and I really liked how it turned out. I love poetry immensely and genuinely wish I wrote more of it. Hopefully I’ll be able to delve into it more over the next few years!
Formatting & Editing
I’ve finished editing A Spectacle of Stones, which is the third volume in The Vampire Skeleton series and am now formatting the print and ebook versions of the book. I’m super excited to release this book, which I will be doing on September 21, 2017.
I’ve also finished a first round of edits on a rather fun project I wrote a few years ago and had truthfully not intended to work on at all this year. In all seriousness, I hadn't actually planned on returning to this book ever again but I happened across it in May/June and wound up getting caught up in the story and next thing you know—it was done! The book is an adaptation of the wonderful and much-loved Pride & Prejudice except all of characters are Indigenous and they live in a fictional First Nation community called Smoke River. And honestly—this book was so much fun to write. I love Jane Austen's books and throughout the years I'd occasionally wonder how similar stories would play out if they were told from with an Indigenous lens. Once I started writing, I found there was so much that was different (certainly more than I've probably captured), but it was great to write it considering things like Turtle Island and Indigenous women’s rights and collective responsibility and language and Treaties. Anyways. Some of these ideas bubble to the surface in this iteration alongside the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy. Like I said. SO MUCH FUN.
Last but not least, I have finally started the more intensive editing process for The Fortunes of Ithaca. I am aiming to have the next draft of this book completed by the end of September. The cover art for the book is actually done and I have to say—it is so, so beautiful. I can’t wait to share it!
On a side note: It’s funny writing this update because lately I’ve been feeling a bit impatient with myself. I have not written as much as I would have liked to at this point in the year and returning to work after my maternity leave has definitely impacted my work flow. But now that I’m writing this update, I’m realizing I've actually accomplished quite a lot in the last few months—especially where editing is concerned! So hooray for me :).
Audio Books & Podcasting & Film
I love that these updates force me to remember that I want to turn my books into audio books and also that I want to start a podcast and make a film. None of things has happened quite yet—but they’re going to! And when they do they will be awesome.
Art & Illustration
Art continues to be an essential component of my overall creative practice. I’ve continued to experiment with different styles and materials, including gouache and yup paper. I find that I’m also having a lot of fun using filters to discover new colour palettes and textures. It’s very cool. I honestly have so much learning to do where art is concerned but I love it and I find that if I just focus on finishing pieces and making at least one new piece of every week it is a good pace for me.
I’m also learning a lot about what I like to paint and this is helping me reach a bit deeper and start to reflect on how art might act as another form of communication around ideas that are important to me. You can see some of my newer work in my portfolio on my website. I’ve also been posting a lot of my works-in-progress on my Instagram account. My next steps with my art practice are to reflect on the work I’ve already created (I had a goal of doing 12 paintings with a specific theme or style) and to take a few courses and try to push myself to try incorporate some new/different elements into my work. All in all—very exciting!
How about you? What creative projects are you working on right now?