Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as an artist. Whatever endeavor I take on, the creative process is a unique journey to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. Each painting, each photograph has its own challenges. The learning process and evolution is a continuous journey, but one that brings me much joy.
The explorations of creativity are fascinating and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I’ve spent time the last few days (in between
newspaper editing and article writing) working on the new book. The goal is to
provide more description. I’ve managed to get through Day 1. Photos were edited
which also help me to remember details I hadn’t written in the travel blog or
Yesterday, I perused Google Maps and the atlas tracing
the route, and came up with a couple of surprising revelations. A quick glance
at maps does not always translate well to the subsequent actual traveling.
There were a couple of times when my sense of direction was totally off, even
with the compass in the car. Yesterday’s scrutiny of the New York Thruway
interchanges contradicted what my feelings were as the interstate was accessed.
My mind kept saying, “This is not what I felt while actually driving!” I
studied the maps. How did I not understand this before?
After I finished writing Day 1, I copy and pasted it
to a new sheet to see how adding photos would look. I realized that too many
pictures detract from the text, so I definitely want to do a picture book of
the journey. That book will contain more of the along the road shots while the
travel book will have the better, more artistic pictures.
I want to work on both books at the same time. I didn’t
do that for the 2013 trip and subsequently never got around to doing anything
with all the pictures that didn’t make it into the travel writing book. What a
waste of some beautiful photographs. I’m not going to let that happen again.
“Not Too Cold for Alligators” is being written at the
moment in MS Word. The printing/publishing decision will be made when I’m
further along with the book. As for the picture book, I’ve looked at templates
and pricing with createspace.com, Blurb’s Booksmart, and Shutterfly. These
books are expensive. They sound good for a copy or two, but to sell these books...
there’s no room to make any money. (And I’ve learned from past experience that
it is even impossible to break even!) It’s a lot to think about.
I’m almost wondering if an ebook is the best bet for a
picture book. Oh, I would still want a printed version for myself and I have
some feelers out to a couple of local publishing places and I’m waiting to hear
My focus is on writing, but in the back of my mind,
the call to draw is getting stronger. Ideas vie within my mind. I tell myself I’ll
only work on the book a couple hours, but the next thing I know, most of the
day has gone by. Once the light begins fading, drawing in the studio is not an
option. My poor mind feels like it goes through the wringer.