So, when the four of us go to the Rainforest, it is a two-day drive (we have long ago given up the dangerous, stomach-churning option of driving over night). We want to arrive ready to write, so we have a tradition of giving each person up to half a day (usually it turns out to be 1-2 hours) to talk out whatever they want about their Rainforest project.
Then the rest of us ask questions, help brainstorm, and diverge into writerly topics sparked by the discussion, ending with, “is there anything else we can help you with?” Invariably, not only the focus on the individual, but all the discussions and divergences, ignites each writer’s ideas, creativity and passion for their project. We land at the Rainforest primed and ready to write.
In addition, the writers I travel with are knowledgeable professionals, so it is like a series 4-member convention panels providing a two-day professional development course in addition to the writing and inspiration of the actual Rainforest, itself.
I head out on Tuesday to Lake Quinault in Washington State for a week-long writers’ retreat! Looking forward to outlining Book 4!!
So, with the novel in submission, I’m back to freelance editing. I have 2 clients at the moment, and another I need to talk to, to see if we are a good fit for each other. My current projects are both super-interesting, and I really enjoy the editing work!
Bursts of Fire has been supported, so far, by two action-adventure videos. The next videos we want to put out are artist-inspiration videos, but the feedback we got last summer was that they were unclear. So we are re-thinking the idea of having them with no voice-over.
I had one of the artists (Adria Laycraft) visit me this week and we did a voice recording of her answering a bunch of questions about what inspires her art. Of course, with modern technology, you can do a fairly good digital recording with minimal equipment, but my daughter, who has her BFA in this field, suggested we do it in the laundry room with foamies to absorb the echoes, and use a nylon-stocking pop-blocker.
I think the recording worked pretty well. Of course, the proof will be when we put it onto the video, and see if the quality is what we want. Still, an interesting experiment.
Got a lovely compliment on the last day of teaching Show vs Tell for the Alexandra Centre. Two students, separately, asked if I was teaching any upcoming courses. Then, during the Q&A at the end, a third student asked the same thing in front of the group and suggested I let the class know if/when I had an upcoming course. I’d told them I was negotiating potential dates to teach “Novel Surgery,” and when that was finalized a day later and I informed them, I got two registrations within the next 24 hours. I took that as a compliment!