Spent the week painting and completed three more–larger paintings. I sold a second painting after the crafts fair, for $250, so I am a bit short on inventory of larger paintings. I am very pleased with the results.
So, I took some time off in November to paint, and today was the Christmas Craft Fair where I sold my paintings. I made $150, plus I sold a copy of Immunity to Strange Tales. And, I painted another (small) painting while I sat behind my table. Got lots of compliments on my work, too!
IFWA’s semi-yearly write-off is this weekend and I got a story critiqued last week so I am ready for revisions! I need to get more short fiction out in the mail. This is the weekend to do it!
So, I have been working on larger pieces that probably won’t sell at the craft fair, but now I am thinking of submitting to the Calgary Stampede under their “Emerging Artists” section, and for that I need 4-8 larger pieces. So far, I have 5, but today, someone expressed an interest in purchasing one of them. So…you never know!
I decided to try to sell some of my paintings at a Christmas Craft sale, so I signed up to rent a table on November 23. This week I have been framing completed works like mad (I just love the effect the right colour of mat and the appropriate frame really brings out the best in a painting), and I painted a new work. Now I have about 18 pieces to sell, but I still have 3 weeks before the sale, so hope to have several more by then. I certainly have a plethora of sketches to work from.
Oct 25 2013
Finished the short story–will do a final revision tonight, because it is for a reading tomorrow night; wrote a non-fiction article with my partner and submitted it; attended a signing for The Trillionist by Ed Lukowich (writing as Sagan Jeffries), which I love–of course! I edited it!
It is good to feel productive, especially after 5 weeks of being out of the country on holiday. The new short story should not take very long to finish–it’s very short.
It is good to have another short story in the mail. I really must look at some I have finished but not submitted and see if they need a polish–then decide where to send them. Tomorrow: going to New York to see the sights with my sister; but I’ll also get to SFWA’s Authors’ and Editors’ Reception. Should be great!
Back from Brazil and OMG, what an awesome trip! Highlights: Isabel’s parents are so warm and instantly family! Motorcycling through Chile’s narrow, winding mountain roads. Colonial villages with quaint B&Bs and a heritage steam locomotive. Surprise rock concerts that last all night long. Amazing wildlife along the Rio Mutum. Music, art and architecture of Savador. World War II history in Uruguay. And, I did start a short story.
Going to visit Isabel’s parents and see something of a country that I know very little about. Did lots of research over the last 6 months, but I’m sure I will learn lots and be quite amazed by the geography, people and history. Can’t wait!