Got an excellent rejection from Penguin Canada today, with three paragraphs of critique and the option to resubmit! I guess I know what I’m doing for the next little while!
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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!
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.
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.
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!
The weekend was awesome. Sat on some fun panels and saw some that I really enjoyed. Partied, of course, and performed in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Banquet. Was so happy to see people from the academic world, poetry, playwriting and literary genres come out–and a lot of very positive Facebook messages afterward. I think this festival just keeps getting better and better.
So, I attended Michael Cassutt’s screen writing workshop on Wednesday and Thursday–it was awesome! And, so good to see so many people from all over–Michael, of course, and David B. Coe, Hayden Trenholm, Suzanne Church, Barb Galler-Smith, Diane Walton, Susan McGreggor Gerald Brandt, Rob Sawyer, Adrienne Kerr, to name a very few. I could go on! Also met some new, and very wonderful people–Patty Briggs (a great singer, btw, and her husband is fantastic on the guitar), Barbara Fradkin (sooo friendly!) and Jamis Paulson. I knew Shirley Smith Matheson prior to WWC, but had never heard her speak–so funny and sharp!