Life! Here’s me saying I’ve been engaged in so many activities, and so much has gone on (a trip to WA, scribbling furiously away at my rough draft, illustrating, summer school, and a miscelllany of other things). I’ve been writing madly! That’s one of the best things. Music is becoming a major part of my life–it evokes the greatest inspiration for writing and artwork, and I’ve found a new obsession: Owl City! I am a little amazed I haven’t actually known much at all about it, except here and there. Recently I’ve been listening like crazy to Owl City plus so much other music . . .
And drawing! I’m working on concept art right now for my novels, and recently I’ve joined Pinterest, to my delight. It is perfect for concept art. My tastes have developed, in the film, art, and music arenas, as well as in the realm of books. I’ve been having to read outside American history, which I’ve been focusing on for the longest time, and moving my concentration to other areas, such as the Renaissance . . . for instance–the book Ivanhoe. Tell me, do you agree that Sir Walter Scott enjoyed talking about the attire of his characters? That’s one complaint, plus verboseness, (typical of Sir Walter Scott’s era)–effusive description is not a bad thing. I do quite a bit of it myself, and am tempering this tendency carefully. But there’s such a thing as paragraph upon paragraph . . . upon paragraph (*gasp*) of description, that can kinda weigh a fellow down. But I find it highly interesting to learn that Sir Walter Scott is the first writer to pen historical fiction. He created the genre! So I’m grateful to him for that, and can forgive him for his loquacious style that gets me down sometimes.
School’s upon the world and it’s definitely going to get hard to do blog posts. And I know I pledged to do a number of them this summer which never appeared on the blog. To my small readership (because I hardly ever post), it will be one priority on my list to see to it that I post more frequently. Enough of this . . . now I’ve got to start actually talking. And that talk generally revolves around history, books, writing . . . etc., etc.
Here are some favorites from Pinterest: