Apologies for not having posted something in a couple of weeks. Besides being busy with Halloween, my favorite holiday, I’ve been hard at work with many of my projects.
Halloween was fantastic this year. My lovely partner and I went as a jam band. I went as blueberry jam (on drums), and B went as strawberry jam (on guitar). We made cookies, pumpkin pie, went on creepy witch walks, enjoyed Hocus Pocus, Pan’s Labyrinth, and other content-specific films.
As of now, I’m still enjoying the holiday. Today, November 4th, I carved pumpkins, prepped roasting their seeds, slow cooked some ribs in sweet Vermont maple BBQ sauce, and am cranking Rush at high volumes. I capped the afternoon with the black lab- we went out along the birch trees in time to see the sun claw through the clouds enough to set in front of us.
Unfortunately, although I’d love to never work, I’m not yet a professional writer making a salary solely on my wordplay skills, and thus have also spent time applying for jobs. I have many interests as well as skills: marketing, writing, education, environmentalism, grant writing, social media, music, journalism, and public speaking- but you’d be amazed at how harsh the job market still is, since my days three years ago when I last lost hours upon hours combing classifieds.
I have taken creative time, however. I picked up work on my novel again, which began in 2009. Hopefully you’ll be seeing it in completion one day soon. As I gain momentum as a freelance writer and publicist I’ll eventually have enough time to just finish the damn thing, but you know how it goes- not to mention that I tend to bounce from manuscript to manuscript, poem to poem. The novel is further than it ever has been before, though.
For continued suspense, I won’t yet tell you a thing about the story, save to say that fans of steam punk will enjoy it in modesty, and those who enjoy a caper will perk up as well. During a writing break, I also went back to my previous novel, still in its second draft, and read the introduction again. This reinvigorated my love for the project and I intend to take that up again, too.
Now that my music website, Angelica Music, is closed down, I don’t have to dedicate so many nights interviewing musicians- which I loved doing, by the way- and then transcribing, editing, and sending off my articles. There was also much time invested in managing contributing writers, interns, and performing social media tasks. And although I miss the website, I keep up my music journalism skills publishing to this blog, Cider Mag, and some soon-to-be other entertainment periodicals.
The applications are in, the novel at a break point, Halloween over, November starting, and so I had just enough time to write this update. I hope to give you more soon. I’m starting work on my next motivational speech, entitled “The Professional F**k Up”, which I hope to complete by New Years.
To sum: I am happy, out in nature, inspired, tired, and creating like I haven’t in years. Stay tuned, True Believers.