Sunday, February 26, 2012

second instalment of the diary of the last person on earth

Here is the second episode in my serial. Comments are welcome as well as ideas on how the story should go.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Diary of the last person on earth

Here it is, the beginning of my story. It will be told in serial form so keep coming back to read more.
I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thinking about writing

This is a picture I did a couple of years ago now and I thought it reflected my current mood. I'm heavily into thinking. Thinking about stories. I have an idea that I am itching to try but if I start it I might not be able to continue it.

I'd like to start a story and post it as a blog. I'm wondering if because everything is going so well in the book writing field at the moment whether or not I should begin this new blog soon...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A year of drawing

This year looks as though it is hotting up to be one of drawing, painting and writing. I can't tell you how exciting that is. I have my graphic novel to do with its intricate pen illustrations and I am also working on a proposal for another graphic/illustrated novel with a well known Australian novelist and it already has some interest from a publisher. I'm not sure whether these will be pen or pencil illustrations or some other drawing medium but it is a fantastic project.

On Thursday I start and online novel writing course. I signed up for this before I knew what else was happening. It is not the best timing but I intend to make the most of it.

In September I have booked myself an exhibition at the New England Art Society Gallery. I think I shall show small acrylic paintings and some drawings in a style that is influenced by certain women surrealist painters. The drawing above is an unfinished work that will hopefully end up in the show.

As a result of all my new projects I have decided to suspend my PhD until everything has quietened down. The novel part of it will be worked on in the online novel development programme though so it will be buzzing along in the background.

I love this kind of year but am sometimes so excited I can hardly breathe which doesn't help the work to get done.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Breaking News

I've just signed a contract with Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Sky Horse Publishing, New York, for my very first work of fiction, a graphic novel to be published in the Amercian Fall, so probably November this year. Needless to say I am very excited about this project where I get to write and illustrate my own story.  Sky Pony have said I can show the cover when it is designed (in the process right now). So stay tuned...

Until I can give a sneek peak of the cover you'll have to make do with a drawing I did late last year inspired by a book I bought on the works of Leonora Carrington. Leonora became linked with the Surrealists before the Second World War. She and Max Ernst shacked up together for a while. Leonora got separated from Max in the turmoil of the beginning of the war and she fled to Mexico.

In Mexico Leonora met Remedios Varo, a Spanish woman painter and together they experimented with their art. More can be read about both these women in a book called Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement.