The "next great project" is still under construction, and although progress has slowed considerably while I attend to the release of Living Canvas, the new book is in the final stages of first draft. Still at least 10,000 words to go, but direction has been clear and direct, so although I've struggled a bit with certain aspects, its more or less a matter of getting it down on paper at this point and then going back to make sure it's visual and engaging, not to mention a bit of fact checking to keep me honest. The original inspiration was a song title in relation to an experience, but as I was explaining the story to my hairdresser, I realized that the song probably won't make an appropriate title.
And speaking of that (here comes the rambling part), my hairdresser asked me "where do you get your ideas for stories?" At which point I explained the experience, and then the song title, and realized that these two things are almost entirely unrelated to the story as a whole, merely a jumping off point. I "saw" something, then it made me think of a song (I may have mentioned this in previous posts, my affliction to associate a song with nearly every situation I encounter), and then I started with the "what-ifs," which took me on a journey of "so if what I saw was more than what I saw, and what if it was really x, and then y, and then suppose this, then that . . . " and so the conception of the story. Did I ever mention my overactive imagination?
So while I'm finishing the new story (which I am merely referring to as Quiet for the moment until I focus my energy on a more appropriate title), go out and buy a copy of Living Canvas!
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