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Well, all has been quiet on this blog for a long time… but that’s because I have been writing!
This year my big focus has been finishing my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC. I’m happy to say that I finished all of my requirements for my degree just over a week ago! My thesis was a feature-length screenplay (set here on Vancouver Island’s west coast) and working on that has definitely taken time away from finishing this book. But I also have been working on stories and essays, as part of my degree, that will appear in the My Secret Sasquatch collection.
And… I will be reading from some of these new works here in Port Alberni next week! Can’t even say “hot off the press” because the works are even fresher than that… they haven’t even gone to press yet!
So if you are anywhere around town, please come, next Wednesday. There will also be live music by Kenn Whiteman, and an open mic – so if you are a writer, come early so you can get on the reading list too!
Wednesday April 25th
Music starts 6pm, readings start 7pm
Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle, Port Alberni
It has been a real pleasure working with Ronan (http://madebydesign.ca) on this. We worked back and forth on different drafts, playing with the fonts and the lighting. And I think we have come up with a cover that really gives a sense of the mysterious… of that dark realm, the uncertainty between what is and is not (or, more correctly, what is and what could be) that this book explores.
So, having the book cover done has really upped my motivation. I am just over halfway through the writing now, and will be pushing hard with this (while juggling a few other projects!) through the summer and fall.
The plan is for the book to be out – in both traditional paper and ebook formats – next spring!
Well, I knew that I wanted skunk cabbages on the cover of My Secret Sasquatch. They only bloom for a few weeks, from mid-April to early May, so – even though the book won’t be published for another year (I’m aiming for spring 2012) – I have been out doing the photography for the cover and for other book promo materials.
I sent the photos and my ideas over to my friend Ronan Lannuzel, who is an amazing graphic designer at http://madebydesign.ca/. I love Ronan’s work, and I knew that he would be able to take my concept and turn it into a reality.
So we have been sending drafts back and forth for a week now, and I am very excited. Ronan has great ideas, and a lovely light creative touch. He’s done things with my concept that I would never have thought to do myself, and it’s great! We are pretty close to the final version now, so stay tuned.
The general idea for My Secret Sasquatch (and other possibilities) has been forming within me for over three years now. By about a year ago, the concept: what my aim with it is, and what the content will be, became pretty clear. But really, the whole process of writing a book is a strange thing – for nearly the whole time, it feels like something nebulous rather than concrete, just an idea in my head and a list of files on my computer.
Sometimes it can be hard to summon up the motivation to finish up a large writing project – but for me, seeing the book cover is the ultimate motivation: The book is real, and there is a destination in sight. I am inspired to keep writing!
I’ll upload the cover here once Ronan and I finalize things, so check back soon!
Congrats on finding this brand new site…
Yup, it’s official: I’m working on my next book, My Secret Sasquatch (and other possibilities). This one will be somewhat different from my other books: toying with that grey area between “fiction” and “non-fiction.” My Secret Sasquatch will be a collection of writings that, rather being easily classified as stories that either “did” or “did not” happen, explore the realm of what could happen.
This website is brand new, and the book is currently half-written. Look for My Secret Sasquatch, in both paperback and ebook editions, in 2012 – and be sure to check back here for more info and some sneak-peaks of what will be inside.