The site has a new look. And there are new projects on the horizon.
One of the first things you’ll notice is I’ve stepped into the current era and am attaching a “featured image” to each post. Unless explicitly stated, all images are my photos. It is a nice way for me to showcase some of my favorite photographs and add a little “pop” to the home page. You’ll also noticed a lot of old content is gone. It might come back in the future. We’ll see. But there are also some new things you probably haven’t read yet.
So where are we going from here? That question doesn’t have a simple answer. But stick with me and we’ll figure it out.
First and foremost, I am ready to admit that “writing challenges” just aren’t my thing. I can do them. I enjoy them. But I’m never happy with my output. After 7 or 8 NaNoWriMo attempts, with 2 wins, this will be my last year. I will be participating this year. But this is my last hurrah. And I’ve got an interesting concept for this year.
For the last several years, I’ve written my ass off in November. But nobody has ever ready anything I’ve written during the month. Because I end up hating what I’ve written. This year people will be able to read my work every day that I write.
The concept is simple: Each day in November I will be writing a short story. At the end of the day, the short will be published to this site. 30 days, 30 stories. Each story will be independent of anything else written. Or at least that is the plan.
But there is a twist! Isn’t there always a twist?
The inspiration for each short story will be a work of art. Paintings, sculptures, things like that. I’m currently amassing a folder of potential inspiration. Suggestions are also welcome. Each day, I will select an image at (almost) random and tell a story based on that work of art. Not about the artist or any history of the work itself. Just whatever pops into my brain about that particular work. Relatively unfiltered and unedited. Raw storytelling.
For example, my story Loves Last Labor was inspired by a photograph of 2 skeletons sitting on a park bench. I can’t find the original photo back, so I can’t include the image in the post. But for NaNo, I will make sure to do so.
Is this going to work? I don’t know. I think it will. I sure as hell hope it will. If I didn’t have at least some confidence in the idea, I wouldn’t be putting it out there.
Come December 1st, we’ll look to the future again. We’ll see how things go. I have some larger ideas in my head. But right now, I need to get myself back in the habit of writing every single day. And then I need to work on not breaking that habit.