4/12/05 08:46 am
I'm reading a collection of short stories by Nate Liederbach called Doing a Bit of Bleeding
. The author lives in Gunnison, Colo. and writes about many places that I can recognize, being a native Colorado dweller myself. It's cool to read about something strange and surreal happening on the streets of Denver, or Colorado Springs. Leiderbach writes like a whirlwind. His characters lives and emotions just seem to spring out from the pages at you, and he's able to tell their stories in a simple few pages. I'm enjoying his style greatly.
I found it interesting that in one of his short tales he makes reference to a scene from another short story by Gene Wolfe, which I just read last month. It always perplexes me when random things happen.
I didn't have to read that story by Gene Wolfe, and I didn't have to pick up the Nate Liederback book on impulse, having never heard of him. It was a very strange coincidence.
I'm going to do a series of prints of my illustrations with Eric Hamel of Post Mortem Magazine
. We're going to do a series in which 6 of my pieces will be in a signed and numbered collection. I don't imagine it will sell incredibly well, but who knows. He's going to cover the cost of printing and we'll split the profits. It sounds like an worthwhile project and I really don't have anything to lose, having wanted to do some prints for some time anyway.
I'm still working on revamping my website. But hope to finish up soon. When it's done I'm going to do another round of self promotion and try to target some bigger publishers. Sometimes I worry that my style is just too much, visually and if I were to 'tone down' I might attract a bigger audience, but it is what it is and I don't know if I'm willing to compromise.
I've been feeling very spread out lately. I've been working too much and too hard and probably need a vacation, but sometimes the preparation for a vacation makes it seem more stressful than the actual vacation is worth. I would spend an entire week, stressing and fretting about getting everything done so that I can be out of the office. Then for the first few days of the vacation, I'd be so wound up from trying to make the vacation happen that I'd be worthless. Then I might have two days of peace and then start worrying about having to go to work again and suddenly the vacation would be over and I'm buried under everything that I have to catch up on from being gone.
Perhaps a few impromptu sick days are in order.