FREE Download of Bradbury & Eight Other Endearing Tales of Quirky Compulsion from Amazon!
Today, December 16, through Saturday, December 19, you can go to this link and download Bradbury & Eight Other Endearing Tales of Quirky Compulsion from Amazon to your Kindle device... Read more
I'm so excited to tell you that I finally have the story pages formatted in InDesign! Now, I need to figure out how to add the other things, like the... Read more
Good news/bad news
The good news: all stories are finished and edited. All artwork is completed and scanned.
Bad news: the printer wants the completed book submitted in InDesign. I have just acquired... Read more
Very short update to tell the patient supporters that the final story is done and at the editors! A couple of others have minor edits but the project is almost... Read more
Contrary Lupines and Overdue Babies
A backer sent me an email asking about the progress and estimated completion of Bradbury, and I realized it has been a month since I posted any updates here. Since... Read more
Last week, I spent several days at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, MI. I had wanted to attend the festival for several years, but it never... Read more
Don't Give Up!
This message is to me as much as it is to you!
I'm working hard not to give up on me. Don't you give up on me! I haven't... Read more
The Final Hours: Edit, Edit, Edit
When I first conceive of a story idea, there's a rush like no other. Everything seems to click into place. I can't wait to get to the page and... Read more
Day Nine: Putting it in Print
The big project for today was to make some final decisions about printing. There's a very reputable local place I'd really like to use, but the cost will be considerably... Read more
Days Five, Six and Seven: Partners in Crime (Writing--and other genres, too)
I tried to do it. I really did.But, for years, it just wasn't happening. I'd find one I thought might work, show up, do my best to glean something,... Read more
Days Three and Four: A breakthrough, a boost, and playing hooky
Yesterday was a good day, I'd say. Though I got a late writing start, it was more productive in the first half-hour than the entire previous day had been. I... Read more
Day Two: Blah
I'm not gonna lie to you. Today stunk. I mean, seriously stunk. I did everything I promised myself I would do--ate breakfast, got dressed, made my bed, drank water--all the... Read more
Day One: Accountability, Priorities, and Powerless Slow Cookers
When you ask people to keep an eye on youand make sure you're working, you can be sure they'll do it. Today was day one of my two-week working... Read more
Here we go!
A couple of weeks ago,I mentioned that I would be dedicating two weeks in early January to completing unfinished writing projects, the largest focus being on this Kickstarter project.... Read more
Now that the holidays are over, and my busiest season of the year, September through December, is all finished, I can get back to focusing on this short story project... Read more
"So, how's the book going?"
One of my problems, I'd say, is that I'm an optimist. At least sometimes. When I set the completion goals for my Bradbury project, I set goals for myself that... Read more
I'm getting ready to send this thing off to the printer within the next couple of weeks, and I could use some pre-readers who would be willing to take a... Read more
Sometimes, when you think it's all a wash, when you get discouraged and you're not sure how to continue on, a little pile of things comes together and, next thing... Read more
For your viewing pleasure, here are the finished illustrations for the project! If you have an original or a print coming to you, here are your choices. Please note, some... Read more
Of Errant Muses and Wonderful Newses
Ready for an update? Good! Because you're getting one!
Right now, as a matter of fact.
First, on the project itself. The boring stuffis that I faxed all of... Read more
I love progress, don't you? And this short story collection's progress is just chugging right along!
I've now received all of the original artwork and will be shuttling it... Read more
Bradbury Artist Kristin Lorson on her passion for painting and her love of all things Mick
Bradbury artist Kristin Lorson submitted this piece about her art and Mick Jagger obsession to Love You Live, a Rolling Stones fanzine, weeks ago. It showed up on their site... Read more
As May ends
Snapshot of the papercut illustration by Deanna Maze for the short story "The Giant on Bus #5."
April saunteredalong forever. She took her sweet time, stopping every few hours... Read more
The Big, Boring Middle
Right now, everything seems to beabout waiting. Waiting for Kickstarter to release the funds to Amazon. Waiting for artists to finish their pieces. Waiting for funds to transfer from... Read more
Writing, writing and then even more writing!
Thanks to all who helped get this project funded and MORE! Even now, I've had folks e-mail me asking if they could contribute because they weren't familiar with Kickstarter and... Read more
It's the Final Countdown!
Beautiful cover illustration and design progress by Paul Bennett. What do you think?
This morning,as I ready myself to head out for yet another day of fearless librarianship, I... Read more
Come on in!
Maybe you're a backer keeping up with this project you're helping to fund.
Or maybe you've just stumbled onto this "Bradbury" thing and you're wondering what on earth is going... Read more
"What a beautiful story:" On Not-So-Chance Meetings and Final Week Stretch Goals
Preliminary sketch for the short story "Bradbury." Artwork by Nicholas Tish.
The earliest form of storyto slide into my imagination was the spoken word. From the time I was... Read more
(Preliminary sketch for "To Hit a Moving Target" by Caroline Yoder Macomber)
I have to sayI'm having a blast with this project. Even in the few weeks since the... Read more
Here's the thing about Kristin Lorson.It seems like she never, ever, ever stops smiling. I mean, I'm sure she does. Everyone does. But Kristin just seems to radiate joy... Read more
Nicholas Tishcomes from a highly creative and motivated family (his mom runs marathons, his dad creates gorgeous religious icons and other artwork, and his sister's a talented writer and... Read more
Making It Fly!
(photo by Aussiegall via Flickr)
These last few dayshave been a sweet rush of activity as I get ready to make this thing FLY, and I'm loving every minute... Read more
Danielle became a collaboratoron the Bradbury project after I had handpicked her husband Devin to do an illustration and he shared some of Danielle's wild and whimsical pieces with me,... Read more
She really should be called Deanna a-Maze-ing.
I first met Deanna Mazewhen she and my daughter were housemates during college. Her wall was dotted with clusters of the used... Read more
Last week, I could only have DREAMED to see such a chart. 104% funding in just one week! Last week, I was fretting and worrying and HOPING it... Read more
Paul Bennett's art has an airy, ethereal quality about it that unassumingly invites your imagination on a play date. The character of his art is much like that of his... Read more
It's All (and then some) or Nothing
It has now been five dayssince I first slipped out of "someday" mode and stepped into "right now," creating this Kickstarter project to kick my own self in the... Read more
Ace Lord Grizzly (aka Devin Steiner)
Devin oozes the artful life. As long as I've known him, he has been seeking out purpose and pursuing adventure. Each moment is intentional, each step a gift, and he... Read more
Caroline the Small
As I thought about creating this short-story project, there was one thing I knew for sure--I wanted company. I wanted something collaborative, to work with some of my favorite people... Read more
Of Accountability and Inciting Incidents
In storytelling, an inciting incident is a big deal.It's that major thing that happens, from out of the blue, which gets the reader's heart pumping and forces the protagonist... Read more