I’ll be in the studio for a while, working on long term projects due months from now.
I had a great time at NorWescon! I met people and sold art, which are the twin stars in any artist’s existence, but I also had my writing critically reviewed for the first time and got a look at structure of the writing universe, which is full of concepts like “pennies per word” and “SFWA-qualified markets” and “Grinder,” a writer’s market research and tracking tool which the writing community uses to navigate the chaotic and storm-tossed SF&F marketplace.
Once again, gonna say that while I personally find writing easier than naturalistic fantasy illustration (disclaimer - at this time!) the scenario flips when showing finished work to editors, critics and potential buyers. A painting may take days or weeks to finish, but once it’s done, it reveals itself to the world in a single passing glance. Many of my event sales are to folks who make eye contact with my artwork across a crowded dealer’s room and come over to learn more; they relate to the art before I say one word. (Yay!)
This is not the case with writing! Far from it, in fact. Waving a sheaf of typed pages around has never coaxed anyone across a crowded room to learn more. Written words must be read, and contemplated, and sometimes read several times more, to be appreciated. They take time. Thus the writing community tracks submission dates and estimated response times and must hope that some patient slush-pile reader will look kindly upon their work and bounce their story up to a higher authority/editor.
Alas, the cold I brought home from Norwescon kept me from vending at Crypticon a week later. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t attend this monster-centric show — I’m still looking for a community for the scarier but not-necessarily Lovecraftian side of my work. Fortunately I was able to communicate with the Crypticon concom and we found someone who could use my Artist Alley table, and perhaps things will go better next year.
And now I turn to long-range projects for a while.
In parting, here’s some faces from my recent traditional work…