I have a congenital allergy to blog chains. But I’m loading up on as much pseudoephedrine as the pharmacist can legally sell me (no, I don’t run a meth lab) to participate in “Then Next Big Thing: My New Project” chain. I am to discuss my big writing project, then pass the task on to others.
Now the rules of these chains tend to get a bit fuzzy as they spread. My writer/blogger friend Cynthia Robertson posted one the other day and wrote that it began as a way to “help female authors promote their current work.” Well, I’m not female, and I haven’t yet published a book-length work. But I was invited by another writer/blogger friend Callie Feyen, so to channel my inner child, “Callie started it!” I break some more rules below my answers; I encourage you to skip to the end to see how if not interested in my “Next Big Thing.”
What is the working title of your book?
That’s easy: The Artist’s Road.
Where did the idea come from for this book?
For once I can actually answer the “where did the idea come from” question! From driving across the U.S. interviewing artists of all types about creativity and living an art-committed life.
What genre does your book fall under?
Travel memoir. The first half I knew right away. It’s taken an MFA in Writing program to force me to understand the second half is also true.
How long did it take to write the first draft?
Good timing! I just finished the first draft a couple of weeks ago, after about two years. It is quite rough; I’m now in the revision process, where the real magic happens.
Which actors would you use for a movie rendition of your book?
As it’s a memoir, you’re asking who should play me. I would have said Brad Pitt before that silly Chanel commercial.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Artist’s Road tells the story of how a failed creative, haunted by poor life decisions, found his way back to the path of an art-committed life through encounters with dedicated creatives on a cross-country road trip. Sound like this blog, anyone?
Will you be self-published or represented by an agency?
I have a literary agent, but have asked him to hold off on circulating a proposal until I fully complete the book. He’s been waiting awhile now.
OK, now the rule-breaking begins!
So I’m supposed to “pass it on.” I do so to one of the most loyal and thoughtful contributors to this blog’s comments section, the writer/author/adventurer PJ Reece and the always inspiring writer/blogger/creative-office-designer Annie Neugebauer. Watch for their posts soon. I also learned from friend and Vermont College of Fine Arts alum Sion Dayson that she invited me to participate in this a few weeks ago, and it seems I blew her off, citing a VCFA packet deadline. She politely reminded me of my rudeness when I invited her to participate yesterday. Oops! So here is Sion’s “Next Big Thing” post.
But as I often say, the strength of The Artist’s Road is its reader contributions. So consider yourself invited to participate! If you’re a blogger and have already done a “Next Big Thing” post, please include a link below. If you are a blogger and have not, feel free to post one yourself and cite me as the one who invited you. Or simply answer some of these questions directly in the comments box about your Next Big Thing. I’ll monitor my spam folder and make sure WordPress doesn’t think I’ve been attacked by link-including, text-hungry cybermarketers!