Wednesday, April 13, 2011


With a great bit of time between Day One and Day Two, I have come to understand a great deal about myself and have decided to expand the scope of this blog to include other artistic ventures by myself (and possibly my significant other, should he wish to participate). 

I am currently working on more book notes, and awaiting my first shipment of art supplies.  Consisting mostly of paper and ink, I will be rekindling my study of calligraphy--specifically that of the Middle Ages--and hoping to one day work into a fully realized style of both calligraphy and illumination. 

At this point only the book and pen set have shipped and will probably not be available to me until a few weeks from now.  I need to gather a few things for practice, but absolutely refuse to use the pre-lined calligraphy paper.  I have realized that, as a left-handed person, the slant is meant for a right-handed user.  I have always found that the slant is a bit too artificial for me and while useful for contemporary calligraphers, the medieval clerk wrote vertically, not slanted.  This, of course, seems to fit my personal style of writing well, and I will continue to use this.

That being said, I need to do a lot more research on 15th and 16th century calligraphy to find what style I most want to learn.  That will take a good bit of searching online and seeing what has been scanned to galleries around the internet.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day One

Good morning, internet-land!

Today I begin a dream that I have kept closed up in my heart for a long time.  Writing a novel.  Now, you may say "well, a lot of people try to do that, but they always stop before the end" or "yes, but not everyone can be the next Stephen King or Robert Jordan or whoever."  You're right!

Not everyone wants to write what Stephen King or Robert Jordan do (there are other styles and genres of writing).  I can long attest to the dream of being able to not worry about money that these writers have come to know.  The important thing is, they started at the beginning like every other struggling writer today.  They had three things--a pen, paper and a dream. 

That's where I am right now (well, technology pending).

In the past, I have puttered around with stories thinking I wasn't good enough to publish any of them.  This led to binders full of notes and stories stacked on the floor where my bookshelves could not hold them any more.  There they sit.  It is high time I turned them around and refined them into something worth reading and publishing.

My first goal is to work on The Guardian.  It was a decent old story I put together with nothing but my love for the Robin Hood legend to guide me, and a little mood music.  Here is hoping I can report good news tomorrow or in a few days.