At last…a bit of breathing space, and a chance to sit back and enjoy all I’ve created in the past four years.
It’s been hectic…projects to work on constantly, one right after the other…then promo trailers…edits of promo trailers…edits of published projects…remakes of promo trailers…endless revisions of my writing/artwork itinerary to adapt to new ideas, projects added and dropped. I’ve enjoyed the ride, but I’m glad it’s coming to an end. Even for someone who does what he does for love, it’s been just a tad too much, all at one time. And again, this has gone on for years, as I buckled down, took the bull by the horns, and determined to make something tangible–and marketable–out of all the ideas I had collected, developed, and tinkered with since adolescence, even childhood.
I won’t be “finished” with this array of works for a while, yet. I’ve just begun writing the first volume of Julian Mumford Mysteries, the anthology of mystery stories set in the fictional town of Autumn Woods, Ohio, and featuring the alter ego of yours, truly as the protagonist in the first half of each. The idea is to do a buildup, a first act, in which Julian relates the actual facts and details of crimes and disappearances and the like which occur in his town. Then, in the second act, he will present a dramatized account of each case, based on these facts. He is not an amateur sleuth. This isn’t Murder, She Wrote, or The Hardy Boys, much less Nancy Drew. What Julian is, is a successful memoirist who, having excavated his own life in search of stories for his bestselling first book, is now occupied with recreating semi-fictional accounts of events from his hometown. I am currently working on the first story of the three in the first volume of the anthology. Titled In Search of Ellen, it deals with the disappearance of the young heiress to a pharmaceuticals fortune, Ellen Cartwright, who had come to Autumn Woods to attend the local college, Northeast Ohio Tech, for drama studies. Who is behind it? Her boyfriend? A jealous classmate? The mysterious lady who owns the house where Ellen was renting a room, or perhaps her unbalanced daughter?
It’s coming along…and I think in the end it will be well worth reading. Julian himself is great fun to write, as I don’t have to look far to find revealing aspects of his thoughts, behavior, and attitudes…OR those of his best friend, Todd. 😉
The next two stories in the anthology will carry me through the summer, and then I’ll take a break to revise my novel, WeeWee and Somebody, which has already gotten a professional proofreading, and I will most likely find a professional editor for it as well. Ditto Julian Mumford Mysteries, when it’s complete. Next fall, from September to December, I aim to work on the last entry in this long, long series of experimental projects, Closing Night, aptly titled. Sort of a Noises Off meets Gosford Park. After that, I will see what I can do about lining up some professional marketing for my self-published works, and a full-scale production of my play Below the Surface may be in the offing around the first of next year, or possibly in the spring of 2012. If I’m lucky, perhaps I can get one for Closing Night as well.
In the meantime, I will be scribbling down ideas and sketches and the like for new ideas for projects, but I have absolutely no concrete plans for anything new after Closing Night. This summer, I would also like to try a little “microphone marketing” via open-mike nights at my local coffee shop, and perhaps talking to the proprietors of a nearby art gallery about displaying my books.
Life is good.