With the weather turning cold and wet, my art has turned towards the keyboard and away from the workshop so I’ve decided to change my Wednesday posts for a while and plan a few short writing updates instead of woodworking posts.
When the weather warms enough to get back into the workshop, I’ll pick up with shop updates.
Over a year ago I started on a poetry collection I’m calling The Lectionary Project
This project is writing a series of poems in response to the Gospel of Matthew. Currently I am up to poem nine out of forty-eight planned poems. At my current speed of writing on this project I expect to be done in 2024. Stay tuned for the publication announcement.
It has been a difficult project so far. I’ve done a lot of study and a lot of waiting for the right words to come my way. I’ve also been very critical of my own work and haven’t been fully satisfied with all of it. There isn’t a simple way to work through the project and I’m just moving along as I can. I have shown an early draft to a trusted friend and received good feedback. Last week I gave another copy to a different friend and am waiting for his reaction.
My novel is going nowhere due to lack of time to work on it.
Last year I didn’t attend any writing workshops or conferences as our river trip in Europe took all my vacation time. This year Heather and I have fewer vacation plans and I plan to apply for a few poetry workshops. I am hoping to find a week-long poetry workshop here in California I can attend. Writing is lonely work and from time to time you just need to find a way to improve your craft.
I did attend one two years ago and it was a positive experience. There are three I am currently looking at. When I find out which one I’m attending, I’ll let you know.
That’s it for this week.
If you need me – I’m at my desk,