Saturday, July 16, 2005
Rainy, hot, humid
I hope everyone’s having a blast reading the new Harry Potter. It’ll be a few weeks before I get to read it, but I’m certainly looking forward to it.
A newspaper in CT wants to run a story about the journals, so we have to pull together some photographs.
The new batch of choices for the Angel Hunt artwork came through – there are two completely outstanding ones. Since the other artist broke the contract and refused to even discuss changes I wanted in the draft, he’s been fired.
I did some good work on Elusive Prayers yesterday. I am so close! The ending is completely different than I originally envisioned, but much stronger. I am so looking forward to this novella being complete and available to the public. I’m proud of it. And I think my former correspondent and wonderful supporter, Louis L’Amour, would get a kick out of it, too.
Time to get to the post office to send out more materials. I have to do more work on Elusive Prayers and the serials today before going over to a friend’s place for the afternoon. I’m taking Elusive Prayers with me, because my friend’s place is conducive to good writing time.
Elusive Prayers does not answer all the questions about Brother Joseph – if anything, it raises some more – but it does give a closer look in to how he handles himself in times of conflict. When he chooses to step back and let others get into the mix, and when he feels he must act himself. He’s an interesting guy – much more complex than I’d originally envisioned. He started, in Widow’s Chamber, with having a bit of a sleazy side. As I’ve come to know him, I realize it’s not sleaze at all, but a complicated past. It’s also interesting to explore some religious doctrines that I don’t agree with, yet were very much a part of the time.
With more and more requests for PR photographs under the various names, I have to make some decisions about what images I want to travel where. I’m thinking of making a radical choice that may have “professionals” wringing their hands. I want to discuss it with a well-known friend of mine – he’s one of the smartest people I know, and, while in his line of work – acting—his face has to be known – he’s savvy enough to understand my point of view and thrash out the pros and cons of what I want to do. We’ve known each other since before he was famous, and we keep in touch. I don’t think he’d mind thrashing through this type of discussion with me at all. Also, he’s smarter than anyone I know about publicity, promotions, and advertising (which are three portions of the marketing pie), so I know he’ll tell me what he thinks will work and will not.
A friend of mine who is a well-known writer will think I’m completely cracked, but then, he usually does anyway, so he’s not the person with whom to discuss it.
Off to the post office.
And then back to the computer.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project
The Widow’s Chamber
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