I want to start by thanking those of you who have left me messages of condolence regarding the passing of my beloved cat, Puffin. Its been a hugely difficult week, made worse by other factors, and I'm sure there are many more tears to be shed yet. However, the kindness of so many has genuinely been appreciated, and has made this hard time a little more bearable. So thank you.
Despite the fact I was singing February's praises, it turned out to be a real sucky one in the end after all! March so far is determined to carry on in that vein! Oh well! It hasn't all been bad, and I have a lot of developments and projects to report! And while I certainly needed some days to veg, I have found that sometimes, keeping busy and getting on with work is a great way to battle through struggles and hard times. So here I go!
Ok, so I've actually already ventured into the realm of science fiction before with my soon-to-be-published short story, "Skin", but I recently submitted another sci-fi short! Its a very futuristic twist on the fairytale classic, Sleeping Beauty. I don't know if this submission will be picked, but I don't think it was a bad effort, and it was certainly good fun to write. I absolutely love twists on old fairy tales (Neil Gaiman's short story, "Snow, Glass, Apples," is one of my favourites!), and I love the creativity involved in picking back through a classic and finding little twists and openings to reinterpret. I'm actually working on another right now (not sci-fi this time) based on Red Riding Hood. While I'm a big fan of The Company of Wolves, I am trying to steer clear of that sort of angle.
Amusingly enough, I was cutting it very fine on the deadline! I have improved in this, but sometimes you just still run out of time! But what was funny was that while I was finishing the story, my dad and I were watching Iron Maiden, Live at Long Beach 1985...and I submitted the piece at 2 minutes to midnight! ;)
(Cookies, if you get that. If you don't, you really need to get Edward the Great and brush up on some 'Maiden ;) ).
Other Fiction Projects
I'm working on two other short stories at the moment, with the intention of submitting them at the end of this month. One is the aforementioned reinterpretation of Red Riding Hood, as I mentioned. The other is an "urban mythic" submission I'm working on. I think I may have a very different idea going, but one of the fun parts of it is that I get to do one of my favourite things- brush up on my world mythology! Mythology of various cultures is a subject I love, and never get bored of. I'm really into a strange mix of Egyptian, Mesopotamian/Sumerian and Norse at the moment, but my research leads me into other pantheons also. I think I'm going to really enjoy this particular piece!
On a slightly unrelated note, I'm going to an alternative/fetish club event at the end of the month dressed as the Goddess Inanna ;) (theme is angels and demons, gods and comic book heroes).
I have various art projects ongoing, or about to begin presently. One is a cute little idea I'm pursuing as a present for a friend- I've managed to get her hooked onto my own guilty pleasure, Monster High, and am currently rendering our group of friends as freaky-fabulous monster dolls! XD Another thing I'm working on is a tattoo design; I have been itching for more ink for months, and it just seemed natural to me that, with Puffin's passing, I should have her portrait tattooed on my skin. So I'm currently sifting through various old photos of my old dear, and also drafting up a design which also incorporates an ankh, and the Egyptian cat goddess, Bast.
I'm also going to work on a full-colour piece very soon...its a bit embarrassing to admit, but one of my favourite musicians is coming to the UK in May, and I'm going to one of his gigs, and I thought it might be nice, very fan-girly and not at ALL creepy to bring him a present :3 Its going to be a drawing of three belly dancers, inspired by one of his musical pieces.
(Speaking of belly-dance, I really need to get back into that this week...)
Other Developments and Upcoming Stuff!
Very soon, I shall be hosting my very first blog-post interview, so please stay tuned! I am also currently working on an interview for EGL Magazine. I feel have neglected my work for EGL in recent months so I need to devote a little more attention to that. I am also considering setting up an artist/writer's page on Facebook (one separate from my personal account), although I may put that off for a month or two. I'm currently having some social-media issues that maybe affected by it, so I figure I might just put that back. But it should make it easier for people to keep up to date with new projects etc, and spread da word! Not to mention, I can share artwork a little more easily. I may, possibly, think about reviving my old, abandoned DeviantArt account also.
Its been a hard couple of weeks, but its not been all bad. I'm determined to knuckle down with more work at the moment. Sometimes the distraction is a good thing, when times are tough. My current mantra has been "haters gonna hate, bunnies gonna bun" XD. But yes, things have been tough, but I have been surrounded by some amazingly lovely people, at home, in my social life and even in my working life, and it has made me very grateful, and helped me to cope. I now hope that throwing myself into work will help me get myself back to...reality.
Right, back to work, still have loads to do. But stay tuned, things are a-happening!
(And I will be back for April's IWSG.)
Thank you everyone for your continued support- wish you all well :)
In loving memory of Puffin