ALL WRITTEN AND ARTWORK ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF PSG LOPES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2019.
I decided to take August off and not post any blogs, or post on social media, or write or create any art at all this month. I decided to take the month to breathe, reflect, catch up on reading, television, and just generally absorbing all of my accomplishments of 2019, so far, and seriously contemplate where I’d like to head next in terms of my creative ambitions.
I love the fall. I always associate the fall as the beginning. Many associate January with the new year starting from scratch, but because I spent sixteen years in education, I will always associate September as the clean slate I always need to get things done. I love everything about the fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, the quiet streets as kids are safely back in school, the smell of the air with the fresh rain and crispness and promises of better times to come. I love pumpkin spice everything. I love the fall holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love cuddle weather. The hoodies. The music, the book reading, the general peacefulness this season awards us. I am reminded of the Better Than Ezra song, “This Time of Year”: “Well, there’s a feeling in the air, just like a Friday afternoon…Well, there’s a football in the air across the leave-blown field.” Those two lyrics speak so much to me of what a typical fall day feels like. There’s really nothing like this time of year.
I have about four projects running through my mind and I’m thinking, where do I go next? I’ve exhausted the children’s books, the poetry, and the novellas. I ache for change and I decided to opt for something vastly different than what I consider “The Moonlit Goddess formula.”
One project I’m embarking upon this fall is top secret. I decided for my new year’s resolution this year, that I was going to produce not discuss. I have discussed so much in the past all of the things that I wanted to do and ended up not creating anything at all. I hate that feeling. This has worked well for me this year and I have honored every promise that I made so far in terms of my creative pursuits. For this new project, I decided that I’m just going to do first and then talk about it once it’s well under production. This new venture is hopefully going to produce more success in the financial aspect of my creative endeavors. I will be sure to update everyone on the progress as and when and will reveal what this special project is in the near future. I’m hoping to wrap this one up in December of this year.
The next two projects I don’t mind discussing because they were things I wanted to produce for a long time and will be “works in progress” for the near future with no real release date in sight, as of yet. These are just ideas that I’ve been toying with that I really want to get done soon. The first project I decided I want to work on is something that I had been planning to work on since December of 2017 when my ex-fiance and I went to Ellis Island. He and I planned on working on a graphic novel together. We have actually been on speaking terms lately. We agreed that we are best suited as friends and we would both support each other with our creative pursuits. We decided to pursue the graphic novel concept as sort of a trust-building exercise between us to see if we have it in us to even work together again creatively without wanting to beat each other to a pulp. My ex made some mistakes but the one thing he was always proficient at was generating excitement and being a cheerleader when things didn’t go well in my life. He was always good at motivating me to do better and we both had this incurable competitive streak to always want to be the best which led to our ultimate demise in terms of a romantic relationship but maybe productive and fruitful in terms of a working relationship. Sometimes you produce your best work when you have that competitive edge. You always want to be the best and do your very best when you’re working along with someone who has just as much at stake as you do. This may very well blow up in both of our faces. I’m looking forward to telling you all more about it in the future, good or bad. Pop that popcorn folks, the drama is back! Hopefully, not, but you guys know me well enough now to know that drama finds me everywhere I go. Which is hilarious because I seldom leave my office. Tsk, tsk.
Anyhow, now the third project is featured in my updated Patreon page. I highlighted and detailed everything about the project in my goals section. I am excited about this project and was something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. This project blends two things I love more than anything: photography and writing. It also lets me pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Ansel Adams. You can read more about this project here for those of you who are interested: PSG Lopes/The Moonlit Goddess’ Patreon Page
Finally, the audiobook for John of Art is nearly complete. My wonderful and incredibly talented voice-over artist, Chris Kenworthy, did a phenomenal job narrating the book. I am glad that I was able to listen to my book while reading my manuscript. I wasn’t able to get a proper editor this time around and relied heavily on beta-readers. I recognize that that should not replace a professional editor but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from releasing this book. Upon reading John of Art a full month after finishing it, I was able to fine-tune it and the most updated manuscript is in damn good shape. I want to thank Chris and everyone else who had read John of Art in the beta phases. Thanks to those who have supported me and purchased the book. I will let you know when the audiobook becomes available. The one thing about being self-published and being an independent author is that you are the one who gets everything done yourself and with limited funding it is difficult to fully illustrate your vision the way you want it to be. I am also an incurable perfectionist with my work and even though I’m tragically flawed and recognize I will never be perfect, I take comfort in the illusion of perfection and that helps me cope and get by in terms of my creative releases. Anyway, thanks so much for checking in on me and my latest blog. This is what I did on my summer vacation LOL! Now, it’s back to work, bitches! Good luck to everyone this fall. I wish you all much prosperity, happiness, health, and all!