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Fragments of the Story

Today it rained and I set out to make a large painting that would serve as the cover art of my new novel, the Galveston ghost story featuring Betty, Edna, Suzanne, and Josephine. I had collected many watercolors and drawings from this blog that are inspired by that manuscript. I decided to copy them in black and white, but was totally at a loss as to how to incorporate them into a large painting, and what exactly the background should be. It pretty much took all day, involved a lot of soul searching, and a lot of physical labor, but I now have something I really like! The final version of this painting will be revealed during an exclusive event at the gallery at the end of this month – when I will also reveal the title of this new book. But for now, here’s a sneak peek. Also, it’s totally surreal that it’s raining while I’m working on my hurricane story.

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A Dream, a Sign, a Shooting Star

Perhaps I had too much fun yesterday, or perhaps too much coffee. I had trouble sleeping last night. I tossed and turned thinking of all kinds of things – some better left in the past – and at some point started wishing my dreams would send me some kind of guidance. Though really I should have just been wishing for sleep. Anyway, I have this theory about searching too hard for signs – generally when that happens we already know the answer, we’re just not ready to accept it.

In more exciting news: Houdini, the Husky from yesterday’s photo op, has already found a home! That makes me so happy! Unfortunately I look like a chipmunk in the picture, but Houdini looks cute as can be!