I’m still figuring out how to describe “Lounger.” A post-apocalyptic dark comedy? A contagion drama? An anti-Walking Dead? Like Beckett rewriting Camus’s The Plague (I wish…)? If you have a suggestion for how to describe it, I’ll take it.
It’s a story idea that I’ve had for awhile and actually started a few times and gave up. But in the spirit of the past two years of trying to do anything and everything, I finished a version. It may not be exactly as I envisioned it, but I’ve been placing more emphasis on getting work done than having it match some nebulous idea of how it should look. “Finished” will always be better than “in constant process.”
Anyway, the story is based on my four years living in El Dorado Hills, where I snuck out at night and, during the day, rode my little BMX bike through the hills. Not included are all the cows. All of this is gone now, replaced by houses and strip malls. The sprawl from Folsom to El Dorado Hills along the 50 has completely covered the landscape of my youth.
I finished the dream-inspired story I’ve been working on, “Museum Piece.” You can view the whole thing on Tapas.
Now I’m in that weird state between projects when I feel uncertain about everything in life. I just have to trust the process and keep moving forward.
Also, I’m getting close to putting together a collection of all these little pieces I’ve been working on since Carnivale. It’s going to be titled The Lost Cause of Poetry. Stay tuned.
I started serializing Carnivale: a Kit Kaleidoscope Story over at Tabulit awhile ago. Since then, Tabulit has undergone some changes and lost some people. So now I’m in charge of uploading my own pages. And I’ve done so today. Tabulit used to be a pay site, but now it just asks you to help sponsor the site and its creators.
“Museum Piece” is an old idea that I started on in 2007. That version was done in sepia ink and watercolor. It looked kind of nice, but I really didn’t have enough experience with ink and watercolor and there were a lot of mistakes and accidents that made the process really slow. So I scrapped the story. In my recent theme of going through old ideas and just doing them, I’ve decided to return to “Museum Piece.”
I’ve got the whole thing thumbnailed. There will be about 34 pages, though I may edit down some scenes when I get to them. The plan is to post a page a week, which should be very manageable.
In other news, I’m working on four other different stories, “Lounger” (yes, it’s not abandoned after all), “The Tutor,” “Callisto Seven,” and “The Incident at Orphan Hill.” And I’ve got a good handle on the beginnings of two other projects, “The Tower” and “The Last Father.” When will any of these get done? Who knows. I’m also waiting to hear back on a few submissions. “In Water” was one of those, but there are more out there waiting to be accepted or declined or ignored.
In the meantime, you can check out the first page of “Museum Piece.”
I’ve decided to post smaller comics works at Tapas. I’ve named the series “n i j o m u” if you want to keep abreast of updates. I’m going to try to post something every Friday for as long as I can. The first piece I’ve put up is one I did back in April titled “Windows.” It comes from an idea I jotted down in an old notebook and my own self-questioning about what I am really looking for when I am surfing the internet.