There is a saying that ‘time passes quickly when your having fun’.
Well I can definitely vouch for that, as it is now two years since I last posted on my blog, even though it actually seems like just a few weeks.
The reason for my absence, is that I have been away exploring a new world, the world of fiction writing.
Some years ago, when I frequently encountered periods of artistic indecision (artist’s block), I began writing a novel to maintain my creative output during those ‘lean’ times. It was a fantasy story, based on characters from Norse Mythology and for a while it progressed well. Gradually though, art opportunities began to appear more regularly and my painting and drawing output slowly became more consistent, monopolising my time. So the novel took a ‘back seat’ and for a few years it rested quietly in my subconscious, not forgotten, but being effectively overshadowed by my art commitments.
Then, a couple of years ago while tidying up my studio, I happened to pick up the partially completed manuscript and was tempted to spend some time reading ‘the story so far’. Almost immediately I was transported back to Asgard, the world in which my adventure was set, with a multitude of ideas racing round in my head as to how the story could move forward. New characters and new situation ideas seemed to appear, as if from nowhere, and the urge to get them down on paper became too powerful to resist. I quickly made some notes, in order that these new ‘gems’ weren’t lost, and subsequently I have spent the last two years immersed in a new world of creative exploration.
Finally, after spending an extended period pulling all the ‘threads’ of my narrative together and bringing the book to a satisfactory conclusion, I have now published it, both on Kindle and in paperback.
As this will be the first installment in a series, I am now preparing to embark on the initial writing for the next volume with a huge sense of excitement and expectation.
I can’t wait!