Guess what?! I’m back! I’ve had a few significant gaps in writing on this blog, but this time it was intentional! Imagine that!
Three or four years ago I stumbled into a creative project of writing and illustrating a poetry book. The reason I say stumbled is simply because I never had the intention of writing a poetry book … and certainly not illustrating one! Over the past few years, however, words just kept coming to me and I just kept writing them down. So here I am, 130 poems and drawings later. In short, the reason I took a break from blogging was to finally finish my book! I’ve still got a few more finishing touches to go, but I’m pretty dang close!
On a side note, if any publishers happen to see this post, I’d love to talk!* For reference, I write what I like to call children’s poetry for adults. Think Shel Silverstein but then forget everything you know about Shel Silverstein … and that’s my book!
*this is the internet so you never know
One of the things I really love about the book is the way it captures my last few years in a satisfyingly creative and thematic way. The title of the book, Somewhere In Between, is all about my eternal and internal tension between childlike simplicity and “reality”. I don’t remember how much I’ve talked about the Enneagram in this blog, but I think I unintentionally captured the essence of a Four (which also isn’t the least bit surprising since fours almost always use artistic sublimation as a coping mechanism).
I’m sure I’ll write more about Somewhere In Between in the future, because surprisingly that wasn’t even supposed to be the point of this post! What I really wanted to say in this post was that something new is stirring in my soul: music! The season of story, art, and poetry is not in fact over, but is simply working its way into a new medium! Much like a bridge, the future is built from the past!
That all said, I’m excited to share my creative work with you! Time to walk over that bridge and see what happens next!