A Bridge

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!


Life and Matt

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