I’ve been away from official blogging for a few months now. What can I say…life happened. Some of the changes are good, but one, at least, was quite sad for me. My 95 year old Grandmother passed right before Christmas.
So, that changed a few things for me, and made me rethink priorities. I’ve now got the weighty responsibility of archiving all of her photographs—there must be at least 500–and transferring them to digital format. Some of them are as old, or older than she was, so they are very precious to my family. I am amazed at how much looking at all this ancient history makes me simultaneously miss her, and also makes me feel close to her. I am lucky.
In addition, I’ve renewed my connection with BETWIXT, and we are hard at work on what we envision will be an animated pilot for a children’s television show based upon Inclement. The first episode is a retelling of Sylvia McBye Learns To Fly, with some added characters. It has been written, and we’ve done basic recording for scoring purposes. Now we are searching for the right animator to bring it to life. In addition, I’m storyboarding the script. So, lots of work ahead.
And I’ve started serious work again on my next novel, The Western Radio Hub, which is the sequel to Buck’s Rodeo.
Lots of exciting things happening there, and currently, our heroes are caught in a mysterious fog settling upon some version of the Loess Hills and an unknown person in pursuit behind them. How I get them out is brewing in my head for tonight’s writing.
Finally, I have a BIG project I’m working on, one which I wish to share with anyone who may be interested. Soda Pop has a new book!
And I am going to journal about the making of this book, from the beginning ideas clear through the publication process. I’m hoping it will encourage others to follow their own creativity wherever it may lead them. However, during this process of documenting the making of a book, there will be other “side trips” of creativity. I am also a professional photographer, running my own portrait studio. I am also a Mom, running my own family. Writing and illustrating is just a part of what I do. So, my BIG PROJECT is more than documenting my journey with Soda’s Valentine. It is also about the entire process of my life, and how the process is messy. Seemingly disconnected things all come together to form projects in ways that cannot be predicted. That is how creativity works. Randomness of experience, of talent, and complete chance all mesh together at exactly the right time in exactly the right way to form….well, hopefully….magic.
So, join me. If you are a teacher, please feel free to follow my progress as I work to bring Inclement into our “real” world, whatever that may be. I may post excerpts from my novel one day, photos another, and then illustrations after that. I may post creative ideas I did with my kids, or coloring pages, or game ideas, or how-to articles. Follow along and spread the word. Creativity is like that—like the revelation Dorothy Gale had at the end of the Wizard of Oz–all she was ever looking for was right there, in her own backyard. Creativity is there, right there, in our own backyards.
Tracy Lovett is an artist, author, illustrator, photographer, wife, mom, and all around creative gal trying to spread the message that creativity is one of our most important qualities. She uses her books, photographs, and writings to encourage others to just take the chance and be creative. You may learn more about her here. You may follow her on Facebook here.