Projects for 2016

iron in the fireMichelle tagged me in a Facebook post recently, challenging me to list a project every day for seven days and to nominate another person each day to do the same. These are my irons in the fire for 2016:

  1. Mornings are dedicated to my primary work-in-progress, a fantasy novel I’m calling (for now, at least) The Likener. It’s about a disfigured princess and her portraitist (likener) who live at opposite ends of the social hierarchy in an eight-walled city. There’s magic and mayhem, oppression, revolution and old scores to settle. About the only thing I’m reasonably sure of at this point is the first line: “The first time the gevidaji’s daughter went missing, she was five years old.”
    Here’s a drawing for the portrait that may or may not have anything to do with the eventual cover of the book:

    Pagjeonaia (PAH-zhoh-NAI-yah)

    Pagjeonaia (PAH-zhoh-NAI-yah)

  2. I am working on a calendar for 2017 related to the 64 Hexagrams of The American Book of ChangesIt’s an ambitious project that requires the creation of an image for each of the 12 months and one for each of the 52 weeks, which conveniently totals 64. I’ll start with Hexagram #2, “The White Buffalo”. The description for the second hexagram goes like this: “The buffalo is sturdy. She provides for herself, for her young, and for the people of the Earth. Without her, there is no shelter, no home, no center. Without a center, there is no direction.”White-Buffalo_2017
  3. One of the most exciting things I’m part of this year is the brand new online speculative fiction magazine, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresI’ve taken on the Eldritch category of fiction. You can read more about that, including what we mean by “Eldritch” here.
  4. I am also helping my friend Joe Kobrel bring his creative child to full term. Part memoir, part motivational performance piece, This Exact Moment: True Stories of Awakening and Love, will be available, we think, sometime in March, 2016.
  5. I draw most days, usually a simple line drawing or pattern in ink in a small sketchbook. Sometimes I scan a few of my drawings and play with them in Photoshop. About a year ago (two years ago? I lose track), I started a series I call “Intentional Women” inspired (in part, at least) by Ann Salk Rosenberg’s “Woman of Words” paintings. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve done so far.
  6. I am committed to reading 100 books in 2016.
  7. I intend to offer a set of customized dice to go with The American Book of Changes (or for use with any version of the I Ching). I have hand-made several sets of dice for myself and friends out of polymer clay, but the process is so labor intensive that offering them commercially would be impractical. (If you want to make your own, there’s a tutorial at With the advent of 3D printing technology, however, I hope to be able to make sets of dice on demand for a reasonable price. I’ll have to either learn Google Sketchup (intuitive it is not) or hire a designer.
    6 I Ching dice

I’d love to hear about your projects–past, present or future. If you blog about them, drop a link in the comments. If you post about them on Facebook, tag me.

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