|What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a variety of projects. Mainly, I am working on constantly promoting my first published book; Freedom from Myself: One Woman's Diary of God's Unceasing Love.
I have two fiction manuscripts, one complete and one about 90% complete. I also write skits and monologues when requested.
I have recently written a screenplay but am waiting on the Lord to open a door of opportunity.
On my project from when I was 13.
I am currently working on a highly original novel called Mihte's Return. It is the third in the series of my Mihte Novels. It began with 'Mihte's Quest: Kids in the Underworld', published by Pen Press, ISBN 978 190620683. as each book progresses I have written it for an older readership.
The books follow Jack's progress as a superhero. He starts on a quest with his brother and sister. The second book he assumes his powers and in the latest he repels the most advanced mortal life form in the universe. The books are packed with amusing incidents and bizarre events. I feel before I start I will never be able to maintain my originality, but authors block and family life have not prevented me so far from being outstandingly original. Mihte's Return and it subsequent books will venture into uncharted areas of the imagination.
My latest novel, titled All Things Reconsidered. I've also been writing short stories, some of which are posted on www.fictionaut.com, a site for writers.
Marketing my current book takes up any spare time I have, so writing is on the back burner! However, I hope to finish my own memoir then write, produce and direct a screenplay based on the experiences of my son, who has special needs. I also would like to film and produce a documentary based on "Fighting For Delphine"--the subject has never returned to France. It would be a dream to be able to take him there to relive the three years spent defending our nation and ensuring our freedom for decades to come.
A children's novel [a set of connected stories] about my pet dog.
I'm working on a acappella song called Under A Gloomy Sky stating that although the sky may be gloomy we still have smiles on our faces, there is hope, and all is not lost.
I found out that writing How To, especially on art topics, was as much fun as writing fiction. I'd like to become a prosperous middle class author, not just try to live on the low income science fiction writers get -- most of the best are engineers or scientists writing on the side who don't need the money.
I started working on an art instruction book in 2000, but have had to completely retrain how I look at writing. How-To has no plot, no characters, no dialogue, no conflicts and no grabby immersive setting. It's ALL explication! Yeesh, how do I make that interesting? It took a lot of practice, that's how.
I have about 90 articles up at http://www.ehow.com and you can find a list of my titles in my profile there or on the footer of my blog at http://robertsloan2.deviantart.com -- most are on art topics. Out of all the pay for post places, that one paid off best and its template taught me the Step By Step formula.
I dithered between several topics till I discovered that there are very few books on Oil Pastels and only one website -- the Oil Pastel Society, a fine art society that I've since joined. It does have some articles but is not a comprehensive information site about the medium that includes a basic drawing course for beginners who can't draw a straight line. (Hint, use a ruler and don't worry about it.)
Now I have a direction. I've been making myself an expert in Oil Pastels after a lifetime of puttering with art, goofing off with art and using street sketching as the best day job I ever had. This project demands that I be a Renaissance Man.
Oil pastels are cheap. If you want to learn to draw or paint in color, the cheapest student stuff is to get oil pastels and a canvas pad along with a brush and a little bottle of turpentine. This will result in Real Oil Paintings of the sort that I sold for $5 each in New Orleans when I was starting out my street art career.
If you're unemployed or in fear of losing your job, the skill of drawing realistically will give you a level of employment security that no one who works for other people has. At the middling "journeyman" level of competence you will never be without resources again. You can always sell someone a sketch of their cat, dog, loved ones or the cool places around the place you live. Anything tourists would visit is fair game for local artists to make a buck. Most people love their hometown.
That is a lot of why I am doing this site and writing my art instruction book as a website first. John Scalzi and other science fiction writers sold pro novels and then gave away the full text as a free download. This launches careers. For my oil pastels site, it is also a passion for me to break the big Catch-22 about art and art instruction.
You don't need to be rich to learn to draw and you will never be broke if you know how to draw -- that is, draw realism. Abstracts and modern art are something else. They actually take some upper level skills even to appreciate them and are more esoteric. What the majority of people respond to is an accurate picture of someone or something they love. Or something pretty to put on their walls like a pot of flowers or bowl of fruit.
Oddly enough, while artists love doing wolves and big cats, art buyers seem to prefer paintings of prey animals like deer, pheasant and so on. Me, I like having a sabertooth on my wall and a bobcat and a lynx, but my daughter figures that's some instinct thing -- the life size tiger reads as a threat right in your den unless you are a serious cat nut.
I'm not currently working on a book because I'm giving lectures and workshops in churches and organizations and there's no time left in a day.
Mostly food writing for journalism and a project with a friend, developing a plot and character for a video game on homeopathy.
I'm working on marketing and promoting RoadKill. It's keeping me busy.
Mostly trying to put my first book together for poetry and then working on a rough draft novel.
It's both a secret and a not-so-secret. You may google me and find the answer.
4 different projects. 3 of which have publishers.
I was having my exams recently and didn't find time to write.Also i generally write at one go for a long time.
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