(Today’s update for the Midnight Son Kickstarter campaign)
As befitting a weekend progress over the last two days was modest but consistent, but along with pledges came an interesting question:
“Why did you start writing?”
(Or why did I jump into the literary world after a 30+ career as an illustrator/designer?)
The truth is I never stopped writing – a statement which may need a bit of explaining. I started out creating with both words and pictures but when it came time to select a major in college I decided on art for one very important reason: When I am creating art I can listen to music, watch a video or carry on a conversation but when I am crunching words the area around me has to be a monastery with absolute quiet, a situation that would never have been possible with the three precocious children that grew up in our studio.
However, during all that time working in visual art I look every opportunity to write that came my way which maintained my proficiency. While my service as an officer in the military required me to write evaluations I also wrote recommendations for awards & decorations, I put together newsletters for every church congregation or civic organization I belonged to, and I didn’t flinch from writing letters to newspaper editors when needed.
In short I kept in shape, though the process involved writing instead of running, which made easing into the blogosphere a very comfortable transition – and moving from my blog to a book seemed a natural development.