Out of the writer’s hands

Well, I’ve shared the 5th rough draft of A Pack of Dogs with several folks now; maybe I’ll get some feedback, maybe not, or maybe people will think I’m just plain nuts. Anyway, there comes a time for an artist, no matter what their medium, when they find that their work is out of their hands, when it is completely open to the interpretation of the viewer, or reader. I’m fascinated to see what people think.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my girlfriend/editor/best friend/all around detonation of creativity, Maria L. Berg. She is one of the most talented artists I have ever met, in so many mediums. Currently, she is focusing on her writing. She has two rough drafts of novels, and is currently working on a third, a convoluted tale that makes Carl Hiaasen and the Coen Brothers look like Mr. Rogers goes to Baskin Robins.

She has also published a series of children’s books, the adventures of Gator McBumpypants. These are fantastic, if you have little ones. The illustrations are amazing; instead of drawings or computer generated imagery, she uses actual stuffed animals, posing them for pictures to tell the stories. She does amazing work.

She also writes about the craft of writing itself. Her blog can be quite inspiring, for any writer. Check it out sometime: experiencewriting.com

That’s all for now; I’ll keep you updated. Have a great weekend!



5 Comments on “Out of the writer’s hands

  1. The very best of luck with the new book. Fantastic! Anyway, called by to leave my thanks for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. Thank you!!

  2. I’m on page 60, my only complaint is the main characters crappy last name. Its a great ride, enjoying it.

    • I dunno, had a nicer ring to it than Griebling or Kaufman.

      Seriously, no correlation was intended. Just sounded right. Glad you’re enjoying the ride! There’s an elephant with a minigun later on…

      • I have a dear friend, he was in Vietnam (a marine in the photographic corps). He is my Dads age and gentlest person you have ever met, quiet with a Texas drawl. After Vietnam he went onto the camera department at Paramount and was the A Camera operator on Top Gun among other things. Every once in a while he talks about Vietnam, his experiences there. We were having lunch one day after seeing Act of Valor, which Richard described as one of the more accurate battle movies he had seen so far. He commented on the way that the “actors” in film moved while under fire, lending it accuracy. He also liked the sound design, wistfully he said ” there’s really nothing more cool than the low hum of a minigun.”

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