I usually design next year's work over the winter, get to work on fabrication as soon as the snow is gone in the spring, and deliver works to various venues through the early spring through fall. This year didn't work out exactly like that.
I did produce designs for this year's work over the winter. I came up with a number of related drawings that I refer to as Series Six. Here's one drawing; this work was envisioned to be constructed of twenty-four 6-inch-square beams, each six feet long.
This weekend is the Writer's Digest Conference in NYC. I'll have a little paper sign that says SOBER MEETUP in the "Facebook Lounge" during happy hour (6ish Fri.) and the Saturday night cocktail party.
I am also reserving the right to bolt mid-socializing and go see the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition at the Met. Death Is Elsewhere
Once again you can find art by Dan X Herr and me (DJH)in the "Wallmountables" show at DCAC -- opening tonight (July 26, 7-9pm) in Adams Morgan. Friend of the Collective Lori Walsh-Van Wey (http://opulenttarnish.com/) also has spectacular new pieces on view and for sale. The show will be up through August 16th, which is a much shorter run than last year's -- only three weeks! Gallery hours are Wed-Sun. 2 to 7 p.m., open later on Fri/Sat nights when there is a performance in the back room. Details at DCArtsCenter.org.
I'm tentatively planning something for the DCAC Wallmountables show this summer, but in the meantime all I am doing is working on my new novel. I did hit 50,000 words in Nanowrimo (yay!) and I like a lot of them, but some of that inevitably became backstory/reference, and the actual manuscript is hovering around 65,000 of a total probably 85,000. (I'd like it to be taut and saleable, unlike everything else I've worked on...) So far so good! I like what I'm doing.
I plan to attend the Washington Writers Conference again this May, and I'm also eyeing the much bigger (and twice as expensive) Writer's Digest Conference in August in Manhattan. Early bird registration for that one ends 3/26/19, so I'm trying to gather as much info as I can (and pick up all the pennies I find on the sidewalk). On the extremely off chance that anyone reads this & has any knowledge or experience of the WDC let me know! Fortunately I have crash space so my only real expense will be the conference fee itself, and the "Pitch Slam."
At both conferences I am hoping to connect with other writers, too. I need beta readers and mutual support from folks who understand what it's like. Writing is lonely! Although these imaginary people (and not-quite-people) I'm spending my days with are turning out to be pretty intriguing.