I've emerged from my burrow after a busy fall and winter. Apparently, the last time I posted was August 24th. Since then I have:
1) gotten married. Best day of my life.
2) finished my manuscript for Nothing Has Been Done Before and sent it to Bloomsbury.
3) become addicted to political news again.
4) tried to buy a house, moved, and fallen down the stairs once.
Among other things. This being a professional blog, I'll keep focused on the book. Nothing Has Been Done Before took up most of my time between September and early February, as it required some wrangling, negotiation, and major revision. In October I was able to travel to NYC thanks to a development grant from CCAD. The trip was for various purposes, including some meetings related to the college's upcoming Comics and Narrative Practice major, but I was also able to meet with Boris Groys, which was wonderful. Among the many things I've learned from this experience of bringing a book to completion is the absolute necessity of shutting out the noise and getting down to work. It's tough. During the election it was impossible.
I'll have plenty more to say about the book in the coming months, but we're on track for a release in late 2017. And I'll plant this tidbit here: synthwave.
Upcoming work includes various writing projects, including the application of some of the theory and concepts from this book about music to other topics. My band Blind Engineer has an upcoming show on April 13 at the Big Room Bar and we're shooting for the release of our next album, a full-length, in late summer. Lots cookin' at CCAD including the new major, which I'll comment on at some point. I'm also back to my regular monthly schedule at PopMatters.
How are you?
Here is a photo of our lovely wedding cake.