Friday, June 16, 2017

PBJ: The Waiting Game


I am currently waiting to hear from my agent.  He is probably currently waiting to hear from editors to which we have sent book projects.  It's frustrating, but it's part of the job.


This is an image of me waiting for a Skype visit.  Skype visits are both awesome and frustrating.  They are awesome because I don't have to travel and I don't have to lose a whole day and I get to connect with students who are far away.  But I don't charge for 30 minute Skype visits, so I get tremendously frustrated when I have made sure that I am there at the appointed time, but the class isn't ready for me.  My time is being wasted.  But what can I do but wait?

This isn't meant to be a whiny post about Skype visits, but rather another glimpse into this profession.  There's a lot of waiting.

If my agent sends out a project, he might have to wait two weeks-to-two months to hear back from an editor (probably depending on how well he knows the editor.)  But if I were to send out my project sans agent, I could be waiting 6 months-to-a year, and that's if they even bother to get back to me.

Do you know why?  Because I'm not J. K. Rowling.  That's why.

Believe me, J. K. Rowling's agent gets back to her lickity split!

So what do I do while I wait?  Well, if it's a Skype visit I check in and wait for ten minutes.  If they're not ready for me within ten minutes - See Ya!  For anything else, I pull out another project and get to work.  It's always good for me to have a few projects in development so I can jump from one story to another if one is with my critique group, my agent, or simply giving me a hard time.

Just keep busy.
Just keep working.
Don't lose momentum, or your work habits.

Hopefully I'll hear from my agent soon.

Thanks for stopping in.
Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Drawing Series

In the fall, I'm participating in a group Black & White show.  As the title suggests, every thing must be in black and white.  So, after giving it some thought, I decided I'd like to do pen & ink drawings of pop culture images in an Edward Gorey-ish style.  I'm calling this collection: Gorey Pop.

Eleven from Stranger Things    2017     j. c. phillipps

Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat       2017       j. c. phillipps

Suzy and Sam from Moonrise Kingdom      2017      j. c. phillipps

Mia and Vince from Pulp Fiction        2017       j. c. phillipps

Max from Rushmore             2017               j. c. phillipps

I'm really enjoying working on this series.  I plan to do way more than I need, and then hand pick the best ones for the show.  I've had a lot of great suggestions from other people, but I'm mostly drawn to movies from the 80's & 90's, Wes Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino films.  I'm trying to branch out though, so if you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Have a great week, everyone!