Speaking of Books…

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You may or may not remember my post from last week regarding my Father's Day gift of four used books from The Kid.

Books and writing have been on my mind a lot lately. As I get older I start to think about the things I'd like to do before I croak. I recently told a friend that writing a novel is one of those things.

Of course, I've been thinking of doing that for at least ten years and so far accomplished zilch. Oh, I've had a couple stops and starts, and a couple (to me) interesting ideas that sort of petered out.

Currently I've hit upon an idea that just might keep me interested enough – fingers crossed – to get me to the finish line.

We'll see. I've been here before.

To be honest, I think writing a novel is a lot like creating a large, complicated painting; it takes near daily commitment, and sometimes it's a real grind, but you got to stick with it.

I need to put the sort of dedication to a novel that I've learned to give to art.

Speaking of art and books, there's a theme I'm developing that is fun and interesting. It all started a few years back with this illustration:

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I've expanded that idea into a few larger more intricate digital illustrations. They're nice, though in general the compositions are a bit weak.

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It's a fun concept that I'm still sorting out. Hopefully as I work on these ideas, I'll get better at it. There's always something to learn and improve on.

Even though they are preliminary works, I should probably offer prints for sale. That might happen if I can get off my butt and build my online store.

I'd love to take care of that, but I've got this novel I'm working on…

About the Author


Topdog is the online persona of Steve Merryman, a semi-retired graphic designer, illustrator, and winner of over ninety regional and national awards. Living in the woods just west of Idaho (USA), Steve keeps busy on projects that interest him (tell him about yours – he might take it on!). Steve spends his spare time painting; writing; chopping firewood; shooting guns; hiking with his dogs; savoring the occasional beer; searching for the perfect cheeseburger; and wondering where he left his pants.

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  1. I love those. They capture the wonder and spirit of reading so well. (reminds self to get back to reading that novel . . . and that other novel . . . and . . . )

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