During March (and now soon during April) I’ve been working on my second novel in progress, SUNLIGHT. I’m trying to write as many words as I can, filling in the pieces of my now 3/4-done first draft. It’s going pretty well. So far I’ve put together a pretty solid outline and written about 12,000 more words (to add onto the 30,000+ I already had), so I’m happy with all that.
Just for fun, I decided to put together my own “Cornell Box” for my book SUNLIGHT. Joseph Cornell was an artist who used commonplace objects set into small boxes to create visual poems to express ideas and emotions.
So, here is a photo of my book idea, boiled down into some items I was able to scrounge up around my house and arrange in a box.
I’m not sure I’m done with my Cornell Box just yet. Many of the key elements are there—but it’s missing a few things that represent important moments and characters. To be honest it probably needs more fire, darkness, bone and blood, pine trees, starlight and curtains fluttering in cold, spring breeze—and a cat. But I’m keeping my eyes out. It’s interesting what the universe will sometimes provide when you open up the artistic parts of your mind.
Some actual samples of Joseph Cornell’s work.http://www.josephcornellbox.com/gallery_menu01.htm