Synopsis of my novel

I'm working hard these days on my novel "Henry Blatt's Love Letter." The first draft was completed right at the end of 2017, and I am working on a second draft now. I've had over 15 people volunteer to read the first draft and give me comments, and so far the response has been great! I thought I would post the synopsis here:

"Henry Blatt's Love Letter" Synopsis

In 2008, Cyrus Larson is scared about college graduation. The Great Recession is underway and he has always been a terrible student. His only hope is to gain experience through a summer internship and obtain a recommendation letter. He takes a big leap and leaves his small, Illinois town for an internship on a New Mexican organic farm. Unfortunately, it’s a cover for illegal cockfighting and he abruptly leaves in the middle of the night. While walking along the highway back to Santa Fe, he falls asleep in the sun from exhaustion, disappointment and dehydration, and is discovered by an eccentric college student named Syngen Smith, who thinks Cy is a dead body.

Syngen introduces Cy to Henry Blatt, a retired music store owner from Little Rock. Henry is spending the summer in Santa Fe to complete his novel and finish a lifetime dream of being a writer. 46 years prior in Santa Fe, Henry had met and lost the love of his life, Kat Dixon, on the set of a western film. Kat, now a famous movie actress, is also in town to shoot her comeback film, but according to the local news, it isn’t going as planned.

When Henry hires Cy as his personal assistant, this decision hurls Cy into an adventure of a lifetime. He crosses paths with other personal assistants who teach him the five PA rules, a swing dancer that says Lindy Hop is her soul, a waitress who helps him see his worth, an arrogant young actor that wastes opportunity, background extras looking for their big break and a set medic who opens Cy’s eyes to a future career as an EMT.

Other ongoing projects

I've started a new, exciting project in 2018! My friend wrote a children's ABC book on southwest plants and I have begun illustrating it. The picture below is not in the book (this is just something I did recently at my friend's creative craft and art party), but all the illustrations will be made in this style. I have three pages done so far, but I will not be posting it here until the whole thing is done.


Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!


Illustrations in 2018

I decided to try some new supplies in 2018, and ordered the Arteza Watercolor Pens. I love them! They have much brighter colors than watercolors, but you can draw with them. Here are a few "test" drawings I made in the last week to better understand how to use them.





Blue berries


News about my new novel!

On December 19, 2017, I finished the first draft of my newest novel and distributed it to those who agreed to be first readers! I'm very excited to have made it so far on this project and I look forward to gaining feedback, revising and seeing where this project will lead in the new year. This story is based off a short story I wrote in 2012. At that time, friends suggested that it could be made into a novella. As I developed the story it was clear it would be a full length novel.

The working title is "Henry Blatt's Love Letter" and it can be described as a coming of age story, a romance and a bit western. Overall, it is a work of comedy fiction. The characters and plots are fiction, but it is influenced by PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories and my own experiences when I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico.