However, it was damn fine escapism. I love ballet. I started dancing when I was three. Some of my earliest memories are of being on stage, dancing in The Nutcracker ballet at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I've always loved dance as the truest, most visceral expression of beauty, power, and grace.
Before Matthew and I moved here, we went to see the Atlanta Ballet perform Dracula. It was incredible. I didn't think a movie version of the ballet could compare to the live experience. I was wrong. Pages from a Virgin's Diary is seductive and mesmerizing. I loved it.
Received a story to synopsize from Nathan Barker of Scrybe Press. In his email, he mentioned being interested in doing a limited edition "Best of Eugie" collection late next year, or maybe early 2006, and was I interested.
Was I interested? Squeee!
So then I suggested something I've been dwelling on for a while now, which is compiling my fairy tales for adults into a single volume. I've got enough of them for a novel-length compilation. Currently, about half of them are sold and in various stages of publication, and the other half are making the rounds. So early 2006 sounds just about right to take into account the looong lead times.
Nathan's vision was to do 50-100 limited edition, hand bound hardcovers, released simultaneously with an open edition trade paperback. This project is still in the "wouldn't it be cool" stages. We haven't discussed money matters (like my advance) or anything like that, but I'm totally jazzed.
So instead of generating word count, I created a spreadsheet of my fairy tales for adults, started dwelling upon chapter order, and brain stormed title ideas.