Michael's Musings

Writer Wednesday: Projects on the 2013 Horizon

(Writer Wednesday is a weekly feature I’ll be doing where I discuss my current projects, writing hurdles, and my process in general.)

This post will be a brief one — but here’s what I’m really excited to work on in 2013.

  • A YA epistolary novel that I’ve begun and hope to finish by late spring.
  • The text for a macabre picture book about some sinister Idaho farmland.
  • My next MG project, which will be historical fiction and possibly something of a travelogue. I’d come up with the idea for it a while back, but have been putting it off due to the heavy research aspect. Seeing as I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time at the library for my Newbery reading project, perhaps it is time to pick it up and run!
  • Some critical / policy / advocacy writing on the topic of education. This has been most energizing to think about lately. I want to research and write about the ways the Common Core can be used in conjunction with arts education, with the goal of encouraging creative thought, invention, and discovery. (That’s a mouthful.) If I had to summarize the thrust of what I want to write in a single phrase, it would be this: Why Arts Education Is Not A Luxury. Now, there’s a lot of work to be done before I really dig in. For instance, I need to read everything that’s been written and said on this topic. I also must define exactly what I mean by arts education. Plus, I’ve got to learn a whole lot more about the Common Core and its implementation. But this is something I care very deeply about, and I want to learn if there’s some kind of insight that I can provide which no one else has. Perhaps not — but I want to get some thoughts down, possibly in this space.

Anyhow, these are the projects I’m extremely psyched for this year. I might not finish all of it in 2013, but I can’t wait to try.

(I’ll also have to find all of this stuff a proper home, as the new Latasha book marks the end of my Midlandia Press collaborations.)

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