Creative Intoxication

The title is lifted from this post by Derek Olson, at the OldWolf Workshop Studio. Derek is a woodworker, writer, D&D player, and now a comic book maker. In short, he’s a guy I’d be happy to spend hours chatting with. Maybe someday we’ll meet and I’ll put up an interview with him here.

Meanwhile …

What’s been happening lately? I put out a trilogy earlier this year. If you like military action and monsters, check out the Redemption Trilogy. The stories are set in a post-apocalyptic world from the mind of Nicholas Sansbury Smith. I’d edited Nick’s original Extinction Cycle series, and enjoyed adding my own take to what life might be like after monsters rule the world.

That’s about the extent of my writing news this year. Nothing else on the radar, and another project has come along that is consuming my every waking moment. I fall asleep thinking about it, wake up wondering how I’m going to get the thing finished, and spend most of my hours drawing, sketching, planning, and sometimes even putting iron to wood to make some chips and shavings.

Dollhouse 1

My first dollhouse design, at about the halfway point. Gave this to my daughters for Christmas, 2013.

Six years ago I built a dollhouse using scrap wood I collect from a local cabinetmaker. He gives me left over cherry, hickory, ash, cedar, walnut, birch, paduk, and a handful of other woods. It’s mostly small stock, 13/16″ thick at most, and often with sapwood running through it. It’s of no use to him, but it worth its weight in gold to me.

The body of this house is 1/2″ plywood pulled from a construction site scrap pile. The second floor is cut from a piece of 1/4″ plywood that was a drawer bottom in an old dresser I salvaged.

Narnia House

My second effort, this time with a wardrobe that opens into a room covered in fabric meant to mimic grass and flowers. A lamppost will be added before it’s done.

This one is built on a similar frame – 3/8″ Baltic birch for the base, 1/2″ construction plywood for the side walls. The back wall is another piece of 1/4″ drawer bottom, and the interior walls and floors are all 1/8″ drawer bottom.

The kids have been watching me build this from the ground up, and while I’d originally hoped to sell it for some grocery money, they’ve convinced me it belongs in their room as a companion to the original.

But the itch to build another one has been working its way into my thoughts for months. I’ll be putting up videos on my YouTube channel once it’s finished. Stay tuned and watch me turn an old dresser into a home for fantasy.

Teaser: this one is going to be a home fit for Gomez and Morticia Addams. I’ve always been a Goth at heart, and had been looking for inspiration to make a spooky, mysterious, and wondrous dollhouse. Finally found it.

It might have something to do with this guy and his amazing show.


Aurelio Voltaire

What are you working on? What has your heart wrapped up so tight you can barely breathe unless you’re thinking about it, chipping away at it, and digging your hands into the work?

About ajsikes

I am a freelance editor and author of speculative fiction in the dark/weird vein. My editing style is best described as nurturing. I treat each customer with the same respect and consideration regardless of the quality of their writing, and always aim my comments at helping writers improve and strengthen their work. For more information, please visit me at my website.
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