While I can't yet divulge the publishing details, I have a little announcement: I've been asked to author a book that is a calligraphy instruction book, not just for the calligraphy community, but for artisans who design and make embellished greeting cards. The book will feature pointed pen script writing (see photo for a classic form of "Copperplate" calligraphy). Why was I invited to consider this authorship when there are other calligraphers who specialize in this style? Because I have designed hundreds of greeting cards and have often used more casual, playful variations of script calligraphy and this style is of particular interest to the card making community. The editors looked at this website and wrote to me about the book.
I am excited about this opportunity. To contribute instruction and examples to a younger set of calligraphy enthusiasts is an exciting proposition. At our international conferences, for example, the average age of attendees is advancing. It is a big concern: is calligraphy going to die out once again, after this 45-year comeback it has made? The pendulum always swings for calligraphy. Now, script writing, or pointed pen "Copperplate," has once again captured the imagination and interest of a younger set who love making cards and are keen to learn this calligraphic style.
I invited a colleague to co-author this book with me because, well, a book is a huge bunch of work. I'll let you know who she is once we have signed our contracts. Meanwhile, it's time to work on the table of contents, and keep up with my own rigorous practice of the letterforms. I now have ink under my fingernails again!