12″ x 12″ soapstone

Inspiration: I was revising a short story once, and was chipping off a word every half hour, polishing it for days. As I kept winnowing this pile of words down, I made the realization “this is like sculpture.” So I hit The Compleat Sculptor in NYC and bought a hunk of soapstone, a hammer, chisels and a few rasps. And a few hundred hours later, “Pentapus,” my first sculpture, was born.

As for the story, it remains unpublished. But I’m grateful for my failure, as it led to a whole other form of expression, and more sculptural efforts in clay, wood and stone.