I am so proud to be able to present the release of Coming Together: Triumphantly. With seven beautiful stories of triumph, these authors show that reclamation is very, very sexy. And it’s a charity anthology, meaning that all proceeds benefit the National Women’s Health Network.
This was a long road. From originally developing the idea in 2010 to losing my original co-editor, Reesa Brown, in early 2012, actually reading, editing, and assembling this book was fueled by my determination to make a shared dream a reality. I only wish that Reesa could be here today to see the final product.
I’ve recently undertaken The Artist’s Way. I know I have not nurtured my art. I let financial stress and depression (from money and joblessness and my best friend dying) get in the way. I mean, to some extent, financial pressure and depression are issues that take precedence. But I’ve allowed them too much power. And while previously I brushed off The Artist’s Way as hokey, it has worked for a lot of people I admired, and I needed something to shake me out of my complacency.
One of the exercises in week one is to make a list of the people who have harmed your creativity. Another exercise on the list who are your champions.
I’ve done both, and realized I have far more champions in my life than I do hurtful people. Supporters of me and my work are everywhere. No, I don’t have a rich patron who will allow me to write without worrying about the bills. But I have people who read my work and provide good feedback. I have people who don’t judge me for the work I produce. I have people who are interested in everything I produce, no matter what genre, and no matter under which name.
I am blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. Thank you all.
Let’s just dive right into it, shall we?
- I think I’m a Buddhist, but I’m still deciding.
- I’m loving TaskRabbit. With my employment up and down, and writing income erratic, doing odd jobs here and there has been great. Every little bit helps.
- I’m looking forward to doing October Unprocessed for the second year in a row.
- I’m also looking forward to the Austin International Poetry Festival and the Georgetown Poetry Festival.
- I’ll be drafting some new smut this week.