Greetings Friends, Family, Fellow Artists, and Future Readers!
I’m so excited to finally – really and truly – launch my new Blog! A giant pile of Thank You’s need to go out to Artist Trust for creating such an excellent 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists! Drawing a group of enthusiastic, focused, and generous emerging literary artists into one place – and inviting in such lovely experts to guide us – is like adding a flame to perfectly dried tinder!
Below, you’ll note two questions. The first reminds me, and my readers, that as I endeavor to give birth to my beloved characters; my flesh and blood children are also constantly bouncing and leaping toward their emerging adulthood…and keeping me plenty busy. The second question, is self-explanatory. This will be my regular format. Today’s blog is below…
Q: It’s 11:05am on Sunday, March 17th…and do I know where my children are?
A: Not really…but that’s because Papa’s on duty! Of course, I did leave them with plenty of chores, so they can earn some computer time later today.
Q: What books are on my ping pong table?
A: House Name, Book 3 of The House War series by Michele West…and Partials, by Dan Wells, who I saw recently at the University Bookstore on his Dark Days tour.
So, why am I creating this blog, and what might you gain? My answer is multi-fold.
- My primary goal is to create a “coffee-house” style environment where I can meet, casually or planned, with a wide variety of people who share everything from an interest in writing, to curiosity about my process, to a passion for activism, and all the little things in between!
- Of course, who wouldn’t love their own public bulletin board, where they can share their interests and discoveries with others? I already live in a tightly knit island community awash in unique options for such connection, but now, I’d like to expand beyond my wave-washed beaches.
- Finally, I sincerely believe that the time for Action-Inspiring Eco-Fiction is NOW!, and I hope to contribute to the unstoppable growth of this deeply-needed genre.
And so, I invite you, my reader, to truly believe that – Yes! – you have much to offer; through your work, your play, your friendship, your viewpoint, and all else that you do. Let no one convince you otherwise, for if they try to do so; I promise you, they are wrong. Day after day…season by season…year upon year…you and your choices will forever matter.
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