Monday, March 7, 2016

March Came in like a Lion.

 . . . and I'm buzzing from all of the energy!

Feels so good to be producing and being acknowledged for hard work. After years of toiling away uncertain. Uncertain if anyone will see the stories I'd spent years writing. Continuing to trust my voice even in unfamiliar, guarded territory, and learning to raise it as I step forward.

Ahhhh. I'm refreshed, but still at it. Working to create something from my imagination and mind and heart, others can share. Maybe find something of themselves the work. Otherwise, why?

I've written poetry only for myself. I needed it. Books of poetry. Handpainted and bound. My fiction became my longest commitment to paper. Growing up, I didn't believe becoming an author was a possibility. Even while I created book covers with my name on them in my tweens, or read my diary to the first-grade class. Writing a sprint of poetry after nursing a child in the twenty minutes the napped. I pursued dreams I thought I could manage, like music or illustration. If I want to keep writing in secret I can do that. Write in isolation.

Dug this up yesterday. My handmade poetry book circa 1989. View more on my Instagram account. 

But I want to live outside -- with everyone, creating conversations. Building communities and bringing people together. Communication. I love living in New York City, a large city with small communities. I talk to most everyone I meet and find myself fortunate when I hear their stories. So many STORIES. It's intoxicating! Sharing stories is part of our humanity.

So, March came in like a lion, and I've been immersed in revisions for two separate books since last summer. GITCH, my MG "Tech" Fantasy releases in 2017 with  Georgia McBride for Tantrum books. THE UNMOVING SKY is my young adult, contemporary, suspense. Launching with Leap Books this May 16, 2016!!  I'm so very excited--and nervous of course. But I'm buzzing with so much energy. The gratitude swallows the terror of WT-heck am I doing? Especially as far as all the non-writerly parts go, such as marketing and growing a business. But that's okay.

As Rick James would say . . . "Give it to me baby".     How about you? What are you excited about? Does March energy reflect your environment?   Tell me a story.

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