A recap –
What did I learn?
In the hopes that someone will take something of value from my experiences, I will be as transparent as I can be here –
I pulled my punches with Nelson and Cora- The Beginning. I did. I like the story. I like the characters, but where I would have gone in with a sledge hammer with Josephine, I shied away from it in Nelson and Cora. I spend so much time explaining to people that Josephine is not for the faint of heart, that it’s a dark, Southern Gothic tale, that there’s profanity and drinking and smoking and hypocrisy and sexual immorality and all sorts of things going on. I guess I just thought it might be easier to promote a book that wasn’t that bold. But, I think I’ve shortchanged Nelson and Cora by doing that.
I do like them. I do think the rest of their stories – parts 2 and 3 – will be engaging and challenging and more true to my voice as a storyteller. But, I treated part 1 with antiseptic spray.
Rich Fabric? I LOVE working with others, reading their writing, crafting the pieces to fit together as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am thoroughly enjoying it with the eBook, just wishing I was better at the technical aspects so that would move along faster. But, it’s getting there. And, the non-profit part, all of the profit going to the Twilight Wish Foundation? I am enjoying that part too 🙂
But, working as the editor for Rich Fabric takes me away from writing.
I have another story still sitting in a drawer, waiting for me. I completed the first draft in June and haven’t looked at it yet. I hope that my memory isn’t fooling me because I think I like the story, like the protagonist, like the antagonist in the “ooh, you’re evil” sort of way. I am picking it back up in January. We’ll see how it goes from there.
I started the Southern Creatives project on this blog. My goals? I really wanted to shine a spotlight on people who were creative types in the South or creating art about the South. I have had the privilege of meeting/connecting with many folks through Southern Creatives. I don’t know if this is something I will continue in 2013 or not, honestly. I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure where I want it to go from here.
And, I’ve traveled to quite a few places to promote my novels and the anthology. Some of it has been great, some not so great, but it has all been learning experiences, and for that, I am truly grateful.
I have some projects that I want to get rolling in 2013 – some that will take me in new directions, some that will move me further down the same paths.
I hope you have an amazing holiday season and that I’ll see you in 2013.