I’m sending a short note to let you know I’m here and I miss you and I can’t wait to start sending out regular newsletters again in March. Thanks for hanging in with me. Read along to hear about upcoming writing sessions and what’s ahead for ET.
I’ve been hard at work on my book revisions. Most of my social media is deactivated and I’ve done next to nothing socially. In two and a half weeks, I’ll (fingers crossed) be sending my revisions to my editor.
This round of revisions has been the most transformative and the most productive, partially because my life is calm, without much conflict, and I have fully committed to prioritizing the very necessary work required to reconfigure and restructure my book. I’m not going to get into details today (because I need to get started on today’s revising), but I will definitely be sharing some things I’ve learned, both about the creative process of revising as well as habits, rituals, and routines I’ve implemented that have felt very supportive to this process.
Yesterday, two poets joined me for Writing Together. In the little Zoom room, we came from Tallahassee, Nebraska, and Wales.
It was wonderful checking in both before and after writing, and all of us reflected on how productive we were, writing together.
From now on (barring doctor’s appointments) Writing Together will be happening every Friday from 1030am-12pm EST. You’re welcome to drop in at anytime, but if you come in the beginning and stay until the end you can join in (or not) for a little chat about what everyone is working on.
You will need to register for each occurrence of the meeting for now, just so I can get an idea of how many people are coming.
I have a lot planned for late spring, summer, and fall over here at Entropical Paradise, and I can’t wait to roll it all out for you. In addition to writing together, I’ll be offering creative sessions every other week, focused on building community and honing writing skills and creativity.
I have some planned interviews of writers that I can’t wait to share with you, via podcast(!).
Before you leave: tell me what you’re reading or what you’re working on creatively (it doesn’t have to be writing!).
I just finished Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, his last short story, which was left partially unfinished. I really appreciated Melville’s long sentences and constant deviations— it’s a tough book, but provokes deep thought about the ways in which we persecute one another instead of looking deeply at ourselves.
Tell me about what you’re reading, writing, working on, or struggling with in the comments!
Im glad your revisions are going well. Tomorrow is Charles Darwin’s Birthday, so I’m rereading some of his work, and A Most Interesting Problem, an anthology of reflections on his work through the lens of modern science.