Bill @ The Australian Legend and I email back and forth regularly, more so when he’s in isolation. This week, he noted that he read one of my old fiction stories, a story I wrote when I was probably twenty-three, that was linked on Grab the Lapels. To be honest, I don’t remember what I wrote that long ago, but Bill kindly said he will not criticize me. However, what I learned in that email is that many of the links to stories I wrote years ago are now defunct. The fun thing about navigating the underground lit world is that everything feels new, fresh, edgy, and gives a middle finger to conventions that exclude writers who aren’t already famous. The bad thing is that the passion a person must have to do things with a small team of like-minded folks and a middle finger in the air is that they don’t get any money, and so passion projects that cost everything from time to web-hosting fees die. Thus, many of my stories no longer exist on the web. Don’t fret; some are in books, some are in PDF editions of journals, and some are in my cloudspace.
But this made me think about enjoying a lack of permanence. My mantra, one I’ve shared repeatedly with Biscuit, during the pandemic is “I can only control myself.” Now, maybe that seems obvious to you, what with your normal brain and all, but for me, internalizing and putting into practice my mantra is/was hard. And because I can’t control others, I can’t control what happens, and while there is space for future planning, it’s really about what makes today a good day in a healthy way. Do I regret publishing work in places that were likely to go under? No. Their excitement at having read my stories, and mine at them enjoying my work, was enough for the moment.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Because I didn’t pay close enough attention, I had two blog posts that went live at the exact same time this week. Unfortunately, that means you may have missed one if you use the WordPress reader feed! Susan Allott’s Meet the Writer post got lots of attention, and I thank everyone, and the author, for their conversation around Allott’s debut novel, The Silence.
The second post, which didn’t get as much attention, possibly due to my error, was a review of Love is the Thread by Dr. Leslie Moïse. The memoir has an intense start and then circles and loops around, much like a knitting pattern, to reveal the origin and conclusion of the author’s friendship with a woman named Kristine. If you didn’t read this post, please check it out, and forgive my internet error!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Coming on Tuesday is another Meet the Writer feature, this time with Linda Wisniewski, another Pearlsong Press author. On her website, she also mentions knitting, so now I’m wondering if there is some connection with writing and knitting. I do recall reading once that women who are masterful at “domestic” arts, such as quilting, knitting, and sewing, don’t consider themselves artists, though I would argue against them.
Thursday is another #ReadingValdemar book, the third in the Collegium Chronicles quintet. I’ll be sure to include a question for readers of all genres at the end and look forward to reading your responses. You folks are always brilliant!
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Amal @ The Misfortune of Knowing announced her newest book! I grabbed it immediately. Also, when Bill was in conversation with Susan Allott, he discussed his review of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which I forgot to get when he reviewed it and have rectified that mistake.