How did you spend the National Council of English Teacher's Day on Writing? If you are a writer, maybe you were typing away. Perhaps you looked at your latest draft. Did you spend time revising, painstakingly considering every word you've already committed to the page, judging its value and what it adds to your work. Or maybe you did what I did.
I spent the day anticipating. I seem to dream about book release day now, even though it is worlds away in June. But a gal has to look forward to something in life, and even if I can't find time every day to add to the plot of my mermaid tale, I can foster the excitement that surrounds it all. From outlining to drafting, writers have a tendency to trap themselves in the process. I'm focused on the delights of it all right now. Thanks for coming along on the journey!
This summer I am joining 14 talented and award-winning writers to create a collection of novellas. Falling in Deep will feature mermaids, sea monsters, and plenty of other underwater beings. Stop by and see us on Facebook
I'm excited at the prospect of this collection as we will release one novella a week culminating with the release of the box set in September 2015. I look forward to seeing this project come together, and I can't wait to introduce you to Anya and Luke! The cover reveal is coming soon!
I headed to a conference this week, taking a day from the day job to present research with colleagues. Really it was a day away from the classroom to talk to fellow literature nerds about something Floridian... mermaids, pirates, and sea monsters. I never thought, while sitting in Compositional Theory or The History of the English Language, that one day I would have the chance to take a childhood fantasy, being a mermaid, and discuss it academically with like minded folks. I had the amazing chance to look at the "Disneyfication" of Andersen's Sea Maid, discuss the differing motives of mermaids over time, from the succubus of the sea to the guardian of man, mention the all too obvious sanitization of the Starbucks logo to take the sex out of mermaids... at least as they refer to publicly traded coffee companies. Then my friends rocked the group with their discussions of Floridianna "retro-tainment" a la the mermaid and mermaids as the social construct of other. OK, so maybe that is making maidens of the sea a bit to academic for some, but it made my day.
Sometimes you have to realize that your job kinda rocks!