A. Catherine Noon here, kicking off this Party by wishing you a Happy New Year! I’m so please you’re here. For the next four days, I’ll be talking about various subjects. I decided to break them down into four topics: Body, Mind, Spirit, and Space.
But first, some thoughts on the advent of the new year, and a sort of state of the state address. Last year was rough. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’m glad to see it go, and am excited for a new year to start. Last year saw the demise of Ellora’s Cave and the behavior of Samhain Publishing, who announced they were closing and then went back on that, deciding to stay open after laying off all their editorial staff and telling their authors that they were closing. Torquere Press is going out of business without paying its authors since the second quarter of 2016, and to make matters worse, All Romance eBooks has gone out of business, also without paying its publishers and authors, and quite possibly the owner, an author herself, is guilty of fraud. Not a proud year for publishing.
So what’s an author to do? Well, first and foremost, an author is a writer. The job description of a writer is one who writes. Therefore, if one is a writer, one must write. It’s not a mere pastime, either, for most of us. It’s a compulsion. We must write, we must express ourselves, or we sicken. We might appear fine on the outside, but inside, we have withered. And so, 2017 brings a new year and, with it, new opportunities to write and tell stories and express ourselves. I would argue, 2017 brings with it a renewed necessity for us to write and express ourselves, to tell our Story as we see it, as only we can tell it. And I’m not just talking about authors here. It’s my considered opinion that humans are storytellers by nature. Whether with a pen or verbally, we must tell our stories to someone. Take a class, start a journal or dust one off, open a blank document and let her rip. Write. As Julia Cameron says, writing rights things.
What about you, Dear Reader? What excites you about 2017?
– E.E. Cummings
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