Finally done with all the creative work I needed to do this summer. Two months of Friday and Saturday work binges, but now I get to relax for August. Good timing. Scared to think how hot August could get. Can’t wait for Autumn!
Now all there is to do is decide whether to risk screwing up the first Hidden Charm Press book by doing the whole thing myself since I won’t have any dinero to pay experts any time soon. I’m so excited to get to the second book that I finished its mss. ahead of schedule. The Extra MoJo! anthology (The Best of MoJo! Issues 1-10) will be around 100 pages when it’s done. It makes the two+ years since I started the online journal feel so incredibly rewarding.
Literary Boston has a post on me. Nifty!
Speaking of cool, the weather is gorgeous here in Boston. Sunny minus humidity, a breeze sending sailboats a-floatin’ across the Charles River. It’s one for the postcards.
Chapter two on WHLR.
A new North Shore Writers’ Group (The Parlor) has formed, and I heard Hannah Tinti read from her debut novel The Good Thief in her native town Salem. The setting is a fictional yet familiar-seeming New England town. The main character reminds one of Johnny Tremain and a few good Dickens protagonists rolled into one.
The talkshow-style format, in which the host asked the author questions before opening the floor for the usual Q&A made the reading interesting and inviting. Sitting in the lovely Salem Athenaeum surrounded by favorite 19th-Century New England authors’ work and portraits wasn’t exactly the worst way I’ve spent a Saturday either.
It never occurs to those of us from Greater Boston how isolated writers from farther off the beaten track must feel. We who can hop on the T and stroll into workshops and a variety of other supportive writers’ groups are rather lucky. This new group fills a void—in stylish fashion.