Maybe it doesn’t take a whole lot to get me excited, but I’m working on a project right now that I’m seriously stoked about. I love short stories. I love to read them and I love to write them. I’m putting together a compilation and while it is still in its early stages, I am having a blast working on it. The real reason I’m so excited has nothing to do with my stories. (although I’m working on some awfully fun ones). I am excited because I was able to get my DD to go into this venture with me. She is working on poetry for the book. At first she was skeptical. I suppose she was afraid I wanted her to write about rainbows and sparkles or something. When I explained to her that while I do worry about her depression, that using poetry and art for her outlet is smart. I explained to her, that while I do not love her depression, I love her poetry. She is passionate and eloquent, and no matter how “dark” her words may be, they are beautiful and emotional. I told her it will be up to her what poems are included, and even if she has some that I love but she does not wish to share, that it is entirely her choice.
I am proud of her for wanting to share her words. She never believes what she writes is any good, and believes what she draws lacks talent. I do not agree. I am hoping that we will even be able to incorporate some of her artwork into the book. I am having a blast working with her on this. I think she took a very important step toward healing by agreeing to share. I am so very proud of her for that, and THAT is what has me so excited.
This will be our first joint venture, but I certainly hope it will not be our last.
I’ve been busy working on a new story while I am also outlining my next novel too and doing some research and planning for that. Feels good to be writing.