Yeah, sorry, its been a little while.
Last week was filled with pre-party mayhem (‘What do you mean its this Saturday?!’ I’m totally not ready! Aaah, and now I’m cooking rice and peas! -_-) and now that its over – though it was absolutely wonderful! – I am knackered and achy and not at all ready to go back to work. Its a good thing I’m only there for two days really, isn’t it?
Yes, the party was a fabulous success. For those of you who don’t know, it was a party to celebrate my partner and I moving into our house. Never mind that we did that in January. Friends from all over the place, my family, his family all mixing together in our house to wish us well. I feel very good about it.
I feel even better about it because I had numerous chances during the party to talk about writing. Not only is my neighbour across the street particularly interested in my genre of choice (she is one of the four people now reading Clash for me) but I spoke also with Carol Leeming. Now I know her face and I know her to say hello to, mostly because her interests and my partner’s seem to overlap very often and quite often when we go to an event she is there. I haven’t, however, had much time to speak with her one on one before, because we are both incredibly busy and usually up to something else when we bump into each other.
She first spoke with my dad who, at one point called me over, practically hopping up down, to tell me gleefully that she is a writer too and that she can help me. I couldn’t help smiling, because I’m familiar with Carol’s work. Her name pops up more often than I ever realised and she has always been somebody I’ve wanted to talk to. Its her poetry I heard of first. I’ve written a little bit of poetry in my time – none of it as good as my prose, but that’s about practise – but its not poetry that I think will be the best sell for me. Its the prose. Its the fact that of all the fantasy writers currently out there, I am actually a little bit different as a person. I am, what one might call, sellable (yikes that sounds odd and even though its true, it would have been nice to understand that here).
I mean think about it…! I am:
- Young (I may be 27 very soon, but compared to many other fantasy writers out there, I seem to be a real spring chicken)
- Geeky (you’d think that writing and nerd-dom would go hand in hand, but I cannot name any other fantasy writers who enjoy RPGs, LARPs and video games in quite the same way I do)
- Black (this one is most interesting since when you envision a fantasy writer, I can almost guarantee you would not, first of all, think of a black woman)
- Bisexual (personally, at first, I felt this was irrelevant, but already in some of my writing, relationships between my characters seem to drift away from the norms and be a little different from what people expect. I can only assume my sexuality is something to do with that)
So there is enough there to begin building my identity and my ‘persona’ if you like and that’s one of the things I would most like help with. I signed up as a member of the Mainstream Partnership this morning and I’m looking forward to receiving the information emails about events, training, opportunities and networking. Frankly put, its just what I’ve been looking for and I’m fascinated its taken me so long.
So, the point is that I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. I also need to write those articles for Inspired Quill. I’ve had my break now and its about time that I got the hell on with it really. I don’t want to forget and then never, ever get it done; I would love to be associated with the IQ Blog and have been meaning to do it for quite some time. Its about time I pulled my finger out.