Today was not a good writing day, but it was a good writerly day. What I mean by that is that I did a lot of activities that revolved around writing.
I started the day with my friend and DimeStories co-host Merimee Moffitt. We went to Southwest Writers monthly meeting. I think I was the youngest person in the room! but still, it seems like a good community based group of writers, all focused on writing, and publishing their work.
The first speaker was a gentleman, whose name of course I didn’t write down! He did a mini workshop on writing query letters. As former publisher of Chile magazine, he certainly knew what he was talking about–lots of great tips.
The second speaker was a Jonathan Miller, author of six books including La Bajada Lawyer. The title of the talk was Writing New Mexico People and Places. … serendipity! more about Place! He talked about how to make New Mexico more than a pretty landscape in your writing and read selections from John Nichols’ The Milagro Beanfield Wars, Douglas Adams’ The Salmon of Doubt, Rudolfo Anaya’s Alburquerque, and Alisa Valdes’ Dirty Girls Social Club to show how these authors infuse their stories, their characters with Place.
Next stop was my colleague Melanie’s housewarming party, a gathering of fellow MFA students which in addition to good food always includes talk about writing. Melanie is set to defend her dissertation next Friday–and by all accounts her book is damn near ready for publication!
Finally, Sam Tetangco–creator of The Writers’ March-– convinced Cassie and I to hang out after the party at a local cafe and get some writing done… it’s so nice to write in the community of others, and even though we maybe didn’t get as much accomplished as we might have had we been alone, it felt good. I managed to write some really really really bad lines of poetry.
It may not have been 5 hours of pure writing, but I’m going to count this as a win, and revise my goal once again. Perhaps 7 days of 5 hours each day of writing–alone– is too much. It was great to be in the community of several talented, interesting, and interested writers!