The past couple of weeks have been busy, but not terribly dramatic; we've simply found ourselves living through one of those ordinary times when commitments converge. A hurricane did come awfully close to us, but though friends had bad experiences with electricity, internet, and flooding, we were just fine. The worst that happened to us was a rescheduling of what could be called an important meeting.
However, I have two pieces of really exciting news: The first is that an anthology to raise money for my younger brother's school, a school that helps those with developmental disabilities, has been released. This has been a family project, and not only are all of those who contributed to it donating their royalties to the school, but Vanilla Heart Publishing is also donating its proceeds to the school. You can find Cedar Hollow in ebook or paperback at Amazon.
My older sister, Melinda Clayton, is a writer who has published three (must-read) novels with Vanilla Heart and has contributed to various VHP anthologies as well. I know from her that Vanilla Heart keeps its promises and helps with promotion more than do many small presses. Which leads me to my second piece of news:
Kimberlee, Vanilla Heart's editor, contacted me to see if I would be willing to work on my own anthology for Vanilla Heart. It would consist of my poetry and short stories. She is even aware of my myotonia and willing to let me go a little slower than normal than if I need to. (Right now, I'm fairly pleased with my pace, but right now I have super-happy-making endorphins fueling me when I sit down with pen to paper.)
So, that's what's going on here. Cool, right?