On Saturday, I attended the monthly meeting of the Byhalia Christian Writer’s group. BCW is a local chapter of the American Christian Writers (ACW). I joined shortly after moving to Oxford, and the first few meetings had 8-12 folks in attendance. With the move going on and all, I haven’t had the chance to attend for a couple of months and when I entered the room Saturday, found a packed house: 20 attendees! Wow!
BCW is a varied group of writers: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, devotionals. The meetings—which seem to be very short, to me—generally have an hour of educational material(something for writers), an hour of devotional (generally targeted at the writer), and an hour of sharing (where works are read aloud and comments are made/received). For any of you interested, I will be conducting the educational portion of the September 6 meeting. I’ll be talking about Writers and Graphic Storytelling.
I’ve also been invited to be the mentor/coach at the Fall Hemingway-Pfeiffer Creative Writers’ Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, Thursday-Saturday, November 13-15, 2008. I’m very excited about this, too, as I met a very talented group of writers in June when I was there and I’m anxious to see the creative energies flow again. Info should be on the website, but if you’re a writer and you want more info, contact Deanna Dismukes, Education Coordinator, at 870.598.3487, ext. 225, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also belong to the American Christian Fiction Writers group and am excited about the annual conference they sponsor. This year’s conference is in September and will be in Minnesota, a state to which I’ve never been! You’ll hear more about that as it approaches.
My editorial contract with Elfin Kids has come to an end, but they were gracious to assign me two additional classic novels to adapt. (You’ll remember I mentioned I’d done a graphic novel adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) Well, I’m currently working on a graphic novel adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After completing it, I’ll work on The Corsican Brothers. I’ve been very excited about the work with Elfin (possible company name change in their future) because they’re focused on generating work for a younger audience. I’m very excited that when I get my contributor copies, I’ll be able to show my kids—AND to go to their schools to promote them/talk about writing, etc. Not something I could do with some of my earlier works.
I’m also working on my third novel, but progress has slowed considerably as I focus on my Elfin writing work. I did add a “progress” meter to the right. Regrettably, it’s only moved up 1% since I added it there. Buying Time, (novel #1) has been offered two contracts from vanity presses and one from a non-vanity but a POD. I’ve sat on that offer because The Gifted (novel #2) is still under consideration with an agent and I don’t want to pull the rug out from under something that could be good on my part. The POD offer is a good one, and I’ve heard very good things about the folks running it…I just want to wait a little.
I’ve still got a couple of other comic projects kicking around: still looking for an artist of BEAH, and have found an artist in Quinton Bedwell to draw a story I’ve titled Sanctuary. Quinton has had some nice input on the original concept and it’s changed considerably—for the better I think. I’ll be posting more on that later as well.
Lastly, I’m pitching some shorter stuff to some monthly magazines. While the pay isn’t something to scream about, the exposure in them would be nice. Keep your prayers coming for that—and the other projects.