which is a very good thing when comes to being a literary creative
(i freely admit to being biased, but let me rephrase that as "creative literary genius!")...
when first we met 4 years ago, she was "2 months" away from finishing her latest project, her first full-length novel, "The Birds of Opulence". well... nearly 4 years since, the books 'official' wrap-up was 2 months AGO. she has agonized over ever page, plot and neurotic psychosis of every major character of the novel since i've known her, taking breaks only to grade papers, sit on panels, give readings, change diapers, feed abandoned pets, make breakfast, mourn, fret over hospitalized loved ones, catch up on gossip, commute 75 miles 1-way to her morehead state university day-job, pinch people, facebook, tweet, etc, etc.....
okay - that seems like a helluva lot now that i mention it. no wonder its taken 4 years to complete "one final chapter."
but in truth, not only are crystal's plates full, but so are her saucers, cups, bowls, her pots, and her sauce pans... all burners are always on blast. she lives a very full life. she lives and loves and leads by example. she's 'good people', as the old-heads say.
both of us are lousy at actual self-promotion, a social networking sin in this day and age where digital communiques have become the typical first option for people wanting to stay in the loop on the status of certain projects and the people behind them. we're actually better at promoting each other than with ourselves - in fact, of the two blogs i 'actively' stay on top of, i consider this new entry only my second 'serious' posting, the existence of which is only to announce the launch of her own new blog write with your spine.
okay, maybe this is where my sense of competition has kicked in... crystal doesnt play spades or tonk (the perennial card games of choice for louisville's native sons and daughters!) and is happy spelling 3- and 4-letter words in scrabble instead of attempting to crush the shit out her opponents (another tragic symptom of being a native louisvillian) - with her one blog she has already doubled the number of followers for my two combined! i mean, i really suck at this...
- to be fair to myself, i havent taught a million students, havent read literary excerpts to a billion people, dont have no where near a trillion friends and acquaintances. upfromsumdirt is practically an unknown entity, but the act of invisibility is a dying art form i've learned to master since birth.
except for when my overly aggressive competitive side rises from its self-induced coma...
i absolutely SUFFER knowing that i'll never be half the literary writer that she is; in fact,
it. is. an. absolute. torture.
i think i need a psychologist.
baby has a new blog.
for those wanting to have a little more insight into the mindset of an award-winning author and highly touted professor of creative writing, then write with your spine is the place to start. i mean, i learn something new about the creative process everyday while simply watching her wash a load of clothing - she is always on! - so her having an entire blog about it? i now have a legitimate reason for wanting to have 'a life' online.