I was very pleased and surprised to get the notification that I was Coffee House Writers editor of the month for December. I really enjoy the community of CHW, and highly recommend them to new writers or those who want to get their work out into the world. Coffee House Writers’ goal is to help writers grow and learn in writing. I have explored new writing types, learned more about the publishing world, and made friends that I am sure I will have for life. While it is fun to add this to my list of credentials, I am more excited to know that I am helping other writers master their craft.
I have been a part of Coffee House Writers for almost 3 years now. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! I am a writer and editor for them, and really love it.
This year, CHW has been working on publishing an anthology which they have split into two volumes. I am excited to announce that I have two pieces in each book. And I am SUPER PROUD of the writers on my team who will also have their works in these anthologies. I work with them weekly on their writing skills, and have seen them grow so much in the last year.
It’s getting soooo close to the release date! I have butterflies in my stomach from nerves and excitement. These will make great gifts for people who love to read!
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Coffee House Writers is releasing two anthologies with twenty-eight contributing writers in December! With over one hundred pieces total, there is something for everyone in these collections.
Paperbacks of both will be available internationally on the two release days as well!
Volume 1: Poetry & Nonfiction releases December 8.
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Volume 2: Fiction releases December 15.
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The following is an actual conversation with my son.
“Wow, Regal Cinemas is closed until further notice,” my husband announced as he scrolled through his Facebook feed.
“Why?” Our almost sixteen-year-old son, Tim, asked.
“Because people aren’t going to the movies due to COVID,” my husband answered.
“Movies aren’t being made due to COVID,” I said. “It’s impossible to make a movie and social distance at the same time.”
“That sucks,” Tim muttered.
“What if the movies we have now are the only movies we will ever have?” I mused.
“No, don’t say that!”
My son was horrified, but it got me thinking.
Movies are a recent invention. The first one was created in 1878 when a racehorse owner wanted to know if all four of a horse’s hooves left the ground while galloping. The film, titled The Horse In Motion, is only 3 seconds in length, but it paved the way for motion pictures. Over time, technology increased in all areas and the results are the movies we know and love today.
Books, however, have been around for several millennia. It is common knowledge that the ancient Egyptians used papyrus scrolls to record their history. Other nations adopted this method and improved upon it, and around 600 AD, people began adding illustrations to parchment pages. These pages were then sewn together and placed inside a leather binding to protect them.
The first printing press was invented in 1454 by Johannes Gutenberg and, like everything else, technology advancements improved it. We now have practically unlimited access to any book we want through digital means; however, the printed book is still going strong. The publishing industry has shifted to favor e-books since they cost less to produce. There is some speculation that printed books will become obsolete, but printed books aren’t disappearing.
Humans have told stories to each other since they first began to talk. Stories were used to tell the location of a good hunting area and pass down the tribe’s history. This is also how myths and legends originated. Books were not originally used for entertainment, but to disseminate information and history. Once again, time proved to be the changing factor, and now we read books for entertainment as well as to gain knowledge.
What does all of this have to do with the movies? It’s simple: Books can be created while social distancing is observed. Writers are, for the most part, solitary creatures. We like to get together to give and receive feedback about our work, but the actual writing is done solo. Editing, proofreading, and cover creation can all happen via email. Publishing, especially e-publishing, can be done without close contact with other humans.
I feel that this is hopeful for humanity. Creativity, imagination, and innovation are still prevalent forces in our world. History has shown us that, no matter what is thrown at us, we are resilient. Even if, in the unlikely event, that the internet disappears, books will still be created.
So much has been taken from us this year, and there have been numerous changes. I think, for good or ill, most of these changes are here to stay. I am optimistic that movies will return, but if they don’t, that’s okay. We have books.