La Bricoleuse is only one of the fora in which i write, and instructional/academic nonfiction is only one area of focus for me. I also write memoir, fiction, and creative nonfiction; occasionally these pieces are accepted for publication. I don't typically mention it here because, well, why? I hate when i read a particular blog with a specific focus and then randomly the author decides to start writing regularly about some crap i don't care about like his/her diet and exercise regimen, or a new pet, child, house, hobby, red-hot lover, or some similar personal irrelevant crap. (Callous? Maybe. But, true.) I know people read this blog because they are into one of the specific areas of focus--millinery or parasols or costume production or dyeing--and generally don't care if i have a short story coming out in some nerdtastic sci-fi magazine or an anthology about the travails of internet-dating.
But, i hope that y'all will indulge me this one, as it's a credit of which i am very proud, and which goes to serve a good cause: i have a piece called "Recollection" in the forthcoming anthology, Voices of Multiple Sclerosis, which releases December 1st and which has already gotten great reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal!
"VERDICT: Those diagnosed with MS or have a loved one with MS will find support in this collection of stories which provides a nice supplement to medical information about the disease as patients can read about others dealing with how MS has impacted their lives." --Library Journal
"Addressing all aspects of life with disease--diagnosis, diet, exercise, laughter, stigma, support, family and friends, acceptance, treatment, and the promise of new and better treatment--this is an honest collection that will provide great context and practical advice for patients and their loved ones." --Publishers Weekly
My mom has had MS for over 20 years, and i've often been active in MS-related charities over the years--i've done the MS Walk, raffled quilts, led fundraisers, and that's all been great--but this is something lasting which will hopefully actively, directly, positively affect those who read the book, both those diagnosed and their families/friends, while at the same time raising money for a non-profit. The anthology begins with an overview of the disease written by medical experts, and then follows with over 40 personal narratives.
Honestly, i wish no one had reason to read it. Unfortunately, so many of us do.
ETA 12/15/09 -- I'll be collecting links from related blog posts by other authors in the anthology here:
- New Piece in Voices of Multiple Sclerosis by Marie Carter
- No Longer Silent by Caryl Hunter
- Self and non-self: Voices of MS by Jessica Lipnack
- Exclusive Interview with Dr. Terry L. Wahls, a Doctor with MS by Diane J. Standiford