“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Now comes the December, this December, the labor of many months has come to fruition. Five months of my life, from the middle of July, until this very December has been spent working on the second Voices from the Plains anthology for the Nebraska Writers Guild. It is a labor much like love, when one doesn’t know if they are in love and if it is indeed worthwhile to pursue. But doing this second anthology benefits the many, and that is itself a worthy cause.
And while working on the Voices from the Plains 2nd Edition my attentions did stray to putting together a collection of the short stories I have been writing over four years. So I did not lose myself in this selfish endeavor, while sweating on the selfless work of the Guild’s anthology.
Voices from the Plains 2nd Edition continued in the same spirit and promise of the first Voices published last year, in December as well. That anthology proved to be very popular. It sold about 500 paper book copies and benefited the non-profit Guild as well as the individual authors. There were readings and signings all over the state with authors participating. Some writers known only to their family and writing groups were able to show the world what they could do. This was the spirit that prompted a second Voices from the Plains. And it held its promise with nearly 70 authors and 500 plus pages.
This wasn’t just me, not by a long shot. Sue Michels who assists me in my own book publishing efforts, had, for the second time, lent valuable time and labor on the final formatting of the anthology. It would not have been done so well without her knowledge. Thanks Sue. And Johnnye Gerhardt and Faith Colburn, NWG members were there for editorial work and advice. Thanks Johnnye and Faith. We used a Guild member for proofing the text, Dawn Garcia.
And though it is early in the publication, all the praise and kind words should be shared by all.
My own publication of short stories I will take most of the glory for. Titled West of Antipathy, the nine short stories in this collection have a thriller/mystery twist to them. Yes, there are surprises in many of the endings. Mostly I hope the stories entertain the readers. I am quite proud of the cover design. I had the concept, and the design which I again asked the assistance and knowledge of Ms Michels, who was able to make a crazy idea real. Another round of thanks go out to her for that.
Two books, published and available online and in bookstores, for the one year. That's not bad. But, not to be idle, I have started drafting a novel. Look for this one in the Fall of 2019.
Last year’s work is just that—last year’s.
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
― T.S. Eliot