What an exciting day! As you may remember, last year I collaborated on an anthology benefiting those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Twenty-nine writers, each inspired by a musical composition from the album, Composers for Relief, wove tales which intertwined flawlessly with their chosen song.
Since then, Samantha Redstreake Geary and The Publishers That Be have been compiling the album’s accompanying ebook. The reveal of the cover and release date has finally come, and that day is today.
Behold—Beyond the Binding!
Embark on an exciting journey “Beyond the Binding” of the imagination with 29 authors from across the globe in a groundbreaking collaboration where music meets fiction. Surrender to soaring compositions as they surge through the veins of every story, capturing the triumphant pulse of the notes in heart pounding sci-fi, enchanting fantasy, and gripping slices of realism.”
All proceeds of the Composers for Relief album and Companion Collection ebook will go to Gawad Kalinga (meaning, “give care”) and GVSP (Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme), to support the relief efforts for victims of the deadliest natural disaster in Philippines’ history.
Please help spread the word on this worthy cause and excellent collaboration of the Arts.
Today is exciting for another reason: I get to help Alex J. Cavanaugh with IWSG by co-hosting alongside Julie Musil, Sheena-kay Graham, and Jamie Ayers! Please take a moment to visit and say thanks for giving Alex a hand and doing their part to keep the IWSG the vital resource it’s become. I know I would’ve been lost without all of you.
Which brings up my insecurity this month: a sad, but necessary bit of news. It’s time for a change. Although it’s my first time co-hosting IWSG, it’s also my last time posting with the group—at least for the time being. Thanks to your support, I’m ready to take this blog in a different direction.
Remember my mind map? Well, I’ve recently consulted it, revised a little, and to truly understand what I wanted this blog to be, had to define it with a mission statement, of sorts:
Although this is a writer’s blog, it is not a blog exclusively about writing or for writers. It is a blog written by a writer, and is about those things which said writer finds interesting. Of course this includes—but is not limited to—writing.”
Sounds like the guys in Legal wrote that. But…it’s true. This blog is about the life of a writer, and will cover the things I find interesting or am doing in my writerly and extra-writerly life. In case you’re wondering, other than writing, the activities in which I participate and like to discuss are:
- Books and Reading (so no worries, the PBC will continue!).
- Do-it-yourself Projects.
- Old Movies and Television.
- Food—Dining in or out, I love to eat great cuisine.
- Landscaping. That’s a flashy way to say “gardening,” but I like to take it to the next level.
- Spirituality. It’s the gold thread in the tapestry of my life. It affects how I think and view everything, but I won’t ever cram my views down your throat. When I discuss them, it’ll only be in the context of how they pertain to the topic.
- And…Life. No matter the subject, I want it to be a story worth reading. I want to practice and use this blog for personal essays, op-eds, and short stories.
That’s how I plan to hone my craft and develop my blog, so you won’t find much talk about writing around here—at least not in the sense of most writing blogs—just anecdotes on yet another boring day in the life of a writer. But hopefully, not too boring.
I know it’s a ballsy move, not having a “real purpose” for the blog, but in a sense, I do. Much like Seinfeld, it’s a blog about nothing—and everything—and the IWSG has given me the strength to follow this path.
Without a doubt, I’ve formed some lifelong friendships and will continue to visit all of you on my blogroll, however, with that said, my blogging will be less, and visitation limited to and around the days I post.
For I will be writing! And along the way, living life.
Thank you, Alex, and all you other fine folks in the IWSG, for allowing me to be part of such a worthy group for the last year and a half. Hopefully, many of you will find my activities interesting enough to stay with me as I
boldly blindly go where no man has gone before—or perhaps to a tropical vacation spot.
Peace and fearlessness be with you!
ML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.
He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.