You're not sheltering in place; you're an artist in residence [NEWSLETTER 4/2/20]Apr 02, 2020
First off, a confession: I COMPLETELY STOLE THIS SUBJECT LINE FROM SOMEONE ELSE—NAMELY, NATALIE. Who's Natalie, you ask? Why someone who's using this time to write. See above!
As I mentioned last week, a group of us have been gathering on Zoom every dayto chat for a few minutes, write for roughly an hour and then chat a little bit more. I'm so impressed with the people showing up every day and perhaps even more impressed with the new faces that pop up...agreeing to join a group of people you've never met to pour your heart onto a screen requires some gumption. Since publishing a book also requires gumption, it's perfect training.
My point is this: join us if you want! We're having fun. We're getting a lot done. We're chatting about it in the Facebook group (which I'd also encourage you to join). It's all happening every day at 10 am PST and will be happening until I tell you otherwise.
So who are those lovely two people above—and what are they working on? Well, let me tell you...
Natalie Bonfig has a daughter with a genetic disorder called Turner Syndrome. She writes about life after her daughter’s diagnosis and her breakdown as well as parenting, trauma, loss, grief, and life. Her publishing credits include Medium, The Mighty, Thrive Global and Light Hustler and she’s currently working on a book called Everyday Self Care; you can find all of her blog posts at www.everydayself-care.com.
Chris Joseph, meanwhile, is the owner of CAJA Environmental Services, a consulting firm that specializes in the management and preparation of environmental documents.
Chris is also the Founder of the Threadhead Cultural Foundation (TCF), a 501c3 non-profit company formed out of the love for New Orleans and its music, and its musicians. He has served on other non-profit boards, including Friends of the Inyo, The Spannocchia Foundation, and Affordable Living for the Aging, and has been a NatureBridge Southern California Board and Yosemite member for over seven years.
His memoir is about being diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer and overcoming the odds in unconventional ways.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET THESE LOVELY PEOPLE (MORE PROFILES OF OTHERS FROM THE GROUP WILL BE COMING NEXT WEEK), EMAIL ME BACK WITH A "YES I'M IN!" AND YOU'LL GET ON MY "REMINDERS" LIST.
That's it for now. Keep hands washed and fingers typing!
PS - Skip to the bottom? Come join me and others for online writing sessions every day at 10 am. You can also join the same folks in the Prepare to Launch Facebook group.PPS IF YOU HAVEN'T YET GOTTEN MY "TOP 10 QUARANTINE WRITING TIPS," YOU CAN GRAB IT HERE.