March serves as the six-month milestone for Southern Spines. A Half-iversary if you will.
Since our launch last September, we’ve been privileged to meet and share the work of so many gifted storytellers. I’ve personally enjoyed connecting with readers and visitors to SouthernSpines.com as we’ve grown our audience here and on our Facebook page. The next six months promise more interviews with writers, songwriters and poets. Staying true to our name, we have focused most of our posts on those Books with Backbone that take place in the southeastern United States, but we’ve been known to cross a boundary or two in search of a good story. I thought it would be nice to share with you what the contributors to Southern Spines have been doing these past six months.
I recently accepted a position as assistant program director for the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the nation’s largest independent book festival. This is a dream assignment for me and will take up a significant chunk of my time in between grad school and other professional and personal obligations. I am in my second semester of graduate school at Georgia State University, where I’ve just started exploring thesis ideas. After trying to tweet from two different profiles, I herded everyone over to my original @alisonlaw moniker. Hope you’ll send me a 140-character greeting soon.
Like many of us (or maybe it’s just me) who have signed up for NaNoWriMo, Stacie did not complete the November writing challenge, but she did generate a really cool story concept that she continues to play around with. When not posting to Southern Spines, you can find her writing and brewing up good things at her beer blog, brewlikeagirl.com. She’s also Queen Bee at the blog bees.stacieboschma.com. Beekeeping season is about to begin, so she’s “off the charts excited” about that.
Samantha completed not one, but two major writing challenges in the past six months. She finished a 70,000 word manuscript as part of her enrollment in a Fast Draft/Revision Hell class. This made 50,000 words seem like child’s play when she completed NaNoWriMo in November. When not posting to Southern Spines, Samantha is waxing nostalgic about her favorite “throwback movies” and discussing her writing and photography endeavors at samanthasessoms.blogspot.com.