Our circle starts with a new book, at about 90 degrees around. It’s brilliant! It’s original! Very few will “get” it! It doesn’t fit in a genre! It’s a hard sell! It’s almost unnoticed! Wait— did the exclamatory hyperbole change?
First books usually have the author’s internal organs indelibly attached, and whether the books are avant-garde or simply lost among the growing number published each month, most author’s still wouldn’t change a word.
The circle moves to authors who’ve had better fortune. Or talent. Or both. And those special ones who’ve done even more. For example, Dave Eggers. Dave Eggers does not need another article written about him. (Wouldn’t the rest of us like to say that.) Yet Eggers continues to be one of the most deserving. Egger’s is now known for his work with 826 National Nonprofit and McSweeney’s Publishing House. His actual award-winning first novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, almost takes a backseat.
Eggers is one of the co-founders of 826 National, a nonprofit that uses pirates, superheroes and mysterious voices booming from the back of rooms to create a learning environment for kids that actually produces results, while almost tricking them into increasing their reading and writing skills. The kids write books. Real books. Titled, bound, printed and sold books.
When we forget, when we’re so busy marketing our wares, selling ourselves on social media, pleading for unknown strangers to just take a chance on our book, it’s fitting and rejuvenating to return to the beginning of the circle.
“826 helps young people learn that language can be play, that work can be joyful, and that they, themselves can be the inventors and caretakers of their world.” – Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author and 826 volunteer.
So in the middle of this authorship, this selling off pieces of ourselves-but hopefully not our souls, we can think back, and thereby forward. Words are play. Writing, (even marketing) is creating. A writer is a caretaker who bears responsibility for all his or her words touch.
Then perhaps the pen becomes a little lighter. Facebook becomes a way to share information that matters. Twitter becomes a tool to express wit and connect with other minds- minds that are enigmas yet have unlimited potential. And maybe, just maybe, one of those minds will add play to words, authenticity to redundancy, and launch a caretaking campaign that touches future generations. After all, who wouldn’t want a career like Dave Eggers?
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K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and “The Brevity of Twit”.
Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry.
K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms.
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