I meant to update this blog yesterday, but life has been pretty full lately - of other writing! (That's a good thing.)
Not only have I been working diligently on writing and editing articles for the upcoming spring/summer issue of the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal (CWJ) (read current and past issues online today), but my first article for the Ann Arbor District Library's online literary and arts publication Pulp went up on February 12th. Check it out at Fantastic Beasts: Neighborhood Theatre Group's "Cryptic". Hopefully, I will be able to get some more articles for them written soon.
Speaking of Neighborhood Theatre Group (NTG)'s latest production, an original two-act play by local Ypsilanti playwright, and all-around Renaissance man, A. M. Dean, I helped them move their set over to and into Bona Sera yesterday and got to watch the set be built! Then I was too pooped to do more than nap and watch episodes of Ancient Aliens and Face Off on Hulu.
Probably not many remember that one of my first Crysta Goes Visiting columns for the CWJ included an interview with Kristin Danko, artistic director and co-founder of NTG. My ties to NTG do not end there. My husband has starred in two of their Halloween shows, the Black Cat Cabaret, and also twice participated in the yearly monologue competitions (though we have attended all three), all local Ypsilanti productions.
I've never been involved with theater, so getting to help out, however much, was a real treat (and a lot of manual labor). Everyone associated with NTG is creative and fun, and they put their all into these productions. So please come out this weekend and show your support for local artists and local theater!
Speaking of support... Were you aware that Ann Arbor is a book destination, home to ten brick-and-mortar, new and used bookstores? Yup! Ten. And there to support and foster this growth is the Ann Arbor Book Society (A2BS), founded by Rachel Pastiva, former manager of the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, the person who taught me most of what I know about the book industry.
I pretty much owe my current position working with books and writing to Rachel. If she hadn't hired me at Crazy Wisdom, I never would have met the editors of the CWJ nor learned nearly so much about the publishing industry, book marketing, and the wide reading audience. My writing career would not be where it is today.
So it is with great pride and pleasure that I begin volunteering for the A2BS. Sign up for the newsletter and keep an eye out for my name! Ok, technically, I've already been in it, but I'll be in it even more in the future with longer pieces. And support your local bookstores!
It's local things like local libraries, theater, and stores that keep every community unique. Think local, buy local, support local. Keep things interesting.