Book Title Decisions

I’m still deciding on the title for our class genre sampler, or anthology is what some people like to call it.

The book started out as A Class of Muses, then Secrets, Surprises, and Smiles. I didn’t care for Smiles in the title, although our humorist, Stacey Gustafson certainly makes us smile with her essays. So I thought of Secrets, Surprises, and Wit. A couple people didn’t like the word wit, like I didn’t like the word smiles.

So, maybe it should be Secrets and Surprises.

Comments, insights, and preferences are appreciated.

Secrets, Surprises, and Smiles

My anthology has a new name and I’ve changed the focus. The old name was A CLASS OF MUSES. Now it’s SECRETS, SURPRISES, AND SMILES.  I’m calling it a Sampler or a Collection of Genres instead of an anthology.

Progress is slow but with the help of my friend, Linda Todd, it’s coming together. We still have twenty more entries to critique and add to the Done File. The due date to the press is the end of this month if I want the book in hand by February for the S.F. Writers Conference. Not sure if that will happen since we still have so much left to do.

The book is taking most of my blog writing time and my time revising HADA’S FOG. But I know it’s well worth the effort. The submissions have been terrific and quite a variety.

Back to work, more later.

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro

Wednesday night at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Dani Shapiro had a reading from her book: Still Writing: the Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life during which she conversed with Oscar Villalon, Zyzzyva editor.  Dalloway’s  described the book, “Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and encouragement for staying the course.”

I wondered why Villalon appeared with her and I found out that her short story was accepted in an issue of Zyzzyva which was for sale at the bookstore. The magazine advertises acceptance of stories only from California writers, yet Shapiro lives in Connecticut. He admitted they extended their requirements to include her story.

I plan to buy that issue of Zyzzyva and Shapiro’s book as well. More about it in future posts.

Interview Questions

I’d like to include interviews with the writers whose work will be published in A CLASS OF MUSES. As a reader what would you like to know about them?  I want to keep it to three questions. Could you give me feedback on what you think are the three best questions? Or if there is something that’s not on the list, I’m open to ideas. Thanks.

1. Where do you write? When?

2. Who is your favorite author?

3. What inspired you to write the work you entered?

4. What is your favorite genre?

5. What is your current project?