I've been writing solidly for the last 5 years. Mostly Regency romance. There's a certain knack for writing in Old British verbiage that I've found comforting to me. Perhaps it's my upbringing in New England. My ancestors span the 400 years since the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Perhaps it's just that I love Jane Austen so much, I'm channeling. I don't know.
Whatever it is, it's kept me happy.
When I wrote REMEMBERING YOU, I had moved from New England down South. To say it was a change of pace is an understatement. I had left the beach I grew up on and ended up in the mountains, all closed in space, no blue/grey water anywhere. In the back of my property is 20 acres of a soybean field, which is nice. Every morning around 7am, the deer come and feed. But it's not the ocean.
Over the course of the last couple of years, I've been lucky enough to have some short literary fiction published in a few anthologies. I'll admit, I struggle with literary fiction. But I do like it. Short, sweet, and to the point. I like that I don't really have to think too much about plot and dialogue and all that. Somehow, I get an idea, write it down, tweak it (800 times - there's no sense lying that it's easy), and it's done.
Recently, I came across a memoir. I've actually read a few of them in the last few years, but didn't actually know it. They're different. It's a different cadence, a different genre, a different style. I had an experience a few weeks back that took me to a few memories I thought I'd safely tucked away. Well, in the course of thinking about them, I knew I needed to write them down, and it took the form of memoir. I gave it to my crit partner, and well, let's just say she wasn't impressed.
I suppose I wasn't really looking for glowing reviews. I don't know what I was looking for other than a way to express myself when it came to these events.
I'm a Taurus, plain and simple. I hate change. I hate anything that's out of my comfort zone.
But I do think that every once in a while, it's good to stretch our creative wings. Even if we don't end up with the desired results, at least we tried.