- In the search for an increasingly elusive group with whom I can
share/enjoy/vent and other verbs common to writers, I stumbled upon
this group. The structure of the group seems ideal, and I hope there
will be a good deal of fellowship among the members.
For myself, I am Stephanie Weeks, a currently unemployed
professional... something. For the past five years, I've either been
in grad school or teaching undergrads while writing in my spare time.
These endeavors have produced, to date, two novels in a projected
five book series, a host of shorts, some rather dark poetry, and -
yes - a website. Simply put, I am no more than manual labor for the
muse. She commands, and I type. I remain the starving artist in that
I am, as yet, unpublished. However, I am actively marketing the first
novel now and hope to secure an agent or editor sometime before I'm
completely gray and can no longer remember my name.
To define what I write is perhaps the most difficult task I've faced
since beginning the marketing aspect. As the books were coming along,
I mentally referred to them as literary fiction, and the style seems
to warrant that label. Lately, I've come to accept magical realism as
the true home for my work, and the relief that comes from having a
proper genre title is enormous. At least I can now tell an agent or
an editor what the hell it is they'll be reading.
In protection of a too fragile ego, I've found I'm rather shy about
sharing my work in the more intimate setting of email lists, groups,
et al. That said, it would please me to no end if any of you would
like to read what I've posted on my website and critique (gently if
possible) what seems flawed. (http://www.stephanieweeks.com/words)
Additionally, I would be thrilled to
read any work members of the group would like to share.
All rambling aside, I'm glad to have joined this group and look
forward to some amazing interaction.