πŸŽ‰ Hey, I've got some good news...

This email is going out to everyone on the mailing list because we have some good news to share: Our first veteran-artist has arrived!

Shairi Engle is in residence through the end of February and plans to have a first draft completed in that time. A standard memoir starts out at the 55,000 word range, so if she writes 1,600 words a day, she'll be golden.

In our first in-person meeting, I did the math and told her what she's committing herself to. She didn't even flinch. All she said was, "That's no problem."

That's the attitude I expected from her.

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Stephen King famously writes 2,200 words a day, which is why he had to release books under the pseudonym Richard Bachmann for so many years. Publishing multiple books a year diluted his market value.

After her first days in the studio, the walls are already covered in post-it notes. These bright paper squares hold together the creative ideas flowing through her as she completes her final preparations. She's at the writer's equivalent of a sprinter getting their feet settled onto the starting blocks. Her focus and absorption in her art are obvious.

She's no stranger to getting projects doneβ€”and done well. In 2019 she won the Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) Bridge Award for play wrights. It's an honor to have her here, and we're excited to share more about her process as she dives in.

And the community has stepped up big time.

Om Shala yoga studio donated a monthly membership 🧘

The Club At Mill Creek donated a monthly gym membership πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ

And Emily May donated cranial sacral massage session πŸ’€

Amazing!

We'll share more about Shairi's process next week. Until then, be kind to each other.

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N. B. Hankes

N. B. Hankes

Founder and best selling author of "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail."
Humboldt County, California