Shifts

So, here I am again for my bimonthly blog. Boy, the things that can happen in two weeks. Since the last time I blogged here, I finished and delivered several projects (in various stages), my cat passed away, and my dad went to the ER, stayed several days in the hospital, and returned home. (I list my dad’s situation last not because it was the least significant, but simply because it was the last thing to happen.)Lucy_Ninja

And now February has come and gone, and I’m not quite sure what just happened. I feel like I just passed through a gauntlet. It was stressful going through it, but I must say, now that I’ve come out the other end, I kind of feel like a ninja. I thrusted and kicked my way down the line and survived. I mention this because I feel like I can now provide more positive and informative blogs. (Well, that’s my hope.)

Since part of the February deluge involved some nonfiction work, I thought I’d start with that. I noticed that GCLS (the Golden Crown Literary Society, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it) will now be offering workshops/sessions/panels on nonfiction writing, which got me wondering about the demand. I mean, were people asking about it? Are many lesfic writes interested in writing nonfiction? If so, in what form? Memoirs? Biographies? Historical research? Journalistic reporting?

What’s going on out there in the world? Is there a shift happening among lesfic writers that I’m not aware of? I’m very interested in answers to these questions.

My nonfiction writing has nothing to do with the LGBT community, but the principles are the same. But those principles are totally different from fiction principles. And the simplest way to describe the difference between the two forms is simply to say that they’re two completely different animals.nonfiction

I think it’s a really good thing that the GCLS sessions are expanding into nonfiction. While there are, of course, LGBT-related nonfiction works out there, and some lesfic publishers have recently begun publishing nonfiction where they hadn’t before, I think it’s still a rather untapped market. Maybe some of you reading this now have been thinking of doing some nonfiction work. I’m curious to see what comes out of these sessions and what works begin appearing in the months and years that follow.

Many changes are afoot. It would be nice to keep in step with them.

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6 thoughts on “Shifts

  1. When I joined GCLS I was working on my memoir. But when I saw that everyone was so focused on fiction, I went back to writing fiction (and have my first novel, Along Came the Rain, coming out next month.) I’m already two thirds of the way through my next novel, but have been thinking that perhaps after that I’ll go back to my memoir. I agree with you — the more we expand to all genres, the better.

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    1. Love your title … please let us hear more about your forthcoming novel here! Maybe a guest blog … more about it and where it will be available?
      Thanks!

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  2. One of the three WIP of mine does happen to be non-fiction in form of a memoir. I’ve talked to three other lesbians in the les/fic community that also are doing memoirs.

    I think a lot of the non-fiction writing has to do preserving our lesbian history. Each day we are losing more of the women who were such a huge part of lesbian culture that many of us never knew or few knew of. Like some of lesbian author Lynn Ames with “Eyes on the stars” about World War II woman pilots that flew during the war. They flew transports and taught male flight cadets how to fly. It’s not strictly about lesbians nor is it non-fiction yet you know there were lesbians in that bunch of women. Same with Ames “Bright Lights of Summer” about women’s professional softball from the 1930’s to 1950’s? I don’t know the dates(my bad). But, c’mon softball we know was filled with Lesbians! lol Dot Wilkinson being one. There are stories about lesbian lives in America before Stonewall.

    My point being is I think that we are losing so many stories and story tellers every day to age, lost women who have been forgotten about and dementia. Not to mention lesbians that are too poor to own a computer to write or let alone know how to write a book. We have a strong and vibrant history in the lesbian community! I was talking with Liz Gibson Executive Director of GCLS early last year and we got on to the subject of history. I love history and am rather a geek about it. As we talked we both realized that we had the same thoughts on what we were losing. I think that Liz Gibson and the Board of Directors have been thinking about this subject for a while now. GCLS is all about three things:Educate, Promote and Recognize Lesbian Literature. I think that is why you are seeing this opening of the”door to non-fiction” as it were. To be clear, I have no affiliation with the GCLS Board of Directors nor Liz Gibson as Executive Director, we are friends and the discussion we had was around my questions as a “newbie” of what if’s and why’s of an organization like GCLS.

    I think this will bring more members, more authors and most excitingly more stories about our rich history that needs to be told before the ones that know it can no longer tell it!
    Layne Beckman

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