Flowing to the Edge

Every time I go to yoga class, the teacher asks, “So what’s new?”

And, I answer, “I don’t know where to begin.” Or, “So much!” Or, “It keeps going and going and going…”
I’ll answer in detail for my yoga teacher and you. She teaches how to flow and find your edge.

First, Thorncraft Publishing releases a new book this fall. Beverly Fisher’s novella Grace Among the Leavings is the second title I’ll publish under Thorncraft. The narrator of the novella is Grace, a child whose father fights in the Civil War. Grace Among the Leavings has received advanced praise from Barry Kitterman, Amy Wright, and Malcolm Glass, all of whom are authors living in and familiar with this region.

I’m pleased that Steven M. Walker and I are working together again on the book cover. We’re expecting to release our final version of the book cover for Grace Among the Leavings within the next month.

I think of yoga positions as design with intention. In front of my computer, I try to do the same. I toggle back and forth between writing copy and editing little commas, to designing books and a website. Yes, a website for Thorncraft Publishing. I’m slowly designing it and expect to go live within 6 weeks with an abbreviated version of what I intend for the future.

The newness blooms. My to-do list never gets shorter. My baby is making music with pots and pans, and my daughter has a (roller-skating-in-circles) summer break plan for me. Wheeeee! the calendar fills. In yoga class, I breathe and flow. Stare at the screw in the wall. Forget about layouts, HTML code, diapers, dinners, and photo sizes. Stretch my joints and limbs. “Find your edge,” the teacher reminds the class, “but only as long as it feels good,” she says.

Back at home, I look at my daughters. I remember the to-do list. For Thorncraft, I made a decision to focus on publishing women authors and make their work available as I can. Even if I’m a one-woman indie publisher, the books are still available–the voices are in the world, not silenced in journals that don’t get printed and drafts that don’t become final versions. When I think about working all hours, “what’s new” is something every moment, and finding my edge, I do feel good right now.

More info about Grace Among the Leavings by Beverly Fisher and thorncraftpublishing.com coming soon!