Nest City: the Human Drive to Thrive in Cities is the title of the book I have been working on now for a few years. I have 100,000 words that now sit in a structure that makes sense. I know where it is going and my ask now is to make it clear and compelling. I have very purposefully over the last 9 months chosen not to blog very often; it seemed to be a distraction from the writing time I need for the book.
But I have received several signals from the “universe” that it is now time to get the blog back to life with renewed purpose. It is now time to start taking steps out of my safe little nest where I have been working so feverishly and start putting my writing efforts out into the world. The signals:
The signal: Agent rejection #1. My first proposal to a literary agent was declined. This is normal, but it made me rethink the traditional “publishing” trajectory of finding an agent, who finds an editor who wants to publish your work, and so on. This serial world is at odds with the messy and meshy world that I live in. Response: Diversify my efforts to find my audience.
Signal: I keep reading about small publishers. My goal is to put my material out into the world. Once out there, it will grow if it is meant to grow. While it would be a thrill for my ego if my writing went viral, the reason I am writing is to find and support people who are working to create cities to be the best habitat they can be for as many people as possible. Response: Just start small.
Signal: Writing about blogging keeps coming my way. The Writer’s Guild of Alberta‘s most recent edition of WestWord has an article on blogging. My takeaway: blogging time feeds other writing time. Response: It is time to blog and put my ideas out there.
Signal: People want to read Nest City. After one of my sessions at the Manitoba Planning Conference this year, a participant asked me where she could get my book. I had no answer and no way to connect people to my work. I am being asked to very explicitly put my work out into the world. I do not need to wait for a book to be published to do this. Response: It is time to share what I’ve got and invite feedback.
SO. I intend to release my work here. Each Tuesday, in short little pieces, I will release the pent up energy that is vibrating in my whole being. It will be a slow release… to feed our capacities to build cities in which we nest and from which we go on great adventures.