ABOUT C. D. FINLEY writing (& some illustration)
I am a writer (period). And when I get stuck, I revert to doodler.
My writing? Short fiction and poetry mainly, but a variety of creative writing projects including a children's book. Until the pandemic came and upturned our lives, I used to go to poetry meet-ups in Northampton. These activities have resumed virtually to a large extent. Pioneer Valley Writers has done a great job with zoom instruction and drop-in writing. Straw Dogs Writers also has meet-ups online to hear the voices of poets and writers and to participate in readings. Meanwhile, it's just me and my desk. I live so out there in the boonies the normal meet-ups & gatherings are always too far away (clearly a moot point now, since nobody leaves their house anymore if they can help it). My local Greenfield weekly free writing group (totally drop-in) was/is curated-led by Joannah Whitney, a local poet. She now posts prompts on FB, but I miss us meeting around the table sipping tea and eating things we shouldn't from the Rise Above (bakery) adjacent to GCC's Main St. campus. I definitely miss the "go" aspect of writing for 20 minute sprints, head down.
While writing is how I process life (and reading and drawing) it is also how I make sense of (ahem) me. In the last decade writing has become a full time daily habit and includes poetry, short stories (new to screenplays!) + various book projects. I keep busy. I left the west coast after having fallen in love with the fog (and a person who is not on earth anymore). The Santa Cruz area is charming but mountains are home now and I love the one in my backyard. Since I'm from the east originally, being here is like coming home after having been away on a long vacation. There's comfort in this small welcoming community. If you're getting older and don't know where to go, come to a small town. It's renewing and healing and I'm grateful to be here.
I arrive (now) as a writer-artist via a circuitous route: Fine Arts major, Marketing major, Creative Writing major. With a substantial background in marketing, advertising and web (which I downplay as it is in the past) my present focus is simply writing with some doodling.
I very much welcome introductions to the art and writing climate, culture and possibilities in Western Massachusetts. Consider yourself invited to use the contact form to reach out and tell me about workshop and craft possibilities, authors showcases, local readings and things like that.
My Twitter name is @Coastalwrite, penned when I lived near the coast. Despite not living near salt water anymore, I haven't changed it. I'm known as as "Fin" and so it makes sense I suppose. Most postings are about writing but not always. I have opinions about everything.
All photographs and artwork on this website are under copyright.
© 2020, C. D. Finley
© 2020, C. D. Finley