ABOUT C. Desirée Finley, writer
I'm a writer of short fiction and poetry (and a major doodler). And, being weak willed, I seem to find myself being drawn into a variety of creative writing projects (that I secretly love) including a children's book. But it's time to buckle down. It's a pandemic, after all, and I'm not getting any younger. I've got a writing challenge for myself: 9 short stories in 5 months and a poem a day for the rest of the year. I posted the titles. Try not to steal them. Sometimes I write titles and keep them in a sort of vault. This time I'm letting them out ahead of time.
Yes, I attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2018 and I placed second in the 2020 Poet's Seat Writing Contest, but it's time to push. I feel the push. Maybe it's the perseid meteor shower, the two moons (one's Venus) we're supposed to have at the end of the month. Jeepers, I don't know. But here goes.
Challenge start: August 11, 2020
9 short stories in 5 months & a poem a day
Challenge end: December 31, 2020
I'm here in Western Mass. now and it's rich with writers. I'm grateful for the community as I start to meet folks (online). It's satisfying to rub shoulders, chat, listen, and share writing time with such an active, interesting and robust group. I'm afraid of cows so I'm not sure I fit in exactly, but I love nature and it's my fulcrum - now more than ever. 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). I miss meeting in a group around the table sipping tea and eating things we shouldn't, and I definitely miss the "go" aspect of writing for 20 minute sprints, head down. There are some great ways to connect as a writer here: Pioneer Valley Writers has done a great job with zoom instruction; with courses and workshops and community generative writing. And Straw Dog Writers Guild has meet-ups online, author readings and mini-programs with a variety of folks. Meanwhile, it's just me and my desk.
Writing is how I process life (along with reading and drawing) and it is also how I make sense me (or try to). I move around geographically, perhaps too much. 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. Call me Fin. I gave up using my first and second names - they're a bit too fancy. Perhaps I should have been a Jane and I mean that in the nicest way possible.
So, just to reiterate: I'm pushing, leaning or whatever you call it. Time isn't waiting. Never has.
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. I will answer but not quickly. You can also find me on Twitter @coastalwrite
Here (above) is the mountain in my backyard.
Poem: Nearly March
"Nearly March" is a poem written at the beginning of the pandemic. It tells of snow having fallen off the roof into a perfect rectangle on the grass below. It received second place in the 2020 Poet's Seat Poetry Contest.
Here (below) I've put what I call my bio box - it's fairly recent.
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